The ECHO Songwriting Prize has changed its name to the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, but its mission remains the same: to honour the best Canadian song of the past year. Now, the annual award has unveiled the finalists for its 2013 edition.
The nominees are as follows: "Baby's Got It" by Maylee Todd, "Devil's Got a Gun" by Whitehorse, "Fineshrine" by Purity Ring, "Mule in the Flowers" by the Weather Station ft. Baby Eagle, and "Sucker" by Mo Kenney.
The winner will be announced during the week of July 28, with the victor taking home $5,000, a Gibson Les Paul guitar and a $3,000 voucher from Roland Canada. Listen to the nominees at the bottom of this page.
The songs were decided by a panel, the members of which selected songs based on artistry and creativity.
"The SOCAN Songwriting Prize honours the very best in Canadian independent music," SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste said in a statement. "The panelists have selected five outstanding songs by five amazing nominees, who represent the great range and strength of songwriting that SOCAN members offer to the world. We're proud to once again recognize and support Canadian independent songwriters with the SOCAN Songwriting Prize — a true reflection of the vast majority of our members, who are independent and working hard to hone their craft to earn a living from their passion to make music."
Fans can vote up to once a day over at socansongwritingprize.ca to decide the winner.
This follows the recent announcement about the Francophone-oriented Prix de la chanson SOCAN. This year's nominees are "Batiscan" by Keith Kouna, "Mappemonde" by Les surs Boulay, "Parc'qui m'fallait" by Dany Placard, "Vénus" by Gros Mené and "Walkie-Talkie" by Avec pas d'casque.