SOCAN was pleased and proud to present a SOCAN 101 session (via Zoom) as part of the Girl Connected Songwriting Camp that ran Aug. 19-22, 2021, at Collabo Camp, a retreat and incubator nestled amongst 100 wooded acres near Tweed, Ontario.

The participants in this edition of the Girl Connected camp were singer-songwriters Mighloe, Ajeya, Kenya Jade, and Faiza; producer-songwriter Jeia; and recording engineer-songwriter Cass Beau.

Girl Connected is a global brand focused on creating a community to connect women in the music, entertainment, and creative arts industries. The organization seeks to empower determined women professionals with a multi-level platform that provides the necessary framework towards professional success, inspiration, and growth. Through its programming, consisting of events and a global mentorship initiative, participants are able to evolve their careers, grow their ideas, and build meaningful partnerships in the entertainment and arts industries.

Big winner Meghan Patrick earned the Female Artist, Fans Choice, and Music Video of the Year honours (the last one for “Girls Like Me”) at the 2021 Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards, held Sept. 3-5, 2021, at three live, drive-in, tailgate concerts at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in Southern Ontario. This is Patrick’s fourth consecutive win in the Female Artist category. Aaron Allen won for Male Artist and Album of the Year (the latter for Highway Mile).

The SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter(s) of the Year honour went to the Owen Barney song “Thank Her for That,” co-written by Barney and professional songwriters Alyssa Reid, Dave “Dwave” Thomson, Mike Wise, and Jamie Appleby.

Other multiple winners at the ninth annual CMAO Awards included Tim Hicks (Single of the Year for “No Truck Song”); Buck Twenty (for Group or Duo of the Year); Les Rats d’Swompe (for Francophone Artist or Group of the Year); and The Abrams (for Roots Artist or Group of the Year).

For a complete list of winners, click here.

Calamine, Prix Felix Leclerc 2021Nothing, it seems, will rob queer, feminist rapper Calamine of the momentum generated by the release of her first solo album Boulette Proof in 2020 – especially with the addition of yet another honour to her already long list of distinctions, including the  Révélation Rap Radio-Canada 2021, and being a finalist at Francouvertes.

This time, she’s won the 2021 Prix Félix-Leclerc which was officially awarded to her on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, immediately after her show during the Francos de Montréal.

Calamine thus becomes the latest in a long list of young singer-songwriters who’ve benefited from the perks that come with this prize, awarded simultaneously to a Québécois and a French (from France) artist – Élia being this year’s winner of the cross-Atlantic counterpart.

SOCAN has once again partnered with the Prix Félix-Leclerc by awarding Calamine a $2,500 cash prize, presented to her in person by SOCAN A&R executive Sara Dendane. The cash prize is one of the many benefits attached to this award; the singer-songwriter also gets another $2,500 cash prize from Groupe Editorial Musinfo, an invitation to perform at the Francofolies de La Rochelle, as well as a $25,000 cash prize from Cogeco Média.

The winner of the Prix Félix-Leclerc is chosen by a jury of journalists and industry representatives selected by the FrancoFolies de Montréal. Calamine was a finalist, alongside peers and SOCAN members Clay and Friends, Laurence-Anne, Lumière, Raccoon, Robert Robert, Thierry Larose, and Vendou.

Congratulations, Calamine!