GAMIQ 2017: And the Winners Are…

Alaclair Ensemble walked away with Five Lucien Awards at the 12th annual Gala alternatif de la musique indépendante du Québec (GAMIQ). (Photo: Jay Kearney)
November 28, 2017

The 12th annual edition of the Gala alternatif de la musique indépendante du Québec (GAMIQ) was held Nov. 26, 2017, at Montréal’s Café Campus. All told, 30 Lucien Awards – the trophy named in honour of the frontman of legendary band Aut’Chose, Lucien Francoeur – were handed out during the event. Rap collective Alaclair Ensemble was the biggest winner of the night with five trophies: Artist, Song, and Video of the Year for “Ça que c’tait,” Hip-Hop Album of the Year for Les frère ceuilleurs, and Concert of the Year, jointly with their brothers in arms on “L’Osstidtour,” Brown and Koriass.

Lydia Képinski and Chocolat each won two awards: Breakout Artist and Pop EP of the Year for Képinski, and Rock Album and Album Cover of the Year for Chocolat. As for the Tribute Award, it was given to Café Campus in homage to its 50 years of continued support for emerging talent.

The evening was hosted by duo Sèxe Illégal while Debbie Tebbs’ electro sounds rocked the crowd, and, as befits the event’s reputation, several performances underscoring Québec’s rich, diverse independent music scene peppered the gala. Among the performers were Ada Lea and a 20-voice choir, Bad Nylon, Barry Paquin Roberge, Briga, Charôgne, Crabe, Fuudge, Gab Paquet, Héliodrome, La Fièvre, an a cappella number by Lakes of Canada, and Orloge Simard.

Below is the full winners list of the 2017 GAMIQ:

Artist of the Year: Alaclair Ensemble
People's Choice: Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project
Breakout Artist of the Year: Lydia Képinski
Song of the Year: "Ça que c’tait" — Alaclair Ensemble
Video of the Year: "Ça que c’tait" — Alaclair Ensemble
Pop Album of the Year: Noir Éden — Peter Peter
Pop EP of the Year: EP — Lydia Képinski
Folk Album of the Year: Twin Solitude — Leif Vollebekk
Folk EP of the Year: Drawing Room Helena Deland
Rock Album of the Year: Rencontrer Looloo — Chocolat
Rock EP of the Year: After the glow — Jesse MacCormack
Indie Rock Album of the Year: Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s’arrêter — Antoine Corriveau         
Indie Rock EP of the Year: Key West — Adam Strangler
Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Les frères cueilleurs — Alaclair Ensemble
Hip-Hop EP of the Year: Air Max — Dead Obies
Electro Album of the Year: Hold/Still — Suuns
Electro EP of the Year: Seven songs for Nelly — Dear Criminals    
Post-Rock/Post-Punk Album of the Year: Sciences nouvelles — Duchess Says       
Folk-Bluegrass Album or EP of the Year: Backflips — Canailles
Experimental Album or EP of the Year: Bleu Jane —  Julien Sagot
Punk Album or EP of the Year: Fuck Toute — Fuck Toute
World Music Album or EP of the Year: Pain & Bliss — The Brooks
Metal Album or EP of the Year: Obey The Brave — Mad Season
Jazz Album or EP of the Year: Dream — Parc X Trio
Concert of the Year: “L’Osstidtour
Album Cover of the Year: Rencontrer Looloo (Chocolat) — by Jonathan Robert
Digital Media of the Year: CHOQ                     
Venue of the Year: Le Cercle               
Radio Station of the Year: CKRL                  
Tribute Award: Café Campus