The 2021 edition of the Gala Alternatif de la Musique Indépendante du Québec (GAMIQ) took place, in front of a live audience and online, on Dec. 5, 2021, at Café Campus, in Montréal. A total of 32 Luciens (the trophy named after Lucien Francoeur, leader of the legendary band Aut’Chose) were handed out.

Among the most prestigious awards were two that went to Laurence-Anne, who won the Artist of the Year award, as well as the Indie-Rock EP award for Accident, while the Revelation of the Year Award went to Valence. The two prizes in the Rap/Hip-Hop categories were both awarded to women: Calamine (for her album Bullet Proof), and Marie-Gold (for her EP Règle deux).

The evening was hosted by Kayiri and set to music by the very in-your-face Fuck Toute. It also featured, as usual, several performances highlighting the diversity and richness of the Québec independent music scene, including those by Éric Goulet, The Blaze Velluto Collection, Meggie Lennon, Paul Cargnello, Willows, R41NBOW TR4$H, Super Plage, Guim Moro, Après l’asphalte, Rosario Caméléon, and Kaya Hoax, all of whom performed between the awards, celebrating the vitality of Quebec’s emerging music scene.

Here’s the complete list of the winners of the 16th edition of GAMIQ:

  • Artist of the Year: Laurence-Anne
  • Espoir 2022 : Meggie Lennon
  • Revelation of the Year: Valence
  • Rock Album of the Year: The Blaze Velluto Collection— We Are Sunshine
  • Rock EP of the Year: Dany Placard—Astronomie (suite)
  • Country Album or EP: Léa Jarry — L’heure d’été
  • Album or EP : Cédric Dind-Lavoie – Archives
  • Album or EP OFF Quebec: P’tit Belliveau –… chante Baptiste
  • Jazz album or EP: Misc—Partager l’ambulance
  • Experimental Album or EP: Bell Orchestre – House Music
  • World Album or EP: Pierre Kwenders & Clément Bazin – Classe Tendresse
  • Metal Album or EP: Thisquietarmy x Away (Michel Langevin)— The Singularity, Phase I
  • Punk Album or EP : Maxime Gervais – Une nouvelle forme de joie
  • Electro Album: Super Plage – Super Plage II
  • Electro EP: Navet Confit – Skydancer EP
  • Folk Album : Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project— J’ai bu
  • Folk EP : Maude Audet – Sessions de mai
  • Rap/Hip-Hop album : Calamine – Boulette Proof
  • Rap/Hip-Hop EP : Marie-Gold—Règle deux
  • Pop Album : Gab Paquet –La Force d’Éros
  • Pop EP: Beat Sexü—Deuxième chance
  • Indie-Rock Album: Antoine Corriveau—Pissenlit
  • Indie-Rock EP: Laurence-Anne—Accident
  • Video – People’s Choice: Les Hay Babies – En Californie
  • Video – Critics’ Choice : Jesuslesfilles – Troisième semaine
  • Cultural initiative: Aire Ouverte
  • Festival: Festival BleuBleu
  • Producer of the Year: Musique Nomade
  • Press Relations: Larissa Relations Médias
  • Record Label of the Year: Pantoum Records
  • Management Team: Ambiances Ambigues
  • Media: CISM
  • Venue: L’Esco