At SOCAN’s inaugural Kә.nĕkt Song Camp, held Sept. 7-11, 2015, we were pleased and proud to support not only our members’ business in music, as usual, but also to foster and encourage them in creating the music itself.
For SOCAN, the inaugural Kә.nĕkt Song Camp allowed us the opportunity to fulfill and maximize our A&R strategy, leveraging our influence, reach and connections to help our incredibly talented members benefit from such an expanded opportunity to collaborate. We connected SOCAN members with other SOCAN members, with members of other performing rights organizations, and even with local visual artists (a first).
The Kә.nĕkt Song Camp was a unique, super-productive initiative that exemplified our brand, Music.People.Connected., gathering together strong, seasoned songwriters like Jully Black and David Myles; young-and-rising ones like Sophie Rose and Levi Randall; and expert producers like Chin Injeti and Young Wolf Hatchlings, in the remote, beautiful and bucolic atmosphere of the Shobac Cottages. The cottages were designed and built in the town Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, by Brain Mackay Lions – a world-renowned architect and member of the Order Of Canada.
In keeping with the outstanding creative vibe, several renowned local visual artists – Carol Leonard, Andrew Maize, Alexandra Moore, Christopher Porter, Nancy Rogers and Laurie Swim – joined the Kә.nĕkt Song Camp music creators throughout the week to create their own art, inspired by the music that was being made – in a kind of pop-up arts community.
Each morning at 10:00 a.m., the participants received their briefing and group assignments, then spent the day -- and evening – in those small groups, writing the best songs they could together. Each night at 10;00 p.m., the entire camp would gather in the studio to listen to the playback of the songs created that day. On Sept. 11, at the end-of-camp listening party, the participants were joined by about 20 music-industry representatives from Halifax to listen to the week’s songs.
In addition to savouring their songs, the participants were highly impressed by the display of all of the unique visual art created during the week as well. It was a big hit with them, and truly embodied the spirit of Kә.nĕkt.
The participating songwriters were:
Jully Black (Sean Paul, Destiny's Child)
Carole Facal (Caracol)
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
David Myles ("Inner Ninja")
The participating producers were:
Chin Injeti (Eminem, Drake, Bruno Mars, Aloe Blacc)
Dave Thomson (Lady Antebellum)
Young Wolf Hatchlings