THE 2016 SOCAN AWARDS
A who’s who of the Canadian music industry gathered in Toronto on June 20th to honour Canada’s most talented songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 2016 SOCAN Awards. Sponsored by Gowling WLG, KPMG, HMV, Long & McQuade, Music Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and RBC, and hosted by bestselling author Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics, the SOCAN Awards recognized the lifetime and more recent achievements of Canada’s music creators and publishers.
SOCAN presented major achievement accolades to Hockey Night in Canada theme composer Dolores Claman (Cultural Impact Award); Canadian music industry driving force Gary Slaight (Special Achievement Award); global phenomenon The Weeknd (International Achievement Award) and his frequent co-writer Ahmad “Belly” Balshe (Songwriters of the Year); chart-topping teen Alessia Cara (Breakout Award); and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid (National Achievement Award). Claman, Slaight and Reid accepted their honours in-person, as did Urban Music Award winners Ebony “WondaGurl” Oshunrinde and Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies, Pop/Rock Music Award winners Jocelyn Alice and Scott Helman, country stars Deric Ruttan and Jason Blaine, and film and TV #ComposersWhoScore Keith Power and Andrew Lockington, among many others.
SOCAN presented the Licensed To Play Award to Canadian Music Week, the first major music conference-festival to receive the Licensed To Play designation from SOCAN, confirming that its live music venues are licensed by SOCAN and firmly stand for fair music rights. CMW and its partner venues have since consistently demonstrated their dedication to music creators and sustaining the music ecosystem, and have inspired other conference-festivals to do the same.
Performers included Shawn Hook, who sang his smash hit single “Sound of Your Heart”; young sensations Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit TV show Nashville, who sang a medley of The Weeknd songs; and Johnny Reid, who sang a passionate version of his song, “What Love Is All About.” Throughout the evening, attendees were greatly entertained by a live orchestra that highlighted the outstanding work of our film and television. #ComposersWhoScore.
For the second year in a row, Montréal’s iconic Métropolis venue set the stage for the annual SOCAN Awards Gala, on September 12th.
SOCAN offered major achievement honours to Stéphane Venne (Cultural Impact Award) for his legendary anthem “Le début d’un temps nouveau,” which singer-songwriters Klô Pelgag, Pierre Kwenders and Loud Lary Ajust performed together; Ariane Moffatt (Songwriter of the Year); young pop stars Cœur de Pirate and Grimes (International Award); one of Québec’s most legendary artists, Richard Séguin (Lifetime Achievement Award), a medley of whose most famous songs was performed by Patrice Michaud, Elisapie Isaac, Luce Dufault, Coral Egan and Pierre Flynn; founder of the Coup de cœur francophone music festival, Alain Chartrand (Special Achievement Award); and Ho-Tune (the very first-ever Publisher of the Year Award).
Other highlights of the Gala included a tribute to Dédé Fortin and his Colocs by Guy Bélanger and Stéphane Archambault, Jonathan Painchaud, Philippe Brach, 2Frères and Alexe Gaudreault. These last two also received SOCAN Popular Song Awards for “Nous autres” and “Placebo,” respectively. Their songs “Dédé,” “La rue Principale,” “Juste une p’tite nuite,” “Passe-moé la puck” and “Julie,” each an official SOCAN Classic, touched everyone who attended the celebration, which was hosted by SOCAN member Stéphane Archambault.
SOCAN presented The Licensed To Play Award to The City of Gatineau, for ensuring that its venues are licensed by SOCAN, showing a commitment to fair compensation for the songwriters, composers and music publishers whose music enhances the business of those venues.
The evening also recognized the exceptional contribution of #ComposersWhoScore and publishers of music for film and television, including Eduardo Noya Schreus , Rudy Toussaint, and Toussaint’s publishers, Éditions Marie Claire, ole, and Intermède Music.
SOCAN NO. 1 SONG AWARDS IN 2016
Throughout the year, SOCAN honours our creator and publisher members who achieve the No. 1 position on various renowned Canadian and international charts. We work to present each member, in-person, with a beautiful medallion-plaque inspired by “The SOCAN,” the trophy that we present to achievement winners at our annual awards in Toronto and Montréal. The following is the list of SOCAN members whom we honoured over 2016 with a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award. Only the songwriters and SOCAN member publishers with shares in the song at the time it was honoured are included on the list.
“Scars to Your Beautiful”
Performer: Alessia Cara
For “Here” and “Outlaws”
Writers: Alessia Cara, Bobby Gerongco, Sammy Gerongco (and Terence Lam and Isaac Hayes on “Here” only), Warren Felder, Coleridge Tillman, Andrew Wansel
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, Warner Chappell Music Canada, Alcara Songs
“Here” reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on Aug. 28, 2015, and the MuchMusic Countdown on Sept. 25, 2015; “Outlaws” reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on Jan. 11, 2016.
For “Wild Things”
Writers: Alessia Cara, Coleridge Tillman, James “Malay” Ho, Thabiso “Tab” Nkjereanye
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown on June 10, 2016.
For “Scars to Your Beautiful”
Writers: Alessia Cara; Warren Felder, Coleridge Tillman, Andrew Wansel
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown, on Oct.14, 2016.
Performer: Alex Nevsky
Writers: Alex Nevsky, Gabriel Gratton and Mathieu Laliberté
Publisher: Editorial Avenue
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Top 100 and Correspondants charts in August 2016.
Performer: Alexe Gaudreault
Writers: Alexe Gaudreault, John Nathaniel, Mariane Cossette-Bacon
Publisher: Productions John Nathaniel
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Top 100 chart on Oct. 6, 2015.
Writers: Alexa “Begonia” Dirks, Matthew Schellenberg
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on Oct. 7, 2016.
Performer: Belly feat. The Weeknd
Writers: Ahmad “Belly” Balshe, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Benjmain Diehl
Publishers: SAL&CO LP, Warner Chappell Music Canada, Songs of SMP
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown on April 29, 2016.
Performer: The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
Writers: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Henry “Cirkut” Walter, Martin “Doc” McKinney, Jason “Daheala” Quenneville, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter
Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada, Songs of SMP, Universal Music Publishing Canada, SAL&CO LP, Éditorial Avenue, Because Publishing
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown on Oct. 28, 2016, and the Nielsen BDS Top 100 All-Format Chart on Nov. 14, 2016.
“C’est la Vie”
Performer: Bobby Bazini
Writers: Bobby Bazini, Martin Terefe
Publishers: Bobby Bazini Publishing, Songs of Universal, West Eight Music Publishing
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Correspondants Anglophone Radio chart on Dec. 20, 2016.
Performer: Ria Mae
Writers: Ria Mae, Luke “Classified” Boyd, James Mullan
Publishers: Nettwerk One Music Canada Ltd., Ria Mae Media Ltd.
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on May 26, 2015.
“What Kind of Love is That?”
Performer: Donovan Woods
Writers: Donovan Woods, Thomas Douglas
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 top 20 on March 21, 2016.
Performer: Dylan Menzie
Writers: Dylan Menzie
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 top 20 chart on June 13, 2016.
“Qu’est-ce que tu dirais?”
Writers: Steve Marin
Publishers: Éditions du Baume, Éditions Marcha
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Top 100 chart on Dec. 1, 2015, and BDS Correspondants chart on Jan. 12, 2016.
“Together We Are One”
Performer: Serena Ryder
Writers: Jasmine Denham, Murray Daigle, Bobby John
Publishers: Bloc Notes Music Publishing, Cymba Music
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on July 10, 2015.
“Talk to Me”
Performer: Kevin Bazinet
Writers: Massimo Izzo, Tino Izzo
Publishers: Éditions Bloc-Notes, Éditions J II Inc.
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Correspondants Anglophone Radio chart on Feb. 9, 2016.
“Karim & le Loup”
Performer: Karim Ouellet
Writers: Karim Ouellet, Claude Bégin
Publisher: Coyote Records
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Top 100 chart on Feb. 16, 2016.
“Celle qui chante”
Performer: Claude Bégin
Writers: Claude Bégin
Publisher: Coyote Records
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Correspondants chart on Nov. 10, 2015.
“Turn Your Love”
Performer: Half Moon Run
Writers: Isaac Symonds, Dylan Phillips, Conner Molander, Devon Portielje
Publisher: Indica Records
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 chart the week of Oct. 30, 2015.
Performer: Hannah Georgas
Writers: Hannah Georgas, Ryan Guldemond
Publishers: peermusic Canada, Universal Music Publishing Canada
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on May 20, 2016.
Performer: Joel Plaskett
Writers: Joel Plaskett
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart on March 18, 2015.
“Ne me laisse pas tomber”
Performer: King Melrose
Writers: Sébastien “King Melrose” Côté, Sylvain Michel
Publishers: Éditions Cent Noms, Éditions Deux Roues
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Correspondants chart on Feb. 28, 2016.
Performer: Rock City feat. Adam Levine
Writers: Henry “Cirkut” Walter, Cathryn Tenille, Lukas “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Theron “Uptown AP” Thomas, Timothy “A.I.” Thomas
Publishers: (Canadian Sub-Publisher added later) Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada
Reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 on Oct. 10, 2015.
Performer: Katy Perry
Writers: Henry “Cirkut” Walter, Katy Perry, Lukas “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Max Martin, Juicy J, Sarah Hudson
Publishers: (Canadian Sub-Publisher added later) BMG Rights Management Canada
Reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Jan. 30, 2014.
“La moitié de tes secrets”
Performer: Marc Dupré
Writers: Marc Dupré, Nelson Minville
Publishers: Éditions Dama, Éditions Chansons du Suisse
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Correspondants chart on March 22, 2016.
“Lie Lie Lie”
Writers: Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw
Publisher: BMG Rights Management Canada
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart on June 5, 2015 (for “Shade”) and Oct. 9, 2015 (for “Lie Lie Lie”).
Writers: Carolyne Leblanc, Martin Gauthier, Marc-André Binette, François Mathieu
Publisher: Éditions Romast
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Correspondants chart on Oct. 20, 2015.
Performer: Ruth B
Writer: Ruth B (Berhe)
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Reached No. 1 on MuchMusic Countdown Chart on Aug. 19, 2016.
Performer: The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
Writers: Shaun Frank, Ashley Frangipane, Andrew Taggart, Frederic Kennett, Joseph King, Isaac Slade
Publishers: Warner Chappell Music Canada, Regicide Entertainment Inc.
Reached No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 Chart, starting on Sep. 3, 2016 (and five other charts).
Performer: The Strumbellas
Writers: Simon Ward, Jeremy Drury, Jonathan Hembrey, Darryl James, Isabel Ritchie, David Ritter, Joanne Setterington
Publishers: Domino Publishing Company of America, Inc.
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on Oct. 16, 2015.
Performer: Tory Lanez
Writers: Tory Lanez, Andrew Wansel, Arturo Whitfield, Nicole Gilbert, Gordon Chambers, David Hall
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Canada
Reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Hip Hop/R&B chart on Dec. 26, 2015.
“A Little Too Much”
Performer: Shawn Mendes
Writer: Shawn Mendes
Publisher: Mendes Music, Universal Music Publishing Canada
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown Chart on June 12, 2015.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer”
Performer: Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Writers: Shawn Mendes, William Withers, Noel Zancanella, Camila Cabello, Lion of Ido
Publishers: Mendes Music, Universal Music Publishing Canada
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown Chart on March 18, 2016.
Writers: Jacob Hoggard, Brian Howes, Jason Van Poederooyen, Jarett Holmes (for “Lose Control” only)
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Canada, Music of Atlas Holdings, 8 Pack of Lucky Publishing, Cake and Eat It 2 Publishing
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown Chart on March 11, 2016 (“Hello”) and July 22, 2016 (“Lose Control”).
“I Really Like You”
Performer: Carly Rae Jepsen
Writers: Carly Rae Jepsen, Jacob Hindlin, Peter Svensson
Publishers: Jepsen Music, Universal Music Publishing Canada
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown Chart on June 19, 2015.
Writers: Loel Campbell, Tim D’Eon, Paul Murphy
Publishers: D Bones Music, Gosh Yes Music, Silly Old Songs Productions
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart, on Feb. 8, 2016, and the Nielsen BDS Album Rock Chart, on Mar. 14, 2016.
Performer: Yukon Blonde
Writers: James Bull, Graham Jones, Jeffrey Innes, Brandon Scott
Publisher: Nettwerk One Music Canada Ltd.
Reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart on May 1, 2015.
Performer: Drake & Future
Writers: Drake, Future, Metro Boomin
Publishers: EMI April Music Canada Ltd.
Reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Chart on Jan. 16, 2016.
Writers: Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies, Timmy Thomas
Publishers: EMI April Music Canada Ltd., Nyan King Music Ltd.,
Reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Chart on Oct. 31, 2015.
Performer: Autumn Hill
Writers: Dave “Dwave” Thomson, Stephanie Chapman, Christian Rada
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, Dutchess Bakery Music, Songs Write Me
Reached No. 1 on the CMT Canada Countdown Chart on July 24, 2015.
“Raised by a Good Time”
Performer: Steven Lee Olsen
Writers: Steven Lee Olsen, Cary Barlowe, Chris Stevens
Publishers: Cornman Music Publishing
Reached No. 1 on the CMT Canada Countdown Chart on Mar. 4, 2015.
Performer: Majid Jordan
Writers: Majid Al Maskati, Jordan Ullman
Publishers: Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd., Otek South
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown Chart on July 10, 2015.
Performer: Theory of a Deadman
Writers: Tyler Connolly, Dave Brenner, Dean Back, Joey Dandeneau, Jennifer Decilveo
Publishers: Canadiana Music
Reached No. 1 on July 6, 2015.
Performer: Nicki Minaj feat. Drake
Writers: Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Lukas “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Henry “Cirkut” Walter, Jeremy “JMIKE” Coleman
Publishers: EMI April Music
Reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart on Jan 1, 2015, and the MuchMusic Countdown Chart on Apr 17, 2015.
“Where Ya At”
Performer: Future feat. Drake
Writers: Drake, Future, Metro Boomin, Lil Wayne
Publishers: EMI Music Canada
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown Chart on Oct 30, 2015.
“Come On Down”
Performer: High Valley
Writers: Brad Rempel, Jared Crump, Frederick Wilhelm
Publishers: Big Brave Bendito Songs, Centricity Music Publishing, Float Music
Reached No. 1 on the CMT Canada Countdown Chart on Jan. 23, 2016.
“Came Here to Forget”
Performer: Blake Shelton
Writers: Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman
Publishers: Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd., Doc and Maggie Music, Thankful for This Music
Reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart on June 11, 2016.
Writers: Sari “Massari” Abboud, Ahmad “Belly” Balshe, Wassim “SAL” Slaiby
Publisher: SAL&CO LP
Reached No. 1 on the MuchMoreMusic Countdown Chart on Sept. 2, 2005 (for “Be Easy”) and same chart on Jan. 27, 2006 (for “Real Love”).
“Push + Pull”
Performer: July Talk
Writers: Peter Dreimanis, Leah Fay, Josh Warburton, Daniel Miles, Ian Docherty, Thomas D’arcy
Publishers: July Talk Music Inc., Gallery AC Music
Reached No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS Modern Rock Chart on July 4, 2016.
Writer: Alexandre Poulin
Publisher: Les Éditions Gémeaux
Reached No. 1 on Québec’s BDS Top 100 and Correspondants charts on April 26, 2016.
THE 2016 SOCAN SONGWRITING PRIZE
The Songwriting Prize celebrated the best Canadian music written by emerging English and French songwriters over the past year. Since its original inception as the “ECHO Songwriting Prize,” the stature of the award has gone from strength to strength, and is considered throughout the Canadian music ecosystem, and beyond, as the pre-eminent prize for emerging songwriters.
For two weeks, votes were cast online for the English and French nominees’ songs. Fans voted for one of 10 songs nominated by a panel of music industry experts in each of the English- and French-language contests.
Toronto-based indie rock band Fast Romantics won the 2016 English prize for their song “Julia,” written by founding band member, group songwriter, and lead vocalist Matthew Angus. Montréaler Laurence Nerbonne achieved the equivalent Francophone prize for her song “Rêves d’été.”
Fast Romantics and Laurence Nerbonne each took home a $10,000 cash prize, along with a choice between a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar or a Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar from Godin Guitars; a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard from Yamaha Canada; and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.
Fast Romantics visited the SOCAN Toronto office to be presented with their prizes, play an acoustic “SOCAN Session” for our staff, and answer some friendly questions. “We work with a lot of organizations, but SOCAN is the only one where the money flows the other way [to us]! Thank you so much. This really means a lot,” said Angus.
He added, in a SOCAN news release, “I’m surprised and thrilled to hear we’ve won this prize, and beyond honoured to have been included alongside so many spectacular Canadian songwriters. Really, everybody on the list deserved this prize. Big thanks to our fans for voting, to the folks on the panel for selecting us, and to SOCAN for continuing to do stuff like this to help inspire, promote, and protect Canadian music creators. We love ya something fierce!”
Laurence Nerbonne received her cheque and prizes during the Festival d’été de Québec. She said, “I’m really proud to receive the SOCAN Song Award for the song ‘Rêves d’été,’ but mostly really touched that people took the trouble to vote for me.” Laurence added, “I am also very pleased to receive this award from an organization that encourages music creators here and makes sure that our song rights are respected.”
The other nine nominated English songs were:
- “Black Body” – written by Benjamin Addy, Renee Wisdom; performed by Spek Won, featuring Shi Wisdom.
- “Dead or Alive” – written by Jahmarie Adams, Michael Lantz; performed by Jazz Cartier.
- “Desire” – written by Kathleen Monks, Benjamin Reinhartz, James Rowlinson, Elizabeth Ball; performed by Dilly Dally.
- “How Could You Babe” – written by Tobias Jesso Jr.; performed by Tobias Jesso Jr.; published by Universal Music Publishing.
- “No Hurry” – written by Terra Lightfoot; performed by Terra Lightfoot; published by CCS Rights Management Corp.
- “Paradise” – written by Ashton Simmonds, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans, Alexander Sowinski, Matthew Tavares, Leland Whitty, Chester Hansen, Keaven Yazdani; performed by Daniel Ceasar, featuring BADBADNOTGOOD, Sean Leon; published by Reclusive Music Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada, Robinson Heart Publishing, Third Side Music.
- “Pen to Paper” – written by Sean Graham, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter; performed by Modern Space; published by Sony/ATV.
- “Spirits” – written by Simon Ward, Jeremy Drury, Jonathan Hembrey, Darryl G.J. James, Brian Leigh Pickett, David Ritter, Joanne Setterington, Isabel Cunningham Ritchie; performed by The Strumbellas; published by Domino Double Nine.
- “Wendell Walker” – written by Andy Shauf; performed by Andy Shauf; published by Peer International Ltd. (Canada), Music of the Mothership.
The other nine nominated French songs were:
- “Avalanches” – written and performed by Félix Dyotte; published by Coyote Records.
- “Avant de disparaître” – written and performed by Claude Bégin; published by Coyote Records.
- “Crystel” – written and performed by Philippe Brach; published by Les Éditions Equispec.
- “Igloo” – written and performed by Safia Nolin.
- “Les coûteaux à beurre” – written by Mélanie Boulay. Jean-Sébastien Houle; performed by Les soeurs Boulay; published by Les Éditions Dare to Care.
- “Les échardes” – written and performed Charlotte Cardin; published by Corico Arts Inc.
- “Olympe” – written and performed by Rosie Valland; published by Ambiances Ambiguës and David Murphy et Cie.
- “Placebo” – written by Alexe Gaudreault, John Nathaniel, Marian Cossette-Bacon; performed by Alexe Gaudreault; published by John Nathaniel Prod Inc.
- “Saratoga” – written by Chantal Archambault, Michel-Olivier Gasse; performed by Saratoga; published by Ambiances Ambiguës.
The SOCAN Songwriting Prize continues to build its reputation in both French and English as the most prestigious award for emerging Canadian songwriters, and we look forward to showcasing more of Canada’s amazing talent going forward.