Katie Moore Wins SOCAN’s 2011 ECHO Songwriting Prize

October 11, 2011

SOCAN today announced that the winner of the English 2011 ECHO Songwriting Prize competition is Katie Moore with her song “Wake Up Like This”. Katie Moore beat Arcade Fire, Austra, Handsome Furs, and PS I Love You to claim the $5,000 cash prize. The results were based on online public votes received from September 1 to 30 on www.echoprize.ca.

“I am really quite elated that I won the ECHO Prize!,” said Katie Moore. “It was a surprise just to be nominated, so the win is icing on the cake, especially considering all the great songs that have been released in Canada in the past year. Thank you to everyone who voted for me – I am really touched. I will spend all of the prize money on recording a new album and I can't wait to get started on it!"

The ECHO Songwriting Prize is an annual competition that honours the most creative and artistic songs (English and French) written by independent Canadian songwriters over the past year. The five nominated songs in each language are selected by an independent panel comprised of ten music industry experts and are then voted on by the public to determine the winner.

The nominated songs for the English 2011 ECHO Songwriting Prize were:

  • "2012" written by Benjamin Nelson, Paul Saulnier, performed by PS I Love You;
  • "The Beat and the Pulse" written by Katie Stelmanis, performed by Austra;
  • "Wake Up Like This" written and performed by Katie Moore;
  • “We Used to Wait” written by Win Butler, Wil Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Richard Parry, performed by Arcade Fire; and
  • "When I Get Back" written by Dan Boeckner, Alexei Perry, performed by Handsome Furs.

The winner of the French ECHO Songwriting Prize was Olivier Langevin of Galaxie with his song “Piste 1”. The five nominated French songs were:

  • "Ça va de Soi" written and performed by Jimmy Hunt;
  • "...Et les brochettes du buffet" written by Géraldine Bureau and Jean-Philippe Fréchette, performed by Géraldine;
  • "Le vrai le faux" written and performed by Jérôme Minière;
  • "Petite leçon des ténèbres" written by Philippe Bergeron, performed by Philippe B; and
  • "Piste 1" written by Olivier Langevin, performed by Galaxie.

“Congratulations to Katie Moore and Olivier Langevin of Galaxie,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “Although there can only be one winner in English and French, all the nominees were well-deserving of the prize and represent just a small sample of the vast talent in the Canadian independent music scene.”

Sarah Boivin from Quebec was the lucky winner of an iPad 2, as her name was drawn from the pool of voters.

SOCAN, the Society of Music Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Canada, is a not-forprofit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of over three million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies. www.socan.ca