Thirteen SOCAN members co-wrote 14 songs destined for screen productions in two days, as SOCAN held its first-ever Kenekt Sync Camp on July 23-24, 2022, at the legendary Sound Factory studios in Hollywood.

Working with four other songwriters and four other producers, all based in the U.S., the SOCAN members came through with new, original co-creations designed to be pitched to specific screen productions for synchronization (sync) placements.

Briefs from five Los Angeles-based music supervisors (three of whom were able to visit in person to meet the music creators) were presented to the songwriters and producers on Saturday morning; the campers then split into four groups, each occupying one of the studios, and in less than 48 hours, they delivered their finished work.

The SOCAN member participants were songwriters COTIS, IDMAN, KALLITECHNIS, Benny Mayne, Maurice Moore, Colin Munroe, Rx, TOBi, and Andrea Wasse; and producers Eli Brown, Dillon Baldassero, Dajaun Martineau, and Mike Sonier.

The American songwriters were Rome Castille, Ryn Nicole, Dua Saleh, and Vanessa Tha Finessa, while the U.S. producers were Prep Bijan, DJ Higher LvL, Nick Lee, and Saint Patrick.

The music supervisors were Alyson Aranez (of the Aspect Advertising Agency), Jessica Gramuglia (of Condé Nast), Livy Rodriguez (music supervisor, former manager of YouTube Music), Olivia Schlichting (of SuperMusicVision), and Jennifer Smith (of Rat Dance Party).

A handful of musicians and music industry visited the camp, including Feyi Ekisola (who manages Prep Bijan and Rome Castille), Amisha Sarkar (who manages SOCAN member Alicia Creti), Jarret Mckenzie (who manages KALLITECHNIS), and André Galuban (of The Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles).

“Much love to SOCAN for a successful song camp in LA!” said TOBi. “It was dope to connect with Canadian and American songwriters in person, the rooms were well curated, in a legendary studio with a rich history. Meeting the supervisors in person was also a nice touch, as that isn’t usually the case when receiving briefs, so we got to make those connections. Overall, a good job well done this weekend. Everyone felt comfortable, and there was a sense of camaraderie amongst the writers.”

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Singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo will induct Alanis Morissette into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, at the organization’s Gala, on Sept. 24, 2022, at Massey Hall in Toronto. The occasion will mark the first time Rodrigo will reunite with Morissette since the pair graced the cover of Rolling Stone (Oct 2021), and surprised concert fans in Los Angeles with a duet of “You Oughta Know” in May of 2022. As one of today’s most definitive pop artists, Rodrigo has accredited Morissette for inspiring and shaping her songwriting craft.

As part of the tribute, JUNO-winning artist for Songwriter of the Year Alessia Cara will perform in honour of the generational trailblazer, who knocked down the door for unabashed female singer-songwriters. Rodrigo and Cara share in common the title of Grammy-winning Best New Artist (Rodrigo in 2022, and Cara in 2018), as well as their outspoken affinity for Morissette, an icon who paved the way. JUNO-winning 2021 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, JP Saxe, best known for his five-times Platinum smash hit “If the World Was Ending,” will also be performing, alongside previously announced artist Ruby Waters, in the Morissette tribute.

This rounds out a cavalcade of star power to honour this year’s inductees: Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Alanis Morissette, David Foster, and Daniel Lavoie. (Murray McLauchlan recently celebrated his induction at the 2022 Mariposa Folk Festival in July.) Previously announced performers include Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake, Corey Hart, Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Cardin, Serena Ryder, Deborah Cox, Chicago’s Neil Donell, Pierre Lapointe, Maurice Moore, Bobby Bazini, Clerel, Bruno Pelletier, and Marie-Mai, who’ll also host the Gala, broadcast by SiriusXM.

The show is almost sold out, but a limited number of tickets are still available here. For a full list of performers and special appearances, click here.