On May 16, 2022, the SiriusXM Grand Finale of the Francouvertes took place in a sold-out Club Soda, in front of an audience eager to finally be there after two years of pandemic. Competing were young Émile Bourgault and his anthemic pop-rock, Rau Ze and its unabashed soul music, and Hôte’s exploratory rock.

In the end, Rau Ze walked away with the top prize, and an impressive list of awards, including the $10,000 SiriusXM cash prize. Rau Ze also won the Paroles & Musique Award presented by SOCAN during the semi-final round.

The second prize went to Hôte, while Émile Bourgault finished third and walked away with a $5,000 Andréanne-Sasseville cash prize awarded by SiriusXM, which was determined by a round of online voting among the nine semi-finalists.

The evening began with electrifying performances by contest spokespersons Lydia Képinski and Les Louanges, to get the ball rolling, before giving way to the three finalists of the 26th annual edition of the contest.

For the complete list of the prizes given out to the 2022 finalists, visit the Francouvertes website.

The finals were broadcast live online, but you can hear the entire evening in a special broadcast on Influence Franco—SiriusXM 174—on Wednesday, May 25, at 12 noon ET and Friday, May 27, at 6:00 p.m. ET

SOCAN warmly congratulates Rau Ze on this victory, which will certainly propel the band to a promising start in its career

 



The JUNOs red carpet is always a great opportunity to hear from the artists nominated in either of the two galas celebrating Canadian music excellence. That’s what we did with Montréal-born but now Toronto-based singer-songwriter and producer Karl Wolf, who won the Juno for Dance Recording of the Year with his song Get Away, having previously won 3 in the R&B/Soul Recording of the Year category. An unexpected change of style that finally paid off for Karl Wolf:

We also briefly chatted with Montréal’s own Kallitechnis whose track Gifted earned her a nomination in the Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year category, a first nomination she welcomes as a validation of her work:

Finally, we were able to ask a few questions to Hervé Kalongo, San Farafina and Pierre Kwenders of the Montréal-based collective Moonshine, nominated in the category of Global Music Album of the Year, for their opus SMS for Location vol. 4. They explain what the Moonshine spirit is and express their surprise after having been nominated in that category rather than in the electronic music one which they feel they belong to.



With more than 941,000 followers on TikTok, and more than  8.9 million views for the YouTube video of her viral hit song “I’m not Pretty,” it’s no wonder that JESSIA won the 2022 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Here, she talks about how she wrote the song, and how it has resonated with the public.