In order to provide a platform for our members on the rise, we’re pleased to continue the SOCAN Satellite Sessions – an ongoing series of 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 second SOCAN Satellite Session features Teon Gibbs and IAMTHELIVING, streaming  now on @SOCANMusic Instagram.

Bridging the gap between R&B, pop, hip-hop, and soul Teon Gibbs and IAMTHELIVING have come together in funky harmony to deliver a seven-track EP titled JNGL. Hailing from different areas of the world, the pair met in Vancouver and came together to deliver a sound that unites people and makes them want to dance.

Gibbs is a rapper/producer from Botswana, Africa. As a child, he moved between South Africa, Angola, and the U.K with his family, before eventually settling in Vancouver. A multi-faceted artist who often blurs lines between musical genres, he creates a sound all his own, with confidence and versatility. IAMTHELIVING is a soul singer from Southeast London, U.K., who grew up magnetized by the sounds of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Stevie Wonder. Following his music destiny to the West Coast, he now feels at home in Vancouver, both physically and with his art. IAMTHELIVING provides a buttery, soulful croon, over upbeat production, while Gibbs injects laid-back, West Coast wordplay that packs a punch into every track.

Tune in to @SOCANMusic Instagram to see their exclusive video performance!

On June 2, the one-year anniversary of #BlackOutTuesday – the viral global action to protest anti-Black racism – BDRB (Breaking Down Racial Barriers) with CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association) and ADVANCE (Canada’s Black Music Business Collective) will host a virtual declaration signing event for music industry leaders to make public their commitment to anti-Black racism.

The event will include speakers Andrew Cash (President, CIMA), Keziah Myers (Executive Director, ADVANCE), Ian Andre Espinet (Co-Founder, BDRB), David “Click” Cox (Co-Founder, BDRB), Shauna de Cartier (President, Six Shooter Records), Steve Kane (President, Warner Music), Erin Benjamin (President/CEO, Canadian Live Music Association), and performances by Jully Black and Shantel May.

The Declaration builds on the findings of last year’s unprecedented “Breaking Down Racial Barriers” roundtable, which featured more than 60 working Black music professionals discussing anti-Black racism throughout the Canadian music and entertainment industry. The 10-part series featured candid, at times uncomfortable, conversations on anti-Black racism and its impact on artists, live event producers, music creatives, economics, media, and the succession and retention of Black music professionals, including executives, throughout the music ecosystem.

“The BDRB Declaration to End Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Music Industry” commits signatories to measurable actions. Music industry leaders and practitioners will be expected to make an active, conscious, and ongoing effort to work against racism; to create mechanisms to dismantle systems that perpetuate racism; and to create actionable solutions with measurable outcomes. The Declaration acts as a precursor to the CIMA-commissioned BDRB Report on anti-Black racism in the Canadian music industry, which will arrive in the coming weeks.

Full event registration details here.
View the BDRB Declaration here.
Sign the BDRB Declaration (organizations and corporations) here.

Rich Aucoin won two honours at the 2021 East Coast Music Awards: Song of the Year for “Walls” (co-written with Joel Waddell and Kevin Maher), and Electronic Recording of the Year, for his album, United States. Other double-award winners were Classified, Les Hay Babies, Maxim Cormier, and Rose Cousins.

Catherine MacLellan earned the Songwriter of the Year Award, while other honours went to Neon Dreams for Album of the Year (for The Happiness of Tomorrow), and Beòlach for Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year. Rita MacNeil was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The first batch of winners were announced June 9, during the virtual 2021 East Coast Music Awards Show, and the rest on June 13, during a virtual Music & Industry Awards Show, hosted by Heather Rankin, and streamed via the ECMA’s Youtube channel.

In between, SOCAN participated in a panel, “Royalties & Rights Management Explained,” and presented a Songwriters’ Circle (featuring Rose Cousins, Jah’Mila, Kim Harris, Dave Sampson, Heather Rankin, Breagh Isabel, Owen O’Sound Lee, and Joel Plaskett), all online, as part of the 2021 East Coast Music Festival & Conference surrounding the awards.

For a complete list of ECMA 2020 winners, click here.