The 10th bi-annual edition of the Gala Trille Or, celebrating the musical diversity of Canada’s Francophone community, was held May 2, 2019, at a sold-out Centre des arts Shenkman in the Ottawa suburb of Orléans. Produced by the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) and presented by Unis TV, the gala offered an opportunity for artists from across Canada, industry professionals, and the public to honour artistic excellence and celebrate Franco-Canadian music.
Ottawa singer-songwriter YAO won a leading three awards, for Best Solo Artist, Best Live Show and Media Favourite. Timmins-based singer-songwriter Cindy Doire received the SOCAN Songwriter Award from the President of the organization’s Board of Directors, Marc Ouellette. Eric Parazelli, Francophone Editor of SOCAN’s online magazine, was also there, to meet Doire and capture her reaction.
Presented every other year, the Gala Trille Or is an opportunity for Canada’s Francophone regional music communities to get together and catch up on the news from other areas, reflect on their common issues, and even make music together during the work lab, and other workshops. SOCAN once again accepted APCM’s invitation to present a panel, this time on the artistic and economic opportunities of co-writing. The workshop was facilitated by Parazelli, and featured Caracol, DJ Unpier, publisher Xavier Collin from France, as well as Xavier Forget from the Oç Centre for the Arts. Interesting discussions took place about co-writing, song camps such as SOCAN’s Kenekt, and the mistakes to avoid when deciding copyright shares for the resulting songs.
Who better to give us a feeling of the characteristically warm atmosphere of the Gala Trille Or and its red carpet than the famed Franco-Ontarian singer-songwriter Damien Robitaille, who also hosted the gala in 2015. He graciously accepted SOCAN’s invitation to take us on a tour of the red carpet during a Facebook Live event, broadcast on SOCAN’s French Facebook page.
WINNERS of the 2019 GALA TRILLE OR
Les Rats d’Swompe
Breakthrough (Artist or Band)
Author(s) and/or Composer(s)
Vaero – Le noeud
Mclean – Une dernière fois
Best Album from Acadia
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire – Viens avec moi
Best Live Show
Mélissa Ouimet, Amours jetables
For the complete list of winners of the industry gala that took place on May 1, 2019, see the APCM press release.