21-Feb-2013: First SOCAN royalty payment to artist-members Chris & Devon Aitken, and publisher-member Shiny Pine Music. Soon after, Devon received a mock-royalty-cheque celebratory letter-size poster to congratulate her on receiving her first royalty payment. I somehow was missed on that mailing and did not get mine until June. It was very cool when it came. The royalty cheque is a symbol of the start of a career for a songwriter. SOCAN, my PRO (Performing Rights Organization), does not issue cheques any more, as deposits are electronic. So, as a tip-of-the-hat to history, and for the thrill it gives a songwriter, SOCAN sends a congratulatory letter and the mock-cheque poster to first-time royalty earners. The royalties were for performance of Chris and Devon’s songs, “My Favourite Waste of Time”, “Try Again”, and “The Moon in Daylight”. Chris and Devon performed the songs in the band The Authentics, at Hollinger Park pavilion (Timmins) on 9-Aug-2012 as part of the Timmins Summer Concert Series.