The 40th edition of the ADISQ Awards had Montréal’s Place des Arts hopping on Oct. 28, 2018. In 2014, Klô Pelgag won the ADISQ Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. Then, in 2017, she won for Songwriter of the Year. This year, she came full circle by winning the Female Singer of the Year, an award decided jointly, by both the members of the academy and the general public. We met with Pelgag backstage at the awards gala, where she shared her thoughts on what makes someone a great singer, and the evolution of public perception about singing. She also imagines what might have happened if, over the years, authenticity had regained its place over vocal performance?
The 40th edition of the ADISQ Awards had Montréal’s Place des Arts buzzing on Oct. 28, 2018. Ever since his album Une année record (A Record Year) came out a year ago, almost to the day, Loud has been showered with awards and prizes. He earned the 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, as well as the Urban Music and Breakthrough Artist awards at the 2018 Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala. His “Toutes les femmes savent danser” (“All the Women Know how to Dance”) became the first hip-hop song to reach No. 1 on the BDS chart in Québec. Loud exploded on the music scene in France like no other Québec hip-hop artist before him. Now, to top it all off, he’s won two Félix awards: Québec Artist who Achieved the Most Success Outside of Québec, and Hip-Hop Album of the Year. Not to mention the Record Producer of the Year Award, won (for his album) by his collaborators, Ajust and Ruffsound. We met with Loud, who told us about the very intense last 12 months, why the audiences in France seem to like his music, and offered a sneak peek at what the next few months have in store for him on the other side of the Atlantic.
The 40th Anniversary edition of the ADISQ Awards had Montréal’s Place des Arts hopping on Oct. 28, 2018. Three years after winning the Félix Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Philippe Brach walked away, this year, with the coveted Author or Composer of the Year for his album Le silence des troupeaux, as well as the trophy for Live Show of the Year – Singer-Songwriter. We spoke with Brach, in the media room backstage, about his creative process, and the relative importance of awards.