SOCAN Foundation gives $25,000 total to five hopefuls in Young Canadian Songwriters Awards

Back Row: Award winner Madeline Jay Lough; Rish Saksena, Outreach and Digital Media Coordinator, SOCAN Foundation; Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director, SOCAN Foundation; Kayla Schwartz, Senior Manager, SiriusXM; mentor Darryl James of The Strumbellas; Julien Coallier-Boumard, Program Administrator, SOCAN Foundation. Front Row: Jeff Leake, Director Music Programming Sirius XM; Award winners Nicolas Gémus; Phoenix Lazare; Ava Wild; Hannah Bussiere. (Photo: Brad Ardley)
March 6, 2018

The SOCAN Foundation presented a total of $25,000 CAD to five hopefuls on Feb. 27, 2018, at the SOCAN Toronto offices, in the inaugural edition of the Young Canadian Songwriters Awards (YCSAs). The awards were created in partnership with Sirius XM Canada Inc. to identify and celebrate the next generation of talented songwriters in Canada.

The Foundation awarded five prizes of $5,000 CAD each to Hannah Bussiere, of Ontario, for her song "Star Stuff”; Phoenix Emery, of British Columbia, for "Just Exist"; Nicolas Gémus, of Québec, for "Bunker de tes bras"; Madeline Jay Lough, of British Columbia, for "Foggy"; and Ava Wild, of Saskatchewan, for "White Toothed Bastard.”

The Foundation brought all five young songwriters to Toronto, where they met the SOCAN A&R team, and Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy presented a “SOCAN 101” session. After lunch, the SOCAN Foundation took the winners to the Sirius XM Toronto offices for other activities. YCSAs jury member Darryl James, of The Strumbellas, served as a mentor for the day.

The application for the next year’s YCSAs will open in in the next few months, so young songwriters can stay tuned to for that.