The 35th annual Felix Awards, the equivalent of the Junos in Quebec, will be taking place at the end of October. This Sunday, A Propos gives you a preview of the year’s nominees, so you'll be well primed on the potential winners.
The Felix Awards are given out mostly to francophone artists to reward and honour this year's best, and it has been an exceptionally great year (read the list of nominees here).
There are two very different Felix Awards shows celebrating the best recording artists of Quebec. The first one, called the “other” gala, presents the funky, edgier categories, such as electronic music, anglophone or alternative rock album of the year. It will take place on Oct. 22. The main event, which will be broadcast on Radio-Canada’s television network on Oct. 27, features the most popular categories such as pop album of the year, performer of the year or song of the year.
This year, Louis-Jean Cormier could go home with nine Felix Awards for his first solo album, Le treizième étage (The thirteenth floor). Cormier is well known as the lead singer of Karkwa, winner of both Juno and Felix awards as well as the Polaris Prize. Last year saw him release his solo debut, and he toured Quebec with his new band and songs.
Watch the song “Tout le monde en même temps” (Everyone at the same time), taken from Cormier’s solo album.
Karim Ouellet was born in Senegal, raised all over the world and now lives and records here in Quebec. His most recent record, Fox, has been nominated for numerous Felix Awards. He is a relative newcomer on the music scene, and this has been a great year for him. After becoming quite popular in Quebec, he just launched his album in France. There is great enthusiasm for his original style of songwriting and singing.
Listen to his most popular song, “L’amour.”
Daniel Bélanger has won awards for all nine records he's released in Quebec since 1992. This year should be no exception. He has been nominated for several Felix Awards, among them the Critic’s Choice Award, as well as the awards for songwriter of the year and male performer of the year. The song below could win the coveted award for popular song of the year.
Last March, Les Soeurs Boulay released their debut CD, Le poids des confettis (The weight of confetti) and everybody fell in love with them. They’ve had an amazing year and are now nominated for five Felix Awards, including revelation of the year and folk album of the year. This is an amazing recognition for these newcomers.
Watch the two very talented sisters and discover the charm of their vocal harmonies.
Elisapie, formerly of the band Taima, has had a successful solo career over the past few years. She sings in her native tongue, Inuktitut, as well as in French and English. On her most recent album, Travelling Love, Elisapie sings mostly in English. She has been getting a lot of attention in Quebec and abroad, and her album is nominated in the anglophone album of the year category.
Watch this video, where she performs her song about Leonard Cohen, “It’s All Your Fault.”
Hear many more artists who are nominated in different categories for the 35th edition of the Felix Awards on this week’s A Propos, Sunday at 4 p.m. (4:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio 2 and Saturday at 11 p.m. (6 p.m. AT, 6:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One. You’ll also be able to watch the gala on the web on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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on Sep 25, 2013