Eric Baptiste, Partner, Josée Caron, Lucy Niles

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste with Partner’s Josée Caron (centre) and Lucy Niles (right).

SOCAN Songwriting Prize 2018 winners Partner dropped by SOCAN’s Toronto offices on Sept. 17, 2018, to receive their prizes – a SOCAN cheque for $10,000 CDN, a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from musical instrument retailer Long & McQuade – for co-writing the winning song, “Play the Field.”

The duo also played a three-song SOCAN Session in the Harmony Lounge at our Toronto office – including “Play the Field,” “Everybody Knows You’re High,” and a hilarious new song, tentatively titled “Long & McQuade” (which they wrote even before being nominated for the prize). Yamaha’s Omar Ales then presented the pair with their prize keyboard, and SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste handed Josée Caron and Lucy Niles their $10,000 cheque.

“We had a lot of fun with the SOCAN prize” said Niles, referencing a series of humorous videos that she and Caron made to inspire fans to vote for them in the contest. “Now we have a Wikipedia page that says we’re best known for winning the SOCAN Songwriting Prize.”

After receiving their awards, the two sat for a SOCAN video interview, so stay tuned here at www.socanmagazine.ca for that.

The winners of the equivalent Francophone prize, the Prix de la chanson SOCAN, were Québecois rapper Loud (aka Simon Cliche Trudeau), Jeff Martinez et Marc Vincent, for co-writing Loud’s song “56K.”

SOCAN congratulates Partner once again on winning our 2018 songwriting prize!


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This year, Laurence Jalbert will see three of her songs become SOCAN Classics. In this video, she tells us the story behind one of those, “Encore et Encore.” Viewers will discover the human drama that inspired her to write this deeply moving song. Once more, we’re charmed and touched by this grand dame of the Québec music scene.

“Encore et Encore”
Performed by Laurence Jalbert
Songwriters: Laurence Jalbert, Deno Amodeo
Publishers: Les Éditions Japy Da/Avenue Éditorial


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In this video interview, discover Frédérik Durand, aka Snails, who’ll receive the Electronic Music Award at the Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala on Oct. 2, 2018. Snails tells us about the landmark moments in his early career, such as meeting superstar musician Skrillex. He also explains how he created his own new musical genre, dubbed “vomitstep.”


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