In 2017, Vancouver-based, SOCAN and JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Dan Mangan and Halifax-based music promoter Laura Simpson opened a company called Side Door, an innovative marketplace for shows in alternative venue spaces. Here, they tell the story of how Side Door started, how it works, and its goals.

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.

Jean-Christian Céré, Hubert Lenoir, Sara Dendane

Left to right: Jean-Christian Céré (SOCAN), Hubert Lenoir, Sara Dendane (SOCAN)











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.

Jean-Christian Céré, Alicia Moffet, Sara Dendane

Left to right: Jean-Christian Céré (SOCAN), Alicia Moffet, Sara Dendane (SOCAN)











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.

SOCAN’s Gagan Singh presented a breakout session, The Creative Spark, at the 2022 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Amp Conference, held Sept 29 through Oct 9, 2022. Singh, SOCAN’s Creative Executive, Film/TV & Visual Media, used his experience as a songwriter, producer, and screen composer in an intimate seminar – based on his similar Tedx Talk – that took attendees through his strategy for developing ideas quickly and efficiently to find the elusive “creative spark” for music content creation.

SOCAN also supported the Upping the Sonic Game: Live Scoring Masterclass, which showed, by example, how live musicians enhance a score, and featured composers Amritha Vaz, Caleb and Brian Chan, and David Ramos, as well as live performances with members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

VIFF Amp explores every aspect of the intersection of music and sound in visual media, supporting an annual cohort of songwriters, composers, music supervisors, and managers. The event features curated masterclasses, case studies, panel discussions, networking, breakout sessions, and musical showcases, all designed to develop skills and create connections that can accelerate a career in film and television.

Other standout events included the opening keynote, An Evening with Michael Abels, the award-winning Composer of Jordan Peele’s hit movies Nope, Get Out, and Us. It was an evening of insight, creativity, and performances of Abels’ music, featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Music BC’s SOUNDOFF provided a showcase for promising local music-makers, with a focus on song placement and synch licensing in film and TV. Local artists performed live, to connect with music supervisors. Little Destroyer, Meltt, Kimmortal, Dacey, and Mikey Jose played for music supervisors Yvette Metoyer (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead); Shannon Murphy (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Far From Home); and Natasha Duprey (re-boots of The L Word, Kids In the Hall).

The Art of Composition seminar saw four composers – Vaz, the Chans, Miriam Cutler, and Adrian Ellis –  discussing the challenges of building a career based on personal values and an understanding of one’s role as an artist. From Hip-Hop to TV Scoring offered a conversation between Mato Wayuhi, who scored the hit Reservation Dogs TV series, and Jarrett Martineau, composer, and host of Reclaimed, the first-ever Indigenous music program on CBC Radio and CBC Music. The Art of Music Supervision featured  Metoyer, Murphy, Christine Greene Roe, and Tony Scudellari, Senior VP Television Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Another key session was Composing for Docs: The Collaboration of Filmmaker & Composer, with Cutler, Scudellari, and filmmaker Lisa Leeman.