SOCAN announces 2013 nominees for independent songwriting prize

Canada is home to more than its fair share of independent musicians, which makes being one of the best songwriters in Canada no easy task.

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has announced the English finalists for the eighth annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize (formerly known as the SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize). The SOCAN Songwriting Prize recognizes the best of independent songwriting in Canada in both French and English.

A night with Outlaws & Gunslingers

My first night of NXNE felt shorter than I intended, but it was a great freaking evening. I had a string of places I wanted to check out, with about ten different acts I wanted to see, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen.

In the end I went to my perennial concert hangout: Lee’s Palace, where the Outlaws & Gunslingers showcase was featuring a pile of my favorite alt-country performers.