Talented SOCAN member Lou-Adriane Cassidy has been crowned the winner of the 2024 Prix Félix-Leclerc. The official presentation took place at the end of her Francos de Montréal show, while she shared the stage with fellow artists Ariane Roy and Thierry Larose, for their three-headed show “Le Roy, la Rose et le Lou[p].” It’s worth mentioning that Ariane Roy won the same award in 2023, and Thierry Larose won it in 2022. Unbeknownst to Cassidy, her fellow artists were in on her onstage surprise.

Cassidy follows in the footsteps of a long line of young songwriters that have benefited from the perks that come with this award, granted simultaneously to an artist from Québec and another from France. SOCAN has once again partnered with the Prix Félix-Leclerc by awarding Cassidy a $1,500 cash prize, presented in person by SOCAN Creative and Partnerships Executive, Sara Dendane. Cash is one of the many advantages attached to this award; the singer-songwriter also gets a second $1,500 prize from Groupe Editorial Musinfo, another of $1,000 from the Francos, and an invitation to perform at the Francofolies de La Rochelle in France.

The winner of the Prix Félix-Leclerc is chosen by a jury of journalists and industry representatives selected by the FrancoFolies de Montréal. Lou-Adriane Cassidy was nominated alongside SOCAN members Gab Bouchard, Grand Eugène, Jeanne Côté, K! RA OJI, Marco Ema, Rau_Ze, Valence, and Virginie B.

Congratulations Lou-Adriane!

You can access the presentation of the prize, and Cassidy’s reaction onstage, at Montréal’s MTELUS, here.