2016 ADISQ Awards present opening salvo of Félix trophies
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, was a busy day for music in Québec, with the initial presentation of 44 Félix trophies as part of the 2016 ADISQ Awards. The first round was presented during the Industry Gala held at Montreal’s SAT (Société des arts technologiques), and then the second round was part of the 2016 Premier Gala de l’ADISQ, held at the Métropolis concert hall.
Among the SOCAN member award recipients were Fred Fortin (Critics’ Choice Award for his Ultramarr album) and Cœur de Pirate (Félix Award for Anglophone Album of the Year for Roses). Ingrid St-Pierre took home the Félix for Best Adult Contemporary Album for Tokyo; Bernard Adamus received the Best Alternative Music Award for Sorel Soviet So What; Renée Martel and Patrick Norman shared the Best Country Music Award for Nous; Koriass was presented with the Félix for Hip Hop Album of the Year for Love Suprême; and Montréal band Half Moon Run received the award for the Artist Achieving the Most Success Outside Québec.
In the morning and afternoon, the Rencontres de l’ADISQ offered a panels, conferences and exchanges between players in the Quebec music ecosystem, including the SOCAN member delegation, led by Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté. Unsurprisingly, the difficulties experienced by the Québec music industry – as it faces the rise of streaming services and the dramatic decline of physical album sales – dominated the day’s discussions and exchanges. Many potential solutions were submitted, as it appeared that the call for unity among all music industry branches had been heard.
As part of Rencontres de l’ADISQ, seven creative awards were presented to artists who topped physical, digital, or radio charts.
The following artists were honoured:
- Les sœurs Boulay – for “Le poids des confettis” (Prix Reconnaissance for remaining on the PalmarèsPRO No. 1 sales position for more than 100 weeks)
- Jean Leloup – for “À Paradis City” (Award for best-selling Francophone album online)
- Cœur de pirate – for “Oublie-moi (Carry On)” (Award for the best-selling Francophone song online)
- 2Frères – for “Nous autres” (three awards for the song’s performance on the BDS radio chart, on Correspondants and on the PalmarèsADISQ radio and sales chart.
- Rosie Valland – for “Partir avant” (Award for the first Francophone album by a Québec artist whose single or singles have performed outstandingly well at radio (along with a $1,000 Étoiles Stingray Musique cash award).
The annual Québec recording and live concert industry celebration continues on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Place des Arts’ Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, with the main gala presentation – which will be hosted for the eleventh time by comedian Louis-José Houde and televised live on ICI Radio-Canada Télé.
For a complete list of the first round of award winners, visit the ADISQ website.