The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) has announced the inaugural 7X Picanto Festival, which will run Feb. 4-11, 2022, and feature a new concert performance (hosted by versatile artist Sarah Albu) to be released each day. Performances for the Festival were chosen via submissions received from across Canada, representing all genres of music supported by

The lineup is:

Release Date Artist and Video
Feb. 4: Patrick Giguère, émettre un son, vérifier sa propre existence. Sonic exploration from Québec.
Feb. 5: Curtis Andrews, with Trichy Sankaran, The Offering of Curtis Andrews. Inter-cultural music from British Columbia.
Feb. 6: NUMUS ensemble. Improvised music. Emerging artist from Ontario.
Feb. 7: SHHH!! Ensemble with the Ottawa New Music Creators, In Sea. Improvised music from Ontario.
Feb. 8: Nick Veltmeyer and Aureas Voces Indie Early Music, Jimmy and Rosalia, a Folk Opera. Opera/vocal from Nova Scotia.
Feb. 9: Ensemble Paramirabo, Si le temps […], l’espace…,  Chamber Music from Québec.
Feb. 10: Richard Gillis and Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Voices – A Musical Heritage. Jazz/Indigenous music from Manitoba.
Feb. 11: All videos available


Concerts will be available from 12:00 noon ET on the release day until 11:00 a.m. ET the following day. In addition to the concerts, Montréal composer and performer Maxime Daigneault will be conversing with the concert artists and composers. All the performances will be available on Feb. 11, 2022. The CMC acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Digital Strategy Fund.

Owned and operated by the CMC, is a new Canadian digital platform devoted to a wide range of creative Canadian music, intended to reach beyond commercial sounds that are already available everywhere. Among the genres represented by are jazz, chamber, electro-acoustic, Indigenous, opera, musique actuelle, inter-cultural, orchestral, experimental, improvised, sound art, and more.  The platform was created by and for Canadian music lovers, and celebrates and promotes Canadian music creators.

Attention SOCAN member songwriters of the Canadian Francophonie! The registration period for the 2022 edition of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby (FICG), which will be held Aug. 7-27, has officially begun. You can apply to the Grand Concours Hydro-Québec, or you can register for Jamais Trop Tôt (“Never Too Early”) and for the Vitrines musicales showcases. Once again this year, SOCAN will be a partner in this major event. Stay tuned to find out more about our level of involvement in the 54th edition.

The main competitive segment of the event, the Grand Concours Hydro-Québec, is a key platform for emerging performers and singer-songwriters. Not only will the 24 selected participants share more than $100,000 in prizes, they’ll also gain access to intensive training sessions hosted by seasoned music industry professionals. The winner of the Grand Concours Hydro-Québec will receive $25,000 in development funds.

In collaboration with the Réseau national des Galas de la chanson, this unique pan-Canadian project, by and for artists aged 14 to 17, takes place in several stages. Twenty-four texts are selected from song lyrics written by senior high school students and set to music by former participants in the Grand Concours. Twenty-four young performers will then be selected for training, to create a show that will be presented for one night only during the festival. Young writers can submit their lyrics until Mar. 25, 2022, and registration is now open to find the performers who’ll participate in the creation of the show.

Now an essential meeting place for professional artists of the Francophone music industry, FICG’s music showcases are an opportunity for Canada’s French-speaking artists to showcase their talent. With more than 200 international professionals and dozens of European broadcasters attending, it’s an opportunity for our members to enjoy exceptional visibility within the industry. The Vitrines musicales will be held in person from Aug. 22-25, 2022.

The application period ends on Mar. 16, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Full details (in French only) are available on the Festival website, at

The SOCAN Foundation will announce the two $5,000 winners of the 2022 Her Music Awards in an online gala on Feb. 25, 2022. The Her Music Awards are designed to celebrate and support mid-career, female-identifying Canadian music creators, on the verge of taking their creative careers to the next level. The SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of companies, will present the 2022 awards in partnership with the website builder Bandzoogle.

“Even before the pandemic, women in music were underpaid, under-represented, and faced additional barriers and harassment,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “The Her Music Awards create an opportunity to help overcome the obstacles, and to celebrate and empower female-identified music creators that are building momentum in their career trajectory.”

Renowned Canadian artist and jury committee chair Shakura S’Aida will host the award show through the virtual world meeting space Aire Ouverte, via the SOCAN Foundation office. Award recipients will be selected to receive two Grand Prizes of $5,000 each; new this year are five honourable mentions of $1,000 each. In addition, the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) and Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) are offering a one-year complimentary membership to their organization for each of the Grand Prize winners.

“One of our goals as a company is to help raise the voices of the many talented women in music,” says Stacey Bedford, Bandzoogle’s CEO. “And as a Canadian music company, we’re especially proud to partner with the SOCAN Foundation on this great initiative to help support Canadian female-identified music creators.”

As the needs of musicians have evolved, so has Bandzoogle’s mission to help them succeed online by empowering artists to build effective websites for their music careers. As the proud presenting sponsor of the Her Music Awards, Bandzoogle encourages SOCAN members to redeem their exclusive six-month free trial (plus 15% off any subscription) of the website building software here.