|1979||Le blues du businessman||Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger|
|1980||Je ne suis qu’une chanson||Diane Juster|
|1981||Si j’étais un homme||Diane Tell|
|1982||Plein de tendresse||Claude Dubois|
|1983||J’taime comme un fou||Luc Plamondon and Robert Charlebois|
|1984||Tension Attention||Daniel Lavoie and Daniel DeShaime|
|1985||Une Colombe||Céline Dion|
|1986||Ce soir l’amour est dans tes yeux||Martine St-Clair|
|1990||Un beau grand bateau||Gerry Boulet|
|1991||Je sais, je sais||Marjo|
|1992||Aux portes du matin||Richard Séguin|
|1993||La légende Oochigeas||Roch Voisine|
|1994||Encore et encore||Laurence Jalbert|
|1995||Pour que tu m’aimes encore||Céline Dion|
|1997||Father On the Go||Kevin Parent|
|1998||Fréquenter l’oubli||Kevin Parent|
|1999||Le temps des cathédrales||Bruno Pelletier|
|2000||Je n’t’aime plus||Mario Pelchat|
|2001||La désise||Daniel Boucher|
|2002||Je n’ai que mon âme||Natasha St-Pier|
|2003||Et c’est pas fini||Various Artists|
|2004||J’t’aime tout court||Nicola Ciccone|
|2005||Les Étoiles filantes||Les Cowboys Fringants|
|2007||Dégénérations / Le Reel du fossé||Mes Aïeux|
|2008||Je veux tout||Ariane Moffatt|
|2009||Fais-moi la tendresse||Ginette Reno|
Félix Awards for Group, Female, and Male Artist of the Year
|Year||Group||Female Artist||Male Artist|
|1979||Fiori-Séguin||Fabienne Thibeault||Claude Dubois|
|1980||Offenbach||Ginette Reno||Daniel Lavoie|
|1981||Corbeau||Diane Tell||Daniel Lavoie|
|1982||Corbeau||Diane Dufresne||Claude Dubois|
|1983||Men Without Hats||Céline Dion||Claude Dubois|
|1984||Uzeb||Céline Dion||Daniel Lavoie|
|1985||The Box||Céline Dion||Corey Hart|
|1986||Madame||Martine St-Clair||Claude Dubois|
|1988||Madame||Céline Dion||Michel Rivard|
|1989||Uzeb||Johanne Blouin||Roch Voisine|
|1990||Les B.B.||Joe Bocan||Mario Pelchat|
|1991||Vilain Pingouin||Julie Masse||Luc De Larochellière|
|1992||Les B.B.||Marie Carmen||Richard Séguin|
|1993||Colocs (Les)||Marie Carmen||Richard Séguin|
|1994||Colocs (Les)||Céline Dion||Daniel Bélanger|
|1995||Beau Dommage||Lara Fabian||Roch Voisine|
|1996||Noir Silence||Céline Dion||Kevin Parent|
|1997||Zébulon||Céline Dion||Bruno Pelletier|
|1998||Dubmatique||Lynda Lemay||Kevin Parent|
|1999||Les Colocs||Isabelle Boulay||Bruno Pelletier|
|2000||La Chicane||Isabelle Boulay||Bruno Pelletier|
|2001||Les Respectables||Isabelle Boulay||Garou|
|2002||Les Respectables||Isabelle Boulay||(Tie) Daniel Bélanger, Garou|
|2003||Les Cowboys Fringants||Isabelle Boulay||Sylvain Cossette|
|2004||Les Cowboys Fringants||Marie-Élaine Thibert||Corneille|
|2005||Les Trois Accords||Marie-Élaine Thibert||Dany Bédar|
|2006||Kaïn||Ariane Moffatt||Dany Bédar|
|2007||Mes Aïeux||Isabelle Boulay||Nicola Ciccone|
|2008||Karkwa||Isabelle Boulay||Gregory Charles|
|2009||Mes Aïeux||Ginette Reno||Nicola Ciccone|
|2010||Mes Aïeux||Marie-Mai||Maxime Landry|
The annual gala grew rapidly in popularity and with television ratings reaching approximately two million viewers, the Gala de l’ADISQ-Prix Félix has become one of the most widely viewed special televised events in Québec. In coordination with the activities leading up to the gala, ADISQ also produces special programs for Radio-Canada and ARTV dedicated to highlighting nominated artists and to introducing musicians from diverse musical backgrounds to the general public. The results of these promotional efforts are considerable, and the gala has an appreciable effect upon the popularity of artists and record sales.
Song of the Year
Album of the Year
Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductees
Why do Canadians regard a Canadian artist doing well internationally who has done well only in the U.S., not in China, the U.K., France, etc.
Why do some Canadian artists alter their accents to American ones?
Why are Canadian radio stations strictly language-selective in musical content?
Why do English radio stations outside Quebec refuse to air French Canadian songs?
Why did the Juno Awards ignore francophone artists giving rise to the Félix Awards gala?
Why do radio stations in Vancouver, which is over 17% ethnically Chinese, refuse to play Chinese songs?
Why do Canadian radio stations predominantly feature music that is African-American and Hispanic style when Canada’s ethnic makeup is completely different from the U.S.?
Should Canadian artists be discouraged from seeking production help from foreigners?
Why does the western Music Industry shun singers of Asian descent?
* includes his hits with Red Rider.
In 1924 when Guy Lombardo formed his band, The Royal Canadians, Canadian music was born. In the 1950s when Ottawa’s Paul Anka recorded his international Number 1 hit “Diana”, Canadian Rock and Roll went full-speed ahead, echoing through the years the line, care of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet”.
The rich diversity of Canadian music, which has reflected the vastness of its cultural makeup, has churned out some of the biggest names in the business from folk singers like Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell, country superstars like Hank Snow, Anne Murray, and Shania Twain, rock bands like The Guess Who, Rush, Loverboy, and Nickelback, dance acts like Mitsou, Men Without Hats, and k-os, pop legends like Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Alanis Morrissette, and Celine Dion, jazz greats like Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall, Celtic artists like traditionalists The Irish Rovers and new ager Loreena McKennitt, alternative offerings like Sarah McLachlan and Barenaked Ladies, cutting-edge progressive music from FM / Nash the Slash, Images in Vogue, and Delerium to an array of chart-toppers like Nelly Furtado and Avril Lavigne in the new millennium.
Adored Canadian sportscaster Ron MacLean has often said that there are two things Canadians do better than anyone else in the world. The first, of course, is hockey. The second, he argues, is rock and roll. Whether or not you agree with the second, it can at least be argued that Canada has done better musically than what might be expected from a population only one-ninth of the U.S. and half of the U.K. Some of the biggest artists, albums, and songs in the English-speaking world have been Canadian.
A number of Canadian albums, songs, and artists have won awards at the Grammies, the most prestigious American music awards ceremony. This was especially true in the 90s. In 1998, Record of the Year went to Canada’s Celine Dion for “My Heart Will Go On”. Not very impressed? In that decade, the Album of the Year award went to Canadian artists two of the ten years (1995: Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette; 1996: Falling Into You by Celine Dion). How about the Best Female Vocal award? Four of the ten years, the award went to Canadians: 1992: k.d. lang for “Constant Craving”; 1997: Sarah McLachlan for “Building a Mystery”; 1998: Celine Dion for “My Heart Will Go On”; and 1999: Sarah McLachlan again for “I Will Remember You”. The award for Best Female Country Performance went to Canadian Shania Twain two years in a row (1998: “You’re Still the One” and 1999: “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”). Canada’s Diana Krall won Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1999 for “When I Look in Your Eyes”. In the new millennium, a number of awards have gone to Canadians, especially in the traditional pop category: Joni Mitchell, Michael Buble, and k.d. lang all receiving such honours. Nelly Furtado won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2001 for her song “I’m Like a Bird”.
Canadians included in the United States’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include The Band, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell.
In terms of album sales, Come on Over by Shania Twain is the 8th best-selling studio album of all-time worldwide, the 5th biggest-selling in the U.S. and the 3rd in Australia. It remains the #1 album by a female artist. Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill is the 10th best-selling worldwide and 6th in Australia. Moreover, it remained in the Top 10 charts longer than any album in history except Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
In terms of the sales of singles, Paul Anka’s “Diana” became the second biggest of all-time after Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”. Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do” are in the Top 40 of all-time. The latter is the 6th biggest-selling of all-time in the U.K. and in the American Top 25. Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfrind” is the 6th biggest-selling single of all-time in Australia. Celine Dion’s “To Love You More” is the 13th best-selling single of all-time in Japan. Deboarh Cox’s 1998 single “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” remains the longest-running chart-topper in the history of Billboard’s R&B charts.
As far as artists are concerned, the Canadian Pop Encyclopedia lists some 1,450 Canadian singers and musicians who have released major recordings over the years. Celine Dion is one of the 25 biggest-selling artists of all-time worldwide as well as in the U.S. Shania Twain and rock band Rush are also among the biggest-selling artists of all-time.
But a more interesting note is that Canada has generated some of the most successful tunes in nearly all genres of music. You name the genre: Canada has had an internationally best-selling album. Grunge was founded by a Canadian and it was a Canadian who coined the term “Heavy Metal”.
This international success, however, is at the heart of one of three contentious issues that have sprung up among Canadians regarding their music.