Voting now open to decide the year's most creative and artistic
independent Canadian song
TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Society of Composers, Authors and
Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) today announced the five finalists
for the seventh annual English SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize, and the
nominees once again reflect the breadth and depth of Canada's rich
The annual songwriting competition honours the most creative and
artistic songs - English and French - released by Canadian independent
artists over the past year. The winning song, as voted by the public
between September 10 and October 10, wins the $5,000 grand prize, and
one lucky voter will win a new Apple iPad.
The 2012 English SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize nominees:
"House that Heaven Built" - written by Brian King and David Prowse;
performed by Japandroids.
"Post-war Blues" - written by Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, Dan Mangan
and John Walsh; performed by Dan Mangan.
"Soft Place to Land" - written by Kathleen Edwards and John Roderick;
published by Beats Working Mus/Kobalt Mus Pubg Ltd Canada II and Potty
Mouth Production / Peer International Ltd (Canada); performed by
"Unkind" - written by Jay Ferguson, Christopher Murphy, John Pentland
and Andrew Scott; published by Two Minutes For Mus Pubg Ltd; performed
"When I Write My Master's Thesis" - written and performed by John K. Samson.
"Every year I can't wait to see who the finalists will be for the SOCAN
ECHO Songwriting Prize, and once again, the ECHO panelists have
selected five outstanding songs by five amazing independent Canadian
artists," said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. "I'm looking forward to
seeing who ends up the winner, as it's certain to be a close race right
to the end."
The five nominated songs were compiled by a panel of music enthusiasts,
who were asked to select songs that they felt were the most artistic
and creatively written independent compositions of the past year. All
genres of music were considered. This year's English ECHO Songwriting
Prize panelists are:
Bryan Acker (herohill.com)
Denise Benson (journalist/broadcaster/DJ/event producer)
Mike Devlin (reporter, Victoria Times Colonist)
Crispin Giles (NXNE)
Grant Lawrence (CBC Radio 3)
Joshua Ostroff (Spinner Canada)
Tom Power (musician, broadcaster and writer)
Greg Torrington (Galaxie)
Brad Wheeler (reporter, The Globe and Mail)
Jen Zoratti (Uptown Magazine)
The winning song is determined by public online voting at
www.prixecho.ca from September 10 to October 10. Fans can vote once a
day. The winner will be announced by October 19.
Previously announced nominees for the 2012 French SOCAN ECHO Songwriting
"Dans la prairie" written by, Philippe Bergeron, Salomé Leclerc;
performed by Salomé Leclerc.
"Intuition #1" written by, Mathieu Charbonneau, Stéphane Lafleur,
Nicolas Moussette and Joel Vaudreuil; performed by Avec pas d'casque.
"Lignes d'Hydro" written and performed by Lisa LeBlanc.
"Si tu savais" written by Marie-Pierre Fournier, François Lafontaine and
Gaele Tavernier; performed by Marie-Pierre Arthur.
"St-Eustache" written by Emmanuel Dubois; performed by Koriass
For all of the latest updates, follow SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize on
Twitter @echoprize and @SOCANmusic, or on Facebook at ECHO Songwriting Prize.
SOCAN is a not-for-profit, member-based organization that represents the
Canadian performing rights of more than three-million Canadian and
international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a
leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than
110,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN
collects licence fees from more than 48,000 businesses from coast to
coast and distributes royalties to its members and music rights
organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its
members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration
with its peer societies. www.socan.ca
For further information:
Marketing & Communications, SOCAN