Gala Country: Gabrielle Goulet and John Nathaniel win SOCAN Song of the Year Award

SOCAN member Gabrielle Goulet won the SOCAN Song of the Year Award at the 2016 Gala Country for her song “Juste toi,” a co-write with John Nathaniel published by Éditions Purple Hive Musique and John Nathaniel Productions. (Photo: Eric Parazelli)
November 21, 2016

Everyone in the Québec country music scene was wearing their Sunday best on Nov. 19, 2016, to celebrate the accomplishments of its best at the fourth edition of the Gala Country, at the Casino de Montréal.

To underscore the importance of country music on the Québec scene, SOCAN sponsored the Song of the Year Award, presented to Gabrielle Goulet for her song “Juste toi,” a co-write with John Nathaniel, published by Éditions Purple Hive Musique and John Nathaniel Productions. The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize, and a two-week stay at the Nashville SOCAN House – which thrilled Goulet, whose childhood dream was to walk in the footsteps of her idols in the Mecca of American country music. Eric Parazelli, Editor of SOCAN’s Paroles & Musique online magazine, met with her backstage after the gala –  flamboyantly hosted by MC Gilles.

Other award winners included Laurie LeBlanc, who won both Songwriter and Album of the Year Award (for 20), while Québec country star Yoan won three awards, for both Concert and Male Singer of the Year, as well as the Peoples’ Choice Award, based on the votes of more than 55,000 people.

Still more winners included Amélie Hall (Breakout Artist of the Year), Broch’à foin (Group of the Year), Cindy Bédard (Female Singer of the Year), En route vers l’Ouest (Radio Show of the Year), Pour l’amour du country (TV Show of the Year) et Festival Montréal Country (Promoter of the Year).