Manitoban Mamadou wins SOCAN Prize at Chant’Ouest for his song “Gorée”

Mamadou won the SOCAN Prize at Chant’Ouest for his song “Gorée.” (Photo: Peter Scoular)
October 11, 2016

Sophie Villeneuve (of the Yukon) and Mamadou (of Manitoba) won the top prizes at the 2016 Chant’Ouest Song Gala, thus becoming the Western Canadian representatives for the next edition of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. Each of the pair also won a cash prize of $1,000 and a demo recording session.

On top of those honours, Villeneuve also won the People’s Choice Award, while Mamadou won the SOCAN Prize for his song “Gorée” – and each honour also comes with another $1,000 cash prize.

Chant’Ouest’s mission is to promote the talent of Western Canada’s young Francophone singer-songwriters, gathering the winners of song contests organized in the four Western provinces. The other two finalists were Émilie Lebel (of Saskatchewan) and Sympa César (of Alberta). The sold-out awards gala was held at the Radio-Canada studios in Regina on Sept. 29, 2016.

The SOCAN songwriters’ circle took place on September 27 during Contact Ouest.

SOCAN also proudly sponsored a songwriter’s circle on Sept. 27, 2016 at the Hotel Ramada in Regina, during the Contact Ouest event, the professional stage show market for Western and Northern Canadian venue bookers. It featured Dave Lawlor (of Saskatchewan), Daniel Roa (of Manitoba) and Robert Walsh (of Alberta), all SOCAN members and seasoned musicians. They each talked about their trade, about songwriting, and each sang a few of their original songs.

SOCAN A&R Executive Guillaume Moffet, was on hand for the event, and also took the opportunity to give the four Chant’Ouest finalists a workshop on what SOCAN does.

To find out more about Contact Ouest, visit its website.