Budding screen composers and others interested in the art and craft of film and TV scoring are invited to join a moderated conversation with three of Canada’s busiest #ComposersWhoScore,  as the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) presents “From Emerging to Established” live on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Mod-career screen composers Red Heartbreaker in Vancouver, Peter Chapman in Toronto, and Kim Gaboury in Montréal will take part in the chat, moderated by Darren Fung in Los Angeles. They’ll reminisce on their journey to where they are today, and how they got their start in the business, as well as addressing such subjects as working with an agent, assistantships, mentors, finding work, work-life balance, the role of back-end income in their livelihoods, war stories, and more.

You can attend the webcast by clicking here on Monday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT.

When singer-songwriter Maya Malkin from Montréal and songwriter/producer Hugh Mackie from Victoria got together for a SOCAN Song Camp Monday in Toronto, they ended up writing a great song in one day. That collaboration, “Hostage,” which Malkin released on April 17, 2020, has now become the first SOCAN Song of the Week that was co-written at a Song Camp Monday.

“Two of four people couldn’t make the session that day, so it just ended up being Hugh and I,” says Malkin. “Things flowed really naturally and quickly between us. I had a few voice notes on my phone, I showed him some options. This one resonated, and he immediately pulled out a keyboard. Lyrics, melody, and production just really started flowing from there. The time constraint was super-cool, because I’m naturally an indecisive person, but the pressure of having to show the song to some of the SOCAN staff at the end of the day really fueled a fire in me. I wanted to prove I could do it! I would love to do it again. It was so much fun!”

In response to the self-isolation and quarantine imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, SOCAN has taken its Song Camp Mondays online, facilitating multiple virtual co-writing sessions per week (as opposed to our previous one-every-two-weeks, in-person version) across the country, and in the U.S. These Virtual Song Camp Monday sessions – each one a full-day co-writing session connecting three SOCAN members at a time – will bring together participants from across North America, via online meeting platforms, from the comfort of their own homes and/or home studios. You can apply to participate in one here.

Meghan Patrick and The Reklaws lead lead the nominations for the 2020 edition of the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards, with six apiece, closely followed by James Barker Band with five, and Tim Hicks and Tebey with four each, while Carroll Baker will receive the Impact Award. The eighth annual awards gala is slated for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 at Centennial Hall in London, Ont.

Among their nominations, Meghan Patrick and The Reklaws are tipped for the Songwriter(s) of the Year Award, sponsored by SOCAN – as are James Barker Band, Tim Hicks, and Tebey, as follows:

  • Jessica Mitchell, for “Somebody Gonna Get Hurt,” performed by Jessica Mitchell featuring Tim Hicks
  • Meghan Patrick, Jordan Rager, and Michael Whitworth, for “Wild As Me,” performed by Meghan Patrick
  • Stuart Walker, Jenna Walker, Brad Rempel, and Ben Stennis, for “I Do Too,” performed by The Reklaws
  • Tebey, Kylie Sackley, and Matt Rogers, for “The Good Ones,” performed by Tebey & Marie-Mai
  • Tim Hicks, Emma-Lee, and Karen Kosowski, for “What A Song Should Do,” performed by Tim Hicks

Hosted by Jason McCoy and Jennifer Campbell, the 2020 CMAO Awards, presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates, will celebrate the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 19 categories, including the Impact Award, Nielsen Compass Award, and Holly and Steve Kassay Generous Spirit Award.

Tickets are $69 to $225 CAD (plus HST and fees) and are available online at www.centennialhall.london.ca, or by phone at 1-888-999-8980.