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.

Even though Souldia is a veteran of Québec’s rap scene, no one creates their tenth album the same way they did their first. The trick is to avoid repeating oneself while preserving one’s creative passion. This challenge was brilliantly met by Souldia on his Dixque d’art project, which earned him the Album of the Year—Rap Félix Award during the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ held at MTELUS on Nov. 2, 2022. After he won this award, we spoke with Souldia who, earlier, at the Industry gala held at Club Soda, accepted, alongside the rest of his team, an honour in the category TV Show of the Year — Music, for the TV rap competition La fin des faibles 

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.