In an interview with SOCAN, Exco Levi – a five-time JUNO Award winner for Reggae Recording of the Year (in 2017, for the song “Siren”) – discusses writing “Siren,” the importance of keeping his music positive, winning a JUNO for the fifth year in a row, what he’s doing for the rest of 2017, and how reggae doesn’t have to appeal only to a niche market.

On the release date of her debut album Safe Haven, SOCAN presents an interview with SOCAN member Ruth B, taped during the 2017 JUNO Awards Week, where she won Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

In our brief conversation, Ruth B (Berhe) discusses her three JUNO nominations; moving her songs out of her bedroom and onto the stage; playing live with her band; staying centred in the hurricane of fame; her recording process for Safe Haven; her songwriting process; and what’s up for the rest of 2017.

In a video captured backstage at the 2017 JUNOs, Francophone Album of the Year Award winner Laurence Nerbonne talks about her acceptance speech, in which she encouraged women to get more involved in music production; the recording process of her winning album XO; the importance of SOCAN in her career; and of SOCAN’s Kenekt Québec songwriting camp, in which she participated in 2016, and which allowed her to include a new song — “Comme les autres,” written with Jason Bajada and Étienne Dupuis-Cloutier during the camp — on the deluxe edition of XO.

On April 23, Laurence Nerbonne is flying out to Nicaragua to participate in the third national edition of the SOCAN Kenekt song camp.