The SOCAN Foundation/ MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music are two $2500 prizes intended to encourage students’ research and writing on Canadian music topics and music professors’ mentorship of students in these endeavors. One prize is for the best English-language paper and one for the best French-language paper. Topics in Canadian music will be understood as potentially deriving from a wide range of genres, including, but not limited to, such areas as concert, folk, jazz, and popular music.

All of the winning papers may be found by following the links below. A summary of all previous winners may be found by following this link.

The Canadian University Music Society gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the SOCAN Foundation in the awarding of these prizes.

Erin Sheedy (Université d'Ottawa), «Chanter la « mosaïque musicale »: Florence Glenn et les festivals du Chemin de fer Canadien Pacifique»

Inspired by the English folk song revival, John Murray Gibbon (1875-1952) of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Marius Barbeau (1883-1969) of the National Museum of Canada organized a nationwide series of festivals (1927-1931) promoting a “mosaic” as the ideal narrative of Canadian identity. Recent archival acquisitions of the singer Florence Glenn’s (1901-1974) personal papers at the Canadian Museum of Civilization showcase her key role in the musical dissemination of Gibbon and Barbeau’s vision to diverse audiences, beginning with the CPR festivals and continuing in her career as an internationally renowned performer of “Canadian Folksongs.” 

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