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.

Alessia Cara plays the character Jane Willoughby in the new animated Netflix feature film The Willoughbys, a delightfully dark, kid-friendly tale about true value of family.

The film’s soundtrack features original music, with Cara co-writing and performing the lead song “I Choose,” streaming now on various platforms.

In the movie – based on a children’s book by Lois Lowry – Cara’s character Jane also sings, but is constantly silenced by her strict parents. Jane and her siblings hatch a plan to create a better life for themselves, and a wild adventure ensues.

SOCAN cogratulates Alessia Cara on this rare achievement!

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.