On April 22, 2022, Lydia Képinski launched Depuis, almost four years to the day after her first album, Premier juin – which propelled her to the forefront of Québec’s emerging music scene. The 11 new songs interlock to create a narrative of everything that’s happened since Premier juin. Depuis is lyrically as rich as ever, in Képinski’s unique way of sublimating her life experiences into larger-than-life mythological poetry. She’s also immersed herself in electro sound experiences that followed the release of Premier juin, thanks to the craftsmanship of Blaise Borboën-Léonard, who’s returned to produce. A few days before the release of Depuis, we invited her to a virtual meeting so that she could discuss the creative process behind this second album, one that is impossible to pigeonhole, and sure to attract praise.

SOCAN has presented rap producer and beat-maker Murda Beatz with two No. 1 Song Awards: one for co-writing “Rapstar,” performed by Polo G, which reached the peak of both the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on April 24, 2021, and the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart on April 1, 2021; and one for co-writing “Have Mercy,” performed by Chloe, which scaled the summit of the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Dec 18, 2021.

SOCAN Creative Executive, Los Angeles, Racquel Villagante, and Creative Executive, Vancouver, Houtan Hodania presented the No. 1 Song Award plaques to Murda Beatz and his manager (and sometime co-writer) Cory Litwin on April 19, 2021, during a lunch at the Elephante Italian/Beach House restaurant in Santa Monica.

SOCAN congratulates Murda Beatz on the latest in his long line of achievements!

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The Dufferin-Dovercourt Village neighbourhood on the West side of Toronto was the fastest-growing area in Canada for new music creators in 2021, according to data collected by SOCAN. 

While Toronto’s music-rich region took top-spot, the city of Brampton showed substantial growth in the number of new songwriters and composers registering new memberships with SOCAN in 2021, with three regions of the city featuring in the Top 10, and no fewer than four areas in Montréal gaining a place on the list. 

Canada’s Fastest-growing Centres of Music Creation  

  1. Dufferin-Dovercourt Village, Toronto (postal code prefix M6H) 
  2. Brampton North, Ontario (L6P) 
  3. Downtown Toronto CN Tower/King & Spadina/Harbourfront West/Bathurst Quay (M5V) 
  4. Brampton West, Ontario (L7A) 
  5. Outremont, Montréal (H2V) 
  6. Brampton Northwest, Ontario (L6R) 
  7. Brockton-Parkdale Village/Exhibition Place, Toronto (M6K) 
  8. Hochelaga, Montréal (H1W) 
  9. Centre-Sud North, Montréal (H2K), Petite-Patrie Southwest, Montréal (H2S) 

The list was determined by analyzing the number of songwriters, composers, and music publishers who became SOCAN members in 2021 per sortation areas, the first three characters of Canadian postal codes, with a population of 20,000 or more. 

While Dufferin-Dovercourt Village took the top spot, it’s clear that Brampton is making a significant mark on where new music creators are starting their careers, perhaps inspired by the international success of SOCAN members and Brampton hometown heroes such as Alessia Cara, WondaGurl, AHI, NorthsideBenji, and Roy Woods. 

“Canada’s songwriters and composers are your next-door neighbours,” said SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown. “They live and work among all of us, helping to drive our economy with their incredible talent. Canadians might not realize that music creation is all around every one of us and, even through the pandemic, they’ve been working to elevate our local and national culture and identity with their invaluable work, amplifying Canada’s global reputation for creativity.” 

The fast-growing music creator regions in each province and territory: 

  • Alberta: Midnapore-Sundance, Calgary (T2X) 
  • British Columbia: NE Downtown/Harbour Centre/Gastown/Yaletown, Vancouver (V6B)
  • Manitoba: Minto/St. Mathews/Wolseley, Winnipeg (R3G) 
  • New Brunswick: Dieppe Moncton East (E1A) 
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John’s North (A1A) 
  • Northwest Territories & Nunavut: Yellowknife (X1A) 
  • Nova Scotia: Halifax Upper Harbour (B3K) 
  • Ontario: Dufferin-Dovercourt Village, Toronto (M6H) 
  • Prince Edward Island: Charlottetown Southeast (C1A) 
  • Quebec: Outremont (H2V) 
  • Saskatchewan: Saskatoon South Central (S7J) 
  • Yukon: Whitehorse (Y1A) 

SOCAN also identified the neighbourhoods in Canada with the highest rate of successful music creators* per capita, based on total performing rights and reproduction rights royalties earned via SOCAN in the calendar year. 

  1. Petite-Patrie Southwest, Montréal (H2S) 
  2. India Bazaar/The Beaches West, Toronto (M4L)  
  3. Davisville North, Toronto (M4P)  
  4. The Annex-North Midtown-Yorkville, Toronto (M5R)  
  5. Christie, Toronto (M6G)  
  6. Studio District, Toronto (M4M)  
  7. Dufferin-Dovercourt Village, Toronto (M6H)  
  8. Plateau Mont-Royal North Central, Montréal (H2J)  
  9. Amherstburg, Ontario (N9V)  
  10. Centre-Sud South, Montréal (H2L)  

In terms of the total number of new songs and compositions registered with SOCAN by members in 2021,* here are the top 10 regions: 

  1. West Applewood/West Dixie/NW Lakeview, Mississauga, Ontario (L4Y) 
  2. Dufferin-Dovercourt Village, Toronto (M6H) 
  3. Kamloops Northwest, British Columbia (V2B) 
  4. Petite-Patrie Southwest, Montréal (H2S) 
  5. CN Tower/King and Spadina/Harbourfront West/Bathurst Quay, Toronto (M5V) 
  6. Regent Park/Port of Toronto (M5A) 
  7. India Bazaar/The Beaches West, Toronto (M4L) 
  8. Brockton-Parkdale Village/Exhibition Place, Toronto (M6K) 
  9. Woodbine Heights, Toronto (M4C) 
  10. Rua Aþores/Trinity, Toronto (M6J) 

The information comes at a crucial period after the Canadian government has tabled the Online Streaming Act, which serves to update the country’s antiquated rules around Canadian Content, developed before digital technology was a means to discover music made in Canada. 

In a Leger survey conducted in January 2022 on behalf of SOCAN, more than 70% of Canadians agreed that digital platforms should do more to support Canadian content. 

* Songwriters and composers not signed with a music publisher who recorded royalties via SOCAN in the calendar year not exceeding $60,000 total