2013 ADISQ Félix Award Winners, Part 2/2

Felix TrophyOctober 27, 2013 – The main ADISQ gala was held to honour the best in Canadian Francophone music. ADISQ is the organization representing the music industry in Quebec. The first awards were given in 1979 and were launched due to a lack of representation of Franco music at the Juno Awards. The ADISQ gala is also referred to as the Felix Awards. The trophies were named in honour of Canada’s first international folk star, Felix Leclerc. Although the focus is on Franco music in Quebec, awards are also given to Francophone artists in other provinces, Anglophone artists within Quebec, and international Francophone artists. Below is a list of nominees with the winner bolded in red, selected categories. You can view a list of nominees and winners in all categories at the ADISQ website HERE. Felicitations to all the winners.

2013 ADISQ Felix Award Winners, Par 1/2 is HERE

OCTOBER 27 MAIN GALA NOMINEES AND WINNERS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Sans Attendre : Céline Dion
L’instant aimé : Jorane
C’est d’l’amour ou c’est comme : Lindsay – De Larochellière
L’escapade : Ingrid St-Pierre
Confidences : Roch Voisine

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – POP
Mixmania3 : Artistes varies
Nous sommes les mêmes : Marc Dupré
Punkt : Pierre Lapointe
Miroir : Marie-Mai
FOX : Karim Ouellet

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ROCK
Chic de ville : Daniel Bélanger
Le treizième étage : Louis-Jean Cormier
Si tel est ton désir : Jean-Marc Couture
Du plaisir et des bombes : Keith Kouna
J’aime ta grand-mère : Les Trois Accords

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bélanger
Louis-Jean Cormier
Keith Kouna
Pierre Lapointe
Les soeurs Boulay

POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR
Les filles : Amylie
Je poursuis mon bonheur : Daniel Bélanger
Danse et danse : Cœur de pirate
Parler à mon père : Céline Dion
Nous sommes les mêmes : Marc Dupré
J’aime ta grand-mère : Les Trois Accords
Le mémoire de Loco Locass : Loco Locass
C.O.B.R.A. : Marie-Mai
L’amour : Karim Ouellet
Mon cœur pour te garder : Amélie Veille

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Kaïn
Les Cowboys Fringants
Les Trois Accords
Loco Locass
Mes Aïeux

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Céline Dion
Lisa LeBlanc
Marie-Mai
Ariane Moffatt
Annie Villeneuve

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bélanger
Louis-Jean Cormier
Marc Dupré
Karim Ouellet
Fred Pellerin

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
Les soeurs Boulay
Jean-Marc Couture
Forêt
Hôtel Morphée
Keith Kouna2013 ADISQ gala Felix award winners

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2013 ADISQ Félix Award Winners, Part 1/2

felix trophyOctober 22, 2013 – Today the first ADISQ galas were held to honour the best in Canadian Francophone music. ADISQ is the organization representing the music industry in Quebec. The first awards were given in 1979 and were launched due to a lack of representation of Franco music at the Juno Awards. The ADISQ gala is also referred to as the Felix Awards. The trophies were named in honour of Canada’s first international folk star, Felix Leclerc. Although the focus is on Franco music in Quebec, awards are also given to Francophone artists in other provinces, Anglophone artists within Quebec, and international Francophone artists. There were actually two galas held today, one for the industry awards and one for the bulk of music awards (called “l’Autre Gala”). Awards for the major categories will be handed out during the main gala on October 27. Below is a list of l’Autre Gala nominees with the winner bolded in red, selected categories. You can view a list of nominees and winners in all categories (25) at the ADISQ website HERE. Congratulations to all the winners.

2013 ADISQ Felix Award Winners, Part 2/2 is HERE

OCTOBER 22 L’AUTRE GALA NOMINEES AND WINNERS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ALTERNATIVE
Forêt : Forêt
Angus Dei : Gros Mené
Des histoires de fantômes : Hôtel Morphée
Une version améliorée de la tristesse : Peter Peter
27 Club : Ponctuation

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ANGLOPHONE
°1 : Champion
The Year He Drove Me Crazy : Coral Egan
Travelling Love : Elisapie
The Chase: Groenland
60 Thoughts A Minute : Marilou

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – CRITICS’ CHOICE
Chic de ville : Daniel Bélanger
Le treizième étage : Louis-Jean Cormier
Le poids des confettis : Les sœurs Boulay
FOX : Karim Ouellet
Une version améliorée de la tristesse : Peter Peter

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – COUNTRY
Ce que je suis : Pier Béland
Maison Mobile : Madame Moustache
Assise dans ma tête : Michèle O.
Mitan : Tire le coyote

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – FOLK
No 2 : Bernard Adamus
Les murs blancs du nord : Catherine Durand
Y’a pas de bon silence : David Jalbert
Le poids des confettis : Les sœurs Boulay
Démon vert : Dany Placard

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – BEST-SELLING
Star Académie Noël : Artistes variés
Mes amours, mes amis : Paul Daraîche
Sans Attendre : Céline Dion
Le Québec est mort, Vive le Québec! : Loco Locass
Miroir : Marie-Mai

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ELECTRONIC
Red Magic : Beat Market
Danse avec Herri Kopter : Jérôme Minière
D.I.Y. swag : Maxime Robin
Ziibel : Ziibel

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – WORLD MUSIC
El Dorado Sunset : Boogat
Oria : H’Sao
1 Moment! : Paul Kunigis
Azul : Roberto López
Capharnaum : Mad’MoiZèle Giraf

INTERNATIONAL FRACOPHONE ARTIST WITH THE MOST SUCCESS IN QUÉBEC
Bénabar, France
Patrick Bruel, France
Indochine, France
Zachary Richard, United States
Tryo, France

QUÉBEC ARTIST WITH THE MOST SUCCESS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE
Cœur de pirate
Céline Dion
Half Moon Run
Ariane Moffatt
Patrick Watson

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ouais ben : Bernard Adamus
La journée qui s’en vient est flambant neuve : Avec pas d’casque
Place de la République : Cœur de pirate
La sexualité : Pierre Lapointe
Acrobates de l’éternité : Yann Perreau
Une version améliorée de la tristesse : Peter Peter

Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Pop Album of the Year Nominees

Mixmania3 by Various Artists

Mixmania 3Mixmania is a televised performance-based show where two teams of Canadian youth compete for the most talented. The girls and boys teams consist of four members each. The show has become very popular in Québec. After each season, an album featuring the young singers is released, containing mostly original compositions. This is the third various artists compilation. The songs are mainly done in dance pop style. Rather than having each track sung by a different finalist, each contains a different mix of singers, both male and female (two or more).

Nous sommes les mêmes by Marc Dupré

Marc Dupre - Nous sommes les memesMarc’s last album, 2010′s Entre deux mondes, nabbed the coveted Félix award for Pop/Rock Album of the Year. Song “Si on changeait” won a SOCAN award. The title track of this, his 4th studio album is the most successful Franco song so far in 2013, reaching #47 on the Canadian Hot 100. “Un coup sur mon coeur” has also appeared on the chart. The music here is passionate, vibrant, and fresh. Whether you are riding a bicycle in the sunset or racing down the highway in a convertible, the album contains the perfect tracks to accompany the drive.

Punkt by Pierre Lapointe

Pierre Lapointe - PunktAlma, QC’s multiple Félix winning Pierre Lapointe has scored a pair of platinum albums. This cinematic-flavoured work debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart. Short video arcade themed sequences are interspersed like commercial breaks during a television show. For us, this album conjured images of muppets on laughing gas dancing around a letter of the alphabet, time-lapsed photography of love locks being placed on a chain-link fence near Pont des Arts in Paris, and Miss Havisham waltzing around her dilapidated mansion in her dusty wedding gown.

Miroir by Marie-Mai

Marie-Mai - MiroirUpon release, Marie-Mai’s 4th studio album topped the iTunes albums chart. Recently, it has been certified platinum. It contains her smash hits “Sans cri ni haine”, a Franco cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” and “C.O.B.R.A.” both of which made the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The album presents a thoughtful blend of Marie-Mai’s signature high-energy tunes like “Toujours là”, delicate ballads like “Différents”, heartland guitar tracks like “Je rêve de nous”, and piano-driven melodies like “Si les mots”. The English tracks were taken from 2010 recordings of an unreleased Anglo EP.

Fox by Karim Ouellet

Karim Ouellet - FoxBorn in Dakar, Senegal, Karim is currently one of the hottest new Francophone artists in the country. Off this musically and culturally rich album, “L’amour” was a charting single, scaling up to #64 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The title track was also a big radio hit in Québec. Karim has been praised for both his guitar skills and soft, handsome voice. His music embodies a potpourri of styles—folk, soul, African pop, reggae, with even some electro beats thrown in—all bound together by his direct and chipper spirit. This music will put a smile on your face.

Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: AC Album of the Year Nominees

Sans Attendre by Céline Dion

Celine-Dion - Sans-attendreA triple-platinum release at home with worldwide sales in excess of 1.3 million, the most successful Canadian recording artist of all-time remains a force to be reckoned with. The album contains “Parler à mon père” which peaked at #53 on the Canadian Hot 100 and was the 77th biggest song of 2012 in France. It is a dedication to Céline’s father (and #1 fan) who passed away several years ago. The disc also has three duets: with legendary Canadian Jean-Pierre Ferland, Johnny Hallyday (best-selling French recording artist of all-time), and virtual duet with Caribbean singer Henri Salvador.

L’instant aimé by Jorane

Jorane - L'instant aiméQuébec City’s Baroque-pop singer-songwriter Jorane has been called the Tori Amos of the cello. She makes classical folk pop with a dash of the avant-garde. She has received well over 20 Félix nominations, winning one for Folk Album of the Year in 2004, and has also been nominated for 2 JUNOs. Mostly originals, this 10th album of hers also contains a cover of Diane Dufresne’s “J’ai rencontré l’homme de ma vie” as well as of Indochine’s classic “J’ai demandé à la lune”. There are also 2 instrumental (voice without words) tracks.

C’est d’l’amour ou c’est comme by Lindsay & De Larochellière

Andrea Lindsay & Luc De Larochellière - C'est d'l'amour ou c'est commeThey are both JUNO winning recording artists. She is a newer artist from Guelph, ON. Though an Anglophone, she fell in love with French music and culture on a trip to France when she was 18. She released her first album in 2006. He is a veteran, having scored a number of hit singles in the late 80s to early 90s and released a platinum album. The two of them met at a music festival and experienced instant chemistry. De Larochellière’s manager had the idea of their making an album together. This is the fruit of their labours, a sweet folk-pop album.

L’escapade by Ingrid St-Pierre

Ingrid St-Pierre - L'escapadeFairly new to the club, this is the second LP from charming, candid, and intelligent Ingrid St-Pierre who had previously dazzled the citizens of Trois-Rivières with her café lounge piano and string quartet gigs. Her first album procured a trio of Félix nominations (her music video for “Ficelles” was nothing short of stunning). L’escapade continues her drive towards the highest standards of art and beauty and showcases a celebration of autumn’s pretty melancholy best enjoyed, in her words, while dressed in wool garments eating some toffee.

Confidences by Roch Voisine

Roch Voisine - ConfidencesHe is a multiplatinum artist at home and in 1989 became the first Canadian Francophone artist to score a diamond album in France, thanks to Hélène. He has scored huge hits in both official languages, his best-known Anglo song being the David Foster-produced “I’ll Always Be There”. New Brunswick’s 2-time JUNO winner Roch Voisine, after completing his Americana trilogy of covers, unveiled his 20th studio album, Confidences, which consists of entirely original compositions, including the single “Montréal-Québec” as well as a 14-minute-long song entitled “Le chemin”.

Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Rock Album of the Year Nominees

Chic de ville by Daniel Bélanger

Daniel Belanger Chic de VilleThis rich blend of rockabilly and country from multiple JUNO-winning, double-platinum Daniel Bélanger made it to #2 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Daniel has sold over half a million records since his debut in ’92. He provides a number of vocal styles through the album, whether it’s Roy Orbison reverb, 5th gear falsetto, letting loose, or lullabying. On this fabulous disc, Daniel masters the music of train chugging bass, Brylcreem-haired guitar playing, Hawaii 5-0 drumming, and play-it-again-Sam piano, all garnished with intricate string arrangements.

Le treizième étage by Louis-Jean Cormier

Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizieme EtageThis stunning piece of work is the front man of Karkwa’s first solo album, and it nabbed the JUNO for Francophone Album of the Year in April. It is melancholy, reflective, introspective, and at times psychedelic, centered on acoustic guitar with some electric jolts and electronic ambiance to make the listener feel as if he is waddling through dust on the dark side of the moon. Cormier’s singing style of half-whispered determined calm is a perfect match for the soft strums of the guitar that seem to come at you as if from the no-zone space of the thirteenth floor.

Si tel est ton désir by Jean-Marc Couture

Jean-Marc Couture - Si tel est ton desirWinner of last year’s Star Académie, New Brunswick’s Jean-Marc Couture released his debut (bilingual) album this year, the product of the songwriting and production talents of Québec’s elite including Daniel Bélanger, Michel Pagliaro, Coeur de Pirate, Éric Lapointe, Marc Dupré, and Fred St-Gelais. Jean-Marc threw a performance-based album release party at the Olympia in Montréal to an enthusiastic crowd of 2,000 strong. His vocal cords and guitar strings seem to be soul mates breaking down the barriers of time to link the classic with the contemporary on this fine work.

Du plaisir et des bombes by Keith Kouna

Keith Kouna - Du plaisir et des bombesKeith won the SOCAN Songwriting Prize this year for his folky “Batiscan” receiving the highest number of votes from the public among the five nominated works. This is his second album (his first appeared in 2008). In general, this is a harder and punkier brand of rock than on the other albums in this ADISQ category; however, there is quite a bit of variety. Keith does a pretty good job at rapping on “Pas de panique” and dishes out some creepiness on “Anna”. He cooks up a serious piano ballad, “Napalm” and gets our funny bones jiggling with the jestful “Les pouliches”.

J’aime ta grand-mère by Les Trois Accords

Les Trois Accords - J'aime ta grand-mereAlternative rock band Les Trois Accords have scored a number of big hit singles and have opened for The Rolling Stones. They have won multiple Félix awards and been nominated for a JUNO twice. The band has always emphasized art over logic adding dashes of humour and idiosyncrasy bordering on the absurd helping them to score one gold and one platinum album. J’aime ta grand-mere, their fifth LP, pays tribute to some indie and garage rock, punk, and British new wave. As well, country legend Renée Martel makes an appearance on one of the tracks.

Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Best-Selling Album of the Year Nominees

Star Académie Noël by Various Artists

Star Academie NoelAs the title suggests, this is a Christmas album by the 14 stellar 2012 finalists of Montréal hit TV reality series Star Académie. In just 17 days, it was certified platinum. Season’s greetings classics were arranged under the artistic direction of multiplatinum recording artist Gregory Charles in a variety of genres: gospel, folk, pop, traditional vocal, AC, jazz, and blues. Hearing these holiday tunes confirms that Leclerc, Bédard, Lachance, Audet, May, Malette, Lee, Couture, Benoit, Morin, Dion, Lafond, Guerrette, and Pelletier are among the best young vocalists in the country.

Mes amours, mes amis by Paul Daraîche

Paul Daraiche - Mes Amours Mes AmisThis platinum album contains 15 sumptuous tunes of quintessential country singer Paul Daraîche, all performed in duets with some of Canada’s biggest superstars: Lynda Lemay, Daniel Lavoie, Richard Desjardins, Isabelle Boulay, Roch Voisine, Isabelle Boulay, Mario Pelchat, Yves Lambert, Édith Butler, Maxime Landry, Laurence Jalbert, Patrick Norman, Luce Dufault, Cindy Daniel, and Marc Hervieux. Onboard as well are French stars Dick Rivers and Hugues Aufray. Paul has a music career spanning 45 years and has sold 1.7 million albums. This is his 27th.

Sans Attendre by Céline Dion

Celine-Dion - Sans-attendreA triple-platinum release at home with worldwide sales in excess of 1.3 million, the most successful Canadian recording artist of all-time remains a force to be reckoned with. The album contains “Parler à mon père” which peaked at #53 on the Canadian Hot 100 and was the 77th biggest song of 2012 in France. It is a dedication to Céline’s father (and #1 fan) who passed away several years ago. The disc also has three duets: with legendary Canadian Jean-Pierre Ferland, Johnny Hallyday (best-selling French recording artist of all-time), and virtual duet with Caribbean singer Henri Salvador.

Le Québec est mort, Vive le Québec! by Loco Locass

Loco Locass -Le mémoire de Loco LocassAround since 1995, Loco Locass perform Franco rap music of a highly political nature. They are a trio with nicknames Biz, Batlam, and Chafiik augmented by several musicians. In the past, the group’s album Amour Oral was certified gold and won a pair of Félix awards. This album of theirs landed on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart at #4, was nominated for Recording Package of the Year JUNO, and funky track “Le mémoire de Loco Locass” finished in the year-end CKOI Top 50 chart. With their sophisticated brand of rap, they have been recognized for their strong compositional skills.

Miroir by Marie-Mai

Marie-Mai - MiroirUpon release, Marie-Mai’s 4th studio album topped the iTunes albums chart. Recently, it has been certified platinum. It contains her smash hits “Sans cri ni haine”, a Franco cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” and “C.O.B.R.A.” both of which made the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The album presents a thoughtful blend of Marie-Mai’s signature high-energy tunes like “Toujours là”, delicate ballads like “Différents”, heartland guitar tracks like “Je rêve de nous”, and piano-driven melodies like “Si les mots”. The English tracks were taken from 2010 recordings of an unreleased Anglo EP.

Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Critics’ Choice Album of the Year Nominees

Chic de ville by Daniel Bélanger

Daniel Belanger Chic de VilleThis rich blend of rockabilly and country from multiple JUNO-winning, double-platinum Daniel Bélanger made it to #2 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Daniel has sold over half a million records since his debut in ’92. He provides a number of vocal styles through the album, whether it’s Roy Orbison reverb, 5th gear falsetto, letting loose, or lullabying. On this fabulous disc, Daniel masters the music of train chugging bass, Brylcreem-haired guitar playing, Hawaii 5-0 drumming, and play-it-again-Sam piano, all garnished with intricate string arrangements.

Le treizième étage by Louis-Jean Cormier

Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizieme EtageThis stunning piece of work is the front man of Karkwa’s first solo album, and it nabbed the JUNO for Francophone Album of the Year in April. It is melancholy, reflective, introspective, and at times psychedelic, centered on acoustic guitar with some electric jolts and electronic ambiance to make the listener feel as if he is waddling through dust on the dark side of the moon. Cormier’s singing style of half-whispered determined calm is a perfect match for the soft strums of the guitar that seem to come at you as if from the no-zone space of the thirteenth floor.

Le poids des confettis by Les sœurs Boulay

Les Soeurs Boulay - Le poids des confettisMaking this year’s Polaris Prize long list, this debut LP from sisters Stéphanie and Mélanie is a masterwork of song-writing expressed in beautiful folk arrangements, simple yet effective. Although the music is as light as … confetti blowing around on the beach, the sisters in their delivery exude passion and energy which crash ashore like whitecaps on a windy day. It is this zealous singing and vigorous instrumentation which has made the duo a practically overnight sensation. What’s more, their song “Mappemonde” was a nominee for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize.

FOX by Karim Ouellet

Karim Ouellet - FoxBorn in Dakar, Senegal, Karim is currently one of the hottest new Francophone artists in the country. Off this musically and culturally rich album, “L’amour” was a charting single, scaling up to #64 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The title track was also a big radio hit in Québec. Karim has been praised for both his guitar skills and soft, handsome voice. His music embodies a potpourri of styles—folk, soul, African pop, reggae, with even some electro beats thrown in—all bound together by his direct and chipper spirit. This music will put a smile on your face.

Une version améliorée de la tristesse by Peter Peter

Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesseThe indie lovers behind the Polaris Prize long-listed this jewel of synth-heavy new wave earlier in the year. Peter Peter launched his debut album in 2011 which was a more guitar-infused work. This second album will hit the spot for those who grew up spinning Rubik’s Cube and punching the colourful buttons on Simon. The album is subdued, melancholy and consistently good with enough variety to be enjoyed as a whole. The end result of all this is that Peter Peter has established his credibility as a songwriter, and we look forward to his next release.

Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Alternative Album of the Year Nominees

Forêt by Forêt

Foret - ForetClassically trained vocalist Émilie Laforest and guitarist Joseph Marchand, formerly associates of Karkwa, Pierre Lapointe, and Ariane Moffatt, let loose one of the finest albums of 2013, a pop mélancolico-romantique tour de force with contributions made by several high-profile musicians. Emilie’s delicate, haunting vocals blended with music of mystery and charm imbues listeners with magic power, turns bitter melon into sugarcane, crane flies into butterflies, concrete into green marble, and sweeps away all tangled twigs and mud traps from the forest floor.

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Angus Dei by Gros Mené

Angus Dei by Gros MenéThis is classic electric rock generated raw in the proverbial garage as if from diesel-powered guitars and a rusted crank of blues, the whole sound frothing over with potent doses of feedback and vocal distortion. It’s got everything those who dig the genre could possibly ask for. Gros Mené formed back in ’98 when Fred Fortin hooked up with buddies in a Saint-Félicien cottage. An album was cut the following year. Between then and 2012, the members busied themselves with other projects including Félix-winning band Galaxie.

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Des histoires de fantômes by Hôtel Morphée

hotel-morphee-des-histoires-de-fantomesThis is the male-female alternative rock band’s first full-length album. They have been praised for their creative combination of sounds. Check out for example, “Interlude romantique” which combines vocal hums, pluck and strum guitar, infrequent single-key piano, weeping violin, and—get this—a spinning bicycle wheel! “Dessine-moi” contains avant-garde percussion, quick pace bass, and a variety of sound effects. But this is not just a celebration of experimentation. The disc contains enough straight-shooting indie-rock standouts to humble the veterans.

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Une version améliorée de la tristesse by Peter Peter

Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesseThe indie junkies behind the Polaris Prize long-listed this jewel of synth-heavy new wave earlier in the year. Peter Peter launched his debut album in 2011 which was a more guitar-infused work. This second album will hit the spot for those who grew up spinning Rubik’s Cube and punching the colourful buttons on Simon. The album is subdued, melancholy and consistently good with enough variety to be enjoyed as a whole. The end result of all this is that Peter Peter has established his credibility as a songwriter, and we look forward to his next release.

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27 Club by Ponctuation

27 Club by PonctuationThis is lo-fi rockabilly garage rock a decade younger perhaps than the aforementioned Gros Mené album. It exudes fumes of grease and turpentine and comes at you revved up like a glowing Repo Man mobile with a hurdy gurdy man in the backseat and The Blob riding shotgun. The music contains simple but exaggerated reverb and echo effects, vocal squawks, fuzzy guitars, and beastly drumming. It is to music what Grindhouse was to cinema complete with dust, stains, and scratches. 27 Club is the duo of brothers’ first LP.

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Ice Conduit to the 2013 ADISQ Gala: Electronic Album of the Year Nominees

D.I.Y. SWAG by Maxime Robin

Maxime Robin - DIY SwagThis intentionally “lo-fi” album, Maxime Robin’s third, sweeps the dust of samples from vintage video games and old vinyl records into a somewhat ordered collection of experimental electronica. We envision scraps of floppy disks, magnetic tape, and fragmented tickertape messages arranged in patterns on a sheet of yellowed newspaper and occasionally we hear some rapping (in English). Robin has been nominated twice for a Félix award by ADISQ .This talented artist involves himself in other projects including dubstep and French rap duos.

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DANSE AVEC HERRI KOPTER by Jérôme Minière

Jerome Miniere Danse avec Herri KopterJUNO-nominated Jérôme Minière is one of Canada’s finest imports (he was born in France). He has been creatively concocting fabulous music since the late 90s. On a number of albums, Jerome has used the fictional character Herri Kopter as an alias for his more instrumental electronic projects. This album features a number of guest vocalists, though the sprinkles of singing (in both official languages) are meant to garnish the music as opposed to the opposite. This is funky electronic dance music on the lighter side.

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RED MAGIC by Beat Market

Beat Market - Red MagicThis is the debut album from Montréal duo Louis-Joseph Cliche and Maxime Bellavance. Making ample use of analogue synthesizers, the album showcases a more complex and sophisticated sound than many of the other acts out there. And yes, this album just may make your foot start tapping annoying the sleepoholics in the apartment below you, and when you, yourself, hit the sack with these vibes in your head, dreams of hangin’ at a video game arcade in Tokyo with some bubble tea in hand may just happen. Red Magic is the perfect party album.

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ZIIBEL by Ziibel

Ziibel - ZiibelConvinced that Canada has little in the way of French-style electro lounge music? This album will lay that thought to permanent rest. Ziibel has been singing since the age of four. Her crystalline voice has enabled her to handle various genres with ease. (Consider that she has shared the stage with the likes of Bruno Pelletier and Nanette Workman). Although pop/rock is the surest pathway to success, Ziibel was so in love with chillout electronica that she decided to fill the void in the Great White North and record some downtempo splendour for us to enjoy. We are grateful that she did.

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One of the above ADISQ nominees will win a Félix award on October 22.

2013 ADISQ Félix Nominations

felix trophyExcited to announce that the 2013 Félix nominations have been unveiled by ADISQ, the good people getting the rock and snowball rolling in Québec, honouring the best in Canadian Francophone music. As usual, there will be three galas. October 22 will see music industry awards presented to producers, arrangers, etc. The same day will also see awards in music of various genres. The big awards in the major genres will be handed out at the main gala on October 27. We have listed nominations for selected categories below. You can view a full list (in French) at the ADISQ website HERE.

NOMINATIONS FOR OCTOBER 22 GALA, SELECTED CATEGORIES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ALTERNATIVE
Forêt : Forêt
Angus Dei : Gros Mené
Des histoires de fantômes : Hôtel Morphée
Une version améliorée de la tristesse : Peter Peter
27 Club : Ponctuation

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ANGLOPHONE
°1 : Champion
The Year He Drove Me Crazy : Coral Egan
Travelling Love : Elisapie
The Chase: Groenland
60 Thoughts A Minute : Marilou

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – CRITICS’ CHOICE
Chic de ville : Daniel Bélanger
Le treizième étage : Louis-Jean Cormier
Le poids des confettis : Les sœurs Boulay
FOX : Karim Ouellet
Une version améliorée de la tristesse : Peter Peter

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – COUNTRY
Ce que je suis : Pier Béland
Maison Mobile : Madame Moustache
Assise dans ma tête : Michèle O.
Mitan : Tire le coyote

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – FOLK
No 2 : Bernard Adamus
Les murs blancs du nord : Catherine Durand
Y’a pas de bon silence : David Jalbert
Le poids des confettis : Les sœurs Boulay
Démon vert : Dany Placard

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – BEST-SELLING
Star Académie Noël : Artistes variés
Mes amours, mes amis : Paul Daraîche
Sans Attendre : Céline Dion
Le Québec est mort, Vive le Québec! : Loco Locass
Miroir : Marie-Mai

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ELECTRONIC
Red Magic : Beat Market
Danse avec Herri Kopter : Jérôme Minière
D.I.Y. swag : Maxime Robin
Ziibel : Ziibel

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – WORLD MUSIC
El Dorado Sunset : Boogat
Oria : H’Sao
1 Moment! : Paul Kunigis
Azul : Roberto López
Capharnaum : Mad’MoiZèle Giraf

INTERNATIONAL FRACOPHONE ARTIST WITH THE MOST SUCCESS IN QUÉBEC
Bénabar, France
Patrick Bruel, France
Indochine, France
Zachary Richard, United States
Tryo, France

QUÉBEC ARTIST WITH THE MOST SUCCESS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE
Cœur de pirate
Céline Dion
Half Moon Run
Ariane Moffatt
Patrick Watson

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ouais ben : Bernard Adamus
La journée qui s’en vient est flambant neuve : Avec pas d’casque
Place de la République : Cœur de pirate
La sexualité : Pierre Lapointe
Acrobates de l’éternité : Yann Perreau
Une version améliorée de la tristesse : Peter Peter

Place des Arts - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

NOMINATIONS FOR OCTOBER 27 GALA, SELECTED CATEGORIES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Sans Attendre : Céline Dion
L’instant aimé : Jorane
C’est d’l’amour ou c’est comme : Lindsay – De Larochellière
L’escapade : Ingrid St-Pierre
Confidences : Roch Voisine

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – POP
Mixmania3 : Artistes varies
Nous sommes les mêmes : Marc Dupré
Punkt : Pierre Lapointe
Miroir : Marie-Mai
FOX : Karim Ouellet

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – ROCK
Chic de ville : Daniel Bélanger
Le treizième étage : Louis-Jean Cormier
Si tel est ton désir : Jean-Marc Couture
Du plaisir et des bombes : Keith Kouna
J’aime ta grand-mère : Les Trois Accords

POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR
Les filles : Amylie
Je poursuis mon bonheur : Daniel Bélanger
Danse et danse : Cœur de pirate
Parler à mon père : Céline Dion
Nous sommes les mêmes : Marc Dupré
J’aime ta grand-mère : Les Trois Accords
Le mémoire de Loco Locass : Loco Locass
C.O.B.R.A. : Marie-Mai
L’amour : Karim Ouellet
Mon cœur pour te garder : Amélie Veille

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Kaïn
Les Cowboys Fringants
Les Trois Accords
Loco Locass
Mes Aïeux

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Céline Dion
Lisa LeBlanc
Marie-Mai
Ariane Moffatt
Annie Villeneuve

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bélanger
Louis-Jean Cormier
Marc Dupré
Karim Ouellet
Fred Pellerin