In an exclusive interview on the occasion of his new instrumental album Crowing Ignites, out Sept. 20, 2019, iconic singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Bruce Cockburn discusses what he learned about composition and guitar at the Berklee School of Music, his approach to guitar tone, and “playing ignorant.”

Precision and flexibility are the two mantras of Louise Tremblay and James Gelfand, two very prolific creators who’ve composed the music for more than 60 films and 200 series episodes throughout their career; they’ll receive the Screen Composer of the Year Award at the 30th Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala on Sept. 22, 2019, at La Tohu. Their open-mindedness, talent, and rapid turnaround time have built their stellar reputation in the screen music industry. For a decade, the duo (and couple) have scored an average of six feature films or documentaries per year, making sure that they deliver lucid, straightforward works for the commissions with which they’re tasked. Among their most recent and memorable tour de force creations for Canadian productions are Girls’ Night Out, Final Destiny and Darwin. We met at their home in Montréal’s West End – which is, in large part, a composing and recording studio – to learn more about how they started collaborating, and their four-handed creative process.

The Technical and Documentary Gala of the 2019 Gémeaux Awards was held Sept. 12, 2019. Among the 18 SOCAN members nominated in the various music categories of this celebration of the Québec television industry, Tire le coyote [Benoit Pinette and Benoit Villeneuve], Martin Roy and Luc Sicard, and Viviane Audet, Robin-Joël Cool, and Alexis Martin all walked away with a Gémeaux Award for their exceptional screen composition work. Here are the winners in the music categories:

Best Original Score: Fiction
Martin Roy, Luc Sicard
Victor Lessard, Season 2, Episode 19
Publisher: Pixcom International Inc.

Best Original Score: Documentary
Viviane Audet, Robin-Joël Cool, Alexis Martin
50/50 : Le documentaire

Best Musical Theme: All Categories
Tire le coyote (Benoit Pinette, Benoit Villeneuve)
Demain des hommes, Episode 5
Publisher: Les Éditions de la Tribu

SOCAN congratulates all of its nominated and winning members. For more information on the various categories and the nomination process, visit the Académie website.