Granby Song Festival: The Chanson coup de cœur SOCAN Award goes to…

Nicolas Gémus (centre) receives a $1,000 cash prize from SOCAN A&R Executive Guillaume Moffet (left), accompanied by SOCAN member Laurence Castera (right), for his song “Bunker de tes bras,” which won the Chanson coup de cœur SOCAN Award. (Photo: Bertrand Duhamel/FICG)
August 23, 2017

SOCAN member and Îles-de-la-Madeleine-born singer-songwriter Nicolas Gémus had several reasons to rejoice last Saturday, after winning the Chanson coup de cœur SOCAN award for his song “Bunker de tes bras” during the semi-finals of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. He also won a showcase in the Rencontres d’Astaffort, sponsored by Francis Cabrel, and learned that he was moving on to the final stage of the event, which will take place at the Palace Theatre in Granby on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

SOCAN Paroles & Musique Editor Eric Parazelli met Gémus onstage after the semi-finals, and the artist said he couldn’t be happier, and spoke about how he wrote the winning song, “Bunker de tes bras.”

Gémus will therefore get up onstage again during the finals, alongside the four other finalists of this 49th edition: Pierre Guitard, Lou-Adriane Cassidy, Marc-Antoine Beaudoin and the band Escabo, who won the Yves-Gagnon Public Award, including a $1,000 cash prize and an automatic showcase in the finals.

The finalists of the 2017 Festival international de la chanson de Granby
contest: (top row) Nicolas Gémus, Lou-Adriane Cassidy, Pierre Guitard,
Marc-Antoine Beaudoin and (bottom) Escabo.

The Tim Hortons Popular Song Award, also including a $1,000 cash prize, went to Montréal’s Mégane Cyr for her song “T’écrire”, while Québec City semi-finalist Gab Paquet won the Best Stage Presence Award and another $1,000 cash prize.

Aside from our Chanson coup de cœur award, SOCAN was once more involved closely with the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. A&R executive Guillaume Moffet sat on the semi-finals jury, and we co-presented a “professionalization” workshop to the semi-finalists, in collaboration with SPACQ and SODRAC.

The song festival has now begun its most intense week of programming with, among other things, several showcases and homage concerts dedicated to Robert Charlebois (Aug. 24) and Jean Leloup (Aug. 26); both events will feature many talented SOCAN members. Full programming details can be found here.