The “Industry Gala” organized by the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) was held on May 28, 2021, as part of the Trille Or week. During this virtual evening, hosted by Patrik Guillotte, 19  awards were presented to recognize the excellence of artists and professionals in the French-Canadian music industry.

The winners of the 2021 “Industry Gala” of the Trille Or Awards are:

Export Ouest (Most successful Francophone solo artist or group from the West outside their region)

Export Ontario (Most successful Francophone solo artist or group from Ontario outside their region)
Mehdi Cayenne

Export Acadie (Francophone solo artist or group from Acadia who has performed the most outside their region)
Caroline Savoie

Artistic Initiative
Le ruban de la cassette (Anique Granger)

Production and arrangements
Fred Levac for Eaux turbulentes by Fred Levac

Sound engineering and mixing
Fred Levac for Bastion by Ponteix

Best solo artist or group—Jazz
Jean Cloutier

Best solo artist or group—Rock/Alternative
Louis Venne

Best solo artist or group—Folk/Roots/Traditional
Anique Granger

Best solo artist or group—Hip-Hop/Rap

Best solo artist or group—Pop

Best Video
Mehdi Cayenne for Croque-pomme

Visual design
LeFLOFRANCO and Agung Yuwanda

Web presence
Damien Robitaille

Musical show on TV or web
Machine Gum Productions

PB5 Productions (Patrick Bourbonnais)

Media favourite
Mehdi Cayenne

Online show
Mélissa Ouimet

Paul Demers Builder Award
Jean Malavoy

Congratulations to all the winners!

On June 19 at 8:00 p.m., the Trille Or Gala will celebrate the artists who’ve made their mark on the French-Canadian music industry over the last two years, with performances, and the presentation of the last 10 prestigious categories.

For the third time, the Gala will be televised across the country with Unis TV. Internet users will also be able to watch the Gala live on the Unis TV website as well as its Facebook page.

For more information on the winners and nominated artists, visit or download the Trille Or app.

Good luck to all nominated SOCAN members!

SOCAN will participate in a panel and present a songwriters’ circle, all online, as part of the 2021 East Coast Music Festival & Conference, which includes to the East Coast Music Awards on June 10, 2021.

The panel, “Royalties & Rights Management Explained,” will gather SOCAN and several other organizations that specialize in the area of royalties and rights management, to explain that ecosystem to artists. The panel is slated for Wednesday, June 9, at 2:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. AT.

We’ll also present the SOCAN Songwriters’ Circle, featuring two rounds of songs and stories: the first hosted by Rose Cousins, and featuring Jah’Mila, Kim Harris, and Dave Sampson; the second hosted by Heather Rankin, and featuring Breagh Isabel, Owen O’Sound Lee, and Joel Plaskett. The circle is slated for Sunday, June 13, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. AT.

The ECMA 2021 Industry Conference, which runs from June 9-13, will feature a series of high-level online conference sessions to help prepare industry professionals and companies by providing the insight that might expand their career and business opportunities in the world of film, television, advertising and music supervision. To attend, you can register here.

Among the 50-plus SOCAN members playing live-streamed showcase performances at the online festival, which runs concurrently with the conference, are Classified, Gabrielle Papillon, Rich Aucoin, Hillsburn, Beòlach, Jimmy Rankin, Jah’Mila, and Rachel Beck.

After already earning five SOCAN Awards and 10 Billboard Music Awards in 2021, The Weeknd continued his winning streak with five honours at the 50th annual JUNO Awards, where he took home the trophies for Songwriter of the Year (alongside co-writers Ahmad “Belly” Balshe and Jason “Daheala” Quenneville), presented by SOCAN Interim CEO Jennifer Brown, as well as Single (for “Blinding Lights”), Contemporary R&B Recording, Album (both for his After Hours album), and Artist Of the Year.

Concert music composer Samy Moussa won Classical Composition of the Year, for his Violin Concerto Adrano. Louis-Jean Cormier earned the award for Francophone Album of the Year (for Quand la nuit tombe), while his fellow Montrealer KAYTRANADA won in the Dance Recording of the Year (for his Bubba album, after already taking home three 2021 Grammy Awards). L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano, featuring Andrew Wan, earned the honour for  Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble (for Works for Violin and Orchestra).

TOBi, JUNOs 2021


WondaGurl won as Producer of the Year, the first Black female to ever earn that honour, and one of only six female producers to do so in the history of the JUNOs. Leela Gilday earned the Indigenous Artist Or Group Of The Year Award, while Tenille Townes won Country Album of the Year (for The Lemonade Stand). Savannah Ré earned the Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, for ”Solid,” while JP Saxe was recognized as the Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and Shawn Mendes won the Fan Choice Award.

The Opening Night Awards, on June 4, featured six performances, including a striking and powerful poem and two-song medley from Rap Recording of the Year winner TOBi; a captivating three-song medley from Reggae Recording of the Year nominees Ammoye, Kirk Diamond, and this year’s winner, TÖME; a special collaboration of catchy songs from Country Album of the Year nominees Lindsay Ell and MacKenzie Porter; some guitar-and-drums prog-rock from Breakthrough Group of the Year winners, the duo Crown Lands; and a hard-rockin’ song from 2020/2021 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class short listers MONOWHALES.

Kardinal Offishall, JullyBlack, JUNOs 2021

Kardinal Offishall, JullyBlack

The Broadcast Awards, on June 6, featured a super-high-energy performance honouring 30 years of rap music at the JUNOs, with an intro from Michie Mee, a rapid-fire narrative history from Kardinal Offishall, and songs from Maestro Fresh Wes, Kardinal himself with Jully Black, NAV, and a poetic outro from Haviah Mighty; William Prince and Serena Ryder singing a moving version of his song “The Spark”; a stylized, music-video-like performance of a two-song medley from Jessie Reyez; Humanitarian Award recipients The Tragically Hip playing with Leslie Feist in the Toronto’s Massey Hall, still under renovation; and performances from Justin Bieber, and Tate McRae with Ali Gatie. Jann Arden was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and talked about how music became everything to her, saying, “Music is magic, music is unbelievably special, and important to human life.”

The JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, known as “the jewel of JUNO week,” was presented by SOCAN on June 5, in between the awards nights, and featured host Jim Cuddy sharing songs and stories with Deborah Cox, Dan Hill, Carole Pope, and Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis from July Talk.

Cuddy talked about writing “Good News” when he noticed people being kinder to each other at the outset of the pandemic, and praised CanCon regulations for allowing “Try” to become a hit song for Blue Rodeo. Deborah Cox discussed her love/hate relationship with songwriting, getting signed directly in the U.S. by legendary music-industry titan Clive Davis, and applied her spine-tingling voice to her song, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Dan Hill recalled his 19-year-old self, unrecorded, turning down the legendary Harry Belafonte for a cover of his song, “You Make Me Want to Be a Father,” because he knew it was strong enough that he had to save it for his own debut. Fay and Dreimanis talked about the need to challenge your love every day, and performed a hushed, shining rendition of “Good Enough.” Carole Pope discussed the rock musical at which she’s working away, Attitude, and played a song from it, “Viral,” that cleverly plays the meaning of the word today against its significance during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

For a full list of 2021 JUNO winners and nominees, click here. To hear all the winners, click here.