SOCAN Salutes Quebec Music Success at Annual Gala

Louise Forestier, Roch Voisine and Misteur Valaire among stars feted

MONTREAL, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, proudly saluted its Francophone members' outstanding achievements at its 24th annual SOCAN Awards on November 26th at a gala event at the Hyatt Regency Montreal Hotel.

"The Montreal SOCAN Awards gala is an opportunity to set aside the music industry's current challenges and the constant need to fight for the rights of music creators and to take the time to applaud their achievements. So, let us follow the lead of our host, the popular SOCAN member Vincent Vallières, and celebrate the vitality of our music," SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste urged the audience as the show opened.

As part of the 24th edition, SOCAN awards were presented to authors, composers and music publishers for their 2012 accomplishments in the pop, concert, instrumental, and film and television music genres. Louise Forestier, a Francophone music pioneer with a career spanning four decades, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while André Perry, the founder of the sound recording institution of Le Studio and an active industry force to this day, received the Special Achievement Award.

A number of Quebec songs having achieved more than 25,000 radio plays received SOCAN Classics awards, and their creators - Yves Décary and Germain Gauthier ( "Avant de partir"); Roch Voisine and his co-writers Rosanna Ciciola, Tino Izzo and, once again, Yves Décary ("Darlin'"); Marcel Lefebvre and Carl Katz ("Là-bas dans l'ombre"); Pierre Flynn ("En cavale"); Pierre Bertrand; Pierre Huet and Robert Léger ("Jamais aimé avant"); Rudy Caya ("Salut Salaud" and "Sous la pluie") and his co-writers Nicole Beausoleil, Frédéric Bonicard, Rodolphe Fortier, Claude Samson and Michel Vaillancourt ("Le Train") - were warmly applauded by their peers.

Songwriters honoured also included the creators of the 10 most-performed Francophone rock and pop songs of 2012, including Ariane Brunet; Sophie Nault and Sylvain Michel ("Bien avec toi"); Amylie ("Les Filles"), Sophie Beaudet and Daniel Beaumont ("À quoi tu penses?"); François Lachance ("J'suis là"); Daniel Bélanger ("Je poursuis mon bonheur"); Marc Dupré and Nelson Minville ("Le Jour se lève" and "Pour exister"); Steve Veilleux ("Si on se t'nait" and "La Tête en l'air"); and Jérôme Dupras, Marie-Annick Lépine and Jean-François Pauzé ("On tient l'coup").

In the instrumental music categories, Misteur Valaire's DRouin, France, Jules, Luis and To collected the Hagood Hardy Award, while the internationally successful composer Ana Sokolovic was presented with the New Classical Music Award. Louis Côté and K-Maro shared the Chanson Internationale prize for the most-performed Canadian Francophone song abroad ("Tourne").

Film and television music awards were presented to screen composers Sari Dajani; Iohann Martin and Rudy Toussaint; Paul-Étienne Côté; Serge Essiambre; Raymond Fabi; Anthony Rozankovic; and James Gelfand.

Ricky J, Show Stephens and Karl Wolf received the Chanson Anglophone award for the English-language song written by resident of Quebec that has received the most airplay across the country in the past year, "Mash It Up".

Finally, Alain Simard received SOCAN's Patron of Music Award for the cooperative approach and copyright awareness of L'Équipe Spectra, a group whose major productions and events include Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and FrancoFolies de Montréal.

About SOCAN
SOCAN represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of 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, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN collects license fees from over 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies. www.socan.ca

A complete list of the 2013 SOCAN Awards winners follows.

24th Annual SOCAN Awards - Montreal - Winners List

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Louise Forestier

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
André Perry

THE MOST PERFORMED FRANCOPHONE SONGS IN QUEBEC
"À quoi tu penses?"
Sophie Beaudet
Daniel Beaumont
Les Éditions Dare to Care
Éditions Garçonne
Gestion Son Image inc.

"Bien avec toi"
Ariane Brunet
Sylvain Michel
Sophie Nault
Les Éditions Cent Noms
Éditions Victoire

"Les Filles"
Amylie
Éditorial Avenue
"J'suis là"

François Lachance
Productions J inc.

"Je poursuis mon bonheur"
Daniel Bélanger
Édition Achille Cassel

"Le Jour se lève"
Marc Dupré
Nelson Minville
Éditions et chansons du Suisse enr.
Éditions Dama

" On tient l'coup"
Jérôme Dupras
Marie-Annick Lépine
Jean-François Pauzé
Éditions JFP inc.
Les Éditions de la Tribu

"Pour exister"
Marc Dupré
Nelson Minville
Éditions et chansons du Suisse enr.
Éditions Dama
Productions J inc.

"Si on se t'nait"
Steve Veilleux
Éditions LLP

"La Tête en l'air"
Steve Veilleux
Éditions LLP

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARD
"Tourne"
Louis Côté
K-Maro
K Pone Publishing
Recto Verso Publishing

ANGLOPHONE SONG AWARD
"Mash It Up"  
Ricky J Oss
Show Stephens
Karl Wolf
Survivor Music
Red Riding Hood Publishing

PRIX JAN V. MATEJCEK, AWARD, NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC
Ana Sokolovic

HAGOOD HARDY AWARD, WORLD MUSIC
Misteur Valaire :
DRouin
France
Jules
Luis
To

INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION MUSIC AWARD
Paul-Étienne Côté
Raymond Fabi
Anthony Rozankovic

DOMESTIC TELEVISION MUSIC AWARD
Paul-Étienne Côté
Sari Dajani, Iohann Martin, Rudy Toussaint
Serge Essiambre

FILM MUSIC AWARD
James Gelfand

SOCAN CLASSICS
"Avant de partir"
Yves Décary
Germain Gauthier
Éditions Notation
Éditions R2 V2

"Darlin'"
Rosanna Ciciola
Yves Décary
Tino Izzo
Roch Voisine
LTE Les Entreprises Lucio Tomaro inc.
Multisons R.L. Enr.
Éditions R2 V2
R.V. International

"En cavale"
Pierre Flynn
Les Éditions de la Maudite Machine
"Jamais aimé avant"
Pierre Bertrand
Pierre Huet
Robert Léger
Les Éditions du Bon Diable
Les Éditions Mouche à feu

"Là-bas dans l'ombre"
Carl Katz
Marcel Lefebvre
Roch Voisine
Productions Marcel Lefebvre inc.
Éditions R2 V2
R.V. International

"Salut Salaud"
Rudy Caya
Les Éditions Michel Marceau
Les Éditions Protonik

"Sous la pluie"
Rudy Caya
Les Éditions Michel Marceau
Les Éditions Protonik

"Sur la route"
Pierre Flynn
Les Éditions de la Maudite Machine

"Le Train"
Nicole Beausoleil
Frédéric Bonicard
Rudy Caya
Rodolphe Fortier
Claude Samson
Michel Vaillancourt
Les Éditions Michel Marceau
Les Productions Nicole Beausoleil
Les Éditions Protonik

PATRON OF MUSIC
Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Les FrancoFolies de Montréal

Image with caption: "SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste (left) with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Louise Forestier and her friend and megastar Daniel Lavoie at the 2013 SOCAN Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on November 26th. (CNW Group/SOCAN)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131127_C5336_PHOTO_EN_33905.jpg

SOURCE: SOCAN

For further information:

Media Contacts:

Anne Richard, SOCAN, Communications & Marketing, 514-844-8377, poste 4943, richarda@socan.ca

Lise Raymond, Communications Lise Raymond (for SOCAN), (450) 640-0500, lise@clraymond.com


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