Canada's diverse music community celebrates at 22nd annual SOCAN Awards Gala in Toronto

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - SOCAN and the Canadian music industry gathered tonight at Roy Thomson Hall to honour some of Canada's most talented songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 22nd annual SOCAN Awards Gala. Co-hosted by Steven Page, Michelle Wright and Abdominal, the SOCAN Awards acknowledged its members' outstanding national and international achievements from the previous year.

"Tonight, we celebrate the impressive accomplishments of our English language songwriters, composers, and publishers, as we did for our French language members last week in Montreal," said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. "Canadian creators continue to score big at home and abroad, a tribute to their creativity and to our market savvy publishers. SOCAN is proud to serve such an extraordinary community in Canada and through our partner organizations around the world."

SOCAN members from all genres of music, such as Deric Ruttan, Kardinal Offishall, Darcy James Argue, Hedley's Jacob Hoggard, Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor, Jimmy Rankin, Mychael Danna and Bob Ezrin, were in attendance to receive their awards. 2011 ECHO Songwriting Prize winner Katie Moore opened the awards gala with an unforgettable performance, and later in the evening Lynn Miles, The Good Brothers and Wendell Ferguson took to the stage for a medley to honour Prairie Oyster. The Trews closed the show with a lively tribute to The Stampeders, to whom Randy Bachman presented an award.

The evening was filled with celebration and accolades. SOCAN members who received honours included: K'NAAN for "Wavin' Flag," Michael Bublé for "Haven't Met You Yet," and Nickelback for "This Afternoon" in the pop/rock category; Kardinal Offishall and Tim Hazell for "Body Bounce" in the urban music category; and Johnny Reid for "I Believe in Angels" in the country music category. Bublé earned a second win with the International Song Award for "Haven't Met You Yet." Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor received six SOCAN Classic Awards for writing songs that have earned more than 100,000 radio airplays.

Recipients of SOCAN's major achievement awards this year went to Bob Ezrin, who received the Special Achievement Award; The Stampeders, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Prairie Oyster, who received the National Achievement Award. K'NAAN received the International Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding international success in 2010.

"We're pleased to celebrate our members' great success," said SOCAN President Earl Rosen. "While other parts of the music industry face many challenges, SOCAN's royalty payments to our members and affiliates continue to grow."

SOCAN recognized outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala on Wednesday November 16 at The Hyatt Regency in Montreal. SOCAN members Stéphane Venne, Diane Juster, Dumas, Corneille, Lynda Lemay and Annie Villeneuve, to name only a few, joined host Jean-François Breau in celebration of this year's Francophone SOCAN award recipients.

SOCAN is a not-for-profit 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 100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN collects licence fees from more than 42,000 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.

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For further information:

Betsy Chaly
Director, Marketing and Communications, SOCAN
(416) 442-3836

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