SOCAN celebrates our 2016 Songwriting Prize winners Fast Romantics

SOCAN Songwriting Prize winners Fast Romantics receive their $10,000 cheque from SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste (second from left). (Photo: Tiana Feng)
August 11, 2016

SOCAN Songwriting Prize 2016 winners Fast Romantics dropped by SOCAN’s Toronto offices on Aug. 10, 2016, to receive their prizes – a SOCAN cheque for $10,000, a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar (made by Godin), a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade – and to play their winning song, among several others.

SOCAN Chief Membership Officer Michael McCarty introduced the band, and SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste presented the humble, grateful group with their $10,000. “Everybody in this room works for you,” said Baptiste. “We’re very proud to have you as SOCAN members.” SOCAN Director of A&R Rodney Murphy added that the band was also owed a significant amount more, in unclaimed concert royalties – which will be set in motion once they submit their set lists to us for those performances.

SOCAN Songwriting Prize winners Fast Romantics performing at SOCAN’s Toronto office. (Photo: Tiana Feng)

Godin’s Steve Oros, Yamaha’s Omar Ales, and Long & McQuade’s Sheri Katz each presented Fast Romantics with their other prizes – just after the group played a triumphant, acoustic version of their winning, hit song “Julia,” featuring their signature five-part harmonies. The band also treated the assembled SOCAN staff to two unreleased songs that might end up on their next album, “American Love” and the haunting “Alberta,” about leaving Calgary and moving to Toronto. The group also played “Funeral Song,” their first one ever to be played on the radio.

“That was the first time SOCAN ever started getting in our face and trying to get us as much money as they could!” joked chief songwriter and lead vocalist Matthew Angus. “We work with a lot of organizations, but SOCAN is the only one where the money flows the other way [to us]!” He added, a little more seriously, “Thank you so much. This really does mean a lot.”

In an informative Q&A, Angus was asked if “Julia” is a real person (yes), if that’s her real name (no), and if she knows the song is about her (yes). Said Angus, “When it came out, I got a lot of messages from a lot of Julias!”

Watch for a video from the presentation soon on this website.