Propagandhi Procure the ECHO Prize

Propagandhi Procure the ECHO Prize
Winnipeg political punks Propagandhi took the inaugural ECHO Songwriting Prize, presented by SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) in a ceremony in Toronto on October 26. Winning over the likes of Polaris Prize winner Final Fantasy and indie faves Wolf Parade, the prairie-based vets were awarded $5000 for their song "A Speculative Fiction,” taken from their fifth album Potemkin City Limits. Nominated by "an independent panel of eight music community taste-makers,” the prize was decided by the online voting public between August 31 and October 12. Other nominees included alt-rockers the Stills and singer-songwriter Laura Barrett. Concurrently in Montreal, the Francophone equivalent of the award was presented to Ève Cournoyer for her song "Tout arrive.”