It was no secret that Alexandra Stréliski stood very good chances of winning Félix Awards last night, and she didn’t leave the 41st edition of the Gala de l’ADISQ empty-handed. She didn’t have to write lyrics in order for her album Inscape to win the prestigious Author or Composer of the Year Félix Award, and she also won Breakout Artist of the Year, for a total of three, including the Album of the Year – Instrumental honour she won during the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ last Wednesday.

SOCAN met her backstage at the Gala just after she won her two awards, where she explained her acceptance words – “One must not underestimate the power of softness” – for her first award, and talked about the evocative power of her music, which was sufficient enough to win her the Author or Composer of the Year award, without lyrics (see left).

Among the other big winners of the evening were Cœur de pirate, who walked away with two major awards, namely Album of the Year – Pop, and Female Artist of the Year, while Loud was the Male Artist of the Year. Florent Vollant won the inaugural Native Artist of the Year. Roxane Bruneau won the Song of the Year Félix award for “Des p’tits bouts de toi,” and Alaclair Ensemble won the Rap Album of the Year award. Fred Pellerin’s album Après won Folk Album of the Year. Michel Rivard received the Show of the Year – Singer-Songwriter Award for his autobiographical one-man show L’origine de mes espèces while Bleu Jeans Bleu capped a whirlwind year by winning the Group or Duo of the Year honour. Ginette Reno won the Album of the Year – Adult Contemporary.

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

SOCAN member Pierre Lapointe hosted the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ on Oct. 23, 2019, at Montréal’s MTELUS, and he’s embarked on a mission to remind the relevant government agencies that it’s urgent to act if we want music creators to be compensated fairly for their work.

He talked about this when he appeared on the popular talk show Tout le monde en parle as well as on the French CBC’s ICI Première station, during his opening number at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ, and during his presentation of the Album of the Year – Pop award at the Sunday night gala.

We caught up with him in the press room of the Premier Gala and asked him to explain his position, and offer concrete measures to break the deadlock that has gripped the Québec music ecosystem for several years. This gridlock is in part caused by new technologies, and the shift in the ways consumers listen to music with the arrival of streaming platforms, as well as the refusal of DSPs to give back a reasonable portion of their revenue to creators who feed them the cultural content on which they depend.

We also followed up on this question with other SOCAN members to ask them where they stand on this issue. What do we do now? How do we get more revenue? Is it possible to make a living as a musician in 2019? You’ll hear answers from Robert Nelson, Les Louanges, KNLO, Claude Bégin, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Alexandra Stréliski, Millimetrik, Elisapie, Wesli, and Hubert Lenoir.

The five winners of the 2019 edition of the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Canadian Songwriters – created in partnership with Sirius XM Canada Inc. – gathered on Oct. 24, 2019, at the SOCAN offices in Toronto, where they each played their winning song to assembled SOCAN staff in the Harmony Lounge.

The talented, emerging songwriters – each under 21 years of age, and each of whom won $5,000, performed powerful, moving versions of their songs, as follows:

  • Mahmoud Ismail, “Sigada”
  • Lou-Adriane Cassidy, “Poussière”
  • Arianna Ohlsson, “Heaven”
  • Emily Gifford (a.k.a. GRAE), “Your Hands”
  • Kasia Thorlakson (a.k.a. Kasia Leigh), “Love Song #1”

After these short but powerful performances, the quintet enjoyed a catered lunch with SOCAN Foundation Executive Director Charlie Andrews and Administrator of Programs Julien Boumard Coallier.

Then they spent the early afternoon in an educational workshop with Andrews and Coallier, as well as SOCAN A&R Representatives, including the Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy.

SOCAN congratulates these strong young songwriters on their SOCAN Foundation Awards!