26th SOCAN Montréal Awards Gala Celebrates Music Creators and Publishers

Gilles Vigneault, Arcade Fire, Alex Nevsky, Donald Tarlton and Pierre Létourneau honoured with special awards

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The 26th annual SOCAN Montreal Awards Gala attracted a who's who of more than 400 members of the Quebec music community to celebrate the careers, and past year's success, of many of the greatest songwriters, composers and music publishers that it has to offer.

Hosted by singer-songwriter Dumas at the renowned Montreal venue Metropolis, the annual celebration of the accomplishments of Québec's music creators and publishers was highlighted by live performances, with 48 awards distributed in 21 categories, including five special achievement prizes: the Cultural Impact Award, the Songwriter of the Year Award, the International Achievement Award, the Special Achievement Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

SOCAN's new Cultural Impact Award was presented for the first time ever at a Montreal event, and went to a legend of Francophone music, the highly respected poet and songwriter, both at home and abroad, Gilles Vigneault. The award celebrates the major cultural contribution of a song created by a SOCAN member, in this case the immortal "Gens du pays." Receiving "The SOCAN" - the only major music industry trophy in the world that is itself also a musical instrument - Vigneault, whose career spans 60 years and nearly as many albums, shared a moving, emotional moment, and was clearly touched by the honour.

"SOCAN's talented members regularly make an impact in people's memory through their unforgettable musical creations," said SOCAN's CEO, Eric Baptiste. "In and of itself, that's a remarkable accomplishment. But when such a creation has an impact on the historical memory of an entire culture, to a point where the whole population, across many generations, appropriates this song and makes it a traditional celebration song for each individual in that society, this clearly has had exceptional cultural impact."

Recognizing the massive contribution that film and television composers make to the genre and economy, no fewer than seven SOCAN Awards were presented to the most successful writers in several categories. Christian Clermont alone took home two awards. The work of film and television composers was further highlighted at the event with two special video montages.

Now an undeniable stalwart of the Québec "New Pop" scene, Alex Nevsky was presented with the prestigious Songwriter of the Year award and, as was foreshadowed by the immense success of his excellent album Himalaya mon amour, with two additional Popular Song awards (Francophone) for "Les coloriés" and "Notre amour," perfomed by La Voix winner Valérie Carpentier.

Donald Tarlton, founder of the influential concert promoting and management company Donald K. Donald, and cofounder of the Tacca Musique imprint, an equally influential record label that launched the careers of several major artists in Québec, was presented with the SOCAN Special Achievement Award, saluting the prodigious amount of work he has accomplished since the 1960s.

The SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Pierre Létourneau, who was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. Létourneau, without a doubt, is one of the most important songwriters in Québec; a prolific artist who, from the early 1970s to the present, has written an impressive number of hits, both for himself and for an impressive number of artists, including Nicole Martin, Renée Claude, Lucille Dumont, Marc Gélinas, Chantal Renaud, Michel Pagliaro, Nanette Workman, Boule Noire, Mario Pelchat, Chloé Ste-Marie.

Among the most popular bands in the world, and icons of the Canadian music scene, the six audacious and avant-garde songwriting members of Arcade Fire - Win Butler, Will Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Timothy Kingsbury and Richard Parry - were presented with the SOCAN Award for International Achievement, the International Song award for their song "Reflektor," as well as two Popular Song (Anglophone) awards for "Afterlife" and "Reflektor," each celebrating their extraordinary international career, their major impact on the international music scene, and the immense popularity of the band's latest album.

The SOCAN trophy was created in collaboration with SABIAN of New Brunswick and New York City's Society Awards. To mark this year's first-ever Cultural Impact award, the five SABIAN bronze crotales that comprise The SOCAN were tuned to play the first five notes of "Gens du pays."

Five SOCAN Classic Awards were also presented to Kevin Parent, making him the most awarded songwriter of the 2015 gala; the SOCAN Classic Award presented to Michel Rivard for his song "Le Privé" was the 15th of his career; and the two SOCAN Classic Awards presented to Luc Plamondon were the 31st and 32nd of his storied career, making him the most awarded songwriter in the history of the SOCAN Montreal Awards Gala.

Among other winners were Milk & Bone, who snagged the Breakout Award; Eman & Vlooper, who won the Urban Music Award; Kaytranada, winning the first-ever Electronic Music Award; Vincent Vallières, with two Popular Song Awards (Francophone) ("Loin" and "L'amour, c'est pas pour les peureux"); Patrick Gemayel and Oliver Goldstein of Chromeo, who earned a Popular Song Award (Anglophone) as well as the Online Streaming Award for "Jealous (I Ain't With It)"; Denis Gougeon, who earned the Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award; Christine Jensen, who was presented with the Hagood Hardy Award (Jazz); and the Montreal International Jazz Festival, which was presented with the SOCAN Licensed to Play Award for superior commitment to fair, legal and ethical licensing of the festival.

Many more creators and publishers were also celebrated during the 2015 SOCAN Montreal Awards Gala, including the creators of songs with at least 25,000 plays on the radio, the winners of the most popular songs of the year as well as the creators of music for film and television.

Throughout the evening, many artists offered standout performances, including Alexandre Désilets, who sang "Romano Musumarra" and Luc Plamondon's megahit for Celine Dion, "Je danse dans ma tête"; La Bronze, paying homage to Daniel Lavoie with a suavely rhythmic interpretation of "La Villa de Ferdinando Marcos sur la mer"; the evening's host, Dumas, who sang Michel Rivard's hit song "Le privé"; Les Sœurs Boulay, who moved the entire audience with the rich vocal harmonies in their rendition of "L'Amour existe encore"; Marie-Mai, who vibrantly sang Kevin Parent's "Seigneur"; Sass Jordan who, along with Dumas, sang a medley of songs that were emblematic of Donald Tarlton's career; Lulu Hughes who, in true style, completely re-interpreted "Laisse-moi partir," a song written by Pierre Létourneau for Nicole Martin; Shash'U who masterfully remixed Kaytranada, Milk & Bone and Eman & Vlooper; Antoine Corriveau, who sang his emotional "Le nouveau vocabulaire"; and Karl Tremblay and Gilles Vigneault's daughter, Jessica, who ended the evening with a moving version of "Gens du pays."


SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-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 130,000 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.


"Gens du pays"
Gilles Vigneault/Gaston Rochon
Éditions Vent qui vire

Alex Nevsky

Arcade Fire

Donald Tarlton

Pierre Létourneau

"Je danse dans ma tête"
Luc Plamondon/Romano Musumarra
Plamondon Publishing
EMI April Music Canada

"L'amour existe encore"
Luc Plamondon/Richard Cocciante (SIAE)
Plamondon Publishing
Boventoon Publishing (SACEM)

"Le Privé"
Michel Rivard /Marie Bernard
Les Éditions Sauvages
Les Productions Marie Bernard

"Tu m'aimes-tu"
Richard Desjardins
Les Éditions Foukinic inc.

"Les Bombes"
Michel Pagliaro
Jimmy James
Earth Born Music inc.
    "Nomade sédentaire"
Kevin Parent
Les Productions des Trois Têtus enr.

Kevin Parent
Les Productions des Trois Têtus enr.

"Father On the Go"
Kevin Parent
Les Productions des Trois Têtus enr.

"La jasette"
Kevin Parent
Les Productions des Trois Têtus enr.

Kevin Parent
Les Productions des Trois Têtus enr.

"La Villa de Ferdinando Marcos sur la mer"
Daniel Lavoie/Gaston Dussault
Les Éditions Janvier
Kennebec Musique

"Les coloriés"
Alex Nevsky, Gabriel Gratton
Editorial Avenue

"Notre amour"
Alex Nevsky /Gabriel Gratton /Mathieu Laliberté
Avenue Éditorial
Éditions J inc.

"Mécaniques générales"
Patrice Michaud

"Rien ne sert de courir"
Karim Ouellet/Claude Bégin
Coyote Records
"Sans regret"
Dumas/Jonathan Dauphinais/Brigitte Boisjoli
Les Éditions de La Tribu
My T Fine Music
Éditions Groupe Archambault

Vincent Vallières
Les Éditions Les Trente Arpents

"L'amour c'est pas pour les peureux"
Vincent Vallières
Les Éditions Les Trente Arpents

"Comme des enfants en cavale"
Alexandre Poulin
Les Éditions Gémeaux

"Jamais trop tard"
Marie-Mai /Fred St-Gelais
Éditions Groupe Archambault
Éditions Bloc-Notes
Éditions Lo Phat
Éditions J inc.

"Goodbye Girl"
Jérôme Couture/Marc Dupré /Nelson Minville
Les Éditions Dama inc.
Éditions L-A be
Éditions et chansons du Suisse enr.

"Jealous (I Ain't With It)"
Patrick Gemayel /Oliver Goldstein (ASCAP) /
David Macklovitch
Nettwerk One Music Canada Ltd.

"Move Like a Soldier"
Kristina Maria / Kristian Lundin (STIM) / John Amatiello
(STIM) / Savan Harish Kotecha (ASCAP)
Éditions Musicales Lupo One

"Never Gone"
Andrée/Sébastien Lefebvre
Dropout Music inc.
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

Win Butler/ Will Butler/ Régine Chassagne / Jeremy Gara/
Timothy Kingsbury / Richard Parry
EMI April Music Canada

Win Butler/ Will Butler/ Régine Chassagne / Jeremy Gara/
Timothy Kingsbury / Richard Parry
EMI April Music Canada

Win Butler/ Will Butler/ Régine Chassagne / Jeremy Gara/
Timothy Kingsbury / Richard Parry
EMI April Music Canada

Paul Van Haver (SABAM)/Lengo Mandjeku (BURIDA) /
Aron Cabernet Ottignon (SACEM)
Mosaert (SACEM)

"Jealous (I Ain't With It)"
Patrick Gemayel /Oliver Goldstein (ASCAP) /
David Macklovitch
Nettwerk One Music Canada Ltd.
Véronique Labbé


Eman & Vlooper

Milk & Bone

Denis Gougeon

Presented to the winner in the Jazz category
Christine Jensen

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Le Téléjournal de Radio-Canada
Philippe Leduc
Les Productions de l'Encrier
Toute la vérité
Christian Clermont

Ned Bouhalassa
Pinga Pesto Productions
Les Éditions Sovi-Son inc.

Kids' programming
Raymond Fabi
Les Éditions de la rue St-André

Apocalypse la première guerre
Christian Clermont
Éditions Idéacom
Les Éditions Christian Clermont/Les Éditions du Lagon
(SACEM)/Éditorial Avenue

Les Limiers
FM Lesieur
Calt Production (SACEM)/Éditorial Avenue/
Les Éditions FMLS Internationals

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
Denis Sanacore
Epithete and co (SACEM) / Éditions La Marguerite
(SACEM) / Third Side Music




Image with caption: "Some of the 26th annual SOCAN Montreal Awards winners (from left to right): Gilles Vigneault (Cultural Impact Award), Laurence-Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin of Milk & Bone (Breakout Award), SOCAN's Chief Executive Officer Eric Baptiste, Pierre Létourneau (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Kevin Parent (five SOCAN Classic Awards) (Photo: SOCAN-Michel Gagné) (CNW Group/SOCAN)". Image available at: https://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151006_C9956_PHOTO_EN_44296.jpg

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