Video: Lydia Képinski, winner of the 2017 Francouvertes

SOCAN member Lydia Képinski, winner of the 2017 Francouvertes. (Photo: Eric Parazelli)
May 10, 2017

After a very tight competition, the final night of the 2017 edition of Francouvertes song contest concluded with the crowning of the unique, talented Lydia Képinski on May 8, 2017, at Montréal’s Club Soda. The last performer to take the stage, the young singer-songwriter finished first of the night’s three finalists, the other two being Laurence-Anne (in third place) and Les Louanges (in second), as voted by both the audience and jury of music industry professionals. Above all, its thanks to her magnificent songs, such as her new single “Andromaque,” “M’attends-tu,” or her irresistible earworm, “Apprendre à mentir” – which won the SOCAN Award at the 2016 Festival international de la chanson de Granby.

SOCAN Paroles & Musique Editor Eric Parazelli attended the proceedings and took the opportunity to interview Lydia Képinski immediately after her triumph on the Club Soda stage:

The night opened on a very touching note, with a beautiful homage to the late radio host Andréanne Sasseville, followed by one last “J’aime mes ex” performance, presented by SOCAN, featuring Francouvertes spokespeople Philippe Brach and Rosie Valland. The duo took the stage to “break in” a few new songs before the finalists’ performances.

Vincent Roberge, who now goes by the name Les Louanges, won the Chanson coup de cœur SOCAN award given to the best song heard during the semifinals.

For the complete list of the awards given out to the 2017 finalists, visit the Francouvertes website.

You can listen to the entire finals night on May 10, at 7:00 p.m. during the Influence Franco show aired on SiriusXM 174.