2022 MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR | Vincent René-Lortie, Simon Leoza | | The JUNO Awards

Vincent René-Lortie

Vincent René-Lortie is a Montréal-based film director. Having directed festival renowned short films and music videos for Canada’s top artists, his dream-drenched work spans a wide range of genres including fiction, sci-fi, and dance. With his attention to the poetic and his obsession with the intimate, Vincent’s narratives continue to offer surreal journeys coated in high-value execution.

Simon Leoza

Released last April via Rosemarie Records, Albatross is Simon Leoza’s first full-length album, bringing together unique pieces that Simon has accumulated and shaped over the past six years. Like the course of the seabird that flies great distances, the composition and production of Albatross has spanned the artist’s musical explorations and overseas journeys. The album, containing 10 original pieces, goes from the grandiose to the intimate, characteristic of the composer’s universe. Rich in instrumentation and electronic textures, Albatross is a daring emotional journey, with cinematic, ambient and moving music, evoking Nils Frahm and Max Richter as much as Ólafur Arnalds and Philip Glass. Mixed in a subtle way by Tonio Morin-Vargas (Flore Laurentienne, Bon Enfant), Albatross portrays a personal and authentic travel account of wonder and curiosity, somewhere between the vertigo of the mystic and the comfort of reality…

– Two nominations (1 Félix Award) at the 2021 ADISQ Gala:
For the show at the Maison Symphonique
Sound system of the year
Lighting design and projections of the year *WINNER*
– Nominated – GAMIQ 2021: Album of the Year – Experimental
– Large-scale virtual show at Maison Symphonique broadcast in May 2021 (over 166,000 views on Facebook)