The Who's Who of Canada's Music Industry Came Out Tonight to Celebrate the 18th Annual SOCAN Awards Gala in Toronto

    TORONTO, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - SOCAN (The Society of Composers Authors and
Music Publishers of Canada) and the best of Canada's music industry came
together tonight at the Carlu in recognition of some of this country's most
talented songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 18th
annual SOCAN Awards Gala. Co-hosted by Damhnait Doyle and Kim Stockwood, who
perform together as Shaye, the SOCAN Awards acknowledged members' and other
music industry influencers' outstanding achievements from the previous year.
SOCAN members Chantal Kreviazuk, Tomi Swick, Aaron Pritchett, Ronnie Hawkins,
Raine Maida and Loreena McKennitt, among many others, were in attendance to
accept their awards.
    Shaye wowed the crowd with their opening performance of "So Far Gone."
Other performances included Abdominal's ECHO Songwriting Prize-winning song
"Pedal Pusher" and a special tribute to the late Stan Rogers by Damhnait Doyle
and fellow Maritime singer/songwriter Gordie Sampson.
    Other award recipients included: Nickelback for "Savin' Me;" Nelly
Furtado for "Promiscuous;" Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida for "Walk Away;"
Gordie Sampson for "Jesus, Take The Wheel;" Tomi Swick for "A Night Like
This;" and Jim Vallance for "Cuts Like A Knife," "I'm Ready," "It's Only
Love," and "This Time" in the SOCAN Classics category.
    A complete list of winners for the 2007 SOCAN Awards can be found at
    "The SOCAN Awards is a wonderful opportunity for Canada's music industry
to honour and celebrate its best songwriters, composers, lyricists and music
publishers," says André LeBel, CEO of SOCAN. "The awards highlight the great
contributions of our members and others to Canada's music industry, which is
why we are dedicated to presenting the SOCAN Awards each year."
    Each year, SOCAN celebrates music industry pioneers for their involvement
in the Canadian music industry and outstanding successes throughout their
careers. Recipients of SOCAN's major achievement awards this year went to
Ronnie Hawkins, who received the Special Achievement Award; Walter Ostanek,
who received Lifetime Achievement Award; Stan Rogers, who received the
National Achievement Award; and Nickelback, who received the International
Achievement Award.
    SOCAN will recognize outstanding Francophone music creators at a second
awards show on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal in
Montreal. SOCAN members Oliver Jones, Corneille and the group Kain, among
others, will join host Marie Michèle Desrosiers in celebration of this year's
SOCAN award recipients.

    About SOCAN

    At SOCAN, we understand that the Canadian music industry is only as
strong as the sum of its parts. We are proud to play a leading role, working
with other organizations to ensure the long-term health of our members'
livelihoods and the Canadian music industry as a whole. SOCAN is the Canadian
copyright collective for the communication and performance of musical works.
We administer these rights on behalf of our members (composers, lyricists,
songwriters and their publishers) and those of affiliated international
organizations by licensing this use of their music in Canada. The fees
collected are distributed as royalties to our members and to affiliated
organizations throughout the world. We also distribute royalties received from
those organizations to our members for the use of their music worldwide. SOCAN
has offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Dartmouth. For more
information about how we're doing what's right for music, please visit us at

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