Video Interviews: Two Félixes each for Patrice Michaud, Daniel Bélanger; Klô Pelgag wins Songwriter of the Year

SOCAN members Klô Pelgag and Patrice Michaud came out on top during the 2017 ADISQ Gala held Sunday night. (Photo: Eric Parazelli)
October 30, 2017

Many SOCAN members were honoured during the 39th edition of the Gala de l’ADISQ on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017.

Klô Pelgag became the first woman to win the prestigious Songwriter of the Year award since Francine Raymond in 1993. Among the major winners are Patrice Michaud, who walked away with two trophies: Song of the Year for “Kamikaze” and Singer of the Year. The Female Singer of the Year was Safia Nolin – who won Breakout Artist last year –  over her idol, Céline Dion, who was also nominated in this category. Daniel Bélanger also won two awards, Pop Album of the Year for his “Paloma” and Concert of the Year in the Singer-Songwriter category.

Still a little shocked a few minutes after the Gala, Klô Pelgag spoke with SOCAN. The artist’s L’étoile thoracique album and its single, “Les ferrofluides-fleurs” – which won the 2017 Prix de la chanson SOCAN – have accumulated many awards since their release. Pelgag says that such recognition validates her creative approach, which veers off the beaten path, and was eager to share her honours with her collaborators:

As for Patrice Michaud, he could barely gauge the importance of his two Félix Awards, and took great pleasure in sharing how his song “Kamikaze” – which quotes the late, great Réjean Ducharme – came to be, while congratulating Safia Nolin for her own Félix for Singer of the Year: 

Some of the evening’s other winners were Les Sœurs Boulay, for Duo or Group of the Year: the energetic Émile Bilodeau, who won Breakout Artist of the Year (we’ll post a video interview with him shortly;  hip-hop collective Alaclair Ensemble, winners of the Hip-Hop Album of the Year honour,  for Les frères cueilleurs (we’ll also post a video interview with them shortly); as well as a posthumous honorary distinction to Leonard Cohen, which was accepted by his son Adam, after a deeply moving homage.

For a complete list of the evening’s winners, visit the ADISQ web site.