There was a pleasant sense of normalcy in Montreal’s Lion d’Or on Monday night as jury members (including myself), the Francouvertes team, online recording technicians, and a few fans of the three finalists gathered for the final stage of this year’s 25th Anniversary contest.

Etienne Coppee, Francouvertes,. 2021On the program, a musical menu as diversified as can be, true to the core mission of this Francophone competition that includes all musical genres. But since a decision had to be made (the ultimate decision at the Francouvertes is shared equally between the specialized jury and the public, who vote online), the third place prize went to Ambre Ciel’s soothing offering that straddles the border between classicism and modernity; second place went to Calamine and her groovy-jazzy-electro-feminist-queer rap from Hochelag’; and the top honours – along with a plethora of prizes, including a $10,000 grant from Sirius XM – went to Étienne Coppée. His contagious smile, his ease for communicating empathically with the audience, and especially his undeniable qualities as a melodist and lyricist, won the hearts of the people at the venue, and online, as well via a broadcasting platform specifically designed for the occasion.

Coppée’s formula – a vehicle for hope and sunshine, thanks to music very much inspired by his Québec idols of the ’70s (one inevitably thinks of Harmonium) – also won him the $1,000 Paroles & Musique cash prize offered by SOCAN during the semi-finals, along with a writing residency at the SOCAN house in Paris, or Nashville.

The evening began with the final performance of the Skatné series, co-presented by SOCAN and Musicaction, and featured Shauit, a First NationS singer-songwriter whose folk sound is tinged with reggae.

For the complete list of the prizes given out to the 2021 finalists, visit the Francouvertes website.

The Francouvertes finals were broadcast live online, but you can hear the entire evening in a special broadcast on Influence Franco – SiriusXM 174 – on Wednesday, May 26, at 12 noon ET, and on Friday, May 28, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary (in 2020) of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC ), and on the occasion of the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards, SOCAN is pleased and proud to present a three-part video series, The SCGC Presidents Roundtable, featuring past presidents and key personnel from this crucial organization.

The first of three episodes finds past longtime SCGC President Glenn Morley, and former longtime SCGC Chairperson Paul Hoffert discussing the origins and early days of the organization, and how important it initially was in the lives of those who were then scoring Canadian films and TV programs.

After being shut out by the 2021 Grammy Awards, SOCAN member The Weeknd is dominating the 2021 Billboard Music Award nominations, with no less than 15 of them.

He’s nominated eight times as an artist, for

  • Top Artist
  • Top Male Artist
  • Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Top Streaming Songs Artist
  • Top Song Sales Artist
  • Top Radio Songs Artist
  • Top R&B Artist
  • Top R&B Male Artist

His song “Blinding Lights” has earned five nominations, for

  • Top Hot 100 Song
  • Top Streaming Song
  • Top Selling Song
  • Top Radio Song
  • Top R&B Song

His LP After Hours is nominated for Top Billboard 200 Album and Top R&B Album.

Drake’s seven nominations are for

  • Top Artist
  • Top Male Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist
  • Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Top Streaming Songs Artist
  • Top Rap Artist
  • Top Streaming Song (for “Life Is Good,” by Future featuring Drake)

The song “WHATS POPPIN,” by Jack Harlow featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne, is nominated for

  • Top Streaming Song
  • Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)
  • Top Rap Song

The Billboard Music Awards will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live from NBC, and will be hosted by Nick Jonas. The full list of performers is yet to be announced.

SOCAN congratulates The Weeknd, Drake, and Tory Lanez on these achievements!