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.