Many country pundits were shocked to see Alex Burger win the Country Album of the Year for Sweet Montérégie at the 2021 ADISQ Gala, ahead of established artists like Irvin Blais, and relative newcomers Émilie Daraîche and Léa Jarry. The award marks Burger’s arrival in the Québec country community with a bang, for an artist so far mostly known for his work in the rock realm.

We reached him in his car, where he shared his take on the various reactions to his victory. He also tells us where his love of country music came from, and the importance of the live show in his creative process.

The Guild of Music Supervisors Canada (GMSC)  is presenting the SOUND + VISION Virtual Sync Conference, a three-day, online educational gathering, sponsored in part by SOCAN, Nov. 18-20, 2021.

The GMSC is extending its invitation to anyone and everyone from around the globe working in the “sound & vision” space –  including songwriters, artists, filmmakers, producers, directors, ad execs, and content creators. Each day will include educational panels and creative workshops that break down the many layers of synchronization of music to moving images (aka “sync”) in multiple media platforms. The seminars will include some of the top business professionals working in these media across Canada.

Session highlights include:

  • a Keynote Interview with Matt Biffa, music supervisor (Sex Education);
  • a screen composer session with Adam Taylor (The Handmaid’s Tale), Lesley Barber (Manchester By The Sea, Late Night), and Agatha Kaspar (Ginny & Georgia, Kodachrome);
  • a look behind the scenes of the TV Series Diggstown, with creator/showrunner Floyd Kane, music supervisor Mikaila Simmons, and composers Menalon;
  • a panel about pitching for a scene, with music supervisors Michelle Johnson (Better Call Saul, Vida), Natasha Duprey (Tiny Pretty Things, Snowpiercer), Everton Lewis Jr. (All or Nothing, Anyone’s Game, VICE Canada), and Danielle Lindy (Vanity Fair, Loblaws PC); and
  • a special performance by The OBGMs.

There will be an admission fee of $20 CAD this year, which supports the GMSC, a not-for-profit organization. For a full schedule, or to register and buy tickets, click here.

Roxane Bruneau walked away with four Félix Awards over the course of both 2021 ADISQ Galas, including Song of the Year for “À ma manière” (co-written by Mathieu Brisset, and published by Les Éditions Musique Variole enr.), Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year – Pop, and Album of the Year – Popular Success (for Acrophobia), the latter a category that combines physical album sales and digital platform airplay.

We reached her at her home studio and talked about her victories, and her fear of being just “a flash in the pan” – a fear that was finally assuaged by these awards. She also tells us about her privileged relationship with her fan base, which propelled her to centre stage over the last few years.