In order to provide a platform for our members on the rise, we’re pleased to present the SOCAN Satellite Sessions – an ongoing series of brand-new, unseen member performances broadcast on @SOCANMusic Instagram (and later available across all our social media platforms). In celebration of Black Music Month, the first series of sessions will showcase Black music excellence; each week in June, well present musical performances by some of Canada’s most talented up-and-coming Black songwriters.

The first SOCAN Satellite Session features hip-hop artist Zakisha Brown, streaming now on @SOCANMusic Instagram. Born in Toronto, of Jamaican descent, Brown has gone global with songs like “Purpose,”  “Went to Ghana,” “The Shift,” and her current single, “My Light.” She’s been featured on CBC Music as the first artist played on Errol Nazareth’s new Frequencies program, as well as in the Toronto Star, Ghana Music, and other media outlets. Brown boasts impressive delivery, flow, puns, and bars, and believes in musical substance, self-development, and the urgency of the stories we tell through our art. She’s performed at universities across Ontario, including Humber College, York University, the University of Toronto Scarborough, Laurier University, Windsor University, the Ontario College of Art & Design, and more. She’s also opened shows for artists such as Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Dru Hill, and a Nas performance at the Yonge & Dundas stage in downtown Toronto.  Brown is currently working on her first album, to be released Oct. 6, 2021.

Go to @SOCANMusic Instagram to see her exclusive video performance!

SOCAN’s annual general meeting, typically held in June, will be held after June 30, 2021. The date and agenda will be confirmed soon.

SOCAN gained approval from Corporations Canada to hold its AGM later than usual.

The meeting for eligible SOCAN members will be held online with full registration and voting capabilities using the same platform successfully employed last year.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to introducing our new board of directors, elected to a three-year term, and to reporting on the company’s 2020 Financial results and activities.

The ever-popular JUNOs Songwriters’ Circle, presented by SOCAN in association with Music Publishers Canada, has moved online for the second year in a row, as the “Jewel of the JUNOs” continues to comply with ongoing health regulations to deal the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, as always,  features some of Canada’s best songwriters telling the intriguing stories behind their songs, and performing them – in this case, streamed live from the Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto. The circle for 2021 will include Leah & Peter from July Talk, Deborah Cox, Carole Pope, Dan Hill, and host Jim Cuddy.

The JUNOs Songwriters’ Circle will be available free in Canada on CBC Gem and live-streamed globally on CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages and, on Saturday, June 5, at 8:00 p.m. ET.  For more information, click here.