GAMIQ #11 celebrates the best of the best… with a few surprises!

The 11th annual GAMIQs took place last night to once again reward those who excel in the music industry, but fall through the cracks of the mainstream media. Galas are dreadfully lengthy and to turn it in to a party, performances by up-and-coming and established musical acts Laura Sauvage, Krief, Ariane Zita, La Bronze, Le Couleur, Les Indiens, Never More Than Less, O Linea, Clay and Friends, Simon Kingsbury and Vulvets spiced up the night (maybe helped by a tad of alcohol) . Hosted by the funny duo Sèxe illégal at the beautiful Lion D’Or venue (which was way better than last’s year’s Bain Mathieu where no one seemed to pay attention…), the GAMIQs are considered as an alternative- and complement – to the Gala de l’Adisq, so much in face, that their nomination criteria is based on not hitting the Billboard and not having previous nominations in certain categories at l’Adisq. This purposeful event clearly supports emergent artist (look at all these best EP categories) and uncategorizable artists, such as bilingual Dead Obies. The following artists all went home with some weird little statue, aka “emergent” trophy…and without further ado: here are the 2016 winners!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THEM, because they really bring much needed variety to the cultural music scene.


Public’s choice award

Les Goules

Folk Album of the Year

Safia Nolin – Limoilou


Folk EP of the Year

Chantal Archambault – À hauteur d’homme


Rap EP of the Year

Loud Lary Ajust – Ondulé


Pop Album of the Year

Laurence Nerbonne – XO


Pop EP of the Year

Rosie Valland – Nord-Est

Punk EP or Album of the Year

Crabe – Le temps f33l


Metal EP or Album of the Year

Anonymus – Envers et contre tous


Rock Album of the Year

Les Goules – Coma
Rock EP of the Year

Fuudge – Fuudge EP


Indie Rock Album of the Year

Bernhari – Île Jésus

Indie Rock EP of the Year

Navet Confit – EP7

Rap Album of the Year

Dead Obies – Gesamtkunstwerk


Electronic Album of the Year

FOXTROTT – A Taller Us

Jazz EP or Album of the Year

Misc – Misc


Electronic EP of the Year

La Bronze – Rois de nous


Experimental EP or Album of the Year

Echoes From Jupiter – Kosmonavt


Tradition EP or Album of the Year

Lakes Of Canada – Transgressions

World EP or Album of the Year

Samito – Samito


Album cover of the Year

Crabe – Le temps f33l (Gabrielle Laïla-Tittley)


Best Music Video of the Year

Beat Market –« Les belles années»

Artist of the Year



Best New Artist of the Year

Laura Sauvage


Show of the Year

Dead Obies


Songwriter of the Year

Safia Nolin

Show Venue of the Year

Le Divan Orange


Festival of the Year