From Oct. 11-13, 2023, SOCAN was on-site at the MaMA Festival, a not-to-be-missed music convention in Paris. The event brought the neighbourhoods of Pigalle and Montmartre to life through three days and nights of conferences, professional networking events, and concerts open to the general public.

The 2023 edition put Canada in the spotlight thanks to the “Focus Canada” series, celebrating our country’s diverse music scene, and strengthening ties between Canada, France, and the rest of the world.

SOCAN played a key role in supporting more than 20 Canadian artists, who performed in various showcases. These talented Québécois and Canadian representatives received a warm welcome from the Parisian public, and SOCAN was proud to be there to support them, thousands of miles away from home.

We seized the opportunity to chat with four of our French-speaking members, and give them a platform to discuss their aspirations when it comes to exporting their music to France, and the world.



SOCAN, Interview, Fredz, MaMA, 2023
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“Fredz is a 21-year-old rapper from Longueuil, a Montréal suburb, who’s rapidly turning a lot of heads, and who makes no bones about his determination to conquer the hip-hop market in France. He discussed his ambitions, challenges, and tips for success, and serves as a source of inspiration condensed into a few minutes.



Mayfly, MaMA, SOCAN, Interview, 2023

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We caught up with Charlie and Emma, who form the duo Mayfly, to discuss their creative process, their desire to export their music, and the challenges for a bilingual band looking to develop their audience in Québec.



Mimi O'Bonsawin, Interview, SOCAN, MaMA, 2023

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We also met Mimi O’Bonsawin, an artist from Greater Sudbury, born of a Franco-Ontarian mother and an Abenaki (First Nation) father. She recently released Boréale, her first album in French, after five projects in English. She shared her desire to export her music while preserving her authenticity.



SOCAN, Interview, Ariane Roy, MaMA, 2023

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We caught up with Ariane Roy backstage at her showcase, and she told us about her ambitions to export to Europe, having already taken a number of steps in her strategy to make a name for herself over there.


The Focus Canada series at MaMA Festival was a unique opportunity to showcase Canadian talent and promote artistic and professional exchanges between Canada, France and the rest of the world. Once more, SOCAN has proved its essential role in supporting the music from Québec and Canada on the international stage.

Rêve“It’s surreal,” says Briannah Donolo, with stars in her eyes. On Oct. 20, 2023, the dance-pop singer-songwriter known to the public as Rêve launched her debut album, Saturn Return. The release followed a handful of singles, including the dancefloor bomb “CTRL+ALT+DEL,” which she co-wrote with Montréal duo Banx & Ranx, that went on to win a JUNO in the Dance Recording of the Year category. “I like to joke that this album is like I’ve been pregnant for three years and I’ve finally given birth,” she says, referring to her shiny new project, where she’s rounded out her musical persona.

“The music industry being what it is today – dominated by singles – it’s become difficult to keep the attention of music lovers, who often only get to know only one chapter of the musical history of an artist,” says Rêve. “I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to write a whole book, a full-length album.” The project’s ballads – the intense “Past Life” and “Release Me” – exist not only in stark contrast to beat-heavy tracks like “Disco at the Strip Club,” but also reveal a facet of the artist to which we weren’t privy before.

As she says, Saturn Return was three years in the making, and involved thousands of song ideas recorded on her phone. “If only you could see it, there’s more than 3,000; it’s embarrassing!” she says with a giggle. Three years of participating in song camps, and collaborating with other artists, since the Montréal-born singer first started being noticed – by appearing on our TV screens standing on the Bell Centre ice rink, singing the national anthems when the Montréal Canadiens played home games.

She left Montréal for Toronto, with a suitcase full of dreams of an international career, propelled by her skillful dance, disco, and house songs. That seems like a strange decision, when one considers that Montréal is Canada’s nightlife capital, and provides its soundtrack. “It’s true, and you’re not the first one to point that out,” says Rêve. “The thing is, my management team, as well as the labels I hoped to work with, are all in Toronto, and it’s still a bigger market.

“The funny thing, though, is that my main collaborators are in Montréal,” she says, meaning Banx & Ranx, the production powerhouse duo of Soké (Zacharie Raymond) and KNY Factory (Yannick Rastogi). For the last decade, they’ve been creating hits for the likes of La Zarra, Sean Paul, and Alessia Cara, among other luminaries.

Rêve, Disco at the Strip Club

Select the image to play the YouTube video of the Rêve song “Disco at the Strip Club”

It was also in Montréal that Rêve caught the dancefloor bug. “Music has been a part of my life since I was a little one,” she says. “I remember all those shows we would go see on weekends; it was a family outing for us. I do remember the first time I stepped into Club Velvet in Old Montréal. It was quite an eclectic place, and it felt like you were entering a dungeon, because of the stuffed animals, and candle wax dripping down the walls. And what an amazing sound system! I remember that first contact with the music, the DJ, and the bond that’s created between that dance music, the artist who’s playing it, and the people who are dancing. It was transcendent. It stayed with me, and I wanted my music to have that.”

Rêve says that when she got to Toronto, “I felt I needed to be taken seriously as a songwriter, so I wrote intensively, every day. At one point, I was doing two writing sessions a day, six days a week.” Most of her songs are written on the piano, an instrument she studied as a child, “I find the melody, the lyrics, it’s all there. Then I take a step back and try to find a way to make the song cool. Sometimes I’ll sit in the studio with no starting point and I just explore. I’ve always believed that songs are like little truths that are floating around in the atmosphere and that our job as artists is being able to catch them. Each day I devote to writing is like that, and that’s what makes being a songwriter so exciting and satisfying.”

The realm of music rights can be complex, and sometimes there’s nothing better than a good introduction session to make it clearer. SOCAN understands this, and has for several years offered “101” training sessions, both in person and online. That’s why we’re offering you a captivating free webinar, in French, that’s open to all – where we’ll dive into the world of SOCAN’s Reproduction Rights department.

 Find out how to maximize your royalties when your music is reproduced in films, on television, and on various other media platforms, including streaming, downloads, and CDs.

Presented online on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET, Maximizing your music royalties with reproduction rights will be hosted by Tessy Pokuah Paquin, SOCAN’s Creative Programming and Partnerships Coordinator. The speakers will be Martin Lavallée, SOCAN’s Head of Reproduction Rights, and Marine Frackowiak, SOCAN Customer Relations Specialist. They’ll talk about the basics of reproduction rights, and how to earn more of the royalties you’re owed when your music is reproduced. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.

Don’t miss this opportunity to better understand SOCAN Reproduction Rights and increase your royalties. Register today to attend this webinar by clicking on this link.

Martin Lavallée, SOCAN’s Head of Reproduction Rights
Martin is part of SOCAN’s executive team, and is responsible for the strategic vision for SOCAN’s reproduction rights business. A lawyer by trade, he’s also actively involved in government relations, advocacy, and tariff negotiations.

Marine Frackowiak, SOCAN Customer Relations Specialist
Marine Frackowiak is an accomplished specialist in rights management and licensing for the film and music industry, with more than a decade of experience. Marine started working at SOCAN Reproduction Rights in 2022, where she’s actively involved in optimizing the client experience. Prior to this, Marine spent several years at Warner Music Canada, working as a member of the sync team, responsible for licensing masters for film, TV, commercials, and videogames. Her expertise in intellectual property also led her to work in the film industry, where she conducted visual and script research. Marine’s passion for music and film is only matched by her dedication to supporting artists and creators in receiving fair compensation for their work.