Published Nov 14, 2011Last night (November 13), the Quebec Indie Music Awards (Gala Alternatif de la Musique Indépendente du Québec, or GAMIQ) took place at Montreal's Théâtre Plaza. The big winners of the night were Francophone rockers Galaxie, who took home Artist of the Year, plus three more prizes.
The ceremony's other multiple-award winner was Jimmy Hunt, who came out on top in the categories Songwriter of the Year and Video of the Year. Other victors were Miracle Fortress (Electronic Album of the Year), Colin Stetson (Experimental Album of the Year), Katie Moore (Folk/Country Album of the Year), Braids (Indie Rock Album of the Year), Les Breastfeeders (Rock'n'Roll Album of the Year) and the Barr Brothers (New Artist with the Most Potential).
See the full list of winners over at the GAMIQ website.
We've got to confess that we don't entirely understand the distinction between some of the categories. For example, the awards included the distinctly similar categories Rock Album of the Year, Indie Rock Album of the Year, and Rock'n'Roll Album of the Year. In any case, there's no denying the quality of the winners.
The ceremony celebrated the best music to come out of Quebec from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011. Both Francophone and Anglophone artists were eligible, and winners were partly decided by public vote. The nominees were chosen by journalists and venue/festival bookers.