SOCAN Creative Executive Gagan Singh has earned the Best Music Composer honour in the 2022 edition of the Tokyo Film Awards. Singh, our Membership department’s Creative Executive for Film /TV & Visual Media, received his award in February 2022 for scoring The Black Bag. The Tokyo Film Awards is a competition organized by working professionals from the film and television industry in that city. Its programming is mainly focused on short films, and its main mission is to promote young talents and their vision.

The Black Bag is a short thriller produced by Foster Films Canada, directed by Lee Foster, and shot entirely in Canada. Foster and Singh have worked together for almost a decade, since they were both emerging as students in their fields at the University of Toronto.

“Love and gratitude to the Tokyo Film Awards,” said Singh. “A special shout-out to Foster Films Canada for our collaborations over the past several years. It’s an honour to be able to continue to do great work together, and for it to be recognized locally, nationally, and globally.

“My collaborative, creative relationship and friendship with Lee Foster helped me further my craft in screen-media music. As he was producing television commercials and directing films, he would give me the call to score the music for many of these projects, and all the while I was honing my skills further. Working with him and his team has always been inspiring, and an enjoyable challenge – because he always expects me to deliver a quality score. We both try to raise the bar with each project we go into, and it’s our passion for the craft that drives our work. Others among our collaborative projects have also been recognized in the past, most notably The Use of Deadly Force (2016), starring Elvis Stojko.”

SOCAN congratulates our own Gagan Singh on this great achievement!



The Coalition for Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) have launched an outreach campaign, “Stand Up for C-11,” to support Bill C-11, the new Online Streaming Act.

The bill aims to have large online streamers contribute their fair share to the Canadian cultural ecosystem, correcting years of glaring inequities. It will ensure that Canadian creations and productions have an important place on our airwaves and screens. By ensuring that the Broadcasting Act is finally adapted to the new digital environment, Canadian music and audiovisual works will enjoy greater recognition around the world.

The Broadcasting Act has not been reviewed in over 30 years and is one of the most important cultural policies in Canada. The Online Streaming Act will have important repercussions for all songwriters, composers, screen composers, and music publishers in Canada, so making your voice heard surrounding the debate is essential.

It’s time for online streamers to contribute to the creation, development, and dissemination of Canadian content. If you care about culture, take a moment to show your support for Bill C-11: it’s a gesture that will make a big difference.

Sign the petition to STAND UP FOR C-11!

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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). This SOCAN Satellite Session features Hayley Sales.

In 2021, The Mirror in the U.K. heralded Sales’ work as, “A virtuoso performance; each song radiates with a quality both intimate yet powerful.” Sales has paved her own way; through the velvety hints of Motown and the bold romance of early jazz, her music breathes new life into the vintage sounds of classic pop. She’s carefully crafted her songs to match the unabashed honesty of a born performer. As a teenager, Sales signed with the Universal Music Group and went on to released two self-penned, self-produced records that hit the Top 40 charts in Canada, Japan, and Australia. During this time, she toured internationally with Jason Mraz, INXS, Feist, The Spice Girls, and many more.

In 2016, her career came to a dramatic pause. The label experienced a staff turnover; as a result her third record was shelved, and she was prohibited from buying it back. But the setbacks only made her more determined. In Spring 2021, Sharon Stone and Sales released their first co-write, “Never Before,” the first single from Sales’ double-album Ricochet (2022). The single earned plaudits in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazine, which praised it as “a track that fits squarely into the Great American Songbook lane, thanks to straightforward lyrics and a heart-swooning melody that achieved their goal of telling an elegant, no-fuss love story.” The success of the single led to an opportunity to join Rufus Wainwright on his U.K. tour in October of 2021, and his European tour in the Spring of 2022. Sales plans to release a live record, The London Bridge Sessions, simultaneously. Parallel to her music career, Sales stars alongside Bruce Willis and Michael Rooker in the upcoming Fox feature film, Corrective Measures, premiering in April of 2022.