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!

For a complete list of resources, click on the image below.

From the “backstage” virtual media rooms at the 50th annual JUNO Awards in 2021, SOCAN brings you comments from winners, performers, and presenters, about how the past 15 months of physical isolation, and social and political upheaval, may have influenced their songwriting process and subject matter.

The SOCAN members answering the question are:

  • Savannah Ré
  • Ali Gatie
  • Louis-Jean Cormier
  • William Prince
  • Serena Ryder
  • Robbie Baker of The Tragically Hip
  • Kaytranada
  • Leslie Feist
  • Arkells
  • July Talk
  • Leela Gilday
  • WondaGurl
  • TOBi
  • Tenille Townes