Published Oct 11, 2011Last month, when we reported on the nominees for this year's ECHO Songwriting Prize, we noted that SOCAN's annual award often went to the underdog. This year that's Montreal songstress Katie Moore, whose song "Wake Up Like This" just came out on top.
This means that Moore wins $5,000, plus the distinction of her song being recognized as Canada's best English-language track of the past year. For the honour, she beat out Arcade Fire ("We Used to Wait"), Austa ("Feel It Break"), Handsome Furs ("When I Get Back") and PS I Love You ("2012").
The nominees were picked by a panel of music industry experts and the winner determined by a public online vote. Listen to Moore's winning song at the bottom of the page.
In a press release, Moore said, "I am really quite elated that I won the ECHO Prize! 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!"
SOCAN also handed out a French-language version of the ECHO Songwriting Prize called the Prix ÉCHO de la Chanson. This $5,000 award went to Olivier Langevin of Galaxie for the song "Piste 1."
The Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted Galaxie won out over fellow nominees Jimmy Hunt ("Ça va de Soi"), Géraldine ("...Et les Brochettes du Buffet), Jérôme Minière ("Le Vrai le Faux") and Philippe B ("Petite Leçon des Ténèbres").