Canada's Immense Achievements in Music Creation Celebrated at 25th Anniversary SOCAN Awards

Tom Cochrane presents Gordon Lightfoot with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 SOCAN Awards in Toronto. (CNW Group/SOCAN)

TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian music industry gathered last night at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto to honour Canada's most successful songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 25th anniversary SOCAN Awards, the country's largest annual celebration specifically for music creators.

Sponsored by Gowlings, SiriusXM Canada, Stingray Digital Group, KPMG, RBC, and NOW magazine, the SOCAN Awards recognize the accomplishments of Canadian songwriters in Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, Film & Television, and International categories.

Major achievement recipients:

  • Drake - Global Inspiration Award, directly responsible for a music ecosystem propelling the careers of dozens of songwriters, beat-makers and producers.
  • Gordon Lightfoot - Lifetime Achievement Award, author of nearly 300 published songs, including many of the greatest in the Canadian repertory of classics.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, Tavish Crowe, Josh Ramsay - International Achievement Award, for the worldwide phenomenon of the instant pop classic "Call Me Maybe."
  • Bill Henderson - Special Achievement Award, for his work as the creative genius behind Chilliwack and his prodigious contributions to Canada's music industry.
  • Ian Thomas - National Achievement Award, the writer of such enduring Canadian radio hits as "Painted Ladies," and "Right Before Your Eyes," who's had songs covered by Santana, Chicago, Bette Midler and America.

Each was on hand to receive their honours, and accepting for Drake were co-writers Noah "40" Shebib and Boi-1-Da. SOCAN members such as Oscar-winning composer Mychael Danna, Serena Ryder, Dragonette, Kathleen Edwards, and Jill Barber also were there to receive their respective awards.

"From Lightfoot to Drake to Serena to Danna to Johnny, Kathleen, Moccio, Hedley and Ruttan - to name only a few - the pure collective genius of Canada's creative musical talent came together amazingly well at this year's SOCANs," said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. "Canada's songwriters, composers and music publishers are the lifeblood of a music economy that generates upwards of an estimated billion dollars every year. More importantly, Canada's music creators are responsible for a truly priceless source of our national pride and culture."

Each major achievement award winner received the first-ever presentation of SOCAN's innovative and original trophy, which is also a musical instrument. "The SOCAN" uses five crotales - small, tuned, bronze bell-like instruments made by New Brunswick-based SABIAN. This year The SOCAN is in the key of C, and each year will feature a different selection of notes.

The packed house was thrilled by numerous live performances, including those by 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize winner Mo Kenney; "Wrecking Ball" co-writer Stephan Moccio; a tribute to Gordon Lightfoot by Rose Cousins and Whitehorse with versions of "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Sundown" Mia Martina playing her hit, "Burning" and Johnny Reid, Alan Frew, Marty Dodson and Glass Tiger rocking the house with Reid's powerful worldwide smash, "Fire it Up."

The evening was filled with celebration and accolades. SOCAN members receiving songwriting honours included: Jacob Hoggard of Hedley for "One Life," members of Walk Off the Earth for "Red Hands," and Tyler Shaw for "Kiss Goodnight," all in the Pop/Rock category; Mark Pellizer of MAGIC! for co-writing "Inner Ninja" in the Urban category; and Deric Ruttan for co-writing the Blake Shelton U.S. No. 1 hit "Mine Would Be You" in the Country category. Lawrence Gowan received three SOCAN Classic Awards for "A Criminal Mind," "Dancing On My Own Ground" and "(You're A) Strange Animal," each of which have earned more than 100,000 radio airplays over the years.

SOCAN will also recognize outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at its annual gala in December 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based and governed organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 120,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies. www.socan.ca

25th Anniversary SOCAN Awards - Toronto - Winners List

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD
Gordon Lightfoot

INTERNATIONAL
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay

NATIONAL
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ian Thomas

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD
Bill Henderson

GLOBAL INSPIRATION
AWARD
Drake

POP/ROCK MUSIC
AWARDS
"Desperate Measures"
"Fallout"
Performed by Marianas Trench
Josh Ramsay

"Call Me Maybe"
Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen
Tavish Crowe
Carly Rae Jepsen
Josh Ramsay
Crowe Music Publishing
Jepsen Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Canada
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

"Curiosity"
Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen
Ryan Stewart
Jepsen Music Publishing
Ardias Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Canada
Nettwerk One Music Canada Ltd.

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
"Fire It Up"
Performed by Johnny Reid
Johnny Reid
Alan Frew
Marty Dodson (BMI)
Johnny Mac Entertainment Inc.
Frewsongs Inc.
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"Canadian Girls"
Performed by Dean Brody
Dean Brody
Roots 3 Music Inc.
ole

"Love Me Or Leave Me"
Performed by Chad Brownlee
Chad Brownlee
Mitch Merrett
Benjamin Glover (ASCAP)
CCS Rights Management
Little Red Bungalow Music Publishing

"Smoke In The Rain"
Performed by Chad Brownlee
Chad Brownlee
Mitch Merrett
Philip Barton (BMI)
Brian White (SESAC)
CCS Rights Management
Little Red Bungalow Music Publishing

"Cool"
Performed by Jason Blaine
Jason Blaine
Deric Ruttan
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

"Get By"
Performed by Tim Hicks
Tim Hicks
Casey Marshall
Neil Sanderson
Shawn Hamm (BMI)
Tyler Hubbard (BMI)
Brian Kelly (BMI)
Standup Triple Music
Night Hawk Publishing
EMI Blackwood Music Canada
Noe Valley Music Rights

HAGOOD HARDY
AWARD
Jill Barber

DOMESTIC NON-ANIMATED TV SERIES MUSIC AWARD
For 2012
Til Debt Do Us Part
Olaf Pyttlik
Clinton Skibitzky
Frantic Films Releasing Inc.

For 2013
Dragons' Den
Andrew Cash
Josh Finlayson
Elmarush Songs

DOMESTIC ANIMATED TV SERIES MUSIC AWARD
For 2012
Animal Mechanicals
Blain Morris
Halifax Film Music Publishing

For 2013
Johnny Test
Ian Lefeuvre
Ari Posner
Chris Tait
Cjar Music Publishing
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INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES MUSIC AWARD
For 2012
Flashpoint
Amin Bhatia
Ari Posner
Pink Sky and Avamar Music

For 2013
Hawaii Five-0
Keith Power

NEWS & SPORTS TV
PROGRAMMING MUSIC AWARD
For 2012 and 2013
Sportsnet Connected
Stephan Moccio
Rogers Sportsnet Inc.
  "One Life"
Performed by Hedley
Jacob Hoggard
Lukas Banker (BMI)
Matthew Squire (ASCAP)
Universal Music Publishing Canada

"Stompa"
"What I Wouldn't Do"
Performed by Serena Ryder
Serena Ryder
Lukas Banker (BMI)
Jerrod Bettis (ASCAP)
Irving Music of Canada

"Kiss Goodnight"
Performed by Tyler Shaw
Todd Clark
Tyler Shaw
Stephen Kozmeniuk
Fintage Publishing Canada

"Red Hands"
Performed by Walk Off the Earth
Sarah Blackwood
Ryan Marshall
Gianni Luminati
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

"Burning"
Performed by Mia Martina
Mia Martina
Ovidu "Ovi" Bistriceanu
Ovi Productions Inc.

"Our Song Comes On"
Performed by Kristina Maria
Kristina Maria
Éditions Musicales Lupo One Sec

"Closer"
Performed by Tegan and Sara
Tegan Quin
Sara Quin
Gregory Kurstin (ASCAP)
Naked In A Snowsuit Publishing

"Mine Would Be You"
Performed by Blake Shelton
Deric Ruttan
Jessi Alexander (ASCAP)
Connie Harrington (BMI)
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

"Cruise"
Performed by Florida Georgia Line
Joey Moi
Tyler Hubbard (BMI)
Brian Kelley (BMI)
Chase Rice (BMI)
Jesse Rice (BMI)
Big Loud Bucks

"Nothing But Summer"
Performed by Dallas Smith
Joey Moi
Mark Abramson (ASCAP)
Joseph Collins (BMI)
Christopher Tomkins (ASCAP)
Big Loud Bucks

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARDS
"Call Me Maybe"
Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen
Tavish Crowe
Carly Rae Jepsen
Josh Ramsay
Crowe Music Publishing
Jepsen Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Canada
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

"Hold On, We're Going Home"
Performed by Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Aubrey Drake Graham
Majid Al Maskati
Jordan Ullman
Paul "Nineteen 85" Jefferies
Noah "40" Shebib
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Kobalt Music Publishing Canada Ltd.
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

SPECIALTY TELEVISION
PROGRAMMING MUSIC
AWARD 
For 2012 and 2013
Operation Smile
Corinne Ashley
Edmund Franks
Ivory Songs Publishing

DOMESTIC MADE FOR TELEVISION
FILM MUSIC AWARD
For 2012
Destination: Infestation
Peter Allen
Johnson Production Group
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

For 2013
Collision Earth
Michael Neilson
EMI April Music Canada Ltd.

DOMESTIC FEATURE
FILM MUSIC AWARD
For 2012
Life of Pi
Mychael Danna
Casablanca Media Publishing

For 2013
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Andrew Lockington
Universal Music Publishing Canada

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
FILM MUSIC AWARD
2012
District 9
Clinton Shorter

For 2013
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Andrew Lockington
Universal Music Publishing Canada

2014 SOCAN LICENSED
TO PLAY AWARD
McDonald`s Canada
    "When We Stand Together"
Performed by Nickelback
Chad Kroeger
Mike Kroeger
Ryan Peake
Joey Moi
Arm Your Dillo Publishing Inc.
Black Diesel Music Inc.
Moi Music Production Inc.
Canadiana Music

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

"A Criminal Mind"
"Dancing On My Own Ground"
"(You're A) Strange Animal"
Performed by Gowan
Lawrence Gowan
Mark-Cain Music Publishing

"Brother and Me"
"Turned 21"
Performed by Fludd
Brian Pilling
Edmund Pilling
Underwater Music
Pondwater/Southern Music Publishing Company Canada Ltd.

"Innocence"
"Thinking of You"
Performed by Harlequin
Glen Willows
George Belanger
Court Jester Music
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.

"Superstitious Feeling"
Performed by Harlequin
Glen Willows
Court Jester Music
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.

JAN V. MATEJCEK NEW
CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
Jeffrey Ryan
"Wrecking Ball"
Performed by Miley Cyrus
Stephan Moccio
Lukasz Gottwald (ASCAP)
Maureen McDonald (ASCAP)
Alexander Wallace (PRS)
Henry Walter (ASCAP)
Sing Little Penguin
Universal Music Publishing Canada

URBAN MUSIC AWARDS

"Inner Ninja"
Performed by Classified feat. David Myles
Luke Boyd
Michael Boyd
David Myles
Mark Pellizzer

"Hold On, We're Going Home"
Performed by Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Aubrey Drake Graham
Majid Al Maskati
Jordan Ullman
Paul "Nineteen 85" Jefferies
Noah "40" Shebib
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Kobalt Music Publishing Canada Ltd.
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

"Hurt Me Tomorrow"
Performed by K'NAAN
Keinan Warsame
Evan Bogart (BMI)
Ryan Tedder (ASCAP)
Noel Zancanella (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

ONLINE STREAMING AWARD
"Wrecking Ball"
Performed by Miley Cyrus
Stephan Moccio
Lukasz Gottwald (ASCAP)
Maureen McDonald (ASCAP)
Alexander Wallace (PRS)
Henry Walter (ASCAP)
Sing Little Penguin
Universal Music Publishing Canada

DANCE MUSIC AWARDS
"Let It Go"
Performed by Dragonette
Dan Kurtz
Martina Sorbara
Dragonette Publishing Inc.
Famous Virgin Inc.

"The Veldt"
Performed by deadmau5
Joel Zimmerman
Christopher Gutierrez (ASCAP)
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Inc.

"This Is What It Feels Like"
Performed by Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie
Trevor Guthrie
Armin Van Buuren (BUMA)
John Ewbank (BUMA)
Benno De Goeij (BUMA)
Jenson Vaughan (ASCAP)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

"Feel This Moment"
Performed by Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
Nasri Atweh
Adam Messinger
Chantal Kreviaziuk
Christina Aguilera (BMI)
Magne Furuholmen (PRS)
Morten Harket (PRS)
Nolan Lambroza (BMI)
Armando Pérez (BMI)
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (PRS)
Urales Vargas (BMI)
Messy Music
Neverwouldathot Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

FOLK / ROOTS MUSIC AWARD
Kathleen Edwards

MOST PERFORMED
FOREIGN SONG AWARD
"Ho Hey"
Performed by The Lumineers
Jeremy Fraites (BMI)
Wesley Schultz (BMI)

SOCAN BREAKOUT AWARD
Ryan Hemsworth

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE SOCAN

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