SOCAN introduces a new video series, The Pros, where leaders in their musical fields share some of the high-level information they’ve learned while creating a significant body of work over the course of their careers.

First up is screen composer Amin Bhatia, who has:

  • composed 50-plus scores, over 30-plus years;
  • written music for film, television, radio, and theatre;
  • with co-composer Ari Posner, scored the CBC/Netflix series Anne with an E and internationally-acclaimed series Flashpoint and X Company;
  • written compositions for The Handmaid’s Tale;
  • scored the feature films Storm, Iron Eagle II, and John Woo’s Once a Thief;
  • earned multiple Canadian Screen Awards with co-composer Ari Posner, and an Emmy Award nomination for the Disney series Get Ed;
  • worked with David Foster and Steve Porcaro, and seen some of his music appear on Michael Jackson’s Thriller;
  • seen his albums The Interstellar Suite and Virtuality become standard repertoire in marching-band competitions.

Here, Bhatia explains the key difference between scoring a live-action screen production, and an animated one.



After three weeks of hotly contested semi-finals, the three finalists of the 2022 edition of the Francouvertes have been chosen: Rau Ze, Émile Bourgault, and Hôte. The result was decided by a jury of music industry professionals and members of the public, both in person, and online via a broadcasting platform specially designed for the occasion.

Francouvertes, 2022, David Lagacé, Rau Ze

David Lagacé, Rau Ze

During the last evening of the competition semi-finals, several prizes were awarded, including SOCAN’s Paroles & Musique Award to the group Rau Ze for the quality of its lyrics and music. Members of the band won a $1,000 cash prize and a writing residency at the SOCAN House in Los Angeles or Nashville.

The SOCAN Foundation offered semi-finalist David Lagacé a $1,500 grant to create the theme song for the 2023 edition of the Francouvertes. To learn more about the other prizes awarded during the semi-finals, and all the prizes that will be distributed at the end of the grand finale, visit the Francouvertes website.

The “J’aime mes ex” series also concluded with Alex Burger, finalist of the 23rd edition of Francouvertes, who opened the last night of the semi-finals at Montréal’s Lion d’Or club. SOCAN is proud to have made this series possible, allowing audiences to re-connect with the musical universe of past participants throughout the preliminary and semi-final rounds: Thierry Larose, Fanny Bloom, Valence, Émilie Proulx, FUUDGE (in duo mode), Chloé Lacasse, Gab Bouchard, Mathieu Bérubé, and Alex Burger.

The grand finale of the 2022 edition will be held in front of a live audience on May 16, at 7:30 p.m., at Club Soda. Audiences at home will also be able to view and vote live via the streaming platform at thepointofsale.com.

Good luck to the finalists of this 26th edition of the Francouvertes!



In our Top Secrets videos, music creators who’ve attained a No. 1 spot on the ADISQ BDS or Francophone or Anglophone Correspondants charts, celebrated by a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award, tell us the secrets behind the creation of their hit.

On April 2, 2022, popular rapper FouKi played his ultimate show at Montréal’s MTELUS. SOCAN Creative and Partnerships Executive Sara Dendane took the opportunity to present a plaque to the artist ,as well as Jay Scøtt, and the whole team behind the creation of the song “Copilote,” which reached the top of the BDS and ADISQ Correspondants francophones charts, and stayed there for nine and seven weeks, respectively. The bona fide earworm was co-created by Pier-Luc Papineau, Léo Fougères, Adel Kazi Aoual, Clément Langlois-Légaré, and Tom St-Laurent, and is published by Disques 7 ième Ciel.

In the Top Secrets video, FouKi and Jay Scøtt take us behind the scenes of the fruitful collaboration in creating this award-winning SOCAN No. 1 song.