Published Mar 16, 2016The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has revealed that Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood is 2016's Music Creation Capital of Canada, with data analysis finding that the area hosts more working, royalty-earning songwriters and composers per capita than any other region in the country.
Results were found through compiling annual royalties of members earning a middle-class income for their creative work, the number of songwriters and composers who live in each area, and the total population of each region. Six of the top 10 areas in Canada for music creation are located within Montreal, while regions in Toronto round out the additional four.
"SOCAN proudly represents some of the most famous and successful composers and songwriters on the planet, but we wanted to find out where the highest numbers of professional songwriters and composers are clustered," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste in a statement. "Even though the majority of our members are not making a full-time living creating music, we want to recognize the importance and value of these music creators and the role that they play in their communities as cultural entrepreneurs."
SOCAN's report also found that Canada is one of the most successful countries on earth when it comes to music creation, boasting more than 135,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers as members, and approximately $310 million in royalties collected for them in 2015.
Look below to discover the top 10 centres of music creation in the country, along with the top regions by province/territory.
Top 10 Centres of Music Creation in Canada:
Mile End, Montréal (postal code prefix H2T)
Plateau Mont-Royal North, Montréal (H2H)
The McGill Ghetto, Montréal (H2W)
Trinity / Rua Açores-Little Portugal, Toronto (M6J)
Parkdale / Roncesvalles, Toronto, Toronto (M6R)
Petite-Patrie, Montréal (H2S)
Outremont, Montréal (H2V)
Dufferin / Dovercourt Village, Toronto (M6H)
Christie, Toronto (M6G)
Plateau Mont-Royal North Central, Montréal (H2J)
Most Successful Songwriting and Composing Region by Province/Territory:
Alberta – Mount Pleasant / Capitol Hill / Banff Trail, Calgary (T2M)
British Columbia – NE Downtown / Gastown / Harbour Centre / International Village / Victory Square / Yaletown, Vancouver (V6B)
Manitoba – River Heights East, Winnipeg (R3L)
New Brunswick – Moncton Central (E1C)
Newfoundland & Labrador – Downtown North Central, St. John (A1C)
North West Territories & Nunavut – Yellowknife (X1A)
Nova Scotia – Upper Harbour, Halifax (B3K)
Ontario – Rua Açores "Little Portugal" / Trinity-Bellwoods, Toronto (M6J)
Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown Southeast (C1A)
Québec – Mile End, Montréal (H2T)
Saskatchewan – Regina South (S4S)
Yukon – Whitehorse (Y1A)