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.

FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) has launched a new Songwriter Development Program. It offers $2,000 subsidies for professional songwriters, to go toward a year of various songwriting initiatives, such as travel for co-writing sessions, songwriting camps and workshops, and eligible showcases.

The program has a rolling deadline, which allows applicants to apply at any point in the calendar year. Applications must be submitted at least one calendar day before travel departure, and are being accepted as of April 1, 2020.

For more information, or to apply, click here.

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.