SOCAN hosts first “Song Camp Monday” at Toronto office

The first three co-writers to participate in SOCAN’s new “Song Camp Mondays” program. Left to right: Pat Robitaille, Lisa Conway, and LADY PARUK. (Photo: Tiana Feng)
February 8, 2017

SOCAN launched its new, monthly “Song Camp Mondays” initiative as three of our randomly chosen member applicants – LADY PARUL, Lisa Conway, and Pat Robitaille – spent the day of Feb. 6, 2017, co-writing a song in the Sound Lounge at SOCAN’s head office in Toronto.

For LADY PARUL and Conway, it was their first time in a song camp co-writing environment. While all three co-writers found it a slow-starting process (as is often the case in song camps), and would have loved more than one day to write together, all were pleased with the process.

“It was superb, and more than I expected it to be,” said LADY PARUL. “It felt so professional, and allowed me to explore skills that I don’t usually get to apply.” “Confidence can be an issue, but it felt like a safe space to work in,” said Conway. “It’s not intimidating anymore, and it’s a great taste of what the experience of official co-writing is like.” “Working in the Sound Lounge space makes it different, “ said Robitaille, who co-writes frequently.”It was great.”

“Song Camp Mondays,” which take place on the first Monday of each month, are designed to help Canadian songwriters build their relationships, gain experience collaborating, and advance their craft by bringing the song camp experience to as many SOCAN writers as possible.

For more information on the program, click here; if you’re a SOCAN member and want to apply for “Song Camp Mondays,” click here. Submissions are open to all SOCAN songwriter members, regardless of musical genre, skill level, geographical location, or whether the applicant has a publisher or not.