Our video series The Pros introduces you to leaders in their fields who share some of the information they’ve learned by creating music in their careers.

Producer CRi won the Electronic Music Award at the SOCAN 2021 Gala, in addition to winning, the same year, the Electronic Music Album of the Year Award at the ADISQ, and the prestigious Félix as the Breakthrough Artist of the Year. As a matter of fact, he became Québec’s first electronic musician to win that trophy.

In this video, CRi shares his tips and tricks to give the best possible live show: the working conditions required for a successful electronic music performance, the state of mind most conducive to a successful show, and the advice he wishes he’d had before he started playing shows.



SOCAN was pleased and proud to be one of the organizing entities for the first-ever Song & Score Week, Sept. 19-24, 2022, in Toronto, dedicated to helping songwriters and composers achieve and share their musical and career goals. Song & Score Week provided educational programming to build skills, supported industry growth, delivered opportunities to connect, and presented awards to recognize music creators.

Song & Score Week was organized collectively by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Music Publishers Canada, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, SOCAN, the SOCAN Foundation, and the Songwriters Association of Canada.

The week was jam-packed with exciting events and activities (all held at downtown Toronto’s El Mocambo, unless otherwise noted).

Indigenous Song Camp
From Sept 20-22, a dozen-odd Indigenous singer-songwriters and producers gathered at the downtown Toronto offices of Kilometre Music to write, make demo recordings of, and share new songs together.

On the Clock with Murdoch
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, award-winning screen composer Robert Carli worked with live musicians to capture the score for the latest, unreleased episode of the CBC series Murdoch Mysteries – in front of a live audience. It was a rare opportunity to experience a real scoring session for one of Canada’s top-rated series.

Scores, Songs, & Screens: Pulling Back the Curtain
Later the same day, Carli and his colleague screen composers Darren Fung, Aaron Paris, Alexandra Petkovski, and Sarah Slean discussed the various approaches and styles to composing music for the screen, and how that role now encompasses an extremely wide range of responsibilities.

Canadian Screen Music Awards (CASMAs)
That night, The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) celebrated its first-ever Canadian Screen Music Awards (CASMAs) in a live ceremony, with the proceedings live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. Screen composers Steph Copeland and Todor Kobakov won two awards each, while other winners were Janal Bechthold & La-Nai Gabriel, Steffan Andrews, Layal Watfeh, Phil Strong, Trevor Morris, The Canadian Film Centre, and The Slaight Family Foundation. For a complete list of winners and their awards, click here.

How To Optimize Your Vocal Recordings
On Thursday, Sept. 22, Dr. Amandine Pras, Lecturer in Sound Recording and Music Production at the University of York, U.K., discussed acoustics, microphone placement, and manipulating audio files when recording vocals.

Indigenous Music Protocols: Developing Industry Standards, Guidelines, and Best Practices
Later that day, this event furthered a key mandate for the Indigenous Music Office: to gather and share best practices, and to develop, maintain, and serve as keeper of industry protocols, supporting artists and industry in ensuring appropriate protocols are both known and followed.

Songwriters Circle
That night, SiriusXM Canada presented a Songwriters Circle, featuring Fefe Dobson, Tyler Shaw, Tim Hicks, TOBi, and Ruby Waters, who shared their songs and the stories behind them.

Women In The Studio National Accelerator
On Friday, Sept. 23, Music Publishers Canada (MPC) welcomed six participants for the first day of a three-day event offering women, gender-fluid, non-binary, and gender-non-conforming participants a series of curated workshops, educational sessions, and networking opportunities with music industry leaders.

NXTGen Mixer
Later that day, Music Publishers Canada invited their new NXTGen members to Song and Score Week. NXTGen is a new MPC membership level created to foster the next generation of music publishing leaders across the country, representing all intersections of industry professionals.

David Foster Master Class
That night, David Foster – one of the most successful songwriters and record producers in history – was joined by Ralph Peer at the piano, to reflect on an illustrious songwriting and producing career.

Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, David Foster, and Daniel Lavoie were indicted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, during a gala held at Massey Hall in downtown Toronto. The event was hosted by Marie-Mai, with tribute performances from Corey Hart, Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake of Nickelback, Alessia Cara, Charlotte Cardin, Jessie Reyez, Deborah Cox, Serena Ryder, Ruby Waters, Pierre Lapointe, and more.

 



On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, ADISQ unveiled the list of this year’s nominees for the annual ADISQ Awards, to be hosted once again by Louis-José Houde. The television Award presentation on ICI Radio-Canada Télé is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022.  

In total, 26 Félix statuettes will be presented in Montréal as part of three ceremonies: the Gala de l’industrie, at 8:00 p.m. ET, on Nov. 16, at Club Soda; the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ, Nov. 2, at MTELUS, airing on Télé-Québec at 8:00 p.m. ET; and the Gala de l’ADISQ, Nov. 6, at 8:00 p.m. ET, on ICI Radio-Canada Télé. 

Leading the list of nominations is Hubert Lenoir with 11 , followed by Lisa LeBlanc and Les Cowboys Fringants, with more than five nominations each, while 2Frères, Cœur de pirate, Jay Scøtt, Patrick Watson, Roxane Bruneau, and Salebarbes each have four to their credit.  

Once again this year, SOCAN members will get a chance to make their mark in the various categories, including Songwriter or Composer of the Year, for which the nominees are: 

  • Lou-Adriane Cassidy, Alexandre Martel/Lou-Adriane Cassidy for Lou-Adriane Cassidy vous dit: Bonsoir 
  • Lisa LeBlanc, Benoit Morier, Michel Roy, Léandre Bourgeois for Chiac Disco  
  • Salomé Leclerc for Mille ouvrages mon cœur  
  • Hubert Lenoir for PICTURA DE IPSE: Musique directe 
  • Vincent Roberge, Félix Petit for Crash, Les Louanges

SOCAN is partnering this year with ADISQ to present two internationally-themed awards: Artist of the Year – International influence, and International Collaboration of the Year. Nominees in those two categories are:  

ARTIST OF THE YEAR – INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE  

  • Jean-Michel Blais 
  • Cœur de pirate 
  • Hubert Lenoir 
  • Les Cowboys Fringants 
  • Klô Pelgag 
  • Suuns 
  • Patrick Watson 

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR 

  • Cruzito w. Ken-Y for the song/video Como Ayer 
  • D-Track w. Akhénaton for the song/video Soroche 
  • Hubert Lenoir w. Bonnie Banane for the song/video OCTEMBRE 
  • Patrick Watson w. Teresa Salgueiro for the song A Mermaid in Lisbon 

Members of the audience will also have an opportunity to assist the Academy by voting for their favourite of the 10 songs nominated in the Song of the Year category: 

“Sous le même toit”, 2Frères
Songwriter: Steve Marin
Publishers: Éditions du Baume, Éditions Musicor 

“L’écho”,Ludovick Bourgeois
Songwriters: Steve Marin, Ludovick Bourgeois, Fred St-Gelais
Publishers: Les Éditions Bloc-Notes Musique, Éditions Lo Phat, Éditions Lao, Éditions LA-be 

“Si jamais on me cherche”, Roxane Bruneau
Songwriters: Roxane Bruneau, Mathieu Brisset
Publishers: Les Éditions Musique Variole enr., Les Éditions Inspire 

Bouge Ton Thang, Clay and Friends
Singer-songwriters: Michael Mlakar, Adel Kazi-Aoual, Émile Désilets, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Pascal Boisseau 

“On s’aimera toujours”, Cœur de Pirate
Songwriter: Béatrice Marin
Publisher: Édition Bravo Musique 

“Copilote”, FouKi w. Jay Scøtt
Songwriters: Léo Fougères, Pier-Luc Jean Papineau, Tom St- Laurent, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Adel Kazi-Aoual
Publisher: Disques 7ième Ciel 

“Pourquoi faire aujourd’hui (Version radio) ”, Lisa LeBlanc
Songwriters: Lisa LeBlanc, Benoit Morier, Michel Roy, Léandre Bourgeois 

“Ensemble, sensibles”, Ariane Moffatt
Songwriter: Ariane Moffatt
Publisher: Les Éditions Laurea 

“Lord”, Salebarbes
Songwriters: Salebarbes 

“Elle n’entend plus battre son cœur”, Vincent Vallières
Songwriters: Vincent Vallières, Michel-Olivier Gasse, Mathieu Roy
Publisher: Les Éditions Trente Arpents 

SOCAN congratulates all nominees and wishes them good luck!  

For a complete list of nominations, go to the Awards section of the ADISQ website.