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29th Annual SOCAN Awards Honoured Canada's Best In Class

A top tier list of Canadian songwriters, composers, music publishers and music industry executives convened at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Monday evening for the annual gala where they were treated to an impressive line-up of homegrown performers.

29th Annual SOCAN Awards Honoured Canada's Best In Class

By Kerry Doole

Updated 9.15 am:  A top tier list of Canadian songwriters, composers, music publishers and music industry executives convened at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto Monday evening for the 29th annual SOCAN Awards.


The gala ceremony honoured Canada's music creators and publishers across an array of genres, including Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock, Film & Television, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical and more. The event was hosted by Brett Kissel, who noted that " the theme tonight is the importance of the song." He rightfully noted that Canadian songwriters are "killing it globally, but we're too damned humble to brag. We are the best, and the best are here tonight."

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This year, Burton Cummings and Sarah McLachlan were each honoured, Cummings with the Lifetime Achievement Award, for more than 50 years of songwriting success, and McLachlan with the Global Inspiration Award for her accomplishments as a singer-songwriter, philanthropist, and advocate for women.

Also receiving SOCAN Achievement Awards were Shawn Mendes, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar co-writer Frank Dukes, both of whom earned Songwriter of the Year Awards.

Both Mendes and Dukes gave short, heartfelt acceptance speeches at the event. Mendes' appearance was unexpected given that he was performing an iHeartRadio Secret Session in Toronto the same evening. He referenced the camaraderie of Canadian artists and urged them all to "keep working."

A multiple winner on the night, Dukes commented that "being a producer can be boring. The talent of the artists I work with makes my life interesting."

Our Lady Peace band members were on hand to receive the National Achievement Award from longtime supporter Alan Cross, who confessed that an unsolicited tape he received from a young and unsigned OLP initially went unheard. Singer Raine Maida referred to the group's hit songs as "our living history."

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Introducing Screen Composer of the Year Keith Power was actor/writer Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle). Hawco joked that "I'm not even the most famous guy on my block," a reference to the fact the good friends grew up doors apart in Newfoundland.

Neville Quinlan and Cheryl Link of peermusic Canada were awarded the Publisher of the Year Award, the only category not announced beforehand. Presenting the award was Alan Frew, who began by thanking Burton Cummings for kind words of support after Frew's stroke and drew laughs by recalling getting laid to "American Woman." In his acceptance speech, Quinlan referenced peermusic's 91-year history as "a company with integrity and vision," and he called on his peers to "respect and promote each other."

Daniel Caesar was presented with the Breakout  and R&B Music awards for “Get You.” To receive the Breakout Award, he was introduced by his managers and creative collaborators, Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett. Evans recalled that "I got an idea of the power of his work when his songs made girls I know cry," while Burnett praised Caesar's "God-given gift of communicating. As a songwriter I'm jealous. He just has it. He's not just a business partner, client and bandmate; he is family."

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In his short and sweet acceptance speech, Caesar confessed: "I go onstage for a living, but this makes me nervous."

Denise Donlon introduced Global Inspiration Award winner Sarah McLachlan in eloquent fashion, describing the singer as "feisty, focused and tough. She is a steely-eyed revolutionary who launched Lilith Fair after being angered by gender bias." Donlon also reminisced that "Sarah has not always been flawless. In one very early interview, I had to tell her, "spit out your gum'."

Fellow artists offering tribute via video included Michael Buble, Jann Arden, Melissa Etheridge, and Bonnie Raitt. In her speech, McLachlan noted, " I never expected this amazing ride. What a gift to be part of something bigger." She recalled that "music saved me as a kid, it was my salvation," then noted with pride that 1100 kids are now part of music programs she has established in three cities.

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A performance highlight of the night was McLachlan's version of "Angel," featuring her at the piano and stellar vocal support from her bandmates' Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland (aka Whitehorse).

The evening was capped off in fine fashion with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Burton Cummings. He was introduced with poetic remarks from Daniel Lanois, who noted "your prairie heart guides you well.. Your songs know no boundaries, they skate over political madness."

Clearly moved, Cummings responded that "I'm proudest of this award for getting it from Daniel Lanois. He is a true renaissance man, a true artist. Go listen to [Lanois album]  Acadie!" Cummings declared, "I have made 33 albums, and I want to do another one" and thanked Lorne Safer, "my manager of 56 years. We've never had a contract."

Explaining "they told me I could sing a bit," Cummings then took to the piano, delivering stellar versions of "Break It To Them Gently" and "Share The Land."

Performances on the night also came from host Brett Kissel (accompanied by the SOCAN orchestra led by screen composer, Steph Copeland), Dear Rouge (with an intense version of Our Lady Peace classic "Naveed) , Rose Cousins (who won the Folk/Roots Music Award), The Launch winner Logan Staats (reprising Spirit Of The West's "Naveed"), and Sean Leon. Toronto rapper Leon brashly demanded the crowd stand up for him ("I deserve it too), and his angry complaint that "I don't see hip-hop here" proved somewhat divisive.

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Other awards presented on the night went to Alessia Cara for the International Achievement Award, a Dance Music Award and International Song Award for “Stay,” her hit with Zedd. She was unable to attend.

Jazz composer Christine Jensen won the Hagood Hardy Award, Jocelyn Morlock earned the Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, and The City of Hamilton took home the Licensed To Play Award for the municipality's commitment to music licensing.

SOCAN Awards for most performed songs, including broadcast and streaming, were presented to Shawn Hook, who won a Pop Music Award for “Reminding Me” (featuring Vanessa Hudgens), and Virginia to Vegas, who won for both “Lights Out” and “Selfish.” The Glorious Sons accepted a Rock Music Award for the hit “Kill the Lights,” while Travis Wood and Gavin Slate were on hand to accept a Country Music Award for “Chills,” performed by the James Barker Band.

Film and television composers honoured included the brothers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, who won both an International Film Music Award and an Achievement in Feature Film Music Award for their work on the animated movie Storks. Greg Fisher and Derek Treffry earned both the Domestic Non-Fiction TV Music Award and the International TV Series Music Award for their work on Border Security: Canada’s Front Line.

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“Canadian music creators and publishers continue to attain remarkable success, both at home and throughout the world,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “We’re pleased and proud to recognize the great achievements of our songwriters, composers, and music publishers, and we warmly congratulate all of tonight's Award recipients for their exceptional accomplishments.”

Sponsors of the Awards were Gowling WLG, Crowe Soberman, Yamaha Canada Music, Recording Artists' Collecting Society (ACTRA RACS), Hargraft, Long & McQuade, Music Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS). Official charity partners are the Unison Benevolent Fund and the SOCAN Foundation. At the event, Unison was presented with all of the profits from the sale of SOCAN-branded merchandise over the last year.

The annual Gala de la SOCAN in Montréal, which celebrates and honours the work of Francophone members, will take place in October.

2018 SOCAN Awards Winners List

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alessia Cara

NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Our Lady Peace

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Burton Cummings

GLOBAL INSPIRATION AWARD
Sarah McLachlan

SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR
Shawn Mendes
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney

PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
peermusic Canada

POP MUSIC AWARDS

“Mercy”
Performed by Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes / Mendes Music
John Geiger (BMI)
Ilsey Juber (BMI)
Daniel Parker (BMI)
Universal Music Publishing Canada

“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
Performed by Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes / Mendes Music
Geoff Warburton
John Geiger (BMI)
Scott Friedman (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Universal Music Publishing Canada

“Slow Hands”
Performed by Niall Horan
Tobias Jesso Jr. Julian Bunetta (BMI)
John Ryan (BMI)
Ruth Cunningham (IMRO)
Niall Horan (PRS)
Alexander Izquierdo (ASCAP)
Universal Music Publishing Canada

“Reminding Me”
Performed by Shawn Hook
ft. Vanessa Hudgens
Shawn Hook
Jonas Jeberg (PRS)
Ethan Thompson (BMI)
Round Hill

“Havana”
Performed by Camila Cabello
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney
Kaan Gunesberk
Louis Bell (ASCAP)
Camila Cabello (BMI)
Brittany Hazzard (ASCAP)
Brian Lee (BMI)
Alexandra Tamposi (BMI)
Jeffery Williams (BMI)
Pharrell Williams (GMR)
Andrew Wotman (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd.
Nyan King Music

“I Feel It Coming”
Performed by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
Martin “Doc” McKinney
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
Thomas Bangalter (BMI)
Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem Christo (BMI) Eric Chedeville (SACEM)
Ed Because (SACEM)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

“Selfish”
Performed by Virginia to Vegas
Jamie Appleby
Derik Baker
Alyssa Reid
Nathan Ferraro / Blue Dream Songs
Michael Wise
Heart and Art Music
Hyvecity Music Publishing
Third Side Music
Wax On Wax Off

“Lights Out”
Performed by Virginia to Vegas
Jamie Appleby
Derik Baker
Alyssa Reid
Dave Thomson
Michael Wise
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Third Side Music
Wax On Wax Off

“Say You Won’t Let Go”
Performed by James Arthur
Neil Ormandy James Arthur (PRS)
Steven Miller (BMI)
Ultra International Music Publishing Canada

DANCE MUSIC AWARDS

“Not Going Home”
Performed by DVBBS & CMC$ ft. Gia Koka
Alex Van Den Hoef
Chris Van Den Hoef
Natalia Koronowska (BUMA)
Yael Nahar (BUMA)
Reservoir

“Stay”
Performed by Zedd & Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
Sarah Aarons (APRA)
Anders Froen (TONO)
Jonnali Parmenius (STIM)
Linus Wiklund (STIM)
Anton Zaslavski (ASCAP)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

“Chills”
Performed by James Barker Band
James Barker
Gavin Slate
Travis Wood
Donovan Woods/ Meant Well Inc.
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

“God, Your Mama, and Me”
Performed by Florida Georgia Line featuring Backstreet Boys
Gordie Sampson / Dash8 Music
Joshua Kear (ASCAP)
Hillary Lindsey (ASCAP)
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

“I Be, U Be”
Performed by High Valley
Brad Rempel / Spruce Road Publishing
Jenson Vaughan
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Ultra International Music Publishing Canada

LICENSED TO PLAY AWARD

The City of Hamilton

BREAKOUT AWARD
Daniel Caesar

HAGOOD HARDY AWARD
Christine Jensen

JAN V. MATEJCEK NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD

Jocelyn Morlock

SCREEN COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Keith Power

FOLK / ROOTS MUSIC AWARD
Rose Cousins

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS – FICTION
Saving Hope
Gary Koftinoff
eOne Television International Ltd.
Heartland
Keith Power
Rescued Horse Season One Inc.

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS – NON-FICTION
Border Security: Canada’s Front Line
Greg Fisher
Derek Treffry
eOne TV Unscripted BC Inc.
Sportsnet Central Stephan Moccio / Sing Little Penguin Murray Fleming Rogers Sportsnet Inc. Universal Music Publishing Canada

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS – ANIMATED
The Adventures of Napkin Man!
Trevor Allan
Jody Colero / Einstein Bros Publishing
Peter Coulman (posthumous)
Ian LeFeuvre
Thomas Thorney
Breakthrough Publishing Inc.
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Chirp
James Chapple
Graeme Cornies
John Denottbeck
Robert Johnston
David Kelly
Brian Pickett
Earl Torno
Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc.
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ACHIEVEMENTS IN MADE-FOR-TV FILM MUSIC
The Truth is in the Stars
Michael Vuscan
Not with his Wife
Michael Nielson
ROP Musique
MRD – Music Revenue Data

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC AWARDS
Storks
Jeff Danna
Mychael Danna
Universal Music Publishing Canada
The Good Dinosaur
Jeff Danna
Mychael Danna
Walt Disney Music of Canada Ltd.

INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES MUSIC AWARDS
Border Security: Canada’s Front Line
Greg Fisher
Derek Treffry
eOne TV Unscripted BC Inc.
MacGyver
Keith Power

ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM MUSIC
Storks
Jeff Danna
Mychael Danna
Universal Music Publishing Canada
The Space Between Us
Andrew Lockington
Universal Music Publishing Canada

VIRAL SONG AWARD

“Some Way”
Performed by Nav featuring The Weeknd
Navraj “Nav” Goraya
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

RAP MUSIC AWARDS

“Unforgettable”
Performed by French Montana featuring Swae Lee
Jaegen
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese
Martin “Doc” McKinney
Rainer Blanchaer
Khalif Brown (BMI)
Jeremy Felton (ASCAP)
Karim Kharbouch (ASCAP)
McCulloch Sutphin (BMI)
Christopher Washington (BMI)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

“Congratulations”
Performed by Post Malone
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney
Louis Bell (ASCAP)
Quavious Marshall (ASCAP)
Austin Post (BMI)
Carl Rosen (BMI)
Leland Wayne (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd.
Nyan King Music

“Fake Love”
Performed by Drake
Aubrey Drake Graham
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney
Brittany Hazzard (ASCAP)
Anderson Hernandez (ASCAP)
Leon Huff (BMI)
Gene McFadden (BMI)
John Whitehead (BMI)
Sandra Gale (ASCAP)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd.
Nyan King Music R&B MUSIC AWARDS

“Figures”
Performed by Jessie Reyez
Jessie Reyez
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

“Get You”
Performed by Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
Daniel Caesar
Wesley Allen
Matthew Burnett
Ian Culley
Jordan Evans
Chester Hansen
Alexander Sowinski
Mattew Tavares
Leland Whitty
Karly Loaiza (ASCAP) /
Kali Uchis LLC (ASCAP)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada
Third Side Music

ROCK MUSIC AWARDS
“Knocking At The Door”
Performed by Arkells
Michael DeAngelis / Oh C’Mon
Max Kerman / Pick and Roll Music
Tim Oxford / Tim Oxford Publishing
Nick Dika / Friends With Salad Publishing
peermusic Canada Inc.

“Kill the Lights”
Performed by Glorious Sons
Brett Emmons
Jay Emmons
Chris Huot
Chris Koster
Adam Paquette
Jason Murray
Black Box Songs
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARD
“Stay”
Performed by Zedd & Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
Sarah Aarons (APRA)
Anders Froen (TONO)
Jonnali Parmenius (STIM)
Linus Wiklund (STIM)
Anton Zaslavski (ASCAP)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

“Somewhere Out There,” “Innocent”
Performed by Our Lady Peace Raine Maida / Under The Zenith Music Inc.
Duncan Coutts /
Two Months In The Hole Inc.
Jeremy Taggart /
I’m in Zihuatanejo Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

“Clumsy”
“Superman’s Dead”
Performed by Our Lady Peace
Raine Maida / Under The Zenith Music Inc.
Arnold Lanni / Lanni Tunes
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

“O Siem”
Performed by Susan Aglukark
Susan Aglukark /
Aglukark Entertainment Inc.
Chad Irschick

“She Ain’t Pretty”
Performed by Northern Pikes
Merl Bryck
Bryan Potvin
Don Schmid
John Semko

“I Cry”
Performed by Bass is Base
Chin Injeti / Chins Chunes Music
Prozac Publishing
EMI April Music Canada

“Funkmobile”
Performed by Bass is Base
Chin Injeti / Chins Chunes Music
Roger Mooking
Ivana Santilli / Summ Songz
Prozac Publishing
EMI April Music Canada
peermusic Canada

“My Heart Has a History”
“I Do”
“Take It From Me”
Performed by Paul Brandt
Paul Brandt/ Pollywog Music

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