One would think the pandemic would have been fatal for a group like Bon Enfant. In a collective like this – some might call it a “supergroup” – where virtually every member has either a history of various musical experience, or a well-established solo career, even a temporary ban from performing in front of their fans could have easily resulted in a loss of motivation to move the project forward. However, the main creative duo of Daphné Brissette and Guillaume Chiasson, supported by Alex Burger, Étienne Côté (Lumière), and Mélissa Fortin, have doubled down. Thanks to their waiver, giving them the right to gather to record their second album, Diorama, they’ve beaten the odds, and even went on to win the Félix for Album of the Year – Rock, at the First Gala de l’ADISQ, on Nov. 2, 2022.

We spoke with the band after their win to find out how they manage to make everyone’s ego feel creatively equal.

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From Nov. 12 -15, 2022, the Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM), in collaboration with the Chambre Syndicale De l’Édition Musicale (CSDEM), hosted six songwriters from Canada and six from France for a songwriting camp at Planet Studio in Montréal. Groups of three were created each morning, and each group created one song every day. The camp concluded with a listening session of all the songs that were created during this collaborative effort. Meetings between music publishers also took place on the sidelines of the camp, just before the 2022 M for Montréal Festival kicked off. The SOCAN Foundation, as well as SODEC, Musicaction, and the Consulate General of France in Québec, participated financially to support the camp, which focused on pop and urban music. 

The participants from Québec were:
– Vanessa Roque (Bloc-Notes Music)
– Urhiel Madran-Cyr (Outloud)
– Shawn Jobin (1 2 3 Productions)
– Miro Belzil (Rosemarie Records)
– Étienne Dupuis-Cloutier (Bloc Notes Music)
– Antoine Poireau (Coop Faux-Monnayeurs) 

The participants from France were:
– Marion Aldebert (Essembe)
– Rémy Béesau (Balandras Éditions)
– Lister Haussman (Melmax Music)
– Yacine Mdarhri Alaoui (Musigamy)
– Sébastien Victoire (Sakifo Production)
– Louis Dureau (Universal Music Publishing France) 

SOCAN was pleased and proud to present SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards to The Beaches, Lowell, DZL, Lennon Stella, and Simon Wilcox, for their roles as co-writers of three songs that topped various charts in 2021 and 2022 – as follows:

“Grow Up Tomorrow,” performed by The Beaches, scaled the peak of the Billboard Canada Modern Rock chart on Sept. 12, 2022. The song was co-written by band members Eliza Enman-McDaniel, sisters Jordan and Kylie Mller, and Leandra Earl, along with singer and professional songwriter Lowell. SOCAN presented the award on Oct. 17, 2022, during the red carpet of the SOCAN Awards, held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

At the same event, SOCAN presented a No. 1 Song Award to DZL (aka Michael Holmes), for “Pick Up Your Feelings,” performed by Jazmine Sullivan, which reached the zenith of the Billboard Adult R&B Airplay chart on March 20, 2021. The 2022 Grammy-winning song was co-written by Jazmine Sullivan and DZL, among other co-writers, and published by Warner Chappell Music Canada.

On Nov. 15, 2022, in Los Angeles, we presented a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award to Lennon Stella and Simon Willcox for co-writing – along with Malay (aka James Ho, ASCAP) – “Fancy,” which topped the CBC Music Top 20 Countdown on Nov. 25, 2021. “Fancy” is performed by Lennon Stella, and published by the Universal Music Publishing Group Canada, and the award was presented by SOCAN Creative Executive, West Coast, Racquel Villagante.

SOCAN congratulates all of the aforementioned members on these great achievements!