SOCAN Announces Sixth Annual ECHO Songwriting Prize Short List

TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The short list of songs nominated for SOCAN's sixth annual ECHO Songwriting Prize was announced today. The prize honours the most creative and artistic songs written by independent Canadian songwriters and released over the past year. The winning songwriters in English and French, as voted by the public, will each receive $5,000, and one lucky voter will win an iPad 2.

The nominees for the 2011 ECHO Songwriting Prize are as follows:

  • "2012" written by Benjamin Nelson, Paul Saulnier, performed by PS I Love You;
  • "The Beat and the Pulse" written by Katie Stelmanis, performed by Austra;
  • "Wake Up Like This" written and performed by Katie Moore;
  • "We Used to Wait" written by Edwin Butler, William Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Richard Parry, performed by Arcade Fire; and
  • "When I Get Back" written by Dan Boeckner, Alexei Perry, performed by Handsome Furs.

The nominees for the 2011 Prix ÉCHO de la chanson, which celebrates independent Francophone Canadian songwriters, are as follows:

  • "Ça va de Soi" written and performed by Jimmy Hunt;
  • "...Et les brochettes du buffet" written by Géraldine Bureau and Jean-Philippe Fréchette, performed by Géraldine;
  • "Le vrai le faux" written and performed by Jérôme Minière;
  • "Petite leçon des ténèbres" written by Philippe Bergeron, performed by Philippe B; and
  • "Piste 1" written by Olivier Langevin, performed by Galaxie.

"The ECHO prize is one of many ways in which SOCAN supports emerging Canadian songwriters," said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. "The 2011 nominees truly exemplify the dynamic talent that SOCAN's incredibly gifted members have to offer the world."

The list of nominees was compiled by panels of Canadian music industry experts, who were asked to nominate songs they felt were the most artistic and creatively written independent songs of the past year. Then, each panellist was asked to select three songs from the long list, and the panel collectively narrowed down the songs to the five nominees selected for the short list.

The 2011 ECHO Songwriting prize panel includes music blogger Bryan Acker, journalist and broadcaster Denise Benson, writer and music radio personality Alan Cross, CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence, journalist Aubrey McInnis, Spinner Canada music editor Joshua Ostroff, Creatve Director of Pop Montreal Dan Seligman, Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion Jonny Stevens, The Globe and Mail music writer Brad Wheeler, and Editor of The Tab Jill Wilson.

"When you strip everything down, it's all about the song," said Alan Cross. "If it can't work as a freestanding entity, then you're left with nothing. These songs can stand on their own."

Canadians will determine the winners by voting for their favourite song at and Voting runs from September 1 until September 30, and the winners will be announced on October 11. For all of the latest updates, follow ECHO Songwriting Prize on Facebook and Twitter (@echoprize, @prixecho).

Songs previously honoured by the ECHO Songwriting Prize are as follows:

SOCAN, the Society of Music Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Canada, is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of over 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 100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN collects licence fees from over 42,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies.


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