On Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, ADISQ announced the nominations for this year’s edition of its annual gala. A total of 54 Félix awards will be handed out over the course of three separate events: The Gala de l’industrie, on Nov. 1, at 4:00 p.m., at Place des Arts’ Piano Nobile; the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ, also on Nov. 1, at MTELUS, and broadcast on Télé-Québec, at 8:00 p.m.; and the Gala de l’ADISQ, on Nov. 5 at 8:00 p.m., broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé.

Leading the nominations is Daniel Bélanger, with six in artistic (as opposed to industry) categories, followed by Alexandra Stréliski and Lisa LeBlanc with five artistic nominations each. They’re closely followed by Salebarbes, 2 Frères, FouKi, and Les Cowboys Fringants, who garnered four artistic nominations apiece.

Once again this year, songwriters, composers, and SOCAN members will have the opportunity to shine in various categories, including the prestigious Songwriter of the Year Award:

  • Alexandra Stréliski for “Néo-Romance”
  • Daniel BéIanger for “Mercure en mai”
  • Ingrid St-Pierre for “Reines”
  • Lydia Képinski for “Depuis”
  • Philippe B for “Nouvelle administration”
  • Philippe Brach for “Les gens qu’on aime”

As usual, SOCAN will be involved and present on the red carpets of both televised galas. The Association des Professionnels de l’Édition Musicale (APEM), meanwhile, has joined forces with ADISQ to reintroduce the Publishing Team of the Year award, and this year’s nominees are:


  • Bloc-Notes Music
  • Bravo Musique Éditions
  • Éditorial Avenue
  • Quartier Général
  • Third Side Music

The public will also be invited to join the Academy in voting for their favourite among the 10 songs nominated in the Song of the Year category:

“On a mis d’la lumière,” 2 Frères
Written by: Steve Marin, Jacob Côté
Published by: Éditions du Baume, Éditions Musicor

“Ce n’est pas de la chance,” Ariane Roy
Written by: Ariane Roy, Dominique Plante

“Crépuscule,” Cœur de pirate
Written by: Béatrice Martin
Published by: Éditions Bravo Musique

“Nouveau pouvoir,” Corneille
Written by: Sofia de Medeiros, Corneille
Published by: C Way Music inc.

“J’entends tout ce qui joue (dans ta tête),” Daniel Bélanger
Written by: Daniel Bélanger
Published by: Édition Achille Cassel

“Matusalem,” Koriass (avec Jay Scøtt)
Written by: Emmanuel Dubois, Pier-Luc Jean Papineau, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Marc Vincent
Published by: Disques 7ième Ciel, Éditions Lauréa

“Dans l’jus,” Lisa LeBlanc
Written by: Lisa LeBlanc, Benoit Morier, Michel Roy, Léandre Bourgeois
Published by: Third Side Music

“Tout l’amour qu’on donne,” Marc Dupré
Written by: Nelson Minville, Marc Dupré
Published by: Les Éditions Dama inc, Autographe Productions inc

“Partout,” Roxane Bruneau
Written by: Mathieu Brisset, Roxane Bruneau
Published by: Éditions Inspire/Éditions Musique Variole

“Gin à l’eau salée,” Salebarbes
Written by: Salebarbes
Published by: Éditions L-Abe

SOCAN congratulates its members for their nominations and wishes them the best of luck.

To see the full list of nominations, visit the Gala section of the ADISQ website.


Michel Rivard, Marjo, and Jean Millaire will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) on Oct. 11, 2023, at Espace St-Denis in Montréal, as part of the inaugural Legends series, supported by the RBC Foundation through RBC Emerging Artists. A very limited number of tickets went on sale starting at 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 21, on the venue’s website.

Sonia Benezra will host the event, where Isabelle Boulay, Lou-Adriane Cassidy, Martin Deschamps, Laurence Jalbert, Lulu Hughes, Martin Léon, Tina Leon, Elliot Maginot, Safia Nolin, and Paul Piché will perform tributes to the three inductees.

Legends is a CSHF induction series that travels across the country, putting our greatest songwriters centre stage. Inductees participate in an onstage interview moderated by host Sonia Benezra, who’ll delve into their journeys as songwriters, and the stories behind some of our nation’s biggest songs. Intimate performances from a diverse list of emerging and established artists closest to the songwriters are intermingled with the conversation, backed by a house band led by revered Musical Director Simon Godin, as well as stunning visuals.

Legends is supported by the RBC Foundation through RBC Emerging Artists, with additional support from YouTube Music, SOCAN, and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA).

Michel Rivard
An author, improviser, playwright, actor, comedian, composer, and performer, whose career spans five decades, Michel Rivard is a true craftsman of words and melodies, who’s left an indelible mark on the Canadian music scene. His talents as a lyricist, composer, and singer, as well as his ability to describe the deepest and most complex emotions of the human experience, make him an indisputable pillar of our culture.

Throughout his 50-year career, this keen observer of the human condition has garnered numerous awards and honours, including 16 Félix awards, the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec in 2005, the Prix Denise-Pelletier for his distinguished career in 2021, and the title of Compagnon de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2022. Like Félix Leclerc, Gilles Vigneault, Robert Charlebois, and Jean-Pierre Ferland, Michel Rivard has helped bring “la chanson québécoise” into the modern age. His rich body of music has become part of our cultural heritage, earning him a place in the Hall of Fame of our country’s great artists.

A true Canadian music icon, Marjo is a singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and personality. Her career, both with Corbeau and as a solo artist, is punctuated by unforgettable hits, remarkable lyrics, songs, and unforgettable stage performances, and she’s contributed significantly to shaping the world of Francophone rock.

Free-spirited, and a feminist who didn’t feel the need to declare it openly, Marjo has helped a whole generation of women to assert themselves and become empowered. As a songwriter and composer, she’s constantly sought to broaden the horizons of her art, experimenting with different genres while maintaining her roots – firmly planted in rock music. Having sold more than a million albums, and written and composed some 60 songs in her career – including several big hits, that have earned her 14 Félix awards – she not only left her mark on Canadian musical history, but also paved the way for many artists, such as Anik Jean, Marie-Chantal Toupin, and Marie-Mai. Her commitment to authenticity, power, and emotion in music and lyrics has left a lasting legacy for generations to come. Quite simply, she embodies the spirit of rock.

Jean Millaire
A gifted guitarist and brilliant composer, Jean Millaire has left an indelible mark on the Canadian music scene. His prolific career has been marked by a great sense of melody, and collaborations with numerous blues, rock, and pop artists and bands. After joining Corbeau, he became one of its creative driving forces, co-writing songs with singer-songwriter Marjo. The fusion of Millaire’s melodic riffs and Marjo’s powerful vocals is undoubtedly one of the key elements of the band’s success.

Marjo and Millaire left Corbeau in 1984 and began working together on the singer’s first solo album. Launched in 1986, Celle qui va was a resounding success on both sides of the Atlantic. This highly fruitful musical collaboration lasted several years.

Over the years, Millaire has explored diverse musical horizons and styles, and collaborated with a multitude of artists. His musical curiosity has led him to integrate jazz, blues, and folk influences into his playing, creating a rich and varied sonic signature. His mastery of the guitar, his sensibility, and his constant desire to explore have made him one of Québec’s most respected musicians.

SOCAN member Debby Friday won the 2023 edition of the $50,000 Polaris Prize for the best album in Canada, in a gala presentation held on Sept. 19, 2023, at Massey Hall (for the first time) in downtown Toronto.

Friday’s’ winning album Good Luck is a 33-minute adrenalin rush of modern music fusion, with influences including rave, rap, industrial, alternative, R&B, and hyperpop, to name just a few. The result is a work on which the 11-person Polaris Grand Jury ultimately agreed. If you’d like to read what Friday had to say to SOCAN about their winning album when it first came out, you can access the story here.

Graciously and gratefully accepting the 18th edition of the award onstage from last year’s winner, Pierre Kwenders, Friday thanked everyone who’s supported her on her journey.

“I’m in shock!,” said a truly surprised Friday after receiving her award. “This is something that I didn’t realize was even a possibility. I was born in Nigeria, in a small village, but l’m here today, and it just feels like a miracle… I’ve always been a little bit strange, a little bit different from other people, and it’s only in retrospect that I’m able to see that this has been a super-power all along. I just want to say that I think it’s very important to protect your strangeness, protect the things that make you different, because these are gifts.”

The Gala featured brief but intense performances from all of the nominees except ALVVAYS, Daniel Caesar, and Feist, all of whom were on tour elsewhere that night.

Gayance opened the show with a magnetic performance of high-energy funk and rock. The Sadies, playing under a banner depicting their late singer Dallas Good, showed off their psychedelicized indie rock ‘n’ roll. Friday, backed by violin, cello, a DJ, and electric guitar, turned old gender tropes inside-out with “What a Man,” and followed with her poppiest song, “So Hard to Tell.” Aysanabee played with the Arkells horn section and two backup singers, for a richer, more soulful rendition of his music.

After a brief intermission, Begonia earned a mid-song ovation with the power and beauty of her unique voice. Dan Mangan worked the very lip of the stage, singing powerful, moving songs about trying to live sanely through our currently apocalyptic times. And Snotty Nose Rez Kids introduced their set in a satirical talk-show format, leading into explosive versions of “I’m Good” and “Damn Right.”

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, goes to the best Canadian album of the year, based on artistic merit, without regard to genre, sales history, or label affiliation. Each of the 2023 short-list nominees received a $3,000 prize.

The 2023 Polaris Short List is:
ALVVAYS – Blue Rev
Aysanabee – Watin
Begonia – Powder Blue
Daniel Caesar – Never Enough
Feist – Multitudes
Debby Friday – Good Luck
Gayance – Masquerade
Dan Mangan – Being Somewhere
The Sadies – Colder Streams
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – I’m Good, HBU?

SOCAN congratulates Debby Friday, and all of the 2023 short-list nominees, on these great career achievements!