Punk outfit Propagandhi has once again proved the power of the people. The left-wing quartet has just been named the winner of SOCAN's first annual ECHO Songwriting Prize for its song "A Speculative Fiction." The band beat out finalists Laura Barrett, Final Fantasy, The Stills, and Wolf Parade.
SOCAN initiated the prize in order to identify developing talent in today's independent music scene. According to SOCAN's website, "the prize honours some of the most innovative, creative and artistic songs created in the past year by emerging songwriters in Canada." A panel of industry experts whittled the finalists down to the top five and then the public was able to make the final decision through online voting. Winning songwriters will receive a $5000 cash prize.