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GAMIQ #6 Celebrates Quebec Music at Plaza Theatre Nov. 13

Posted by Katelyn / November 15, 2011

151111_JimmyHunt.jpgSimulated masturbation, rubber chickens, whiskey shots and ski masks. I'm surprised this year's Quebec Indie Music Awards gala didn't give me nightmares. But before going into the gritty details, I should really emphasize the amount of great musicians that were present at Sunday night's gala.

Take Les Canaillles, GAMIQ's house band for the night, as an example. On top of the ditties they played during those awkward in-between moments of an awards show, Les Canailles took on the difficult task of interpreting music from each one of the night's winners. It was priceless seeing the otherwise rootsy-blues eight-piece group rock out their version of death metal as Kataklysm took the stage to accept the award for Metal/Hardcore Album of the Year.

Second-annual GAMIQ host and longtime MusiquePlus VJ Rej Laplanche thanked Les Canailles what seemed like every five minutes, welcoming audience members to buy the band shooters. Someone eventually did send whiskey shots their way after the award for Folk/Country Album of the Year was presented to Katie Moore.

Bilingual rap/hip-hop group Alaclair Ensemble were given awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Hip-Hop Album of the Year. Instead of actually making acceptance speeches, the group first opted to stand on stage in silence, accompanied by a squeak-shy rubber chicken. Upon receiving their second award, the crew accepted by waving a purple and yellow upside-down Canadian flag while Alaclair member Ogden ranted senselessly at the audience long after the cue music reached a decibel level of "blasting."

Jimmy Hunt, who Laplanche kept jokingly applauding for his exceptional speech-giving abilities, took the award for Video of the Year for his song "Motocross," directed by Yan Giroux. The musician also won Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the year.

Franco garage-rock group Galaxie took home the most awards, including Rock Album of the Year, Show of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year.

GAMIQ welcomed nine musical guests and all were admittedly solid acts. Geraldine et les GAMIQ Jean, whose gimmick is to hide their faces behind personalized ski masks, played a droning pop song that instantly brought to mind scenes from that 2007 suspense flick The Orphanage (produced by Guillermo del Toro) and a performance I saw last year by local group Porn Persons. Spanish rapper Boogat added a little variety to the musical guests' standard guitar-drum-bass format, while English-singing trio Half Moon Run gave the showcase a nice dose of soft indie.151111_DanceLauryDance.jpgI strained to stay conscious of the fact that I was not watching a fictional character on T.V. during the closing act. Dance Laury Dance vocalist Max Lemire strutted on stage in a tight leather getup, sporting a handlebar mustache and long, greasy brown hair. The high-energy rock & roll performance was complete with synchronized head banging, Devil's Horns hand gestures and simulated masturbation using a microphone.

The festivities continued with an after party at L'Escogriffe.

Complete List of 2011 Winners:

Artist of the Year: Galaxie

Songwriter of the Year: Jimmy Hunt

Show of the Year: Galaxie

Song of the Year: Galaxie - "Piste 1"

Video of the Year: Jimmy Hunt - "Motocross" (directed by Yan Giroux)

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Alaclair Ensemble

New Artist with the Most Potential: The Barr Brothers

Singer-songwriter Album of the Year: Jimmy Hunt - Jimmy Hunt

Electronic Album of the Year: Miracle Fortress - Was I The Wave?

Experimental Album of the Year: Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol.2: Judges

Folk/Country Album of the Year: Katie Moore - Montebello

Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Alaclair Ensemble - 4,99

Indie Rock Album of the Year: BRAIDS - Native Speaker

Metal/Hardcore Album of the Year: Kataklysm - Heaven's Venom

Pop Album of the Year: Karim Ouellet - Plume

Punk Album of the Year: Les Guenilles - Aucun album

Rock Album of the Year: Galaxie - Tigre et diesel

Rock'n'Roll Album of the Year: Les Breastfeeders - Dans la gueule des jours

World Album of the Year: Colectivo - Tropical Trash

Photo of Jimmy Hunt by Sébastien Desgagné. Photo of Dance Laury Dance by Etienne Dionne.



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