In an interview with SOCAN, consecutive two-time Alternative Album of the Year JUNO Award winners July Talk (they won in 2016 for July Talk, and 2017 for Touch) discuss the other nominees in their category, how their second album was as well-received as their first, and how their songwriting process changed between the two recordings.

In an interview with SOCAN, 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Prize JUNO Award winner Buffy Sainte-Marie discusses how humanitarian work is of a piece with all of her other creative work, and talks about the current moment of widespread recognition for Indigenous culture in Canada.

The 2017 Gala des prix Trille Or was held at the Centre des arts Shenkman, in Orléans, near Ottawa, on Friday, May 5, and was broadcast live across the country on UNIS. Mehdi Cayenne walked away with three honours: Best Album (for Aube), Best Male Artist, and Best Song for “La pluie.” Anique Granger won Best Songwriter, an award presented to her by SOCAN Chief of Québec Affairs, Geneviève Côté, as well as Best Female Artist. Thus, Cayenne and Granger were the major winners of the evening.

Among the other winners were Pandaléon, who won Best Group; Ponteix, who won Breakout Artist of the Year and Best EP; Caroline Savoie, who won for Best Album from Acadie; and the band Hey, Wow, who Best Live Show.

Eric Parazelli, Editor of SOCAN’s Paroles & Musique online magazine, was on hand to interview Mehdi Cayenne and Anique Granger after the biennial gala, presented by the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM