Alessia Cara plays the character Jane Willoughby in the new animated Netflix feature film The Willoughbys, a delightfully dark, kid-friendly tale about true value of family.

The film’s soundtrack features original music, with Cara co-writing and performing the lead song “I Choose,” streaming now on various platforms.

In the movie – based on a children’s book by Lois Lowry – Cara’s character Jane also sings, but is constantly silenced by her strict parents. Jane and her siblings hatch a plan to create a better life for themselves, and a wild adventure ensues.

SOCAN cogratulates Alessia Cara on this rare achievement!

CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) have announced the JUNOs 365 Songwriters’ Circle virtual series, adapted for an online audience after the popular “Jewel of the JUNOs” event was cancelled in Saskatoon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented by SOCAN in association with Music Publishers Canada, it’s now a series of five online events beginning this Friday, May 1, 2020, featuring some of Canada’s best songwriters telling the intriguing stories behind the songs, and performing from their homes. The first episode will feature your host, JUNO and SOCAN Award winner Brett Kissel, bringing together stories and songs from JUNO Award nominees Dominique Fils-Aimé, Kaia Kater, and Devon Portielje of Half Moon Run.

The JUNOs 365 Songwriters’ Circle will be available free in Canada on CBC Gem and globally on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages and starting on Friday, May 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The remaining four episodes will be released every other week on Fridays, until June 26.

“It’s really special for us to be able to partner with CBC Music to bring the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle to life virtually for Canadian music fans across the country and around the world, so they can experience first-hand the magic of this event,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “During these difficult and unprecedented times, it’s the artist’s words and music in which we find solace. We need our artists now more than ever, so come and enjoy their stories and songs in this truly unique musical experience.”

“JUNO Songwriters’ Circle is one of the most highly-anticipated events each year during JUNO Week, said Steve Jordan, Senior Director, CBC Music. “As we all continue to navigate this challenging time, we’re happy to have an opportunity to partner with CARAS to bring this intimate musical event to audiences at home, and support some of our country’s most talented musicians by sharing their powerful stories and performances.”

Each host and the participating songwriters for future JUNOs 365 Songwriters’ Circle episodes will be revealed in advance of each broadcast. For more information, visit

When singer-songwriter Maya Malkin from Montréal and songwriter/producer Hugh Mackie from Victoria got together for a SOCAN Song Camp Monday in Toronto, they ended up writing a great song in one day. That collaboration, “Hostage,” which Malkin released on April 17, 2020, has now become the first SOCAN Song of the Week that was co-written at a Song Camp Monday.

“Two of four people couldn’t make the session that day, so it just ended up being Hugh and I,” says Malkin. “Things flowed really naturally and quickly between us. I had a few voice notes on my phone, I showed him some options. This one resonated, and he immediately pulled out a keyboard. Lyrics, melody, and production just really started flowing from there. The time constraint was super-cool, because I’m naturally an indecisive person, but the pressure of having to show the song to some of the SOCAN staff at the end of the day really fueled a fire in me. I wanted to prove I could do it! I would love to do it again. It was so much fun!”

In response to the self-isolation and quarantine imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, SOCAN has taken its Song Camp Mondays online, facilitating multiple virtual co-writing sessions per week (as opposed to our previous one-every-two-weeks, in-person version) across the country, and in the U.S. These Virtual Song Camp Monday sessions – each one a full-day co-writing session connecting three SOCAN members at a time – will bring together participants from across North America, via online meeting platforms, from the comfort of their own homes and/or home studios. You can apply to participate in one here.