Quebec's inimitable rock-philosopher Jean Leloup both opened and stole last night's 37th annual Adisq gala, held at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal.
The mercurial star returned from a six-year absence from recording with the triumphant release of À Paradis City in February and it has gone on to sell over 80,000 copies for Montreal label Grosse Boîte. Last night Leloup earned thunderous applause from a well-attired audience at the top of the show, performing two songs that included the title track from his eighth album, returning to the stage later as the winner of three Felix statuettes in the categories of Male, Song and Songwriter of the Year.
Leloup’s wins Sunday night follow his winning two earlier Félix awards at Le premier Gala, which was held Oct. 27th. That night, his album won two awards in the categories of Critics Choice and Rock Album of the year.
The legendary Dominique Michel, a music and television personality who’s been in show business since the early '60s, received an honorary award for lifetime achievement, and Ariane Moffatt won two key awards in the categories of Female Artist and her recent LP 22h22 earned her Album of the Year.
Show host and comedian Louis-José Houde won strong approval for a well crafted script that included pointed criticism of a move by some provincial broadcasters to reduce francophone music quotas from 65-percent to 35-percent, and a critical shortcoming of Quebec artists included in Spotify's music library.
Bobby Bazini was also included in the Sunday show, performing and accepting his Le premier Gala English Album award for Where I Belong. His triumph was doubly notable as the singer-songwriter won in a category that included Leonard Cohen. Bazini mentioned Sunday night how honored he was to be nominated in the same category as this music legend.
Here are all the winners of the 37th edition of the ADISQ Awards :
Album of the Year – Adult Contemporary
Si l’aurore, Marie-Pierre Arthur
Album of the Year – Pop
22h22, Ariane Moffatt
Discovery of the Year
Show of the Year – Singer-songwriter
Le feu de chaque jour, Patrice Michaud
— Coverage assisted by Lysandre Dolbec, a journalist for enVedette.ca and a radio host at ENERGIE 94.3 Montréal. Pictured above: Jean Leloup and Ariane Moffatt holding their Felix awards.