Thierry Larose, Francos, 2022Thierry Larose, whose song “Les amants de Pompéi” earned the 2021 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, continues to garner honours. On June 18, 2022, he won the 2022 edition of the prestigious Prix Félix-Leclerc. The official presentation took place at the beginning of his Francos de Montréal show, as he was about to share the stage with Ariane Roy and Lou-Adriane Cassidy for a three-way concept show entitled “Le roy, la rose, et le lou(p)”. (“The King, The Rose, and The Wolf”)

Thierry Larose thus becomes the latest in a long list of young singer-songwriters that have benefited from the prize, awarded simultaneously to a Québecois and an artist from France – Zinée being this year’s winner of the cross-Atlantic counterpart.

SOCAN has once again partnered with the Prix Félix-Leclerc by awarding Larose a $2,500 cash prize, presented in person by SOCAN Creative and Partnerships Executive Sara Dendane. The cash prize is one of the many advantages attached to this award; the singer-songwriter also gets a $2,500 cash prize from Groupe Editorial Musinfo, an invitation to perform at the Francofolies de La Rochelle, as well as a $10,000 cash prize from Cogeco Média.

The winner of the Prix Félix-Leclerc is chosen by a jury of journalists and industry representatives selected by the FrancoFolies de Montréal. Thierry Larose was nominated, along with SOCAN members Ariane Roy, Étienne Coppée, LUMIÈRE, Étienne Dufresne, Lou-Adriane Cassidy, Lysandre, Marilyne Léonard, and Nicolas Gémus.

Congratulations Thierry Larose!

Prix Christopher-J-Reed, Lucie Bourgouin, 2022

Left to right: Daniel Lafrance (Éditorial Avenue), Nicole Beausoleil (Productions Nicole Beausoleil), Lucie Bourgouin (Permission), Jehan V. Valiquet (Groupe Éditorial Musinfo), David Murphy (David Murphy et Cie.)

On June 15, 2022, APEM named Lucie Bourgouin the recipient of this year’s Christopher-J.-Reed Award. Named in honour of this renowned music publisher, who passed away in August of 2012, the Christopher-J.-Reed Award is given to a person with outstanding achievements in the professional music publishing community, the utmost respect for music creators and their copyrights, and whose contribution to the trade and awareness of the work of publishers is exceptional. The award, presented by the Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM), with the support of SOCAN, was handed out in Montréal as part of the Rendez-vous Pros des Francos, during a day of activities celebrating APEM’s 20th Anniversary.

As head of Permission, the company she founded in 1995, Bourgouin has known for a long time that rights clearance is an important niche industry for screen productions. More than 20 years after the creation of her own business, she knows all the ins and outs of a fair trade between the different parties when it comes to integrating one work into another.

She joins a prestigious list of past recipients of the Prize including Daniel Lafrance (2013), Jehan V. Valiquet (2014), David Murphy (2015), Carol Ryan (2016), Claude Brunet (2017), Denis Wolff (2018), Serge Provençal (2019), Patrick Curley (2020), and Nicole Beausoleil (2021).

APEM also presented two roundtables that day: the first about its history, with one of its founders, Daniel Lafrance (Éditorial Avenue); the second, on the future of music publishing in Québec, with Guillaume Lombart (Ad Litteram), Odette Lindsay (Third Side Music), Yao (Intello-Production) and Marie-Ève Rochon (Bonsound).

Prix Christopher-J-Reed, 2022The second roundtable looked at several aspects of music publishing, including education, best practices, new challenges brought on by digital technology, collaboration opportunities, and finally, how to properly understand new forms of music consumption. The consensus was that the future lies, above all, in better publishing education for music creators.

APEM also presented two musical showcases early in the evening, featuring current pop sensation Marilyne Léonard (published by Editorial Avenue) and rapper 20some (published by Joy Ride Records), a member of the popular rap group Dead Obies.


Steve Marriner won the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year honours, as well as Acoustic Act (Steve Marriner/David Gogo), Harmonica Player, and Recording of the Year (for Hope Dies Last) at the 25th annual Maple Blues Awards, presented by the Toronto Blues Society on June 20, 2022, at Koerner Hall in downtown Toronto.

Sue Foley and Colin James took home two awards each, she for both Guitarist and Entertainer of the Year, he for both Male Vocalist and Electric Act of the Year. The Blues With A Feeling Award for lifetime achievement went to Shakura S’Aida, for her long-standing career and commitment to blues music. The New Artist of the Year Award went to Hamilton band The Lowdown Dirty Mojos.

Canadian blues artists, industry, and fans gathered to celebrate the return of in-person live music, cheering on performers and winners at the gala, hosted by Ottawa ‘s Angelique Francis. The show featured performances from house band The Maple Blues Band, and guest performers Bobby Dean Blackburn, Kat Danser, Sue Foley, Angelique Francis, Crystal Shawanda, and Colin Linden.

For a full list of winners, click here.