Published Jun 17, 2015National publishing rights organization SOCAN is looking for the public's support in determining the best song of year via its annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize. Today (June 17), a shortlist of nominees for both the English and French editions of the award were revealed.
While previous years featured only five nominees, the ballot has doubled in size for 2015.
The English language nominees this year are as follows: Cold Specks for "Old Knives," Kiesza for "Hideaway," Samantha Savage Smith for "It's a Burn," Alvvays for "Archie, Marry Me," Shi Wisdom for "Young Gunner," Del Bell for "In My Solitude," Dear Rouge for "I Heard I Had," Lowell for "The Bells," and Lisa Leblanc for "You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)."
The shortlist was compiled by two independent panels of industry professionals not associated with SOCAN, with a press release noting that the prize is on the lookout for "the most creative and artistic work by emerging songwriters." Each member of the respective 15-person panels suggested two songs for contention.
The winner will be decided by a fan vote, with online polling already having gone live earlier today. Online voting runs until July 1, with the winner being announced the week of July 6.
You can place your vote here.
Prizes this year include $10,000 in cash, a Martin D-16GT acoustic guitar, a Yamaha PSR-S950 keyboard, a $500 Gift Card from music store chain Long & McQuade, 20 hours of studio time at Toronto's the Hive studio and more.
The French language nominees this year are Antoine Corriveau for "Le Nouveau Vocabulaire," Fanny Bloom for "Piscine," Julien Sagot for "Ficelle," Salome Leclerc for "Arlon," Eman x Vlooper for "Publi Sac," Guillaume Beauregard for "De Pluie et De Cendres," Bernhari for "Kryuchkova," Tire le Coyote for "Jolie Anne," Les Hay Babies for "Neguac and Back" and Pierre Kwenders for "Mardi Gras."