SOCAN partners with CBC Music, others, in unique CanadaSound project

November 15, 2017

The sound of maple bacon frying. The swishing legs of a someone walking around in a snowsuit. The distinctive “thwack” of a hockey stick against a puck. A new project, CanadaSound, is aiming to make beautiful music out of these uniquely Canadian noises, in order to celebrate the country's 150th birthday.

The idea is that people submit their chosen Canadian noises to an online database, which will in turn be accessed by all kinds of Canadian musicians, who'll incorporate those sounds as they write or compose new music.

The database is being created by CBC Music, in partnership with SOCAN, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the JUNO Awards, Clean Sheet Communications, and the Department of Canadian Heritage, and will offer curated sounds to all Canadian musicians, including SOCAN’s nearly 150,000 music creators and publishers. Already on board to create new, original songs using the samples are Walk Off the Earth, Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies, and Buck 65.

“Songwriters and composers are always seeking inspiration for their work,” says Michael McCarty, SOCAN's Chief Membership and Business Development Officer. “To have the sounds that inspire Canadians be the actual motivation to create new music makes this unique collaboration special.”

The submission deadline is Dec. 18, 2017. For more information or to share a sound, please visit