SOCAN is pleased to report that we’ve begun working with Aslice, a technology-based service that allows DJs to easily and conveniently attribute a portion of their set fee to the creators of the music that they play at a paid gig.

Aslice automates the process of DJs uploading their playlist text files, as they submit their set list and share a small percentage (a suggested rate is five percent) of the gig fee. Using proprietary machine learning technology, Aslice matches and distributes the money equally to all the music creators on the playlist.

Under this new collaboration, firstly, the fees collected by Aslice flow directly to the creators of the music that the DJs play. Secondly, as Aslice shares its DJ set lists with SOCAN, we can ensure that venues where the DJs play are licensed properly, and that the performing rights for these events are collected and distributed, based on real data – which has traditionally been difficult to obtain in this sector of the music ecosystem.

SOCAN is happy to be working with a company that supports the great value that the electronic and dance music creative communities bring to listeners’ (and dancers’) experience.

For more information, visit the Aslice website, or access the company’s FAQs.

The SOCAN Foundation has announced the participants for the fifth edition of the TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship. The incubator program provides emerging music creators with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a progressive webinar series that will hone their entrepreneurial skills, while providing them with the tools and resources needed to turn their talent into a sustainable career. The incubator is made possible with the generous support of the TD Ready Commitment.

“With support from TD, the Incubator was designed to identify, celebrate, and support the next generation of music creators that have demonstrated extraordinary potential. We’re so proud of four talented cohorts that have graduated from this program, and this year is no exception,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation.

For the second consecutive year, spots in the prestigious program were extended to the five most recent winners of SOCAN Foundation’s Young Canadian Songwriters Awards, allowing them to build career momentum.

After reviewing hundreds of submissions, the Foundation was pleased to announce that the following music creators have been accepted into the 2021 edition of the program:

  • Alex Métivier (Québec)
  • Anna Melva (Alberta)
  • Audâze (Québec)
  • AVIV (Ontario)
  • Avril Jensen (Québec)
  • Bobo Laurent (Québec)
  • Christine Lee (BC)
  • Clara Dahlie (Québec)
  • Clarissa Diokno (Ontario)
  • Danie (Ontario)
  • Dilettante (Ontario)
  • Hansom Ēli (Québec)
  • Laura Lucas (Manitoba)
  • Lev Snowe (Manitoba)
  • magenta (Ontario)
  • Moira & Claire (Nova Scotia)
  • NIA NADURATA (Ontario)
  • Omega Mighty (Ontario)
  • qwinn (New Brunswick)
  • Sahati (Ontario)
  • Sheperd (Ontario)
  • Stromer Hills (Alberta)
  • Summer Bennett (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Velours Velours (Québec)
  • Yohvn Black (Nova Scotia)

Meet the participants.

Each participant in the program will receive:

  • A cash grant of up to $3,000, intended to defray start-up costs (such as those spent on marketing, business development, branding, etc.);
  • Mentorship by an industry professional; and
  • Access to exclusive webinars led by industry professionals and experts, to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of the participants.

For more information about the SOCAN Foundation and the TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship, visit


Billy Talent played a show at The Budweiser Stage in Toronto on July 8, 2023. Check out our photos of their performance, below.

For upcoming shows, visit, and click on “tour.”

Photos by Tristan Nugent.