The application period for the 26th edition of the Francouvertes has officially begun. Whether solo or in a group, singer-songwriters from Canada’s Francophone and Aboriginal communities have until Nov. 14, 2021, to apply at

Thanks to the support of SOCAN and Musicaction, and the invaluable collaboration of Musique nomade, the Francouvertes recently presented the Skátne series, during which 11 Aboriginal artists were invited to open the evenings. This series was only the beginning of a reflection aimed at offering a greater place to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists and their languages. It was in the wake of the Skátne series that the decision was made to modify the rules of the competition to accept Aboriginal languages on equal footing as French for this edition. Participants will therefore be able to sing entirely in their own language, or in French and an Aboriginal language.

The possibility to attend the event online or in person will provide increased visibility for participants and partners, as well as for the artists performing on stage, as the general public and many industry players who can’t normally travel to Montréal will be able to view the event and participate remotely by voting.

The Francouvertes competition that takes place in three stages: the preliminaries, the semi-finals, and the finals, for a total of more than 11 evenings, with three artists or groups per show. Each year, this prestigious competition offers an exceptional showcase to more than 21 French-speaking, and now Aboriginal, artists and groups. This unique event offers impressive visibility to its participants, along with several impactful prizes. In addition to the $10,000 Sirius XM scholarship awarded to the Grand Prize winner, all 21 participants also stand a chance to win several prizes that can boost their professional development, such as scholarships, studio time, paid shows with recognized broadcasters as part of major events, and professional and promotional support.

SOCAN member composers are invited to submit an experimental piece in any electronic music genre (acousmatic, electroacoustic, glitch, soundscape, intelligent dance music, turntable art, or video music) to the Musicworks 2021 Electronic Music Composition Contest. The juried contest spotlights new musical talent, and offers cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

The contest entry fee is $25 (with each additional entry only $5, unlimited), and includes a free one-year subscription to Musicworks magazine. First prize is $500 cash, a composer profile in Musicworks, Issue 142 (Spring 2022 issue, both in print and online), and your composition released on the Musicworks 142 CD. Second prize is $200 cash and composer coverage on in 2022, and third prize is $100 cash and composer coverage on in 2022. The contest closes December 20, 2021.

For further 2021 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, rules and restrictions, and entry forms, click here.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids earned three honours at the the 2021 online edition of the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) on Oct. 15, 2021: the duo won Rap & Hip Hop Artist and Indigenous Artist of the Year, and Alfonso Chin won Video Director of the Year for the video of their song “Screaming Indian.”

Begonia took home the trophies for both Pop Artist and Recording of the Year, while Kelly Bado was honoured as both the Francophone Artist and Global Artist of the Year. Grant Davidson won the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year Award, and T. Patrick Carrabre received the Classical Composer of the Year Award.

Sargeant X Comrade was chosen as the BreakOut Artist of the Year, and the Hall Of Fame honouree was The Watchmen.

For a compete list of artistic nominees and winners, click here;  for a list of industry nominees and winners, click here.

SOCAN congratulates all of our member nominees and winners at the 2021 WCMAs!