SOCAN Songwriting Prize

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The SOCAN Songwriting Prize, formerly known as the ECHO Songwriting Prize,[1] is an annual competition recognizing the best in Canadian emerging music, both anglophone and francophone.

Established in 2006, the competition was designed to recognize some of the most innovative, creative and artistic songs created in the past year by emerging songwriters in Canada.

Songs are selected by a competition panel composed of 10 music experts from the Canadian music scene, who each nominate two songs based on a set of criteria they believe are the best songs by emerging artists from the past year. The songs are narrowed down to a set of 10 finalists and announced publicly. Fans then vote for the winner over the course of two weeks in June.[2][3] by visiting www.socansongwritingprize.ca or voting through Twitter. Once the winners (one anglophone and one francophone) are determined after the voting period, they each are awarded a $10,000 cash prize from SOCAN and an assortment of prizes from the yearly sponsors.

Beginning in 2015, the shortlist of nominees was increased from five to ten.[4]

Award nominees and winners[edit]

Year Anglophone Francophone
2006
  • Blue ribbon Ève Cournoyer, "Tout arrive" (Ève Cournoyer)
  • Thomas Hellman, "Foutez-moi la paix" (Thomas Hellman)
  • Karkwa, "Le coup d'état" (Louis-Jean Cormier, Michel Gagnon)
  • Malajube, "La Monogamie" (Thomas Augustin, Mathieu Cournoyer, Francis Mineau, Julien Mineau)
  • Malajube, "Pâte Filo" (Thomas Augustin, Mathieu Cournoyer, Francis Mineau, Julien Mineau)
2007
  • Blue ribbon Abdominal, "Pedal Pusher" (Andrew Bernstein, Rodney Pleasant)
  • The Besnard Lakes, "Devastation" (Stephen Raegele, Nicole Lizee, Jeremiah Bullied, Jonathan Cummins, Olga Goreas, Kevin Laing, Jace Lasek)
  • Feuermusik, "Doppelspiel" (Jeremy Strachan, Gus Weinkauf)
  • Nathan, "Scarecrow" (Keri Latimer)
  • Chad VanGaalen, "Graveyard" (Chad VanGaalen)
2008
  • Blue ribbon Karkwa, "Oublie pas" (François Lafontaine, Louis-Jean Cormier)
  • Bonjour Brumaire, "Argèles" (Youri Zaragoza, Nathan Howard, Jordan Larocque, François Lessard)
  • El Motor, "Alinéa" (Alexis Dufresne, Pascal Gingras, Fred Filo, Pierre Bouchard, Guillaume Duclos)
  • Gatineau, "The Christ is Right ? Mange ta ville" (Éric Brousseau, Jean Cyr, Dominique Hamel, Jean Nicol)
  • Samian and Loco Locass, "La Paix des braves" (Samian, Biz, Chafiik, Batlam)
2009
2010
  • Blue ribbon Vulgaires Machins, "Parasites" (Maxime Beauregard, Guillaume Beauregard, Patrick Landry, Marie-Eve Roy)
  • Fred Fortin, "Le cinéma des vieux garçons" (Fred Fortin)
  • Le Husky, "La maison hantée" (Alexandre Champigny, Yannick Duguay)
  • Damien Robitaille, "L’ermite dans la ville" (Damien Robitaille)
  • Geneviève Toupin, "Quelque part" (Geneviève Toupin)
2011
  • Blue ribbon Galaxie, "Piste 1" (Olivier Langevin)
  • Jimmy Hunt, "Ça va de soi" (Jimmy Hunt)
  • Philippe B, "Petite leçon des ténèbres" (Philippe Bergeron)
  • Jérôme Minière, "Le Vrai le faux" (Jérôme Minière)
  • Géraldine, "Et les brochettes du buffet" (Géraldine Bureau, Jean-Philippe Fréchette)
2012
  • Blue ribbon Koriass, "St-Eustache" (Emmanuel Dubois)
  • Avec pas d'casque, "Intuition #1" (Mathieu Charbonneau, Stéphane Lafleur, Nicolas Moussette, Joël Vaudreuil)
  • Lisa LeBlanc, "Lignes d'hydro" (Joël Vaudreuil)
  • Marie-Pierre Arthur, "Si tu savais" (Marie-Pierre Fournier, François Lafontaine, Gaële Tavernier)
  • Salomé Leclerc, "Dans la prairie" (Philippe Bergeron, Salomé Leclerc)
2013
2014
  • Blue ribbon Alejandra Ribera, "I Want" (Alejandra Ribera)[7]
  • Louise Burns, "Emeralds Shatter" (Louise Burns)
  • July Talk, "Having You Around" (Peter Dreimanis, Leah Goldstein, Eamon McGrath, Daniel Miles, Josh Warburton)
  • Pup, "Reservoir" (Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumack, Zachary Mykula, Steven Sladkowski)
  • Wake Owl, "Gold" (Colyn Cameron)
2015
  • Blue ribbon Dear Rouge, "I Heard I Had" (Andrew McTaggart, Danielle McTaggart)[8]
  • Cold Specks, "Old Knives" (James Anderson, Cold Specks)
  • Kiesza, "Hideaway" (Rami Afuni, Kiesza)
  • Samantha Savage Smith, "It's a Burn" (Samantha Savage Smith)
  • Alvvays, "Archie, Marry Me" (Alec O'Hanley, Molly Rankin)
  • Shi Wisdom, "Young Gunner" (Joel Chambers, Nevon Sinclair, Renee Wisdom)
  • Del Bel, "In My Solitude" (Laura Bates, Tyler Belluz, Aaron Brooks, Lisa Conway, Karen Ng, Chris Sandes, Ira Zingraff)
  • Lowell, "The Bells" (Lowell, Justin Broad, Paul Herman)
  • Lisa Leblanc, "You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)" (Lisa Leblanc)
  • 2nd Son feat. Allie, "Private Island" (Daniel Jacques, Allie Ho-Sang)
2016
2017
  • Blue ribbon PUP, "DVP" (Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zachary Mykula, Steve Sladkowski)
  • Daniel Caesar, "Won't Live Here" (Ashton Simmonds, Jordan Evans, Matthew Burnett, Tommy Paxton-Beesley, Ian Culley, Alexander Ernewein)
  • Charlotte Cardin, "Big Boy" (Charlotte Cardin)
  • July Talk, "Push + Pull" (Thomas D'Arcy, Ian Docherty, Peter Dreimanis, Leah Goldstein, Danny Miles, Josh Warburton)
  • Kaytranada feat. Anderson.Paak, "Glowed Up" (Kevin Celestin, Brandon Anderson)
  • Jessie Reyez, "Figures" (Jessie Reyez, Bjoran Johan, Tobias Frelin, Blake Carter)
  • River Tiber, "Acid Test" (Tommy Paxton-Beesley, Thadeus Gardwood, Johnathan Mavrogiannis, Dan Voicu)
  • The Strumbellas, "We Don't Know" (Jeremy Drury, Jonathan Hembrey, Darryl James, Brian Pickett, David Ritter, Isabel Ritchie, Joanne Setterington)
  • Weaves, "Shithole" (Jasmyn Burke, Morgan Waters)
  • Charlotte Day Wilson, "Work" (Charlotte Day Wilson)
  • Blue ribbon Klô Pelgag, "Les ferrofluides-fleurs" (Klô Pelgag, Karl Gagnon)
  • Bernhari, "Je pense à toi" (Bernhari)
  • Beyries feat. Louis-Jean Cormier, "J'aurai 100 ans" (Amélie Beyries, Maxime Le Flaguais)
  • Charlotte Cardin, "Faufile" (Charlotte Cardin)
  • Dead Obies, "Explosif" (Vincent Banville, Gregory Beaudoin, Jonathan Quirion, Jean-François Ruel, Pierre Savu-Massé, Charles-André Vincelette)
  • Alexe Gaudreault, "Éclat" (John Nathaniel, Mariane Cossette Bacon, Alexe Gaudreault)
  • Gazoline, "L'amour véritable est aux rebelles" (Xavier Dufour Thériault, Jean-Philippe Godbout, Marc-André Landry, Julien Mineau, Ryan Battistuzzi, Jean-Cimon Tellier-Dubé)
  • Lydia Képinski, "Apprendre à mentir" (Lydia Képinski)
  • Paupière, "Rex" (Pierre-Luc Bégin, Éliane Préfontaine, Julia Daigle, Vincent Lévesque)
  • Rosie Valland, "Nord-Est" (Rosie Valland, Jessie MacCormack)

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