Kathleen Edwards wins $5K songwriting prize

Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards and co-writer John Roderick have won the $5,000 SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize for their track A Soft Place to Land.
Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, seen at a Toronto rehearsal studio in January, has won the $5,000 SOCAN ECHO songwriting prize. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards and co-writer John Roderick have won the $5,000 SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize for the tune A Soft Place to Land.

After online voting, the song was selected by the public from a short list of five nominated songs chosen by a group of industry experts.

"Being acknowledged for songwriting is the highest compliment I could ever hope to be paid," Edwards, who was among this year's Polaris Prize contenders, said of the win.

The other finalists were:

  • House that Heaven Built, written by Brian King and David Prowse; performed by Japandroids.
  • Post-war Blues, written by Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, Dan Mangan and John Walsh; performed by Dan Mangan.
  • Unkind, written by Jay Ferguson, Christopher Murphy, John Pentland and Andrew Scott; performed by Sloan.
  • When I Write My Master's Thesis, written and performed by John K. Samson.

The songwriting competition, supported by musician rights group SOCAN, encourages original, independently produced Canadian music.

The winner of the French SOCAN ECHO Songwriting prize was Koriass for the song, St-Eustache.