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Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame To Induct Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, Sarah McLachlan and Diane Tell

Founded in 1998, the CSHF honours and celebrates Canadian songwriters and their significant contributions, both domestically and globally. The Class of 2024 is one impressive grouping.

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane

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Today (May 28), TheCanadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) announced its class of 2024. Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), Sarah McLachlan and Diane Tell will all be inducted at the CSHF Induction Ceremony at Massey Hall in Toronto on September 28, 2024.

Founded in 1998, the CSHF honours and celebrates Canadian songwriters and their significant contributions, both domestically and globally. Throughout its history, the CSHF has inducted more than 65 songwriters and 190 songs at its music events. It now welcomes Amazon Music as the new title sponsor of the event.


Here is some info on each songwriter from their CSHF bios.

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Cochrane has released a grand total of 17 albums as solo artist and band leader. A member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, he is a 25-time JUNO Award nominee with eight wins (including the JUNO Humanitarian Award), a SOCAN Cultural Impact Award recipient and a Grammy Award nominee. Cochrane continues to headline festivals across Canada with Red Rider and as a solo artist.

Blue Rodeo co-leaders Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, two distinctly different personalities, represent two definite songwriting voices within the band. In almost 40 years together, Blue Rodeo has sold more than four million albums, received countless JUNO Award wins and nominations, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and been honoured with the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

Sarah McLachlan is one of Canada’s most celebrated singer-songwriters with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Achievement and is a Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee. McLachlan founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians, attracted over two million concertgoers and raised over $7 million for local and national charities during its three-year run. In 2002 she founded her non-profit Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides high-quality music education and mentorship free to children and youth facing various barriers to access. She is currently on the road with her Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 30th Anniversary Tour.

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Diane Tell is one of Québec’s pioneering female singer-songwriters, recognized for her exceptional talent as a lyricist and for her unique voice. Over a rich and diverse career, she has released a dozen albums of original songs, an album of adaptations of jazz standards by Boris Vian and a hit musical, Marilyn Montreuil. Tell has won a Victoire de la musique in France and six Félix Awards (alongside 15 more nominations), and was named Chevalier des arts et lettres de France in 2023. Diane Tell remains appreciated by audiences thanks to her inexhaustible creativity, her gift for touching hearts and awakening consciences, and her ability to evolve while preserving the essence of her art.

Following the Induction Ceremony celebration in Toronto, the Class of 2024 inductees will be indelibly honoured at the CSHF's permanent location at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary.

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A presale for tickets begins May 29, with tickets for the general public available May 31, at 10 AM ET via Ticketmaster. Details regarding presenters, performers and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Allison Russell accepting the Billboard Canada Women in Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year award
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Allison Russell accepting the Billboard Canada Women in Music Breakthrough Artist of the Year award

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