MONTREAL -- The Quebec music industry gathered for its annual celebration of the best of song and music from the province Sunday.

It is the 41st ADISQ gala and for the 14th time, comedian Louis-José Houde hosted. The event has become inseparable from its host whose love for Quebec song is contagious.

The first Félix of the evening was awarded to Ginette Reno, for her album "À Jamais", voted best record of the year in the Adult Contemporary category.

The big lady of the song said she felt like a little girl, picking up her statuette.

Veteran songwriter Florent Vollant won the first-ever Félix Award for Aboriginal Artist of the Year.

"Do not worry, we come as friends," he said getting a laugh from the crowd before thanking the ADISQ for creating the category. "Not because we are Aboriginal, but because we are good."

The award for Rap Album of the year went to Alaclair Ensemble for "Le sens des paroles".

Alaclair Ensemble

Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the first ADISQ gala, 44 Félix awards were given, including one for Ginette Reno's best-selling album, 'A jamais'.

Hubert Lenoir was also named Quebec's Most Outstanding Artist of the Year.

List of prizes awarded at the ADISQ Gala Sunday:

  •    Album of the Year - Contemporary Adult: 'Forever,' Ginette Reno
  •    Album of the year - Folk: 'Apres,' Fred Pellerin
  •    Album of the Year - Pop: 'In case of storm, this garden will be closed,' Coeur de Pirate
  •    Album of the Year - Rap: 'The Meaning of Words,' Alaclair Ensemble
  •    Aboriginal Artist of the Year: Florent Vollant
  •    Author or Composer of the Year: Alexandra Stréliski
  •    Song of the year: 'Little bits of you,' Roxane Bruneau
  •    Group or duo of the year: Bleu Jeans Bleu
  •    Female Performer of the Year: Coeur de Pirate
  •    Male performer of the year: Loud
  •    Revelation of the year: Alexandra Stréliski
  •    Show of the Year - Singer-Songwriter: 'The Origin of My Species,' Michel Rivard

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2019.