2018 ADISQ Main Gala: Hubert Lenoir Cleans Up

Celebrating 40 years of handing out Félix trophies (named after galaxy class folk maestro Félix Leclerc), the main gala of the Quebec music industry awards (ADISQ) took place tonight opened by funny host Louis-José Houde. The evening began with some archival footage and a montage of 39 song of the year winners since the ADISQ gala’s inception in 1979. Not uncommonly, it was a clean sweep for the gents this year, as a female won the only award she was guaranteed – Female Artist of the Year. Klô Pelgag took it, dressed up like a man complete with a fake moustache. Newcomer Hubert Lenoir, in drag, scored a hat trick winning New Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year (Darlène), and Song of the Year (“Fille de personne II”). Given his choice of apparel, Louis-José described him as a mix of Iggy Pop, Francis Reddy, and Joe Bocan. Lenoir also won an award at the Premier Gala, for Album of the Year – Critical Acclaim. The album was put together in only six days in Quebec City. Philippe Brach won the most Félix awards overall this year – two tonight and three at the Premier gala for a total of five.

Hubert and the other four nominees for New Artist of the Year were part of the first performance segment. Loud, one of the five took the statuette for Rap Album of the Year.

After winning adult contemporary album of the year, Pierre Lapointe performed immediately before indie rock group Galaxie. Folk stars 2Frères performed together with Andréanne A. Malette. The former took home the award for Group or Duo of the Year. A standout performance from the evening was Isabelle Boulay’s heartfelt presentation; she then joined Tire le coyote and his distinctive twang.

A number of contemporary artists provided their interpretations of songs from Harmonium accompanied by the OSM. Video tributes and accolades from a number of major players honouring the legendary band were shown as well.

Find a list of nominees and winners for tonight’s categories below.

Album of the Year – Adult Contemporary

La route (2Frères)
En vérité (Isabelle Boulay)
Nos histoires (Maxime Landry)
La science du cœur (Pierre Lapointe) WINNER
Marée haute (Émile Proulx-Cloutier)

Album of the Year – Rap

La joie (Eman X Vlopper)
Zay (Fouki)
Une année record (Loud) WINNER
Mille soleils (Rymz)
Grosso-Modo (Seba et Horg)

Album of the Year – Pop

Ludovick Bourgeois (Ludovick Bourgeois)
Dysphorie (Roxane Bruneau)
Nos idéaux (Dumas)
La vie qu’il nous reste (Marc Dupré)
Darlène (Hubert Lenoir) WINNER

Author-Composer of the Year

Fanny Bloom
Philippe Brach WINNER
Pierre Lapointe
Loud
Tire le coyote

Song of the Year

Comme avant (2Frères)
J’en ai plein mon cass (Émile Bilodeau)
Faufile (Charlotte Cardin)
Une raison d’exister (Marc Dupré)
Fille de personne II (Hubert Lenoir) WINNER
Pour que tu m’aimes encore (Les sœurs Boulay)
Toutes les femmes savent danser (Loud)
Fou (Andréanne A. Malette)
La saison des pluies (Pascal Michaud)
À hauteur d’homme (Vincent Vallières)

Group or Duo of the Year

2Frères WINNER
Alfa Rococo
Galaxie
Kaïn
Les sœurs Boulay

Female Artist of the Year

Isabelle Boulay
Debbie Lynch-White
Andréanne A. Malette
Klô Pelgag WINNER
Guylaine Tanguay

Male Artist of the Year

Ludovick Bourgeois
Philippe Brach
Marc Dupré
Hubert Lenoir
Patrice Michaud WINNER

New Artist of the Year

Ludovick Bourgeois
Roxane Bruneau
Lydia Képinski
Hubert Lenoir WINNER
Loud

Concert of the Year – Author-Composer-Interpretation

Le silence des troupeaux (Philippe Brach) WINNER
Marc Dupré au Centre Bell/Là dans ma tête (Marc Dupré)
La science du cœur (Pierre Lapointe)
Un village en trois dés (Fred Pellerin)
Désherbage (Tire le coyote)

Concert of the Year – Interpretation

Pour une dernière fois (Angèle Dubeau/La Pietà)
Demain matin, Montréal m’attend (Various Artists) WINNER
En vérité (Isabelle Boulay)
Ludovick Bourgeois (Ludovick Bourgeois)
Agnus Dei & Noël ensemble – Le spectacle (Mario Pelchat et les prêtres)

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2018 Premier ADISQ Gala – Winners

The 2018 Premier ADISQ Gala, awarding what is deemed to be the best music of the year emerging from the province of Quebec, took place last night with Marie-Mai and Yann Perreau serving as hosts. Find a list of selected Félix award winners below. The Main Gala happens October 28.

Alternative Album of the Year: Le silence des troupeaux, Philippe Brach

Anglophone Album of the Year: Everything Now, Arcade Fire

Album of the Year – Critical Acclaim: Darlène, Hubert Lenoir

Classical/Large Ensemble Album of the Year: Portrait: Max Richter, Angèle Dubeau/La Piertà

Classical/Small Ensemble Album of the Year: Beethoven/Strauss, Les solistes OSM

Country Album of the Year: Depuis longtemps, Yoan

Folk Album of the Year: Desherbage, Tire le Coyote

Instrumental Album of the Year: Ubiquité, Martin Lizotte

Jazz Album of the Year: Three Rivers, Jordan Officer

Best-Selling Album of the Year: Agnus Dei, Mario Pelchat & Les Prêtres

World Music Album of the Year: Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time, Pierre Kwenders

Reinterpration Album of the Year: Desjardins, Various Artists

Rock Album of the Year: Super Lynx Deluxe, Galaxie

Traditional Album of the Year: Consolez-vous, De Temps Antan

Quebec Artist with Most Distinction Outside the Province: Loud

Music Video of the Year: La Saison des Pluies, Patrice Michaud

ADISQ Announces 2018 Nominations

ADISQ has announced the 2018 nominations for the galas to present Félix awards to what is deemed the best music emerging from music community in the Canadian province of Quebec. The bulk of Canada’s musique francophone recordings have the potential to be honoured here, but it is important to note that there are a number of French language recordings made in other provinces. ADISQ also rewards English-language music made in Quebec as well as music recorded in other languages.

Besides the industry awards, there will be two galas – the premiere and the main – similar to what is done with the JUNOs. The premiere gala at which most trophies will be handed out will take place October 24 and will be hosted by Marie-Mai and Yann Perreau. Louis-José Houde will be returning to host the main televised gala on October 28. An online PDF to view all the nominations is here. We imagine the Canadian school system provides enough instruction for you to understand the French language category headings. If not, you can take a look here.

2017 GALA ADISQ WINNERS: Bélanger & Michaud Win 2 Each

Daniel Bélanger and Patrice Michaud each won a pair of Félix awards at the 2017 ADISQ gala which recognizes the best music coming out of the industry in the province of Quebec. Daniel who was the favourite coming into the soiree in Montreal won the awards for Singer-Songwriter Show of the Year and for Pop Album of the Year thanks to his album Paloma. Patrice picked up the coveted award for Song of the Year thanks to megahit “Kamikaze”, and he was also named Male Artist of the Year.

Klô Pelgag added a third trophy to her 2017 collection (she won two at the Permier ADISQ gala on Thursday night), this time for Composer of the Year recognizing her work on album L’étoile thoracique. Big names Leonard Cohen and Céline Dion picked up awards, the former was given the Honourary Félix trophy and the latter took Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for multiplatinum Encore un soir.

In the exciting category of New Artist of the Year, the award was given to Émile Bilodeau. Safia Nolin was named Female Artist of the Year, and Les sœurs Boulay Group/Duo of the Year. Find a list of nominees and winners from tonight’s gala below.

HONOURARY FÉLIX
Leonard Cohen

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Pour Rosie, Valérie Carpentier
Autre monde, Luc De Larochellière
Encore un soir, Céline Dion – WINNER
La pluie entre nous, Catherine Durand
Univers parallèles, Damien Robitaille

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Paloma, Daniel Bélanger – WINNER
Almanach, Patrice Michaud
Nos eldorados, Alex Nevsky
Noir éden, Peter Peter
Le temps des vivants, Vincent Vallières

RAP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Les frères cueilleurs, Alaclair Ensemble – WINNER
Le retour de Jacobus, Jacques Jacobus
Long jeu, KNLO
Chasser ses demons, La Carabine
Petit prince, RYMZ

SONGWRITER/COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Alaclair Ensemble for Les frères cueilleurs
Avec pas d’casque for Effets spéciaux
Daniel Bélanger for Paloma
Klô Pelgag for L’étoile thoracique – WINNER
Peter Peter for Noir éden

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Émile Bilodeau – WINNER
Alexe Gaudreault
KNLO
Samuele
Saratoga

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Valérie Carpentier
Céline Dion
Ariane Moffatt
Safia Nolin – WINNER
Klô Pelgag

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bélanger
Koriass
Patrice Michaud – WINNER
Alex Nevsky
Vincent Vallières

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
2Frères
Les Cowboys Fringants
Les sœurs Boulay – WINNER
Les Trois Accords
Marie-Eve Janvier et Jean-François Breau

SONG OF THE YEAR
Il y a tant à faire, Daniel Bélanger
Tu ne sauras jamais, Ludovick Bourgeois
Les échardes, Charlotte Cardin
Encore un soir, Céline Dion
Oiseau, Fred Fortin
Marine marchande, Les Cowboys Fringants
Fais-moi un show de boucane, Les sœurs Boulay
Kamikaze, Patrice Michaud – WINNER
Polaroid, Alex Nevsky
Tout me ramène à toi, Roch Voisine

SHOW OF THE YEAR: SINGER-SONGWRITER
Paloma, Daniel Bélanger – WINNER
L’osstidtour, Koriass, Alaclair Ensemble, Brown
4488 de l’Amour, Les soeurs Boulay
Almanach, Patrice Michaud
Les horizons nouveaux, Richard Séguin

SHOW OF THE YEAR: PERFORMER
2Frères, 2Frères
Mary Poppins – La comédie musicale, Various Artists – WINNER
60 ans de bonheur avec vous, Michel Louvain
Nous, Renée Martel et Patrick Norman
Quatre, Tocadéo

Klô Pelgag Cleans Up at the 2017 ADISQ Premier Gala

Klô Pelgag‘s star shone the brightest on Thursday night at the 2017 ADISQ Premier Gala. The singer-songwriter won a pair of Félix awards in the first installment of the celebration of the music industry in the province of Quebec.

Thanks to her beautiful album L’étoile thoracique, Klô received the trophy for critics’ choice as well as best alternative album of the year. The producer of her second offering, Sylvain Deschamps, saw his talent rewarded earlier, at the industry gala.

Nabbing New Artist of the Year in 2014, the singer could add to her hardware again on Sunday at the main ADISQ gala with the Félix for composer of the year and female artist.

Almost a year after Leonard Cohen‘s passing, the artist’s work continues to be a source of praise and rewards.

Two posthumous honors were bestowed upon the creator of the immortal “Hallelujah”. He has been the most famous outside the province of Quebec in the last 12 months. He also offered the best English-language album, You Want It Darker.

The return of Céline Dion in French on a record was highly anticipated, and the Canadian diva easily took the award for best-selling album thanks to Encore un soir.

Sylvain Garneau, the father of Yoan – winner of the second edition of The Voice – rode to victory in the best country album category, he who released La clé du bonheur after a career spanning more than 40 years.

In total, 20 Félix trophies were doled out during the evening.

On Sunday, Louis-José Houde will once again be at the helm of the ADISQ Gala. With the success of his album Paloma, Daniel Belanger is the favourite going into the event.

Here are the winners from Thursday night. We include award titles in both official languages

Album de l’année – Alternatif
(Album of the year – Alternative)
L’Étoile thoracique – Klô Pelgag

Album de l’année – Anglophone
(Album of the year – Anglophone)
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen

Album de l’année – Choix de la critique
(Album of the year – Critics’ Choice)
L’Étoile thoracique – Klô Pelgag

Album de l’année – Classique Orchestre et grand ensemble
(Album of the year – Classical Orchestra and large ensemble)
Silence on joue, prise 2 – Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

Album de l’année – Classique Soliste et petit ensemble
(Album of the year – Classical soloist and small ensemble)
Live : Beethoven, Enescu, Chopin – Charles Richard-Hamelin

Album de l’année – Country
(Album of the year – Country)
La clé du bonheur – Sylvain Garneau

Album de l’année – Folk
(Album of the year – Folk)
Effets spéciaux – Avec pas d’casque

Album de l’année – Instrumental
(Album of the year – Instrumental)
Les voix intérieures – André Gagnon

Album de l’année – Jazz
(Album of the year – Jazz)
Entre le jazz et la java – Andrea Lindsay

Album de l’année – Meilleur vendeur
(Album of the year – Best seller)
Encore un soir – Céline Dion

Album de l’année – Musiques du monde
(Album of the year – World music)
Samito – Samito

Album de l’année – Réinterprétation
(Album of the year – Reinterpretation)
Reprises Vol.1, – Safia Nolin

Album de l’année – Rock
(Album of the year – Rock)
Rencontrer Looloo – Chocolat

Album de l’année – Traditionnel
(Album of the year – Traditional)
Laissez courir les chiens – Yves Lambert Trio

Album ou DVD de l’année – Humour
(Album of the year – Humour)
François Bellefeuille – François Bellefeuille

Album ou DVD de l’année – Jeunesse
(Album of the year – Children’s)
Pyjama Party – Elisabeth Cossette

Artiste québécois de l’année s’étant le plus illustré hors Québec
(Quebec Artist Most Distinguished Outside the Province)
Leonard Cohen

Spectacle de l’année – Anglophone
(Show of the year – Anglophone)
Sun Leads Me On – Half Moon Run

Spectacle de l’année – Humour
(Show of the year – Comedy)
Femme ta gueule – Mariana Mazza

Vidéo de l’année
(Video of the Year)
Ça que c’tait – Alaclair Ensemble

2017 Gala ADISQ Nominations

Nominations are out for the 2017 Gala ADISQ, the music awards for the industry in the province of Quebec. The premier gala will take place Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5 p.m. local time when most of the awards will be given out (like the JUNO gala dinner and awards). The big televised ADISQ gala where the remainder of the awards will be presented will happen Sunday, October 29, at 8 p.m. local time. It will be hosted for the 12th consecutive year by funny man Louis-José Houde. Below is a list of nominations in selected categories. Klô Pelgag and Daniel Bélanger have the most nominations. To view the entire slate, go here.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Pour Rosie, Valérie Carpentier
Autre monde, Luc De Larochellière
Encore un soir, Céline Dion
La pluie entre nous, Catherine Durand
Univers parallèles, Damien Robitaille

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Paloma, Daniel Bélanger
Almanach, Patrice Michaud
Nos eldorados, Alex Nevsky
Noir éden, Peter Peter
Le temps des vivants, Vincent Vallières

SONGWRITER/COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Alaclair Ensemble for Les frères cueilleurs
Avec pas d’casque for Effets spéciaux
Daniel Bélanger for Paloma
Klô Pelgag for L’étoile thoracique
Peter Peter for Noir éden

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Émile Bilodeau
Alexe Gaudreault
KNLO
Samuele
Saratoga

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Valérie Carpentier
Céline Dion
Ariane Moffatt
Safia Nolin
Klô Pelgag

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bélanger
Koriass
Patrice Michaud
Alex Nevsky
Vincent Vallières

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
2Frères
Les Cowboys Fringants
Les sœurs Boulay
Les Trois Accords
Marie-Eve Janvier et Jean-François Breau

SONG OF THE YEAR
Il y a tant à faire, Daniel Bélanger
Tu ne sauras jamais, Ludovick Bourgeois
Les échardes, Charlotte Cardin
Encore un soir, Céline Dion
Oiseau, Fred Fortin
Marine marchande, Les Cowboys Fringants
Fais-moi un show de boucane, Les sœurs Boulay
Kamikaze, Patrice Michaud
Polaroid, Alex Nevsky
Tout me ramène à toi, Roch Voisine

2016 ADISQ: Main Gala Hands Out 12 Trophies

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MONTREAL. This year’s ADISQ gala to honour the best from the music industry of the province of Quebec handed out a dozen Félix trophies. Opening the night, hosted by funny man Louis-José Houde, was a performance by 2Frères, Ingrid St-Pierre, Koriass, Richard Séguin, and Yann Perreau. Other performers throughout the evening were Charles Richard-Hamelin, Cœur de pirate, Les Cowboys Fringants, Plume Latraverse, Safia Nolin, and Les sœurs Boulay.

Céline Dion’s late husband and manager René Angélil was posthumously given an honorary award. Céline was in attendance and gave a special performance to his memory with Véronic Dicaire, René Simard, André-Philippe Gagnon, and Ginette Reno.

Two awards were given for shows of the year. For Singer-Songwriter, Jean Leloup won for his Le fantôme de Paradis City. For Performer, Fred Pellerin won for Plus tard qu’on pense.

Find a list of nominees below with the winner of the categories in blue, bold type.

REVELATION OF THE YEAR
2Frères
Rémi Chassé
Safia Nolin
Charles Richard-Hamelin
Erik West-Millette

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SONGWRITER/COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Bernard Adamus
Philippe Brach
Fred Fortin
Koriass
Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé

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GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
2Frères
Galaxie
Les Cowboys Fringants
Les Soeurs Boulay
Les Trois Accords

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FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Marie-Pierre Arthur
Laurence Jalbert
Marie-Mai
Safia Nolin
Ingrid St-Pierre

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MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Louis-Jean Cormier
Marc Dupré
Pierre Lapointe
Jean Leloup
Fred Pellerin

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SONG OF THE YEAR
Nous autres (2Frères)
Rien à faire (Marie-Pierre Arthur)
Crystel (Philippe Brach)
Oublie-moi (Carry On) (Coeur de pirate)
Si tu reviens (Louis-Jean Cormier)
Ton départ (Marc Dupré)
Le dernier homme (Pierre Flynn)
Voyageur (Jean Leloup)
Miami (Ariane Moffatt)
J’aime les oiseaux (Yann Perreau)

Marc Dupre - La Dans Ma Tete 2

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Nous autres (2Frères)
Les femmes comme des montagnes (Philémon Cimon)
XO (Laurence Nerbonne)
Trente (Karim Ouellet)
Le fantastique des astres (Yann Perreau)

2freres - Nous autres

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Bodh’aktan (Bodh’aktan)
Debout dans l’ombre (Rémi Chassé)
Ultramarr (Fred Fortin)
Octobre (Les Cowboys Fringants)
Joie d’être gai (Les Trois Accords)

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FOLK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sept jours en mai (Artistes variés)
Ma route (Laurence Jalbert)
4488 de l’Amour (Les Soeurs Boulay)
Limoilou (Safia Nolin)
Les nouveaux horizons (Richard Séguin)

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2016 ADISQ First Gala Winners

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The music industry of Quebec conducted its first gala of the 2016 ADISQ awards tonight hosted by Sébastien Diaz. The remainder of trophies will be handed out at the main gala Sunday, October 30 and hosted by Louis-José Houde. We have listed the nominees with winners in blue bold type of the first gala below. Additional winners are Classical Large Ensemble Mahler 10, Orchestre Métropolitain, Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Classical Small Ensemble Chopin, Charles Richard-Hamelin; Humour Album or DVD of the Year L’Album du peuple – Tome 10, François Pérusse; Children’s Album or DVD of the Year La guerre des tuques 3D, Various Artists;  Anglophone Concert of the Year Love Songs for Robots, Patrick Watson; Comedy Show of the Year Les Morissette, Louis Morissette, Véronique Cloutier. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

ADISQ FIRST GALA SELECTED NOMINATIONS

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Crier tout bas (Coeur de pirate)
Blacklights (Koriass)
Volonté (Manu Militari)
Noël partout (Safia Nolin)
J’aime les oiseaux (Yann Perreau)

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Volcano (Jason Bajada)
Céleste (Céleste Lévis)
La maison du monde (Catherine Major)
Tokyo (Ingrid St-Pierre)
L’amour, la guerre (Renee Wilkin)

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sorel soviet so what (Bernard Adamus)
Île Jésus (Bernhari)
Portraits de famine (Philippe Brach)
Coma (Les goules)
Touche-moi pas là (Les hôtesses d’hilaire)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Talk to Me (Kevin Bazinet)
Roses (Coeur de Pirate)
Sun Leads Me On (Half Moon Run)
Superfolk (Ian Kelly)
Taking One for the Team (Simple Plan)

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Portraits de famine (Philippe Brach)
Ultramarr (Fred Fortin)
Love suprême (Koriass)
Limoilou (Safia Nolin)
West Trainz (Erik West-Millette)

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Du Côté bleu du ciel (Véronique Labbé)
Au fil des avenues (Les bouches bées)
Réflexion (Les jumelles barabé)
Épouvantails (Les revenants)
Nous (Renée Martel and Patrick Norman)

RAP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Brown (Brown)
Message texte à nelligan (D-Track)
Love suprême (Koriass)
Océan (Manu Militari)
Argent Légal (Rednext level)

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Page 36 musique à numéro (Jeannot Bournival)
Anna (Michel Corriveau)
Ports d’attache (Michel Corriveau)
West Trainz (Erik West-Millette)
Résonances boréales (Roman Zavada)

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Spring (Susie Arioli)
Clear Day (Emilie-Claire Barlow)
Quiet Nights (Matt Dusk & Florence K)
Litania Projekt (Jacques Kuba Séguin & Le Quatuor Bozzini)
Misc (Misc)

BEST-SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Nous autres (2Frères)
Laisse-moi te dire (Paul Daraîche)
Octobre (Les cowboys fingants)
Et maintenant … Bécaud (Mario Pelchat)
L’album du peuple – Tome 10 (François Pérusse)

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sun Machine (Beat Market)
Paréidolie (Biobazar)
Chronicles of the Wasteland (Le Matos)
Fog Dreams (Millimetrik)
Comme si nous étions déjà libres (Organ Mood)

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Neo-reconquista (Boogat)
Melokáane (Élage Diouf)
Revuelta Danza Party (Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra)
Saar (H’sao)
Le retour (Tomas Jensen)

REINTERPRETATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Forever Gentlemen (Various Artists)
La Voix IV (Various Artists)
Patsy Cline (Brigitte Boisjoli)
Lomax (Betty Bonifassi)
Et maintenant … Bécaud (Mario Pelchat)

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Un canadien errant (Fàsta)
Lambert dans ses botines avec socalled (Yves Lambert)
Jusqu’aux oreilles (Musique à bouches)
3/4 fort (Nicolas Pellerin and Les grands hurleurs)
Party des fêtes de chez nous! (Various Artists)

QUEBECOIS WITH MOST SUCCESS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE
Coeur de pirate
Half Moon Run
Simple Plan
The Barr Brothers
Patrick Watson

2016 ADISQ Nominations!

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The music industry of Quebec has unveiled nominations for the 2016 ADISQ galas which will take place at the end of October. The awards honour most of Canada’s musique Francophone, though it is important to note that the ADISQ galas award Anglo, Allo, and instrumental music made in Quebec as well as international Franco music. It is also important to acknowledge that there is some Franco music being made outside of Quebec in other provinces. The ADISQ provides a nice complement to the JUNO awards, the latter slanted heavily towards Canadian Anglo music.

As in past years, there will be three ADISQ galas: an industry awards, hosted by Claudine Prévost, Thursday October 27th at 5:00 p.m. local time; the first ADISQ gala, hosted by Sébastien Diaz, which will hand out the bulk of the trophies, Thursday October 27th at 8:00 p.m.; and the main gala, hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Louis-José Houde, Sunday, October 30th at 7:30 p.m. Coeur de pirate, Safia Nolin and 2Frères have 5 nominations each. Find a list of selected nominations below (please forgive us for any misspellings). You can view the entire slate here.

ADISQ MAIN GALA SELECTED NOMINATIONS

REVELATION OF THE YEAR
2Frères
Rémi Chassé
Safia Nolin
Charles Richard-Hamelin
Erik West-Millette

SONGWRITER/COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Bernard Adamus
Philippe Brach
Fred Fortin
Koriass
Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
2Frères
Galaxie
Les Cowboys Fringants
Les Soeurs Boulay
Les Trois Accords

2Frères nominated for 5 awards including group/duo of the year

2Frères nominated for 5 awards including group/duo of the year

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Marie-Pierre Arthur
Laurence Jalbert
Marie-Mai
Safia Nolin
Ingrid St-Pierre

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Louis-Jean Cormier
Marc Dupré
Pierre Lapointe
Jean Leloup
Fred Pellerin

SONG OF THE YEAR
Nous autres (2Frères)
Rien à faire (Marie-Pierre Arthur)
Crystel (Philippe Brach)
Oublie-moi (Carry On) (Coeur de pirate)
Si tu reviens (Louis-Jean Cormier)
Ton départ (Marc Dupré)
Le dernier homme (Pierre Flynn)
Voyageur (Jean Leloup)
Miami (Ariane Moffatt)
J’aime les oiseaux (Yann Perreau)

Coeur de pirate nominated for 5 awards including song of the year

Coeur de pirate nominated for 5 awards including song of the year

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Nous autres (2Frères)
Les femmes comme des montagnes (Philémon Cimon)
XO (Laurence Nerbonne)
Trente (Karim Ouellet)
Le fantastique des astres (Yann Perreau)

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Bodh’aktan (Bodh’aktan)
Debout dans l’ombre (Rémi Chassé)
Ultramarr (Fred Fortin)
Octobre (Les Cowboys Fringants)
Joie d’être gai (Les Trois Accords)

FOLK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sept jours en mai (Artistes variés)
Ma route (Laurence Jalbert)
4488 de l’Amour (Les Soeurs Boulay)
Limoilou (Safia Nolin)
Les nouveaux horizons (Richard Séguin)

Safia Nolin nominated for 5 awards including folk album of the year

Safia Nolin nominated for 5 awards including folk album of the year

ADISQ FIRST GALA SELECTED NOMINATIONS

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Crier tout bas (Coeur de pirate)
Blacklights (Koriass)
Volonté (Manu Militari)
Noël partout (Safia Nolin)
J’aime les oiseaux (Yann Perreau)

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Volcano (Jason Bajada)
Céleste (Céleste Lévis)
La maison du monde (Catherine Major)
Tokyo (Ingrid St-Pierre)
L’amour, la guerre (Renee Wilkin)

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sorel soviet so what (Bernard Adamus)
Île Jésus (Bernhari)
Portraits de famine (Philippe Brach)
Coma (Les goules)
Touche-moi pas là (Les hôtesses d’hilaire)

Jason Bajada's Volcano nominated for adult contemporary album of the year

Jason Bajada’s Volcano nominated for adult contemporary album of the year

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Talk to Me (Kevin Bazinet)
Roses (Coeur de Pirate)
Sun Leads Me On (Half Moon Run)
Superfolk (Ian Kelly)
Taking One for the Team (Simple Plan)

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Portraits de famine (Philippe Brach)
Ultramarr (Fred Fortin)
Love suprême (Koriass)
Limoilou (Safia Nolin)
West Trainz (Erik West-Millette)

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Du Côté bleu du ciel (Véronique Labbé)
Au fil des avenues (Les bouches bées)
Réflexion (Les jumelles barabé)
Épouvantails (Les revenants)
Nous (Renée Martel and Patrick Norman)

Half Moon Run's Sun Leads Me On nominated for English album of the year

Half Moon Run’s Sun Leads Me On nominated for English album of the year

RAP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Brown (Brown)
Message texte à nelligan (D-Track)
Love suprême (Koriass)
Océan (Manu Militari)
Argent Légal (Rednext level)

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Page 36 musique à numéro (Jeannot Bournival)
Anna (Michel Corriveau)
Ports d’attache (Michel Corriveau)
West Trainz (Erik West-Millette)
Résonances boréales (Roman Zavada)

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Spring (Susie Arioli)
Clear Day (Emilie-Claire Barlow)
Quiet Nights (Matt Dusk & Florence K)
Litania Projekt (Jacques Kuba Séguin & Le Quatuor Bozzini)
Misc (Misc)

Quiet Nights by Matt Dusk and Florence K nominated for jazz album of the year

Quiet Nights by Matt Dusk and Florence K nominated for jazz album of the year

BEST-SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Nous autres (2Frères)
Laisse-moi te dire (Paul Daraîche)
Octobre (Les cowboys fingants)
Et maintenant … Bécaud (Mario Pelchat)
L’album du peuple – Tome 10 (François Pérusse)

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sun Machine (Beat Market)
Paréidolie (Biobazar)
Chronicles of the Wasteland (Le Matos)
Fog Dreams (Millimetrik)
Comme si nous étions déjà libres (Organ Mood)

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Neo-reconquista (Boogat)
Melokáane (Élage Diouf)
Revuelta Danza Party (Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra)
Saar (H’sao)
Le retour (Tomas Jensen)

Octobre by Les Cowboys Fringants nominated for best-selling album of the year

Octobre by Les Cowboys Fringants nominated for best-selling album of the year

REINTERPRETATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Forever Gentlemen (Various Artists)
La Voix IV (Various Artists)
Patsy Cline (Brigitte Boisjoli)
Lomax (Betty Bonifassi)
Et maintenant … Bécaud (Mario Pelchat)

TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Un canadien errant (Fàsta)
Lambert dans ses botines avec socalled (Yves Lambert)
Jusqu’aux oreilles (Musique à bouches)
3/4 fort (Nicolas Pellerin and Les grands hurleurs)
Party des fêtes de chez nous! (Various Artists)

QUEBECOIS WITH MOST SUCCESS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE
Coeur de pirate
Half Moon Run
Simple Plan
The Barr Brothers
Patrick Watson

Yann Perreau’s “J’aime les oiseaux” (above) nominated for music video of the year.

Top 10 Female Soloists of 2015

2015 may have been a male heavy year in terms of media coverage, music sales, radio spins, and 2016 JUNO nominations, but these ten women were absolute fire, and we love them. Based on the success of albums and singles on the Canadian charts, here are the Top 10 female soloists of 2015.

#10. Mia Martina

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While “Danse” was her big hit of 2014 (and gold-certified), the New Brunswick superstar who launched her career from the nation’s capital, released her second album, a self-titled affair, and single “Beast” which clawed itself into the Top 40. She also gave the track a spectacular performance at the Much Music Video Awards. Mia has been nominated for 3 JUNO Awards in the past though none this year.

#9. Jann Arden

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It’s pretty daunting to launch a Christmas album after Michael Bublé’s juggernaut, but Calgary’s Jann Arden did, and it was so good it impressed the likes of Rod Stewart. The album reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, received gold certification for sales of 40,000 units, and got her a JUNO nomination for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.

#8. Ria Mae

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Hailing from Halifax, Ria Mae’s “Clothes Off” became a sizable hit, reaching #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually going gold. It is nominated for Single of the Year at the JUNOs. Hopefully an album will appear in 2016.

#7. Brigitte Boisjoli

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A remarkable tribute album of Patsy Cline numbers, this native of Drummondville, QC has not yet been nominated for a JUNO but has won a number of other awards and accolades. The album reached #2 on the Billboard charts and struck gold.

#6. Jocelyn Alice

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Calgary’s Jocelyn Alice hit gold with “Jackpot”. It was the 80th biggest song of the year. Jocelyn put the release of an album on hold due to the success of the single, and many resulting approaches from bigger record labels. Now that she has inked a deal, an LP should appear in 2016.

#5. Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly released her critically acclaimed album Emotion. It did fairly well on the charts reaching #8. The album also spawned gold single “I Really Like You” (88th of the year). The song could have done better had it received stronger radio support. Carly is nominated only for JUNO Fan Choice this year. She won 3 awards in 2013.

#4. Ariane Moffatt

Ariane Moffatt

Ariane’s song “Debout” was 43rd of the year at CKOI which ranks both Anglo and Franco and both Canadian and international hits. Her album 22h22 made it to #4 on the weekly Billboard charts. It won Best Pop album at the ADISQ Felix Awards in Quebec. The album is nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the JUNOs. Ariane won a JUNO in the same category in 2009.

#3. Cœur de pirate

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Beatrice Martin’s “Carry On” was the Billboard Hot 100 charting single (her first) from album Roses. The native of Outremont, QC released a Franco version of the song called “Oublie-Moi”. The bilingual album was the second most successful from a Canadian female at 29th of the year (Billboard). It peaked on the weekly charts at #2 and went gold. Coeur de Pirate is nominated for 2 JUNOs this year: Songwriter of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice.

#2. Diana Krall

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Diana’s gold-certified album Wallflower was the most successful album of the year from a Canadian female soloist. It is nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year at the JUNOs. Diana is originally from Nanaimo, BC.

Honourable Mentions

Before we reveal the number one female soloist, here are a few honourable mentions: Grimes (critically acclaimed #16 album), Jess Moskaluke (Billboard Hot 100), Shania Twain (Billboard Top 10 album), Andee (Billboard Hot 100), Ash Koley (Billboard Hot 100), Avril Lavigne (Billboard Hot 100), Alyssa Reid (Billboard Hot 100), Charlie (Billboard Hot 100), Marie-Pierre Arthur (Felix Award winner), Bia (Felix Award winner), Jorane (Felix Award winner), Janina Fialkowska (Felix Award winner).

#1. Alessia Cara

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From Brampton, Ontario, this Italian Canadian teen star had the biggest and only platinum recording of the year from a home-grown female soloist. “Here”, the anti-party anthem, was a huge success internationally as well and brought the singer to perform on high-profile televised chat shows, not to mention at the last show on Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour. At 60th of the year overall, the song has given Alessia four JUNO nominations, and she was the first confirmed performer at the gala.

2015 ADISQ Main Gala Winners

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The 2015 ADISQ main gala took place in Montreal tonight November 8 and saw a lineup of superstars perform: Ariane Moffatt, Bobby Bazini, Fanny Bloom, Fred Pellerin, Galaxie, Jean Leloup, Louis-Jean Cormier, Marie-Mai, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Patrick Norman, and Philippe Brach. The event was hosted by funny man Louis Jose Houde. The ADISQ gala awards the best in Canadian music coming out of the province of Quebec, the bulk of which honour music performed in the French language. A list of nominees with winners bolded in red is below. Most of the Félix awards were handed out at the first gala. See the nominees and winners of that here.

Highlights from the gala which took place at la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts in Montreal are as follows. Host Louis-José Houde participated as one of three drummers to open the show. Unfortunately, Jean Leloup in accepting one of his awards mentioned a certain Louis but stumbled in trying to remember the surname; it left the host speechless. On a more serious note, Houde mentioned that francophone music currently accounted for 65% of songs aired on Québec radio stations who want to drag it down to 35%. Many artists during the evening wore a lapel pin to denounce the scheme. Houde also took some delicious swipes at streaming services.

Dominique Michel, a legendary music and TV personality since the 60s, received a lifetime achievement award. A highlight of the performances was a showing of girl power. Marie-Mai in red, Fanny Bloom in green, and Ariane Moffatt in blue performed on stage together in an electropop medley of three of their songs. Moffatt returned to the stage at precisely 10:22 p.m. to accept her award for Female Artist of the Year. Her album is titled 22h22. Jean Leloup took home 3 awards for the night. With the 2 he won at the first gala, his total of 5 makes him this year’s big winner.

SONG OF THE YEAR
RIEN À FAIRE BY MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
AVANT DE DISPARAÎTRE BY CLAUDE BÉGIN
OUBLIE-MOI (CARRY ON) BY COEUR DE PIRATE
SI TU REVIENS BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
ESPIONNE RUSSE BY JOSEPH EDGAR
LE MONDE EST VIRTUEL BY SERGE FIORI
PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP – WINNER
MÉCANIQUES GÉNÉRALES BY PATRICE MICHAUD
DEBOUT BY ARIANE MOFFATT
LES COLORIÉS BY ALEX NEVSKY

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

ADULT CONTEMPORARY
SI L’AURORE BY MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR – WINNER
SUR LA TERRE BY PIERRE FLYNN
HERVIEUX BY MARC HERVIEUX
APRÈS LA TOMBÉE DU RIDEAU BY PATRICK NORMAN
UN HOMME QUI VOUS RESSEMBLE BY MARIO PELCHAT

Marie-Pierre Arthur - Si l'aurore

FOLK
LA FOIRE ET L’ORDRE BY PHILIPPE BRACH
LES GRANDES ARTÈRES BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
FACE À L’OUEST BY KEVIN PARENT
PLUS TARD QU’ON PENSE BY FRED PELLERIN – WINNER
PANORAMA BY TIRE LE COYOTE

Fred Pellerin - Plus tard qu'on pense

POP
JÉRÔME COUTURE BY JÉRÔME COUTURE
LÀ DANS MA TÊTE BY MARC DUPRÉ
DEUXIÈME ACTE BY SALLY FOLK
M BY MARIE-MAI
22H22 BY ARIANE MOFFATT – WINNER

Ariane Moffatt - 22h22

SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
GUILLAUME BEAUREGARD
FANNY BLOOM
LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
PIERRE FLYNN
JEAN LELOUP – WINNER

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

GROUP OR DUO
ALFA ROCOCO
GALAXIE – WINNER
KAÏN
MARIE-EVE JANVIER / JEAN-FRANÇOIS BREAU
RADIO RADIO

Galaxie - Zulu

FEMALE
MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
BRIGITTE BOISJOLI
ISABELLE BOULAY
MARIE-MAI
ARIANE MOFFATT – WINNER

Ariane Moffatt - 22h22

MALE
LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
JEAN LELOUP – WINNER
ALEX NEVSKY
VINCENT VALLIÈRES
MARC DUPRÉ

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

NEWCOMER
BERNHARI
PHILIPPE BRACH – WINNER
JÉRÔME COUTURE
VALÉRIE LAHAIE
DAVID PORTELANCE

Philippe Brach - La foire et l'ordre

The First 2015 ADISQ Gala Hands Out Awards

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The first of two annual ADISQ galas recognizing the best music emerging from the province of Quebec took place last night. Nominees and award winners of 17 categories are listed below. The main gala will take place November 8 and present awards for Song of the Year as well as Adult Contemporary, Folk, and Pop Albums of the Year. Felix trophies will also be given to Artist of the Year winners: Songwriter, Group/Duo, Male, Female, and Newcomer. A number of other awards have been given out for concerts, DVDs, industry, and others. Find them all at the official website here. See winners of the main gala here.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
SI TU REVIENS BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
MARDI GRAS BY PIERRE KWENDERS – WINNER!
AUTOMNE BY LOUD LARY AJUST
JE COURS APRÈS MARIE BY PATRICE MICHAUD
DEBOUT BY ARIANE MOFFATT
ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY GENRE

Pierre Kwenders - le dernier empereur bantou

ALTERNATIVE
BERNHARI BY BERNHARI
TSS TSS BY CHOCOLAT
ZULU BY GALAXIE – WINNER!
27 FOIS L’AURORE BY SALOMÉ LECLERC
À LA MANIÈRE DES ANGES BY MARA TREMBLAY

Galaxie - Zulu

ENGLISH
WHERE I BELONG BY BOBBY BAZINI – WINNER!
POPULAR PROBLEMS BY LEONARD COHEN
SLEEPING OPERATOR BY THE BARR BROTHERS
LOVE SONGS FOR ROBOTS BY PATRICK WATSON
YOAN BY YOAN

bobby bazini - where i belong

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
LES GRANDES ARTÈRES BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
ZULU BY GALAXIE
27 FOIS L’AURORE BY SALOMÉ LECLERC
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP – WINNER!
PANORAMA BY TIRE LE COYOTE

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

CLASSICAL-LARGE ENSEMBLE
LUDOVICO EINAUDI: PORTRAIT BY ANGÈLE DUBEAU & LA PIETÀ – WINNER!
CONCERTOS FRANÇAIS POUR TROMPETTE BY PAUL MERKELO & THE OSM
BRUCKNER 3 BY THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA
BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONIES 2 & 4 BY KENT NAGANO
LA CIGALE ET LES VIOLONS BY CATHERINE PERRIN ET AL.

Angele Dubeau and La Pieta ludovico einaudi portrait

CLASSICAL-SMALL ENSEMBLE
METAMORFOSI – BAROQUE IMPRESSIONS BY CONSTANTINOPLE & SUZIE LEBLANC
CHOPIN: COMPLETE MAZURKAS BY JANINA FIALKOWSKA – WINNER!
CHOPIN: 24 PRÉLUDES BY ALAIN LEFÈVRE
AMAZING GRACE BY MARIE-JOSÉE LORD
LOVE’S MINSTRELS BY PHILIPPE SLY & MICHAEL MCMAHON

CHOPIN COMPLETE MAZURKAS BY JANINA FIALKOWSKA

COUNTRY
FILLE DU VENT BY CINDY BÉDARD
VOL. 2 BY ÉRIC GOULET
3E RUE SUD BY MAXIME LANDRY – WINNER!
20 BY LAURIE LEBLANC
MRIO PELUSO & LES HOBOS HURLEURS BY MARIO PELUSO

Maxime Landry - 3e Rue sud

HIP HOP
REFUS GLOBAL BY CHEAK
RADIOTHÉRAPIE BY DRAMATIK
XXL BY EMAN X VLOOPER – WINNER!
ENFANT DE LA TERRE BY SAMIAN
LE QUÉBÉCOIS BY SIR PATH

XXL BY EMAN X VLOOPER

JAZZ
QUANTUM BY EMIE R. ROUSSEL TRIO – WINNER!
L’ÉLÉVATION DU POINT DE CHUTE BY ODD LOT
TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK BY RÉMI BOLDUC JAZZ ENSEMBLE
ENTROIS COULEURS BY MARIE-JOSÉE SIMARD ET AL
LA VIE COMMENCE ICI BY MARIANNE TRUDEL

QUANTUM BY EMIE R. ROUSSEL TRIO

BEST-SELLER
MERCI SERGE REGGIANI BY ISABELLE BOULAY
LÀ DANS MA TÊTE BY MARC DUPRÉ
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
M BY MARIE-MAI
PLUS TARD QU’ON PENSE BY FRED PELLERIN – WINNER!

Fred Pellerin - Plus tard qu'on pense

WORLD MUSIC
AYRAD BY AYRAD
NAVEGAR BY BÏA – WINNER!
LE DERNIER EMPEREUR BANTOU BY PIERRE KWENDERS
PAMPA BLUES BY TANGO BORÉAL
IMMIGRAND BY WESLI

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REINTERPRETATION
DESCHAMPSONS BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
LÉGENDES D’UN PEUPLE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
BETTY BONIFASSI BY BETTY BONIFASSI
MERCI SERGE REGGIANI BY ISABELLE BOULAY
PARIS TRISTESSE BY PIERRE LAPOINTE – WINNER!

Pierre Lapointe - Paris tristesse

ROCK
TOUTTE EST TEMPORAIRE BY DANIEL BOUCHER
CHIEN NOIR BY CARAVANE
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP – WINNER!
ÎLE DE RÊVE BY LES MARINELLIS
SANTA MARIA BY DANY PLACARD

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

TRADITIONAL
LA TROUSSE DU TEMPS DES FÊTES-TOME III BY ALAIN FRANÇOIS
LES VENTS ORFÈVRES BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BÉLANGER
TÊTU BY LE VENT DU NORD – WINNER!
STE-WAVES BY LES POULES À COLIN
LES MÉTAMORPHOSES BY MÉLISANDE
ARTIST OF THE YEAR BY TYPE

Le vent du nord - Tetu

QUEBECOIS WITH MOST SUCCESS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE
COEUR DE PIRATE
PIERRE LAPOINTE – WINNER!
LES SOEURS BOULAY
KLÔ PELGAG
THE BARR BROTHERS
THE SEASONS

Pierre Lapointe - Paris tristesse

INSTRUMENTAL
TU DORS NICOLE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
EXIL BY MICHEL CORRIVEAU
MÉLOPÉE BY JORANE – WINNER!
RIVE GAUCHE BY ALAIN LEFÈVRE
AZIMUT(H) BY TRIO RICHARD-LIPSKY-HERSKOWITZ

Jorane - Melopee

INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONE WITH MOST SUCCESS IN QUEBEC
PATRICK BRUEL (FRANCE)
FRANCIS CABREL (FRANCE)
LA COMPAGNIE CRÉOLE (WEST INDIES/FRENCH GUIANA)
STROMAE (BELGIUM) – WINNER!
ZAZ (FRANCE)

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Performers at the 2015 ADISQ Gala

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Performers have been announced for the 2015 ADISQ gala to be held November 8. They are new wave, platinum JUNO winner Ariane Moffatt; platinum soul star Bobby Bazini; electro artist Fanny Bloom; multiplatinum folk charmer Fred Pellerin; garage rock band Galaxie; platinum rocker Jean Leloup; gold, JUNO winning alternative craftsman Louis-Jean Cormier; platinum pop-rock superstar Marie-Mai; adult contemporary sweetheart Marie-Pierre Arthur, multiplatinum roots legend Patrick Norman, and creative genius Philippe Brach. All of these artists are nominated at the 2015 ADISQ gala. We send all our love and best wishes to the ADISQ gala and all our sweethearts in Quebec from the beautiful west coast of Canada!

WHAT IS THE ADISQ GALA?
The ADISQ gala awards the best in Canadian music coming out of the province of Quebec, the bulk of which honour music performed in the French language. Félix awards, named after Canadian folk star Félix Leclerc, were first given in 1979 due to a lack of recognition for Francophone artists at the nation-wide JUNO awards. It is important to note that the gala also awards music performed in the English language that is made in Quebec and also that there are a number of Fancophone artists recording music outside of Quebec that would not be eligible for Félix awards. Because the JUNO Awards do not often nominate French language music outside of the Francophone Album of the Year category and because most of the popular Francophone artists make their music in Quebec, the Canadian Music Blog ranks the ADISQ gala as the most important of the important regional music awards galas in Canada.

ADISQ 2015: The First Gala – Performers

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ADISQ, handling affairs of the music industry in the federation’s beauteous province, has announced details surrounding the first of two galas to celebrate the best music of the year from Quebec’s recording artists. Similar to the nation-wide JUNO Awards, there will be two galas, the first of which hands out most of the awards. This has hitherto been referred to as L’autre gala and has this year been renamed Le premier gala (the first gala). It will be broadcast live on October 27 via MusiquePlus and MusiMax, 8 p.m. local time in Montreal.

Performers at the first gala announced are Alex Nevsky, Salomé Leclerc, Eman X Vlooper, Jacques Kuba Séguin (Odd Lot), Tire le coyote, The Seasons, Patrice Michaud, and Yoan! During the show, hosts will provide more information than in the past about the award recipients and list some statistics on their accomplishments to help viewers get to know them and their works a little better. While most provinces and regions of Canada hold awards to honour local artists, the ADISQ gala holds special importance because it honours the bulk of Canada’s Franco music.

2015 ADISQ Nominations

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The Quebec music (ADISQ) award nominations for 2015 are out with a slick website to help us explore Canadian Franco music in general here. The website is available in both official languages. The first of the two ADISQ galas will take place October 27 and the main one November 8. There will also be an industry awards gala on the 27th. A total of 129 artists have been nominated. Jean Leloup and Louis-Jean Cormier lead with six nominations each; Ariane Moffatt has five. Below is a list of the 2015 nominations. We left out concert, dvd, and industry award nominees. View all award categories in English here.

SONG OF THE YEAR
RIEN À FAIRE BY MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
AVANT DE DISPARAÎTRE BY CLAUDE BÉGIN
OUBLIE-MOI (CARRY ON) BY COEUR DE PIRATE
SI TU REVIENS BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
ESPIONNE RUSSE BY JOSEPH EDGAR
LE MONDE EST VIRTUEL BY SERGE FIORI
PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
MÉCANIQUES GÉNÉRALES BY PATRICE MICHAUD
DEBOUT BY ARIANE MOFFATT
LES COLORIÉS BY ALEX NEVSKY

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
SI TU REVIENS BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
MARDI GRAS BY PIERRE KWENDERS
AUTOMNE BY LOUD LARY AJUST
JE COURS APRÈS MARIE BY PATRICE MICHAUD
DEBOUT BY ARIANE MOFFATT

ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY GENRE

ADULT CONTEMPORARY
SI L’AURORE BY MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
SUR LA TERRE BY PIERRE FLYNN
HERVIEUX BY MARC HERVIEUX
APRÈS LA TOMBÉE DU RIDEAU BY PATRICK NORMAN
UN HOMME QUI VOUS RESSEMBLE BY MARIO PELCHAT

ALTERNATIVE
BERNHARI BY BERNHARI
TSS TSS BY CHOCOLAT
ZULU BY GALAXIE
27 FOIS L’AURORE BY SALOMÉ LECLERC
À LA MANIÈRE DES ANGES BY MARA TREMBLAY

ENGLISH
WHERE I BELONG BY BOBBY BAZINI
POPULAR PROBLEMS BY LEONARD COHEN
SLEEPING OPERATOR BY THE BARR BROTHERS
LOVE SONGS FOR ROBOTS BY PATRICK WATSON
YOAN BY YOAN

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
LES GRANDES ARTÈRES BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
ZULU BY GALAXIE
27 FOIS L’AURORE BY SALOMÉ LECLERC
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
PANORAMA BY TIRE LE COYOTE

CLASSICAL-LARGE ENSEMBLE
LUDOVICO EINAUDI: PORTRAIT BY ANGÈLE DUBEAU & LA PIETÀ
CONCERTOS FRANÇAIS POUR TROMPETTE BY PAUL MERKELO & THE OSM
BRUCKNER 3 BY THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA
BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONIES 2 & 4 BY KENT NAGANO
LA CIGALE ET LES VIOLONS BY CATHERINE PERRIN ET AL.

CLASSICAL-SMALL ENSEMBLE
METAMORFOSI – BAROQUE IMPRESSIONS BY CONSTANTINOPLE & SUZIE LEBLANC
CHOPIN: COMPLETE MAZURKAS BY JANINA FIALKOWSKA
CHOPIN: 24 PRÉLUDES BY ALAIN LEFÈVRE
AMAZING GRACE BY MARIE-JOSÉE LORD
LOVE’S MINSTRELS BY PHILIPPE SLY & MICHAEL MCMAHON

COUNTRY
FILLE DU VENT BY CINDY BÉDARD
VOL. 2 BY ÉRIC GOULET
3E RUE SUD BY MAXIME LANDRY
20 BY LAURIE LEBLANC
MRIO PELUSO & LES HOBOS HURLEURS BY MARIO PELUSO

FOLK
LA FOIRE ET L’ORDRE BY PHILIPPE BRACH
LES GRANDES ARTÈRES BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
FACE À L’OUEST BY KEVIN PARENT
PLUS TARD QU’ON PENSE BY FRED PELLERIN
PANORAMA BY TIRE LE COYOTE

HIP HOP
REFUS GLOBAL BY CHEAK
RADIOTHÉRAPIE BY DRAMATIK
XXL BY EMAN X VLOOPER
ENFANT DE LA TERRE BY SAMIAN
LE QUÉBÉCOIS BY SIR PATH

INSTRUMENTAL
TU DORS NICOLE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
EXIL BY MICHEL CORRIVEAU
MÉLOPÉE BY JORANE
RIVE GAUCHE BY ALAIN LEFÈVRE
AZIMUT(H) BY TRIO RICHARD-LIPSKY-HERSKOWITZ

JAZZ
QUANTUM BY EMIE R. ROUSSEL TRIO
L’ÉLÉVATION DU POINT DE CHUTE BY ODD LOT
TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK BY RÉMI BOLDUC JAZZ ENSEMBLE
ENTROIS COULEURS BY MARIE-JOSÉE SIMARD ET AL
LA VIE COMMENCE ICI BY MARIANNE TRUDEL

BEST-SELLER
MERCI SERGE REGGIANI BY ISABELLE BOULAY
LÀ DANS MA TÊTE BY MARC DUPRÉ
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
M BY MARIE-MAI
PLUS TARD QU’ON PENSE BY FRED PELLERIN

WORLD MUSIC
AYRAD BY AYRAD
NAVEGAR BY BÏA
LE DERNIER EMPEREUR BANTOU BY PIERRE KWENDERS
PAMPA BLUES BY TANGO BORÉAL
IMMIGRAND BY WESLI

POP
JÉRÔME COUTURE BY JÉRÔME COUTURE
LÀ DANS MA TÊTE BY MARC DUPRÉ
DEUXIÈME ACTE BY SALLY FOLK
M BY MARIE-MAI
22H22 BY ARIANE MOFFATT

REINTERPRETATION
DESCHAMPSONS BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
LÉGENDES D’UN PEUPLE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
BETTY BONIFASSI BY BETTY BONIFASSI
MERCI SERGE REGGIANI BY ISABELLE BOULAY
PARIS TRISTESSE BY PIERRE LAPOINTE

ROCK
TOUTTE EST TEMPORAIRE BY DANIEL BOUCHER
CHIEN NOIR BY CARAVANE
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
ÎLE DE RÊVE BY LES MARINELLIS
SANTA MARIA BY DANY PLACARD

TRADITIONAL
LA TROUSSE DU TEMPS DES FÊTES-TOME III BY ALAIN FRANÇOIS
LES VENTS ORFÈVRES BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BÉLANGER
TÊTU BY LE VENT DU NORD
STE-WAVES BY LES POULES À COLIN
LES MÉTAMORPHOSES BY MÉLISANDE

ARTIST OF THE YEAR BY TYPE

INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONE WITH MOST SUCCESS IN QUEBEC
PATRICK BRUEL (FRANCE)
FRANCIS CABREL (FRANCE)
LA COMPAGNIE CRÉOLE (WEST INDIES/FRENCH GUIANA)
STROMAE (BELGIUM)
ZAZ (FRANCE)

QUEBECOIS WITH MOST SUCCESS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE
COEUR DE PIRATE
PIERRE LAPOINTE
LES SOEURS BOULAY
KLÔ PELGAG
THE BARR BROTHERS
THE SEASONS

SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
GUILLAUME BEAUREGARD
FANNY BLOOM
LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
PIERRE FLYNN
JEAN LELOUP

GROUP OR DUO
ALFA ROCOCO
GALAXIE
KAÏN
MARIE-EVE JANVIER / JEAN-FRANÇOIS BREAU
RADIO RADIO

FEMALE
MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
BRIGITTE BOISJOLI
ISABELLE BOULAY
MARIE-MAI
ARIANE MOFFATT

MALE
LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
JEAN LELOUP
ALEX NEVSKY
VINCENT VALLIÈRES
MARC DUPRÉ

NEWCOMER
BERNHARI
PHILIPPE BRACH
JÉRÔME COUTURE
VALÉRIE LAHAIE
DAVID PORTELANCE