ADISQ Gala: Daniel Belanger and the Cowboys Fringe’s Year

It was Daniel Belanger’s year. It’s by Alexandra Strelisky, Kanen and Les Cowboys Fringeants. The top three won two Felix Awards on Sunday evening, with the Cowboys leaving the crowd with the Group of the Year trophy at the 45th ADISQ Gala – hosted last time by Louis-Jose Haut.

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It was just after 10pm on Sunday evening when the Cowboys fringes’ name was called and their victory confirmed. The crowd in the Wilfrid-Pelletier room then jumped to their feet.

Jean-François Pauzé, Marie-Annick Lépine and Jérôme Dupras took to the stage, along with the musicians who follow them on tour. There was one big absentee: singer Carl Tremblay, who wisely stayed home with his two daughters.

His fight against cancer has affected the entire province. Last summer, the group performed at nearly a dozen festivals, making history with, among others, a concert in front of 90,000 people at the Festival d’Dee de Quebec.

To open the gala, Louis-José Haut dedicated the evening to Carl Tremblay. “I want this celebration to be a cowboy show: dignified, strong, proud and festive. »

“I want to congratulate Karl, who is at home with our two daughters,” said Marie-Annique Lepin. […] For 27 years, the Cowboys have been trying to touch people, seek them out through their sensibilities, and their humor. It has been your turn to touch us with your kind words and your encouragement for months. […] After 27 years I think we are a real family. »

Belanger was surprised

Daniel Bélanger added Felix for Male Artist and Songwriter of the Year from ADISQ to his collection. Mario Beauregard/Agence QMI

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As for other winners, Daniel Belanger added two more Felix to his big yearling harvest – he won three of the other galas on Wednesday.

“In life, like in hockey, you don’t have intermediate success like me without work. That’s why I’m surprised to get this Felix,” he said, after winning in the category of author or composer of the year.

Earlier in the evening, Bélanger gave us one of the best performances of the gala with a stunning piano duet with Alexandra Strelisky. A kind wink of fate: the two were later crowned male and female artists of the year!

Alexandra Streliski and Daniel Belanger each won two Felix on Sunday evening. Mario Beauregard/Agence QMI

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We thought Bélanger would also win the Felix Award for Song of the Year for her charisma. I hear all that’s playing (in your head)A rather friendly Acadian group, the Salbarbs, left with great honor, their energy Salt water gin. “It’s the first song we wrote together,” said Jean-Francois Breu. We are very proud. It was the beginning of an adventure that would continue. »

Popular hit song of this year by ADISQ. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sunday, November 5, 2023. In this photo: Salebarbs, Mario Beauregard/Agence QMI

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Canon, Renault and Reward

One of the pleasant surprises of the evening was a “dedication” by tribal artist Cannon. The Innu musician, whose real name is Karen Binet-Fontain, took home the Felix for Breakthrough of the Year and Indigenous Artist of the Year. “Please, radios, thank you,” she said after receiving her second cup.

Cannon won the Felix Award for Revelation of the Year and Domestic Artist of the Year.

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Also, Ginette Reno and her team decided to sell her album exclusively at Jean Coutu. Singer saw Everything is me Won the Felix Award for Album of the Year – a popular hit. “I thank Jean Coutu. I found a friend! » She said in a speech the opposite of what she declared Everyone is talking about it A few days ago.

Popular Hits Album of the Year by ADISQ. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sunday November 5, 2023. In this photo: Jeanette Reno Mario Beauregard/Agence QMI

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The 45th gala kicked off in style with the Show of the Year category, which went to Michael Rivard. The great artist received his trophy from the hands of another great: Robert Charlebois. The latter hailed the late Guy Latravers, who co-founded ADISQ. When legends meet.

This year’s ADISQ show. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sunday, November 5, 2023. In this photo: Michel Rivard MARIO BEAUREGARD/AGENCY QMI

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Luis-José is impeccable

Luis-José Haut in all this? The host once again delivers flawless animation, his 18th in a row. In another great opening monologue, the comedian poked fun at Ginette Reno and Jean Coutu (“Where music lovers meet!”) and dynamic pricing for Taylor Swift (“There were $38,000 tickets, and at that price, you have Fred Fortin. Your backyard for seven years!” ).can leave with his head held high. Whoever replaces him next year will have big shoes to fill.

10 winners of ADISQ

Album of the year
Popular success
Everything is me
Jeannette Reno

Artist of the year
International influence
Alexandra Strelisky

Tribal Artist of the Year

Teacher or Composer of the Year
Mercury in me
Daniel Belanger

Expression of the year

Show of the year
Around the block
Michael Rivard

Team or duo of the year
The Dashing Cowboys

Female Artist of the Year
Alexandra Strelisky

Best actor of the year
Daniel Belanger

Song of the year
Salt water gin


Photo by Jean-François Leblanc, ADISQ

This is the big story of the year. Nominated three times in all galas this year, Innu artist Kanen received two Felix Awards during Sunday’s Grand Gala: Indigenous Artist of the Year and Expression of the Year. Radio-Canada exposure 2022-2023 and an unexpected showcase for someone who has worked with Louis-Jean Cormier and Elisabeth in the past.

2 brothers

Photo by Jean-François Leblanc, ADISQ

Since winning Group or Duo of the Year in 2018, 2Frères have been nominated for ADISQ a total of 16 times. Like metronomes, Eric and Sonny Caute have been quoted at every gala since 2016! As in 2021 and 2022, musicians were finalists in four categories this year (Album of the Year — Popular Hit, Group or Duo of the Year, Song of the Year and Performance of the Year). Again, they had to give in every time. Let’s do it again next year!


Photo by Jean-François Leblanc, ADISQ

Last year, the Acadians pulled off a big surprise by winning the Cowboys Fringeants for Felix Team of the Year. This time, we know they have a chance to win Song of the Year Salt water gin. But musicians still had to beat radio giants like Daniel Belanger, Marc Duprey or Roxanne Bruno. And they did! Their festive Acadian music was too irresistible to win.

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