Toronto-based Fast Romantics have been announced as the winners of the 11th SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their crooning pop track “Julia”.
Written by frontman Matthew Angus and recorded in Brooklyn with producer Gus Van Go (Hollerado, The Stills), “Julia” is a danceable indie rock song with chiming guitars and luscious pop harmonies. Fast Romantics beat out Strumbellas and BADBADNOGOOD in a record breaking 30,000 votes cast by Canadian fans.
Fast Romantics will take home the coveted $10000 prize, along with a choice between a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar or Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar from Godin Guitars, a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard from Yamaha Canada, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.
Angus thanked SOCAN and his colleagues in a press release:
“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!”
This follows Dear Rouge, took home the prize last year for their Back To Gold single “I Heard I Had”.