No one was surprised that singer-songwriter Hubert Lenoir’s “Fille de personne II” won a Popular Music Award during the 30th SOCAN Awards Gala in Montréal, on Sept. 22 at La Tohu. The song, the second part of a trilogy on his album Darlène literally sparked the flame that burns ever higher between he and his always-increasing audience. SOCAN met him as he left the stage,  and Lenoir discusses the origin of that song; and the sometimes harsh reactions he received after he sang it live on La Voix; and the creative freedom and confidence he gained from his popular success.

Thirty years ago, the Kashtin tornado hit Québec with its Innu-language song, “E Uassiuian.” Its irresistible melody propelled them to great success in the rest of Canada, and even Europe, and 200,000 copies were sold – an unprecedented feat, at the time, for an Indigenous band. This tornado still reverberates in 2019, with “E Uassiuian” becoming the first SOCAN Classic to have risen from the First Nations, with an award presented to the songwriter during the 30th SOCAN Montréal Awards on Sept. 22, 2019,  at La Tohu. SOCAN met with Florent Vollant, who explained the context of that era; the impact of the song on the duo he formed with Claude Mackenzie; and the pride the entire Innu community felt because of it.

Jean Leloup surprised everyone with a performance during the 30th SOCAN Awards Gala, on Sept. 22, 2019, at La Tohu in Montréal. He was there to receive his first three SOCAN Classic Awards, alongside his co-writers and publishers, for his massive hits “1990,” “Isabelle,” and “Cookie,” all drawn from his album L’Amour est sans pitié. SOCAN met with him afterwards, and  asked how he felt about celebrating some of his older songs, how his songwriting has evolved since then, and how it feels to know that one’s songs are now a part of the lives of so many people.