In an exclusive video interview, SOCAN Songwriting Prize winners Partner discuss having confidence in their songs, the songwriting process, the importance of humour, and the effect of their beloved marijuana.

Renée Martel earned the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala. Here is a short excerpt of the evening and an exclusive interview with the Grand Dame of Québec country music. To a woman whose music still resonates in the hearts of her passionate admirers – as well as the new generation of artists who consider her as a source of inspiration and a model of longevity – thank you for giving us nothing short of excellence. In this interview, granted immediately after receiving her award, she tells us about her privileged relationship with the Québec audience, and the hardships she’s lived through while trying to balance her professional and family life.

Rap sensation Loud won the Urban Music Award, as well as the Breakthrough Award – which he shared with Hubert Lenoir – during the 2018 SOCAN Montréal Awards on Oct. 2, 2018, at La Tohu. Loud also won the 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize last summer, with “56k.” He graced the audience with this iconic song, which became a huge hit, both in Québec and in France, and then segued into another one of his hits, “Toutes les femmes savent danser,” the first rap song to ever climb to the top of the Francophone BDS chart. It was a very special moment that we had to share with you.