Since we’re unable to meet our members in their natural environments until further notice, our Staying home with… video interviews allow us to meet with them using videoconferencing technology. In this instalment, Paroles & Musique Editor Eric Parazelli spoke with Andréanne A. Malette, who’s taking advantage of forced isolation to experiment with other art forms such as painting. She’s not, however, the type to remain idle until the crisis is over, so she’s facilitated a songwriting workshop for young creators via Instagram, and released a new song, “Le brasier,” which talks about the delicate subject of domestic violence, a theme particularly important during this period of isolation.

In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN continues to conduct video interviews with our members – now online via meeting apps – in our new video series, “Staying Home with…” Up first, Jessie Reyez.

In a wide-ranging online video interview with SOCAN just after the release of her debut album Before Love Came to Kill Us (out March 27,  it’s already the top female debut album and top R&B debut album of 2020 so far, with more than 350 million global streams), Jessie Reyez talks about life in lockdown, opening two dates on the now-cancelled Billie Eilish tour, mortality, unrequited love, her new sobriety, and how someone with trust issues writes and releases vulnerable songs. Also, how one particular scene in the movie Goodfellas encapsulates the entire spirit of the album.

Charlie Wall-Andrews, the Executive Director of the SOCAN Foundation (one of The SOCAN Group of Companies), has been named a Trudeau Scholar – one of only 16 announced across the country by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation – and will immediately start on a new leadership program.

“I’m honoured to be named a Trudeau Scholar,” said Wall-Andrews, currently studying for her Ph.D. at Ryerson University, which nominated her for the honour. “It will support me in expanding my capacity of being an engaged leader in our society that is committed to making a positive impact in our community, and among the broader public.”

Wall-Andrews is also an Edmund de Rothschild Foundation Legacy Fellow; Vice-Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council;  and sits on the boards of WorkinCulture and Telus Community Investment. She says her three-year program as a Trudeau Scholar will help her conduct meaningful research about engaged citizens, human rights, and dignity.

She’s especially interested in prompting corporations and government to create equity, as she’s already done with the SOCAN Foundation’s groundbreaking Equity X Production mentorship program and HER Music Awards. Both projects have advanced diversity and gender balance in the Canadian music industry, and will continue to do so as annual initiatives.

Congratulations to our SOCAN colleague on this great achievement!