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Nominees for 2023 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

The finalists for the 2023 SOCAN Songwriting Awards, which celebrate the talent of emerging Canadian songwriters, have been announced.

Nominees for 2023 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

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The finalists for the 2023 SOCAN Songwriting Awards, which celebrate the talent of emerging Canadian songwriters, have been announced. The Canadian rights management organization aims to showcase the next generation of songwriters and the people who make the music. The jury consists of music industry experts and specialized journalists. They selected the finalists, while the winners will be chosen by public vote.


In the French category, the catchy electro-pop anthem "Depuis" by Lydia Képinski, "Lesbienne woke sur l’autotune" by the rapper Calamine, the electrifying "Ton shift est pas fini" by Gab Bouchard, and the bittersweet "Fille à porter" by Ariane Roy and Lou-Adriane Cassidy, both of whom were finalists in 2022, caught the attention of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize jury.

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For the English-language component, the SOCAN Songwriting Prize includes titles like the jazzy "Always" by Jonah Yano, the dreamy "Grab Your Guts" by Maylee Todd, and the equally captivating "Silver Into Rain" by Luna Li with Beabadoobee.

Jennifer Brown, CEO of SOCAN, says the list reflects the diversity of music creativity in Canada, but also connects it to the Online Streaming Act, Bill C-11, which will regulate streaming in Canada to protect Canadian content and will soon go through consultation. "We must continue to advocate for the support and promotion of our talent, ensuring Canadians will always be able to create and listen to music that reflects their lived experience, now and in the future," she says.

The two winners, one Francophone and one Anglophone, with the most votes, will be announced during the week of November 20. The full article by Amélie Revert can be found on the Billboard Canada website.

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