Jay Scøtt surprised everyone by winning in the Album of the Year – Folk category of the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ 2022, which took place on Nov. 2, 2022, at MTELUS. Ses Plus Grands Succès won the top honours, in a category that included Émile Bilodeau, Édith Butler, Étienne Coppée, and Tire le Coyote. While his music is more influenced by rap than folk, Scøtt couldn’t care less about labels, and takes this honour as an acknowledgement of how far he’s come, from his home studio to crowded concert halls, with audiences singing the words to his songs in unison. We had a chat with him, backstage at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ.
SOCAN member Lisa LeBlanc has always had a knack for transforming a negative into a positive. So it’s no wonder that, in the context of pandemic adversity, her album Chiac Disco was born — a real ray of musical sunshine that allowed her to walk away with the Album of the Year—Pop Félix Award at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ held on Nov. 2, 2022 at MTELUS. It’s a fun, collaborative album — and Lisa’s first co-writing experience — that resonated with her audience, and even landed her on the short list for the Polaris Music Prize. We had a chat with her backstage at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ.
It was a long-awaited return to normal for ADISQ, which finally presented its first two galas in person – where pretty much the entire Québec music industry gathered, after two years using a hybrid format. A total of 46 Félix trophies were awarded during the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ, as well as the industry awards gala that took place at Montréal’s MTELUS and Club Soda.
Among the SOCAN members who stood out was, of course, the flamboyant Hubert Lenoir who collected four honours: Arrangement of the Year, Album of the Year – Alternative, Album of the Year – Critics’ Choice, and International Collaboration of the Year, presented by SOCAN, for the song and video “OCTEMBRE,” done with French singer Bonnie Banane. SOCAN’s Chief membership officer Jean-Christian Céré and Sara Dendane, Creative and Partnerships Executive for Québec, took the opportunity to congratulate him in person.
We also met with Hubert Lenoir in the press room just after he picked up his Critics’ Choice award, to get his impressions and ask him about his relationship with critics:
In the First Gala, SOCAN also extended an Kenekt songwriting camp invitation to SOCAN member Alicia Moffet, who won the $5,000 TELUS grant associated with ADISQ’s Ma Première Nomination program.
Other awards were presented to
- Naya Ali: Album of the Year – Anglophone, for Godspeed: Elevated
- TEKE::TEKE: Album of the Year – Other Languages, for Shirushi
- Lisa LeBlanc : Album of the Year – Pop, for Chiac Disco
- Lendemain de veille : Album of the Year – Country, for Le party est pogné
- Jean-Michel Blais : Album of the Year – Instrumenta, for Aubades
- Carl Mayotte : Album of the Year – Jazz, for Escale
- Souldia: Album of the Year – Rap, for Dixque d’art
- Millimetrik: Album of the Year – Electronic Music, for Sun-Drenched
- Afrikana Soul Sister: Album of the Year – World Music, for Kalasö
- Bon Enfant : Album of the Year – Rock, for Diorama
- Le Vent du Nord : Album of the Year – Roots, for 20 printemps
- Half Moon Run: Show of the Year – Anglophone. for the Look & Listen Tour 2022
- Patrice Michaud: Album of the Year – Adult Contemporary, for Grand voyage désorganisé
- Jay Scøtt: Album of the Year – Folk, for Ses plus grands succès
- Laura Niquay: Album of the Year – Indigenous languages, for Waska Matisiwin
Marilyne Léonard won the $10,000 Discovery Grant during the Bell Media Cocktail at Société des Arts Technologiques. For its inaugural edition, the Prix collégial de la chanson de l’année, a grant worth $5,000, went to Ariane Roy for her song, “Ce n’est pas de la chance.” The prize was awarded by a jury composed of students from 17 Cégeps in Québec.
Many SOCAN members performed at the First ADISQ Gala, including Afrikana Soul Sister, Bon Enfant, Pierre Lapointe – who also hosted the gala – Julia MacLaine, Koriass, Le Vent du Nord, Marieme, Martha Wainwright, Marilyne Léonard, Salomé Leclerc, Souldia, and Clay and Friends.
The show will be available to watch online on Nov. 3, 2022, and will be aired on Nov. 6, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET on Télé-Québec. This 44th annual celebration of Québec’s music industry will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.,with the televised Gala, once more hosted by comedian Louis-José Houde, and broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, live from Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.
For a complete list of the Premier Gala and Industry gala winners, visit the ADISQ website.