This year’s SOCAN Songwriting Prize has come to an end and Fast Romantics’ “Julia” claimed the prize. Between June 9 to 23, fans voted for their favourite song nominated by a panel of music industry experts. A record of close to 30,000 votes were cast in both the English and French versions of the competition, destroying last year’s record by about 33%.
Upon hearing that the Fast Romantics won, founding band member Matthew Angus commented: “I’m surprised and thrilled to hear we’ve won this prize, and beyond honoured to have been included alongside so many spectacular Canadian songwriters. Really, everybody on the list deserved this prize. Big thanks to our fans for voting, to the folks on the panel for selecting us, and to SOCAN for continuing to do stuff like this to help inspire, promote, and protect Canadian music creators. We love ya something fierce!”
The French-language equivalent prize, the Prix de la chanson SOCAN, winner was Laurence Nerbonne for her song “Rêves d’été”. Both winners receive $10,000 from SOCAN, their choice between a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar or a Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar, a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.