Klô Pelgag was in a good position to win some Félix awards last night at the First Gala de l’ADISQ 2021 – after the seven honours she and her collaborators won at the online Industry Gala on Monday, Nov. 1. This time, she walked away with the trophies for Album of the Year – Alternative and Album of the Year – Critics’ Choice, both for Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs; Video of the Year for the single “Mélamine”; and International Collaboration of the Year for the song “Sorcières,” a duet with Pomme. She’s also nominated in three of the 12 main categories to be awarded during the televised gala, Nov. 7 on Radio-Canada.

Charlotte Cardin won her first three Félix awards ever, including the trophy for the Artist With the Most Success Outside Québec, presented by SOCAN. She also won Album of the Year – Anglophone for Phoenix, and the Félix for the Best Online Concert of the Year – Anglophone for her magnificent show, The Phoenix Experience. Another female artist distinguished herself as well: thanks to her album Acrophobie, Roxane Bruneau received the Félix for Album of the Year – Pop and Album of the Year – Popular Success, a category that combines physical album sales and streams on digital platforms.

Also of note, the Félix for the Album of the Year – Other Languages went to Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu for Renegade Breakdown; the one for the Electronic Album went to CRi for Juvenile; the World Music honour went to Ramon Chicharron for Pescador de Sueños; for Folk, to Vincent Vallières for Toute beauté n’est pas perdue; for Jazz, to Jordan Officer for Jazz Vol. 1; for Traditional Music, to Bon Débarras for Repères; and for Rock to Les Cowboys Fringants for Les nuits de Repentigny.

Finally, a new category was inaugurated, Artist With the Most Success on the Web, and it comes as no surprise that SOCAN member Damien Robitaille triumphed, thanks to his omnipresence throughout the pandemic, with his daily song covers – which brought him unexpected worldwide fame.

A special place was also given to the new generation of artists throughout the gala, hosted by Pierre Lapointe for a third year. Among them were Antoine Corriveau, Ariane Roy, Comment Debord, Gab Bouchard, Laurence-Anne, Lumière, Ramon Chicharron, Robert Robert, Thierry Larose, as well as the all-female rap collective #Rapelles – with the moral and musical support of veterans Ariane Moffatt and Louis-Jean Cormier.

For a complete list of winners, visit the ADISQ website.

Folk Music Ontario and SOCAN will present a songwriting masterclass with Allison Russell on Nov. 16, 2021, online via Zoom, to a limited audience that signs up for the event.  

On her debut album Outside Child, Russell – now based in Nashville – reclaimed her story of being an abused child who found her lifeline in her hometown of Montréal. Russell moved to Vancouver when she came of age, where she had her first experiences as a professional musician, co-founding the band Po’Girl. With her daughter’s father, JT Nero, she founded the folk/gospel/Americana duo Birds of Chicago in 2012. In 2021, she released her first solo album – after overcoming the writer’s block that emerged after the birth of her daughter. 

“I felt an urgency to write,” she says. “It became important to me to express vocally what I’ve been through, to end the cycles of violence – racism, sexism, sexual violence. It’s also very important to me to write my own story, and be able to tell people that it’s survivable.” 

Russell’s unique life story and songwriting experience promise to provide a fascinating and instructive look at the process of turning life into song, and overcoming the struggles of that activity.  

To register for her masterclass, click here. 

Each year, SOCAN issues tax slips to its members, whether T5 (for Canadian residents), Relevé 3 (for Québec residents), or NR4 (for non-residents of Canada). The tax slips for 2021 will be issued to members, and remitted to the appropriate tax authorities, by Feb. 28, 2022.

It’s important that you let us know about any life changes that have taken place over the past year. Did you change your name, create a business, or decide to re-locate? Keep in mind it’s the member’s responsibility to ensure that their tax information is accurate and up-to-date In SOCAN’s database.

If you’re a SOCAN member, and there are changes in your life or company that affect your tax status, please contact member services to ensure that those changes are accurately reflected, going forward.

If a payment has been received in error, these amounts will be reported on your 2021 tax slip, unless the earnings in error are returned to SOCAN before Dec. 1, 2021. In this case, please contact Member Services, at members@socan.com, or 1-866-307-6226.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Revenu Québec (RQ) maintain strict rules decreeing that tax slips cannot be re-issued, and as such, SOCAN is unable to re-issue them. Any changes that will impact your tax slip must be completed before Dec. 1, 2021, in order to have them accurately reflected in your 2021 SOCAN tax slips.

So please let us know if things have changed, to avoid any tax season blunders!