Six-time East Coast Music Award (ECMA) winner and legendary songwriter Ron Hynes will be posthumously inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, in a special ceremony during the 2020 ECMAs gala – which has now been re-scheduled to take place as a pre-recorded, two-hour broadcast, on Saturday, July 11, starting at 9:00 p.m. AT / 9:30 p.m. NT on CBC TV in Atlantic Canada, and on CBC Gem across the country. With support from the SOCAN Foundation and peermusic, the tribute to Hynes will bring together longtime members of his backing band, and colleague artists including Shaye, Joel Hynes, and Lennie Gallant.

The 2020 ECMAs are hosted by Mary Walsh, and feature uniquely captured performances by Tim Baker, Rose Cousins, Wintersleep, Damnhait Doyle, Matt Mays, Neon Dreams, Motherhood, Eastern Owl, Zamani, Jacobus, and Shanneyganock. The re-scheduling follows the cancellation of the 32nd annual edition of event – originally scheduled to take place from April 29 to May 03 – due to COVID-19.

“We were devastated to cancel our week of events in St. John’s this Spring in the wake of the pandemic, including our much anticipated Awards Show at Mile One Stadium,” said Andy McLean, CEO of the ECMA. “However, we knew from that moment we wanted to find a unique way to celebrate our local talent and the well-deserving winners of this year’s East Coast Music Awards. Over the past several weeks, our team has worked hard to tape incredible performances and put together a wonderful show so that – across the Atlantic provinces and now across the whole country – we can come together to champion the vibrancy and resiliency of the East Coast music community, and tip our hats to the beautiful city of St. John’s.”

Nine East Coast Music Awards will be given away over the course of the broadcast. The remaining award winners will be announced the day before, on Friday, June 10, via ECMA’s social media channels. For a full list of ECMA 2020 nominees, click here.

In response to the self-isolation imposed on musicians by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian company Sessionwire – one of SOCAN’s API (application programming interface) partners – is allowing SOCAN members to use their remote recording software, free, for the rest of 2020.

Designed specifically for professional producers and musicians that need to work together online, Sessionwire solves the problem of connecting and recording music with other artists, whether they work across town or overseas. The new platform already has thousands of members, including session musicians, beat-makers, music teachers, producers, mixers, recording artists, and songwriters – all adapting to the new reality of making music with others directly from their home, office, or studio.

Among its users so far are Chin Injeti, Randy Bachman, Chris Baseford (Nickelback, Shinedown, Rob Zombie), and Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, eight-time Grammy Winner). After the pandemic has gone, Sessionwire will remain an excellent creative tool for extending reach, saving time, and cutting costs for music-makers everywhere.

To try it for free, today, just click here.

CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) present the fifth and final instalment of 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, the series of five online events will end on Friday, June 26, 2020, with some of Canada’s best songwriters telling the intriguing stories behind the songs, and performing from their homes. The last episode will feature Nuela Charles, Tyler Shaw, Patrick Watson, and The Reklaws.

The JUNOS 365 Songwriters’ Circle is available free in Canada on CBC Gem and globally on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages and  For more information, click here.