Toronto's grandson Wins 2019 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

"Blood//Water" has just won the $10,000 prize

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jun 20, 2019

The SOCAN Songwriting Prize has officially crowned its 2019 winner, and this year the award goes to Toronto's grandson for the project's song "Blood//Water."

Celebrating the songwriting talents of Canadian artists, the $10,000 prize goes to grandson songwriters Jordan Benjamin, Chester Krupa Carbone and Kevin Hissink for their "Blood//Water." In addition to all that cash money, grandson will also receive a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

"It is a great honour to receive this recognition as a Canadian songwriter," said Benjamin in a statement. "'Blood//Water' was written from a place of frustration and disillusionment, an expression of the manifestations of karma that are waiting for those who continue to subvert justice and democracy in the name of a dollar. Those core themes are as relevant today as when the song was written. Thanks to Kevin and Krupa for bringing this song to life with me; it really does take a village. We will continue to make noise until the grandkids are heard."

The winning "Blood//Water" beat out other nominated songs by the likes of Kaytranada, Dilly Dally, MorMor, Anemone and Clairmont The Second. As previously reported, the SOCAN Songwriting Prize was chosen by fan votes from across Canada.

"We are thrilled to award the 2019 SOCAN Songwriting Prize to Jordan, Kevin and Krupa," said Michael McCarty, chief membership & business development officer at SOCAN. "This year's nominated songs saw a wide range of genres and eclectic musical styles, making voting on just one winner a true challenge for music fans. Each year, a new wave of Canadian songwriting talent who aren't afraid to push the envelope with their creativity is unveiled. 'Blood//Water' is an anthem that can't be pinned down to a single musical genre and its lyrical strength is inspiring. We wish continued success to these immensely talented writers."

You can listen to the winning "Blood//Water" for yourself below.

The winner of the Prix de la chanson SOCAN, meanwhile, went to Tizzo and Shreez's "On fouette," which written by Teddy Laguerre, Shawn Volcy, Marc Casseus, Vladimi Methelus.

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