SOCAN has presented rap producer and beat-maker Murda Beatz with two No. 1 Song Awards: one for co-writing “Rapstar,” performed by Polo G, which reached the peak of both the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on April 24, 2021, and the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart on April 1, 2021; and one for co-writing “Have Mercy,” performed by Chloe, which scaled the summit of the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Dec 18, 2021.

SOCAN Creative Executive, Los Angeles, Racquel Villagante, and Creative Executive, Vancouver, Houtan Hodania presented the No. 1 Song Award plaques to Murda Beatz and his manager (and sometime co-writer) Cory Litwin on April 19, 2021, during a lunch at the Elephante Italian/Beach House restaurant in Santa Monica.

SOCAN congratulates Murda Beatz on the latest in his long line of achievements!



As part of SOCAN’s ongoing journey toward understanding the impact of residential schools in Canada, the organization’s Equity Task Force arranged for a virtual tour of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, presented by the Woodland Cultural Centre, on April 21, 2020.

With SOCAN’s Catharine Saxberg moderating, Trisha Kelley, Development Co-Ordinator, and Chris Ashkewe, Associate Director, of the Woodland Cultural Centre, discussed the school and its 140-year history.

The event included a room-by-room video tour of the building, guided by Lorrie Gallant, which offered a powerful and poignant account of the horrific abuses suffered there, and testimony from five survivors. It was a moving, at times disturbing, but valuable way to understand the facts about what happened at residential schools.

In an extended question-and-answer session with Ashkewe that followed the video tour, he addressed possible reparations and accountability for residential school abuses; how we might move towards reconciliation; including residential school history in our current scholastic curriculum in Ontario; and more.

To find out more about what happened at the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, click here. To register for a viewing of the video, click here. To donate to the Woodland Cultural Centre, click here.

 



On April 22, 2022, Lydia Képinski launched Depuis, almost four years to the day after her first album, Premier juin – which propelled her to the forefront of Québec’s emerging music scene. The 11 new songs interlock to create a narrative of everything that’s happened since Premier juin. Depuis is lyrically as rich as ever, in Képinski’s unique way of sublimating her life experiences into larger-than-life mythological poetry. She’s also immersed herself in electro sound experiences that followed the release of Premier juin, thanks to the craftsmanship of Blaise Borboën-Léonard, who’s returned to produce. A few days before the release of Depuis, we invited her to a virtual meeting so that she could discuss the creative process behind this second album, one that is impossible to pigeonhole, and sure to attract praise.