Étienne Coppée, winner of the 2021 Francouvertes contest, kicked off the 2022 edition of the event with a mellow, intimate performance. While this year marks the long-awaited return to in-person shows, the online experience continues through the integrated lepointdevente.com online viewing and voting platform.

Last fall, the Francouvertes also made a change to the rules, and First Nations artists can now sing entirely in their own language, or in French and a First Nation language. Two acts in the 2022 roster fall into this new category.

SOCAN will once again be on hand to offer the $1,000 Paroles & Musique cash prize to the winner of the semi-finals; they’ll also receive a songwriting residency at SOCAN House in Nashville or Los Angeles, and be the presenter of the “J’aime mes ex” performance series.

To open the preliminary rounds and semi-finals, 10 ex-contestants will be invited to perform a few songs in a more intimate format. They’re also invited to perform a new song or a new version of an older song from their repertoire. In addition, some of the artists in the series who’ve won the SOCAN Paroles & Musique Award in a previous edition are invited to perform their winning compositions. This year’s exes are: Thierry Larose (March 14), Fanny Bloom (March 15), Ariane Roy (March 21), Valence (March 22), Émilie Proulx (March 28), FUUDGE – as a duo (March 29), Chloé Lacasse (March 30), Gab Bouchard (April 18), Mathieu Bérubé (April 19) and Alex Burger (April 20).

The Paroles & Musique cash prize is part of a plethora of other prizes, grants, and concert opportunities that will be awarded this year.

There will be seven preliminary evenings held at the Lion d’Or every Monday from March 14 to 30.

The contestants of the preliminary round are

  • Vidjay Rangaya, FAÇADES, and NINAN (March 14)
  • Pataugeoire, hôte, and Zach Boileau (March 15)
  • Rau Ze, BéLi, and YUYU (March 21)
  • Madame Autruche, Émile Bourgault, and Allô Fantôme (March 22)
  • Charlotte Brousseau, Antoine Aspirine, and Tamara Weber (March 28)
  • Xela Edna & Eius Echo, Andy Jon, and David Lagacé (March 29)
  • Michaëlle Richer, Gawbé, and Dan-George McKenzie (March 30)

The semi-finals will be held April 18-20 and April 26–28, still at the Lion d’Or, and the final round will be held at Club Soda on May 16.

To find out more about the 26th edition of the Francouvertes, visit francouvertes.com (French only).

On the eve of his 15th studio album, countless Billboard hits, and an illustrious career that spans more than four decades, Canadian rock superstar Bryan Adams has solidified his rank as one of the world’s most successful musicians of all time – and newest Inductee to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF).  The CSHF is also pleased to announce that Jim Vallance will be inducted as a songwriter, best known for churning out hits with Adams, he has an equally enviable catalogue of classics written for the likes of Anne Murray, Rick Springfield, Joan Jett, Glass Tiger, and Heart’s “What About Love,” which was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2021.

“I’m delighted to see Jim Vallance get the acknowledgement he deserves, he’s a masterful songwriter and an incredible musician,” said Adams.

“It’s a thrill to see my name added to the list of songwriters I idolised when I was starting out 50 years ago, and who I still idolise today – Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Robbie Robertson, among others – and I’m especially pleased to be inducted along with my friend and songwriting partner Bryan Adams,” said Jim Vallance.

Having pivoted to virtual induction presentations over the past two years, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is excited to announce the return of its in-person gala, with presenting partner El Mocambo, that will take place at Toronto’s Massey Hall on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The bilingual live show will honour Adams, Vallance, and the rest of the class of 2022 inductees, with tributes and performances from fellow Canadian and international stars and recording artists.

“The collaboration between Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance is one of the most prolific music partnerships in Canadian rock history, and we’re so pleased to honour them distinctively for their incredible talent and craft as songwriters,” says Stan Meissner, Board Chairman, CSHF.  “Today’s announcement kicks off what will be an incredible year for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as we get ready to celebrate the return of our live gala.  Music has helped many of us through the past few challenging years, and we can’t wait gather once again as a community to share in the joy and universal connection of storytelling through songs.”

It was a chance meeting with Jim Vallance at a music store in Vancouver that would launch his solo career – and a lifelong friendship and collaboration. “It was an incredible ascension from having to borrow bus fare, to having hit records. It was also the first time I’d ever eaten boiled cauliflower.” says Adams. Vallance also recalls,Right from the first day I was impressed with Bryan. It was obvious he had enormous talent coupled with extraordinary drive.”

1983’s Cuts Like a Knife roared onto the scene with singles including “Straight from the Heart” and “This Time,” garnering JUNO Awards for Best Male Vocalist for Adams, and Composer of the Year for Adams and Vallance. The follow up Reckless album reached No. 1 on the Billboard and Canadian album charts, yielding another string of Adams-Vallance hits, including the duo’s first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, “Heaven”; the SOCAN Classic and No. 1 Mainstream Rock track, “Run to You”; and all-time favourite, the nostalgic “Summer of ’69.”

Adams’ songwriting includes 1991’s “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (written with Robert “Mutt” Lange and Michael Kamen), which won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Motion Picture. The song is among countless No. 1 hits by Adams, including “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” “All for Love,” “Please Forgive Me,” “Don’t Give Up,” “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started,” “Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven,” and “Let’s Make a Night to Remember.”  Many of his songs have been in feature films, garnering him three Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations throughout his career.

While continuing to collaborate with Adams, Vallance became a coveted producer and songwriter for some of music’s biggest icons, including Ozzy Osborne, Aerosmith, and The Go-Go’s, making him one of the best in the industry for his ability to pen hit songs across the entire music spectrum, from country to hard rock.

In 2018, Adams and Vallance reunited to collaborate on the music and lyrics for Pretty Woman – The Musical, that made its record-breaking Broadway run and is now touring around the globe. Meanwhile, Adams is getting ready to release his 15th studio album So Happy It Hurts on March 11, 2022, and will be embarking on a world tour this year. Just ahead of that release, Adams has also just released his own versions of the songs from Pretty Woman – The Musical.

Adams and Vallance will be honoured during the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala planned for Sept. 24, 2022,  at Toronto’s iconic and newly renovated Massey Hall.  Additional Inductees and details for the gala will be announced in the coming months.

For more information about the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame go to www.cshf.ca.

Fourteen awards were presented at the sixth annual edition of the Gala Dynastie, held March 5, 2022, at Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montréal. The annual event marks the end of Black History Month festivities, and celebrates outstanding members of Québec’s Black communities who’ve distinguished themselves in the fields of music, arts, and culture, and whose achievements and accomplishments deserve to be recognized.

Stand-up comedian and online personality Preach kicked off the show, whose theme was Noir Culture, and during which several renowned artists were invited to play. Performances by DJ Sweet La Rock, Kelly Krow, Alan Prater, Lost, Djely Tapa, Yama Laurent, and Zach Zoya heated up the room, to the delight of the audience – which included Sara Dendane, SOCAN Creative and Partnerships Manager.

The ceremony also featured several emotional moments, as tributes were paid to the late Don Harley Fils-Aimé, a social entrepreneur, artist, and pillar of the Black community, and Karim Ouellet, a Francophone singer-songwriter. The crowd recognized and celebrated the  richness of their artistic output and heritage.

Finally, Lamine Touré, founding president of Club Balatou and the festival Nuits d’Afrique, received the Grand Prix Dynastie 2022. This award honours an individual recognized as a pioneer in their field of activity, and whose commitment and career as a whole have contributed to the development of the industry.

Among the award winners, several SOCAN members were recognized in the music categories:

Music Video of the Year:
Maky Lavender, for “Bloom”

World Music Artist or Group of the Year
Pierre Kwenders

Anglophone Artist or Group of the Year
Dominique Fils-Aimé

Francophone Artist or Group of the Year

Artist or Group Having Achieved Outstanding Success Internationally

Musical Breakthrough of the Year

Homage – Grand Prix Dynastie
Lamine Touré

Visit the Gala Dynastie website for a complete list of nominations and winners.