GAMIQ 2016: Celebrating SOCAN members on Québec indie scene

Dead Obies’ Snail Kid accepts one of the two “Lucien” trophies won by the band during the 2016 edition of the GAMIQ, held Nov. 27 at Montréal’s Lion d’Or. (Photo: Jay Kearney)
November 29, 2016

The Québec indie scene celebrated its successes of the past year at Montréal’s Lion d’Or on Nov. 27, 2016, during the 11th annual edition of GAMIQ (Gala de l’alternative musicale indépendante du Québec). In all, 28 honours were awarded throughout the event, hosted by the out-of-this-world duo Sèxe Illégal, under the musical direction of Toast Dawg and Snail Kid. The award trophy is dubbed the “Lucien,” named in honour of Lucien Francoeur, an icon of Québec’s alternative scene, with his band Aut’Chose.

Still known for its unconventional galas and cutting-edge performances, this year’s edition of GAMIQ was true to form. Presentations from the likes of Laura Sauvage, Krief, Ariane Zita, La Bronze, Le Couleur, Les Indiens, Never More Than Less, O Linea, Clay and Friends, Simon Kingsbury and Vulvets were peppered throughout the evening.

Among the 28 winners, four stood out by winning two awards each: Safia Nolin (Songwriter and Folk Album of the Year, for Limoilou), Dead Obies (Album [Gesamtkunstwerk] and Concert of the Year), Les Goules (Rock Album of the Year and People’s Choice Award) and experimental punk duo Crabe (Punk Album or EP [Le temps f33l] and Album Cover of the Year).

Here’s the complete list of the evening’s winners:

Public’s Choice Award
Les Goules

Folk Album of the Year
Safia Nolin Limoilou

Folk EP of the Year
Chantal Archambault À hauteur d’homme

Rap EP of the Year
Loud Lary Ajust Ondulé

Pop Album of the Year
Laurence NerbonneXO

Pop EP of the Year
Rosie VallandNord-Est

Punk Album or EP of the Year
CrabeLe temps f33l

Metal Album or EP of the Year
AnonymusEnvers et contre tous

Rock Album of the Year
Les GoulesComa

Rock EP of the Year
FuudgeFuudge EP

Indie Rock Album of the Year
BernhariÎle Jésus

Indie Rock EP of the Year
Navet ConfitEP7

Rap Album of the Year
Dead ObiesGesamtkunstwerk

Electronic Album of the Year
FOXTROTTA Taller Us

Jazz Album or EP of the Year
MiscMisc

Electronic EP of the Year
La BronzeRois de nous

Experimental Album or EP of the Year
Echoes From JupiterKosmonavt

Roots Album or EP of the Year
Lakes of CanadaTransgressions

World Music Album or EP of the Year
SamitoSamito

Album Cover of the Year
CrabeLe temps f33l (Gabrielle Laïla-Tittley)

Video of the Year
Beat MarketLes belles années

Artist of the Year
Koriass

Breakout Artist of the Year
Laura Sauvage

Concert of the Year
Dead Obies

Songwriter of the Year
Safia Nolin

Venue of the Year
Le Divan Orange

Festival of the Year
FME

Media of the Year
CISM

SOCAN congratulates all the winners of the 11th edition of GAMIQ! For further details, visit the GAMIQ website.