Before they became a renowned artist in their own right, the duo Chiiild (Yonatan “xSDTRK” Ayal and Pierre-Luc Rioux) deployed their behind-the-scenes songwriting and producing skills in the service of various worldwide pop stars, including Katy Perry, David Guetta, Jessie J, Usher, Céline Dion, and Chloe X Halle. For anyone who wants to make a similar transition, xSDTRK has some sound advice.



Now that health regulations to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic have been relaxed, SOCAN is pleased to once again offer accommodations in Nashville, exclusively for all SOCAN songwriters, composers, and music publishers visiting the city to further their career, craft, or business. Located in East Nashville, the SOCAN Nashville House lies in the heart of an up-and-coming creative community, while still close to the downtown core.

The standard stay is one week, from Monday to Sunday, the maintenance fee per stay is $200, and the maximum number of guests per stay is two, including the SOCAN member.

The amenities are two queen beds; linens and towels; a sofa; a dining counter and stools; flatware, utensils, and other tableware; cookware; a French coffee press and a toaster; a microwave oven, stove, full-size fridge, dishwasher, and garbage disposal; a washing machine-dryer combo; a vacuum cleaner; a private bathroom, with basic toiletries and a hair dryer; a furnished sitting/meeting/songwriting room; walk-in-closets and a large, private backyard; wi-fi with unlimited data; and on-site parking.

For more information click here, and scroll down to “Nashville House.” To apply for a stay, click here.



Despite what their name might imply, Half Moon Run never take half measures and their EP Inwards & Onwards won the Montréal-based trio the Adult Alternative Album of the Year at this year’s JUNO Awards. This is their second win in that category after winning it for a first time in 2020 for their album A Blemish in the Great Light. This award arrives on top of the recent platinum certification for their single Full Circle and the gold for Grow Into Love.

We took the opportunity to speak with Dylan Phillips, a Francophile member of the trio, the day after their win to find out more about what this award means to them, the process of creating this EP, which was originally intended as an experiment in creative renewal for Half Moon Run, and a preview of the next album they are currently working on:

Half Moon Run will play several festivals this summer and they will perform the closing event at the Festival d’été de Québec on the Plains of Abraham on July 17th.