Jessie Reyez is being featured starting Nov. 15, 2019, in Apple Music’s monthly Up Next program, aimed at showcasing rising talent.

Reyez is the first Canadian female singer to become an Up Next artist. As part of the program, she’ll perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Nov. 21, 2019, as part of an Apple Music initiative to create curated music content.

In her history with Apple Music, Reyez had her breakout hit song “Figures” premiered by  Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 program. Altogether, her music has earned more than 325 million streams on Apple Music alone.

Said Reyez about the recognition, “Honestly, Apple is a giant — I’m working to be one — so I appreciate them putting me on their shoulders as the next Up Next artist.”

Apple Music host Nadeska Alexis said, “In addition to her raw talent, the honesty in her songwriting makes her extremely relatable. On ‘Far Away,’ for example, she tackles something as universal as romantic relationships and as culturally important as immigration, with ease.”

SOCAN congratulates Jessie Reyez on her latest achievement!

We caught a great performance by 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize winners Fast Romantics at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019! Check out our photos from the event below, including those of co-headliner Begonia!

And keep an eye on for upcoming shows!

Andrea Kokonis will rise to the role of General Counsel – Head of Legal Services with SOCAN, effective Jan. 1, 2020, as the current head of our legal team, Gilles Daigle, retires.

As Associate General Counsel with SOCAN since 2015, the bilingual Kokonis has  worked closely with Daigle, often taking the lead in our legal efforts at many levels. As a member of the SOCAN Legal team for more than a decade, she’s been involved in all aspects of SOCAN business. Prior to joining SOCAN, Kokonis practiced at leading law firms Torys LLP and Fasken Martineau LLP, where she advised clients on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, as well as business transactions relating to acquisitions and licensing deals.

Daigle has spent the last seven years as SOCAN’s primary counsel with Gowling WLG, SOCAN’s long-time external legal partner.

In addition to representing SOCAN’s member interests in Copyright Board of Canada proceedings, here are a few of Daigle’s numerous business achievements with SOCAN:

  • Working to realize SOCAN’s objectives in revising copyright legislation.
  • Playing a key role in the acquisition of U.S. companies Audiam and MediaNet in 2016.
  • The creation of Dataclef as SOCAN’s separate services arm, as we realize the potential of our expertise and world-leading technologies.
  • The multi-year process of acquiring SODRAC, enabling SOCAN to diversify our traditional business to expand into reproduction rights.
  • The historic and complex co-ordination of the creation of Entandem as a new company co-owned by SOCAN and RE:SOUND.

SOCAN thanks Daigle for all of his contributions, and welcomes Kokonis to the executive team, as we go from strength to strength in our efforts with the Copyright Board of Canada, major digital services, and significant policy work at all levels of government.