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!



Desirée Dawson won the Music Video of the Year, and SOCAN members effectively showcased their music at various events, during the 2022 edition of South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival – which returned once again to live-in-person events and performances, from March 11-20, in Austin, Texas.

The British Columbia-based Dawson’s powerful, moving video for “Meet You at The Light” earned the honour, and her record of the same name is nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of The Year at the upcoming 2022 JUNO Awards.

Key showcases for SOCAN members included those presented by The Range, which featured Haviah Mighty, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Cartel Madras, and Just John; M for Montreal and Pop Montreal, which included sets from TEKE::TEKE, Cadence Weapon, Naya Ali, and Bad Waitress; and BreakOut West, where Altameda, Jay Wood, Meltt, The Velveteins, and The Garrys played their music.

In order to connect with and support our members, SOCAN held an informal lunch, where attendees included the aforementioned Dawson, Cadence Weapon, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and Just John. Throughout the conference, we also as connected with some of our fellow Canadian music ecosystem representatives, including those from Breakout West, Manitoba Music, M for Montreal, Pop Montreal, The Orchard Music, Opposition Music, Range Magazine, Dine Alone Records, and the Osheaga festival.

Attending these events at SXSW 2022 were SOCAN’s Director, Creative, Cameron Kennedy; Creative Executive, Los Angeles, Racquel Villagante; Creative Executive, Vancouver, Houtan Hodania; and Vice President, Corporate Development, Steve Ambers.

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!