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’s Vice-President of Information Technology, Trevor Jackson, discusses what future technology SOCAN might use to serve our members even better, and why SOCAN I.T. is a desirable workplace.

On September 28, the 2020 edition of the SiriusFM Francouvertes series – interrupted last March because of COVID-19 lockdown – is scheduled to resume. The remaining preliminary round nights will be presented on Sept. 28, 29, and 30. Artists Désarroi, Jeremy Lachance, La Fièvre, Kanen, thaïs, Valence, Mclean, Mille Piastres Please, and Trop Belle will finally get the chance to perform on the Lion d’Or stage. At the time this 24th edition of the contest was interrupted, Ariane Roy was heading the list, followed, in order, by Vendou, Jessy Benjamin, Narcisse, La Faune, Embo/phlébite, Aramis, Guillaume Bordel, and Petite Papa.

The artists scheduled to perform onstage at the end of September will be competing for a spot among the competition’s nine semi-finalists. The semi-finals are scheduled for Oct. 12, 13, and 14, again at Montreal’s Cabaret du Lion d’Or. We’ll then learn the names of the three finalists. who’ll be competing in the Nov. 2 final round on the Club Soda stage in Montréal.

Of course, various safety measures will be implemented to make sure that social distancing regulations are followed. People wishing to attend the various Lion d’Or performances, or listen to the streamed concerts, will be required to purchase tickets from Please note that only the audience attending the live presentations will have an opportunity to cast their votes.

The “J’aime mes ex” concert series, a SOCAN presentation generally used as an opening act, will be replaced with exclusive performances available online. Each week until the resumption of the series, Francouvertes “exes” will be performing shows that will remain online for 48 hours only, on the Francouvertes website. You’ll have an opportunity to attend a solo performance by Jipé Dalpé (Aug. 25–27), who will be followed by Louis-Jean Cormier (Sept. 1–3), Mehdi Cayenne (Sept 8–10), Laurence-Anne (Sept. 15–17), and Lou-Adriane Cassidy (Sept. 22–24).

SOCAN also sponsors the $1,000 Paroles & Musique Award, to be presented to one of the semi-finalists, to underline the songwriting talent that is the basis of good music. This cash award also comes with a one-week songwriting residency at the Paris (France) SOCAN House. Those prizes are part of a plethora of awards, grants, and concert opportunities that will be awarded once again this year.

Good luck to all the participants!

In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN continues to conduct video interviews with our members – now online via meeting apps – in our new video series, “Staying Home with…” Today, it’s Owen Pallett.

Owen Pallett won the very first Polaris Music Prize in 2006, for the Final Fantasy album He Poos Clouds. He’s been nominated for an Academy Award  for Best Original Score (for the Joaquin Phoenix/Amy Adams-starring movie Her), and performed the theme on the Oscars stage. And he’s created orchestral arrangements for Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, REM, Haim, Linkin Park, and Frank Ocean, among many others.

But he thinks of these musical efforts as work-for-hire, and the artists as his clients, and half-jokingly compares himself to “a lazy plumber.” He also talks abut how such string composing and arranging differs from the process of working on his own music; his life under the COVID-19 lockdown; and how a breakup worked its way into his current album, Island.