In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN is continuing to operate at full capacity. To keep you posted about what we’re doing to adapt to the situation, and how we’re doing it, we present a series of SOCAN Leadership Updates – online video interviews with various SOCAN executives.

This time, SOCAN Chief Québec Affairs & Visual Arts Officer Geneviève Côté discusses her role as part of our Canada-wide organization, and how her previous experience as a music publisher and artist manager  helps her on a daily basis, as a SOCAN executive, to deal with the current issues of the Québec ecosystem.

Other SOCAN Leadership Updates:

Stay tuned for more videos from the SOCAN team!


Because of the ongoing pandemic, the Gala Québec Cinéma was held online on June 10, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. ET on the Facebook page of Québec Cinéma, as well as on Radio-Canada. ca,, and ICI TÉLÉ’s Facebook page. Despite the situation, the non-profit organization – whose mission is to promote Québec’s film industry – still wanted to celebrate the exceptional work of the creators and makers of screen music by presenting the 24 Iris Awards virtually.

Six SOCAN #ComposersWhoScore were finalists in the Best Original Music category of the 2020 edition. It was Jean-Michel Blais who won the honour for his work in the film Matthias & Maxime.

Congratulations to him, and all the other finalists in the category.

  • Andréa Bélanger and David Ratté, for Il pleuvait des oiseaux
  • Jean Massicotte and Jad Orphée Cham for Antigone, Published by: Ho-Tune Musique and ACPAV
  • Howard Shore (ASCAP) for The Song of Names
  • Peter Venne for Le vingtième siècle

The 2020 Iris Awards ceremony will remain available to watch on the Québec Cinéma website as well as on Radio-Canada. ca and ICI TOU.TV.

CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) present the fourth of five instalments of the JUNOs 365 Songwriters’ Circle virtual series, adapted for an online audience after the popular “Jewel of the JUNOs” event was cancelled in Saskatoon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented by SOCAN in association with Music Publishers Canada, the series of five online events, continuing on Friday, June 12, 2020, features some of Canada’s best songwriters telling the intriguing stories behind the songs, and performing from their homes. The fourth episode will feature Scott Helman, Meghan Patrick, Tom Wilson, and Whitehorse.

The JUNOS 365 Songwriters’ Circle will be available free in Canada on CBC Gem and globally on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages and, every other week on Fridays, until June 26.  For more information, click here.