Winnipeg’s Indigenous roots artist William Prince has won the 2020 English SOCAN Songwriting Prize for his track The Spark. Prince receives the $5,000 first prize, a Yamaha Keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade. In a first in SOCAN Songwriting Prize history, each of the remaining nine nominated songs was awarded $500 for the writers. A list of runners-up here. Music fans from across Canada cast their votes from July 16 to 30 for the 10 finalist songs as determined by a panel of music experts. The winner of the Prix de la chanson SOCAN is Maintenant ou jamais – written by Félix Dyotte, published by Dare To Care, and performed by Evelyne Brochu.
– To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its hit third album, The Suburbs, Arcade Fire has shared a new video, for the track Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).
– The Canadian singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist known as Bad Child has a twofer song release out now via 21 Entertainment and Universal Music Canada. The couplet titled II, includes Hi Def as well as the latest single, Blood. The first two-pack, I, came out earlier this year.
– The deadline to apply for the CMF Covid-19 Emergency Support Fund Phase 2 has been extended to Aug. 12 in order to accommodate stakeholders who may be encountering difficulty with the application process. You can find details on eligibility requirements, FAQs and the application process here.
– Vocal superstar Michael Bublé is to be appointed to the Order