In a SOCAN video interview, two-time JUNO Award winner Dan Mangan discusses how becoming a father has affected his songwriting, how he wrote “Just Fear,” and the roles of vulnerability and authenticity in creating a connection with listeners.

In a SOCAN Session at the organization’s Toronto office, Partner perform a stripped-down live version of their song “Play the Field,” which earned the 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize. Being well-documented cannabis enthusiasts in the newly-legalized environment, they also graced us with a version of “Everybody Knows You’re High,” which you can view here. If you want even more Partner content, catch our video interview with them here.

Voting is now open for the 22nd annual Maple Blues Awards, recognizing Canada’s best in blues music, which takes place Feb. 4, 2019, at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

Sue Foley and Colin James are at the top of the list with six nominations apiece, while Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar tally four nominations, as do perennial Maple Blues winners MonkeyJunk, and Dawn Tyler Watson earns two.

Among the nominations for Foley, Martin, and James are those for the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year Award – in Martin’s case, for co-writing with Curtis Chaffey. The other nominees in the category are David Vest, and Ken Kawashima (with co-writer Sugar Brown).

For a complete list of nominees, click here. Visit the Maple Blues Awards website for further details, or register to cast your vote before Dec. 1, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. PST.
The Awards will be hosted by bluesman/actor Raoul Bhaneja. Tickets are available online at, at the Koerner Hall box office, or by phone at (416) 408-0208.