SONGWRITERS ROBBIE ROBERTSON, LUC PLAMONDON AMONG 2011 CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Songwriters To Be Honoured At The 7th Annual CSHF Gala In Toronto On April 2

TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame/Le Panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens (CSHF/PACC) announced today their 2011 inductees, among them are Robbie Robertson, formerly of The Band, and French-Canadian songwriter Luc Plamondon. The 2011 inductees will be honoured at the CSHF's 7th annual gala, presented by BMO Nesbitt Burns on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. Tickets for the April 2nd CSHF gala, starting at $55.00, are now on sale and are available through Ticketmaster at 416-872-8111, on-line at www.ticketmaster.ca, or in person at the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office. The full line-up of performers for the 7th annual gala will be announced in the coming weeks.

"The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to recognize and honour the accomplishments of our songwriters, and to educate Canadians about our rich songwriting legacy," says Dominic Denny, Executive Director, CSHF. "The work we do would be impossible without the loyal support of our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor, BMO Nesbitt Burns."

For the first time since its inception, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct songwriters and their entire body of work. "In past years, the CSHF has inducted specific songs from Canadian songwriters, but we felt it was also important to acknowledge their entire portfolio of songs, and their overall contributions as Canadian songwriters and storytellers," says Sylvia Tyson, President, CSHF.

This year, the following songwriters will be inducted into the CSHF: Robbie Robertson and Luc Plamondon (Modern Era 1970 - 1985); Pierre Létourneau and Jack Scott (Radio Era: 1939 - 1969); and Roméo Beaudry and John Stromberg (Pioneer Era: Up to 1938).

Robbie Robertson has written such iconic songs as The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight, and "Broken Arrow". Luc Plamondon has written countless hit songs for Quebecois talents including Robert Charlebois (J'taime comme un fou) and Céline Dion (Je danse dans ma tête).

The following songs will be inducted into the CSHF: (Pioneer Era: Up to 1938) Votre avion va-t-il au paradis? by Roméo Beaudry, Squid Jiggin' Ground by Arthur Scammell; (Radio Era: 1939 - 1969) La chanson des pissenlits by Pierre Létourneau, My Heart Cries for You by Percy Faith/Carl Sigman; (Modern Era:  1970 - 1985) Je suis cool by Gilles Valiquette, Pas besoin de frapper pour entrer by Jacques Michel, Oh What a Feeling by Kelly Jay/Roly Greenway, When I Die by Willie Smith/Steve Kennedy, Wildflower by Doug Edwards/Dave Richardson.

This year's Frank Davies Legacy Award, named after the founder of the CSHF/PACC, will be given to folk music archivist and historian Edith (Margaret) Fowke, and folklorist (Mary) Helen Creighton.

The CMPA (Canadian Music Publishers Association) Legacy award will be given to music impresario Yvan Dufresne.

Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 2011 INDUCTEES:

Pioneer Era: Up to 1938
Radio Era: 1939 - 1969
Modern Era:  1970 - 1985

PIONEER ERA: Songwriters

ROMÉO BEAUDRY (b. Montréal, Québec)

JOHN STROMBERG (b. Milton, PEI)

PIONEER ERA: Songs

VOTRE AVION VA-T-IL AU PARADIS? by Roméo Beaudry, 1930

SQUID JIGGIN' GROUND by Arthur Scammell, 1928

RADIO ERA: Songwriters

PIERRE LÉTOURNEAU (b. Verdun, Québec)

JACK SCOTT (b. Windsor, Ontario)

RADIO ERA: Songs 

LA CHANSON DES PISSENLITS by Pierre Létourneau, 1963

MY HEART CRIES FOR YOU by Percy Faith, Carl Sigman, 1949

MODERN ERA: Songwriters

ROBBIE ROBERTSON (b. Toronto, Ontario)

LUC PLAMONDON (b. Saint-Raymond, Québec)

MODERN ERA: Songs

JE SUIS COOL by Gilles Valiquette, 1972

PAS BESOIN DE FRAPPER POUR ENTRER by Jacques Michel, 1972

OH WHAT A FEELING by Kelly Jay, Roly Greenway, 1971

WHEN I DIE by Willie Smith, Steve Kennedy, 1969

WILDFLOWER by Doug Edwards, Dave Richardson, 1972

FRANK DAVIES LEGACY AWARD

EDITH (MARGARET) FOWKE (b. Lumsden, Saskatchewan)

(MARY) HELEN CREIGHTON (b. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

THE CMPA (CANADIAN MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION) LEGACY AWARD

YVAN DUFRESNE (b. Montréal, Québec)

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) /Le panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens (PACC) is a bilingual, a-political, non-profit organization, which is a partnership of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) with the assistance of the Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ). The CSHF's generous core-funding partners are: the CMPA, the SAC, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), SOCAN, SOCAN Foundation, Astral Media, and SPACQ. The CSHF acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's private radio broadcasters.

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SOURCE Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

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