On Oct. 25, 2022, Martin Lavallée, SOCAN’s Head of Reproduction Rights and Senior Legal Counsel, testified – on behalf of our nearly 180,000 members – at the special Senate Transport and Communications committee hearing on Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act.

SOCAN has been advocating strongly to government, for years, about the imperative to modernize legislation for the digital era. We look forward to the full bill being passed to safeguard the future of Canada’s music industry.

Read Martin Lavallée’s full testimony here (in English and French).

Year after year, Klô Pelgag has slowly become a mainstay at the ADISQ Galas. In 2021, she became Céline Dion’s equal in terms of “artistic” trophies won in a single year, after earning six of them; this year, she walked away with the Show of the Year Award for her Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs tour.

We met with her after her victory at the Nov. 6, 2022, Gala, where she discussed the importance of her touring team, which she considers her second family, as well as the fact that she had to get used to a new family life during this tour –  that’s taken her throughout not only Québec, but also Japan, France, and England.

SOCAN member Laura Niquay shone twice at the 2022 ADISQ Galas: First, at the Premier Gala on Nov. 2, where she won the first Félix for Album of the Year – Aboriginal Languages for Waska Matisiwin, and then at the televised gala on Nov. 6, in the Indigenous Artist of the Year category.

This double win took on even greater meaning during her performance alongside Claude Mckenzie, Samian, Ivan Boivin-Flamand, and Émile Bilodeau, all of whom lit up the stage, while demonstrating the evolution and richness of Québec’s indigenous musical landscape.

Niquay seemed content after winning her second Félix award, and after also winning the 2022 SOCAN Foundation TD Indigenous Songwriter Award in July of 2022, as well as three awards at the Teweikan Gala on Oct. 10, 2022.

We spoke with Niquay, who considers herself a messenger, and for whom the transfer of knowledge plays a vital role in the vitality of the indigenous music scene.