TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The 23rd annual SOCAN Awards Gala, the
music industry's most important celebration of Canadian songwriting
achievement, will be hosted by Seamus O'Regan of CTV National News, at
Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall on November 19th.
Staged by SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music
Publishers of Canada - the SOCAN Awards Gala recognizes the
accomplishments of Canadian songwriters by honouring their songs and
compositions that have achieved success in the categories of Pop/Rock,
Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, and Film &
Television. Songs that have hit the 100,000 airplay mark on domestic
radio are presented a Classic Award.
"I'm thrilled to be hosting the 2012 SOCAN Awards," said Seamus O'Regan.
"It's a great honour to be able to recognize the contributions of
Canadian songwriters, composers and music publishers and acknowledge
their extraordinary career achievements."
Additionally, songwriters who have achieved a great deal of success over
the course of their careers are awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award,
National Achievement Award, and International Achievement Award.
Canada boasts some of the world's most talented and successful
songwriters, and the evening is a Who's Who of the Canadian music
industry with performances by several prominent artists, promising to
be entertaining for all those who are gathering to pay tribute to their
friends and colleagues.
"The SOCAN Awards is all about paying tribute to Canadian songwriters,
all of whom have touched our lives through their music," said Eric
Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. "It's the biggest night of the year when we
celebrate their success as songwriters and recognize them and their
publishers for the gifts they've given Canada and the world - the songs
and compositions we all love. There's no better way to enjoy an
A recent research study conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of SOCAN
revealed that a majority of Canadians would prefer to have dinner or a
drink with a famous Canadian musician than they would a famous athlete,
author or politician.
SOCAN is a not-for-profit, member-based 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
110,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN
collects licence fees from more than 48,000 businesses from
coast-to-coast 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
For further information:
SOCAN Media Contacts: Michael Critchley, 416.445.8700, ext. 3784, firstname.lastname@example.org; Amal Yassir, 416.445.8700, ext. 3747, email@example.com
For Seamus O'Regan: Renee Dupuis, Bell Media, 416.384.3154, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Media Accreditation: Andrea Grau, TouchwoodPR, 416.347.6749, email@example.com