23rd annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto

Deric Ruttan, Bruce Cockburn and Dean Brody (Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography)
November 20, 2012

Winners List 

Winners Slideshow


The Canadian music industry gathered at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Nov. 19, 2012, to honour many of Canada's most talented songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 23rd annual SOCAN Awards Gala. Hosted in a very lively manner by CTV’s Seamus O’Regan, the SOCAN Awards acknowledged SOCAN members’ outstanding national and international achievements in 2011.

Presented by SOCAN and sponsored by Gowlings, KPMG and NOW weekly, the SOCAN Awards Gala recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian songwriters in pop/rock, dance, urban, country, jazz, folk/roots, classical, film & television, and International categories. Recipients of SOCAN’s major achievement awards this year were Bruce Cockburn, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award; Trooper, who earned the National Achievement Award; and Joel Zimmerman, aka deadmau5, who garnered the International Achievement Award, in recognition of his outstanding worldwide success in 2011.

SOCAN members Dean Brody, Kristina Maria, Alex Cuba, Hedley's Jacob Hoggard, Fefe Dobson, David Myles, Mychael Danna and Bob Ezrin were all in attendance to receive their awards. Performers at the show included electro-pop group Dragonette, who opened the proceedings with a bang; pop tunesmith Hawksley Workman, who lead a three-song medley – with Royal Wood and Serena Ryder – that lit up the night in tribute to  Bruce Cockburn; indie-rock trio Young Rival, who shook the rafters with their viral YouTube sensation “Restless”; and urban star Danny Fernandes, who brought unprecedented hip-hop beats to the refined confines of Roy Thomson Hall.
 


SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste with Dragonette (Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography)
 
The evening was filled with celebration and accolades. SOCAN members receiving songwriting honours included: Three Days Grace for "Lost in You," Michael Bublé and Robert Grant Scott for "Hollywood," and K’NAAN for "The Lazy Song" in the pop/rock category; JRDN for "Like Magic" in the urban music category; and Johnny Reid for "Let’s Go Higher" in the country music category. Bublé and Scott earned a second win with the International Song Award for "Hollywood," while Ra McGuire and Brian Smith of Trooper received three SOCAN Classic Awards for "Janine," "General Hand Grenade" and "Raise A Little Hell," all of which have earned more than 100,000 radio airplays.
 
The evening was also filled with humour. Dragonette’s Martina Sorbara joked that Martin Solveig – the co-writer of her Dance Music Award-winning song “Hello” – deserved “half of this award, or technically, more than half.” Presenter Raoul Bhaneja improvised a little harmonica solo, then joked that he would file a SOCAN Notice of Live Music Performance form online to collect royalties for it. Stephen Chatman, winner of the Jan V. Matajcek new classical music award said that he felt “so fortunate to be standing here, because most classical composers are dead.” Mark Gane, who won a SOCAN Classic Award for writing the Martha & The Muffins hit song “Echo Beach,” allowed that it was only the third song he ever wrote, and that he’s still surprised at its success. Presenter Damhnait Doyle recalled watching Bruce Cockburn from behind the stage at a folk festival, “and all I could think was, ‘Bruce’s ass looks great in those cargo pants.’” At the end of the night, host Seamus O’Regan donned a deadmau5 hoodie, complete with mouse ears and face mask, to introduce a video tribute to the electronic music wizard, who couldn’t attend the show.

On a more serious note, almost all of the awards winners thanked radio for playing their songs, and SOCAN for “fighting for our rights.” Trooper’s Ra McGuire said he was “proud to be part of the Canadian community of songwriters, composers and music-makers.” Bruce Cockburn said the live tribute to his songs made him want to get up and play, and that it was ”great fun to hear those songs performed tonight,” and added that he’s “uncomfortable thinking of myself as having a career…I was just doing what there was to do.”

"Original music brings joy to Canadians," says SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "It's essential to our national pride and culture. Our songwriters and composers continue to create music that is being played both at home and around the world, while our publishers work diligently to expand the markets for Canadian music. We're proud to congratulate all of the SOCAN Award recipients for their accomplishments."
 
SOCAN also recognizes outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala on Nov. 21, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal. A wide-ranging variety of SOCAN members will join host Michel Faubert in celebration of this year’s Francophone SOCAN award recipients.
 

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman)

NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Trooper
(Ra McGuire, Brian Smith) 

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - “Lost In You”

Performed by Three Days Grace
Writers: Adam Gontier, Neil Sanderson., Barry Stock, Brad Walst
Publishers: Blast The Scene Publishing, EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd., Mean Music Publishing Inc.

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - “Alone Again”

Performed by Alyssa Reid
Writers: Jamie Appleby, Alyssa Reid, Raynford “P. Reign” Humphrey, Thomas Kelly (ASCAP), William Steinberg (ASCAP)
Publisher: Wax On Wax Off Publishing

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - “Hollywood”

Performed by Michael Bublé
Writers: Michael Bublé/ , Robert Grant Scott
Publishers: I’m The Last Man Standing Music Inc., Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - “Stuttering”

Performed by Fefe Dobson
Writers: Fefe Dobson, J.R. Rotem (BMI), Claude Kelly (BMI), Michael Mentore (ASCAP)
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - “Can’t Breathe”

Performed by Fefe Dobson
Writers: Fefe Dobson, Bob Ezrin, Thomas Tawgs Salter, Tommy Henriksen (BMI)
Publishers: Irving Music Of Canada, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - " Electric "

Performed by Shawn Desman
Writers: Shawn Desman, Toodeshki Djafari (STIM), Thomas Gustafsson (STIM), Escobar Lira (STIM), Hugo Lira (STIM)
Publisher: Nettwerk One Music Canada Ltd.

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - “Let’s Play”

Performed by Kristina Maria
Writers: Kristina Maria Chalhoub, Kristian Lundin (STIM), Toodeshki Djafari (STIM)
Publisher: Lupo One Publishing

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - “Invincible”

Performed by Hedley
Writers: Jacob Hoggard, Brian Howes, Jason Van Poederooyen
Publishers: 8 Pack Of Lucky Publishing, EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Canada

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - “The Lazy Song”

Performed by Bruno Mars
Writers: K’NAAN, Bruno Mars (ASCAP), Philip Lawrence (ASCAP), Ari Levine (ASCAP)
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - “People Know You by Your First Name”

Performed by Dean Brody
Writers: Dean Brody, Mark Cameron (BMI)
Publishers: Big Loud Bucks, Bluewater Music Canada

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - “Trail in Life”

Performed by Dean Brody
Writer: Dean Brody
Publisher: Big Loud Bucks

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - “Let’s Go Higher”

Performed by Johnny Reid
Writers: Johnny Reid, Brent Maher (ASCAP)
Publishers: Johnny Mac Entertainment Inc., Nettwerk One Music Canada Ltd.

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARD - “Hollywood”

Performed by Michael Bublé
Writers: Michael Bublé, Robert Grant Scott
Publishers: I’m The Last Man Standing Music Inc., Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

DANCE MUSIC AWARD - “Hello”

Performed by Martin Solveig featuring. Dragonette
Writers: Martina Sorbara, Martin Solveig (SACEM)
Publisher: Famous Virgins Inc.

URBAN MUSIC AWARD - “Like Magic”

Performed by JRDN
Writers: JRDN, Bobby Gerongco, Sammy Gerongco, James Burney (BMI), Priya Geddis (ASCAP)
Publishers: EMI April Music Canada Ltd., Songs Of MapleMusic Publishing

DOMESTIC NON-ANIMATED TELEVISION SERIES MUSIC AWARD

Til Debt Do Us Part
Composer: Olaf Pyttlik, Clinton Skibitzky
Publisher: Frantic Films Releasing Inc.

DOMESTIC ANIMATED TELEVISION SERIES MUSIC AWARD

Busytown Mysteries
Composers: Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco
Publishers: Cjar Music Publishing, ole

INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION SERIES MUSIC AWARD

Hawaii Five-O
Composer: Keith Power
Publisher: Sony/ATV Melody Canada

NEWS & SPORTS TELEVISION PROGRAMMING MUSIC AWARD

Canada AM
Composer: Robert Rettberg
Publisher: Agincourt Music Publishing

DOMESTIC FEATURE FILM MUSIC AWARD

Moneyball
Composer: Mychael Danna
Publishers: Soft Pedal, Sony/ATV Songs

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC AWARD

Impact
Composer: Michael Plowman PIC
Publisher: Briar Patch Music Canada

SPECIALTY TELEVISION PROGRAMMING MUSIC AWARD

Plan Canada
Composer: Daniel Friedman
Publisher: Eagle Com Inc.

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

“Oowatanite” PIC
Performed by April Wine
Writer: James Clench
Publisher: Blue Image Music

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

“Rock n Roll is a Vicious Game”
“Say Hello”
Performed by April Wine
Writer: Myles Goodwyn
Publisher: Blue Image Music

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

“Sign of the Gypsy Queen”
Performed by April Wine
Writer: Lorence Hud
Publisher: Irving Music Of Canada

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

“Echo Beach”
Performed by Martha and the Muffins
Writer: Mark Gane
Publisher: EMI April Music Canada Ltd.

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

“Janine”
Performed by Trooper
Writers: Ra McGuire, Brian Smith
Publisher: Randy Bachman Music

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

“General Hand Grenade”
Performed by Trooper
Writers: Ra McGuire, Brian Smith
Publisher: Sony/ATV Songs

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

“Raise A Little Hell”
Performed by Trooper
Writers: Ra McGuire, Brian Smith
Publisher: Sony/ATV Songs

PATRON OF MUSIC AWARD

Skate Canada

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”

Performed by Jake Owen
Writers: Terry Sawchuk, Dylan Altman (BMI), Eric Paslay (ASCAP)
Publisher: Papertown Songs

DOMESTIC MADE FOR TELEVISION FILM MUSIC AWARD

The Stepson
Composer: David Burns
Publisher: Première Bobine Musique

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - “She’s Good for Me”

Performed by Jason McCoy
Writers: Jason McCoy, Deric Ruttan, James Beavers (BMI)
Publishers: Airstrip Songs, Sony/ATV Tunes