Until Nov. 10, 2022, music groups and singer-songwriters from the Canadian Francophonie and Indigenous communities are invited to submit their applications via the Francouvertes website, so that the organizers can select the 21 participants for the next edition.

Francouvertes 2023

L to R: Calamine, Samian

The event will take place at the Lion d’Or and Club Soda, both in Montréal, and online. From March 13 to May 15, 2023, and throughout the 11 evenings of the Francouvertes, artists will present their original songs onstage, in front of an audience which includes many music industry representatives. The spokespersons of this 27th edition are Calamine, rapper and finalist of the 25th edition, and Samian, Anishinaabe singer-songwriter.

Whatever their musical style, the Francouvertes offer participants an excellent showcase to present their songs to new audiences, the media, and various music business personnel. By participating in the Francouvertes, artists have the chance to live an experience rich in artistic and professional networking. In addition, there are opportunities for cash prizes – including the $15,000 SiriusXM scholarship award – studio time, promotional and professional support, paid performances with major broadcasters, and performances at major events.

Francouvertes is a competition that takes place in three stages: the preliminaries, the semi-finals, and the finals, totalling more than 11 nights, with three artists or groups per night. To find out more about the competition, visit francouvertes.com.

For a complete list of 2022 SOCAN Award winners visit: www.socanawards.com

More than 500 of the Canada’s most accomplished songwriters, composers, music publishers, and industry leaders gathered on Oct. 17, 2022, for the 33rd SOCAN Awards, honouring the country’s most successful music creators and publishers from an array of genres, including Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock, Film & Television, Dance, Folk/Roots, Country, Classical and more.

Canadian songwriting, performing, and philanthropic legend Tom Cochrane was presented with the SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for his truly iconic “Life Is A Highway.” A magnificent finale featured a performance of the hit by a star-packed stage full of music creators, including Bill Bell, Dala, Davide Direnzo, Molly Johnson, Jeff Jones, Alex Lifeson, Sam Roberts, and Julian Taylor.

SOCAN Awards 2022 Finale

Left to right: Alex Lifeson, Bill Bell, Molly Johnson, Sam Roberts, Tom Cochrane, Julian Taylor, Jeff Jones, and/et Dala (Sheila Carabine, Amanda Walther)

Ralph Cole, Paul Hoffert, Bob McBride, and Skip Prokop of legendary Canadian jazz-rock group Lighthouse were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for bringing together music creators with eclectic backgrounds to form an iconic sound that has lasted for five decades. Lighthouse, as an 11-piece ensemble, delivered an unforgettable performance of their hits, including “Sunny Days” and “One Fine Morning.” Ralph Cole and Paul Hoffert joined the celebration. Sadly, Bob McBride and Skip Prokop passed away in 1998 and 2017, respectively, and their accomplishments, commitment, and friendship were well remembered.

Hosted by the CBC’s Amanda Parris, the gala at the Sheraton Centre Toronto also featured unforgettable performances from Snotty Nose Rez Kids and rapper Drezus, recipients of the first-ever Vince Fontaine Indigenous Song Award, as well as Nonso Amadi, La Zarra, Alicia Creti, High Valley. SOCAN International Achievement Award winner OZ was celebrated with an inspired set by DJ TLO.

Additional SOCAN firsts included the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award – Francophone presented to La Zarra; the SOCAN Breakout Composer Award, given to up-and-coming screen composer Evan MacDonald; and the first-ever SOCAN Reproduction Right Award, earned by Editions Studio V.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the SOCAN Awards in-person after two years, and even more excited to present several new awards to deserving music creators, publishers and businesses,” said Jennifer Brown, CEO of SOCAN. “It is so essential to showcase the musical diversity of our country, and we’re in awe of the talent of all our winners tonight.”

Also receiving an Achievement Award was worldwide sensation Drake, who was named SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Performer. Drake also took home two SOCAN Rap Music Awards for “Wants and Needs” and “Way 2 Sexy.”

Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk was presented with the 2022 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Producer Award, and also received the SOCAN International Song Award for his masterpiece, “Levitating,” performed by Dua Lipa.

Keith Power took home his fifth SOCAN Screen Composer of the Year Award, and rapper and singer bbno$ earned the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award.

Side Door received the prestigious SOCAN Licensed To Play Award for its diligent adherence to legal and ethical music licensing of the online platform that matches performers with hosts, builds direct connections, and simplifies the show-booking and ticketing process. Side Door is committed to responsible licensing, ensuring music creators and publishers are fairly compensated for their work.

The annual Gala de la SOCAN, celebrating and honouring the work of SOCAN’s Francophone members, will be held on May 7, 2023, in Montréal.

Nickelback is the eleventh best-selling musical act of all time. They’re also the second best-selling non-American group in the U.S., behind only The Beatles. Since the group debuted in 1995, they’ve sold 50 million albums. In a brief chat with us, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake (both SOCAN members) offer young singer-songwriters their views on social media feedback, with a wisdom gleaned from years of experience.

Click the image to watch the interview with Nickelback

Click the image to watch the interview with Nickelback