25th Anniversary SOCAN Awards celebrate Canada’s immense achievements in music creation

Tom Cochrane presents Gordon Lightfoot with the new SOCAN musical instrument trophy for Lifetime Achievement at the 2014 SOCAN Awards. (Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography)
June 17, 2014

Winners List

Winners Slideshow

The Canadian music industry gathered at the Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto on June 16, 2014, to honour Canada’s most successful songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 25th anniversary edition of the SOCAN Awards. The gala was hosted by CMT Canada’s Paul McGuire and SiriusXM Canada’s Andréanne Sasseville, and sponsored by Gowlings, SiriusXM Canada, Stingray Digital Group , KPMG, RBC and NOW weekly.

Major achievement recipients were:

  • Drake – Global Inspiration Award, directly responsible for a music ecosystem propelling the careers of dozens of songwriters, beat-makers and producers.
  • Gordon Lightfoot – Lifetime Achievement Award, author of nearly 300 published songs, including many of the greatest in the Canadian repertory of classics.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, Tavish Crowe and Josh Ramsay – International Achievement Award, for the worldwide phenomenon of the instant pop classic “Call Me Maybe.”
  • Bill Henderson – Special Achievement Award, for his work as the creative genius behind Chilliwack and his prodigious contributions to Canada’s music industry.
  • Ian Thomas – National Achievement Award, the writer of such enduring Canadian radio hits as “Painted Ladies,” and “Right Before Your Eyes,” who’s had songs covered by Santana, Chicago, Bette Midler and America.


The writers of "Call Me  Maybe" backstage at the 2014 SOCAN Awards (left to right): Tavish Crowe,
Josh Ramsay and Carly Rae Jepsen with SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. (Photo: Tiana Feng)

Each major achievement award winner received the first-ever presentation of SOCAN’s innovative and original trophy, which is also a musical instrument. “The SOCAN” uses five crotales – small, tuned, bronze bell-like instruments made by New Brunswick-based SABIAN. This year The SOCAN is in the key of C, and each year will feature a different selection of notes.

SOCAN members such as Dragonette, Kathleen Edwards and Jill Barber were also on hand to receive their awards.

The packed house was thrilled with numerous live performances, including those by 2013 SOCAN Songwriting prize winner Mo Kenney, who played her winning song “Sucker”; Stephan Moccio, who played a stripped-down version of his huge hit co-write “Wrecking Ball,” which won an International Song Award and SOCAN’s first-ever Online Streaming Award ; Rose Cousins and Whitehorse, who each paid tribute to Gordon Lightfoot with versions of “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Sundown,” respectively, and who were thanked for their strong perfomences by Lightfoot himself; Mia Martina, who played “#HFH”; and Johnny Reid, Alan Frew, Marty Dodson and Glass Tiger, with vocal group Countermeasure, who rocked the house with Reid’s powerful worldwide smash, “Fire it Up,” which won a Country Music Award.


Noah "40" Shebib (left) and Boi-1-Da accept the Global Inspiration Award on behalf of Drake.
(Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography)

"SOCAN has been my partner for 20 years," said five-time 2014 winner Stephan Moccio. "I think I speak for everyone in this room when I say we could not do what we do without this organization." National Achievement Award winner Ian Thomas said, "Performing rights have fed my family and put my kids through university," and added that in the current digital era, SOCAN members need to "stand on guard" to protect those rights.

Special Award winner Bill Henderson said that the thing that's truly special is "when I write and sing a song and it really connects with people." Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib, who (with Boi-1-Da) accepted the rapper's Global Inspiration Award, made the point that almost all of Drake's music is "written by Canadians, produced by Canadians, and recorded by Canadians... We make a conscious effort to keep this here [in Canada and Toronto]."

SOCAN members receiving songwriting honours included: Serena Ryder  for "Stompa" and “What I Wouldn’t Do,” and members of Walk Off the Earth for “Red Hands,” all in the Pop/Rock category; Mark Pellizer of MAGIC! for co-writing "Inner Ninja," in the Urban category; and Deric Ruttan for co-writing the Blake Shelton U.S. No. 1 hit "Mine Would be You," in the Country category. Lawrence Gowan received three SOCAN Classic Awards for “A Criminal Mind,” “Dancing On My Own Ground” and “(You’re A) Strange Animal,” each of which have earned more than 100,000 radio airplays. Similarly, Harlequin won three Classics and Fludd won two.


 

 

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS- "Canadian Girls"

 

Performed by Dean Brody
Writer: Dean Brody
Publisher: Roots 3 Music Inc., ole

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS- "Cool"

 

Performed by Jason Blaine
Writers: Jason Blaine, Deric Ruttan
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - "Cruise"

 

Performed by Florida Georgia Line
Writers: Joey Moi, Tyler Hubbard (BMI), Brian Kelley (BMI), Chase Rice (BMI), Jesse Rice (BMI)
Publisher: Big Loud Bucks

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS- "Fire It Up"

 

Performed by Johnny Reid
Writers: Johnny Reid, Alan Frew, Marty Dodson (BMI)
Publishers: Johnny Mac Entertainment Inc., Frewsongs Inc., ole

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS- Love Me Or Leave Me

 

Performed by Chad Brownlee
Writers: Chad Brownlee, Mitch Merrett, Benjamin Glover (ASCAP)
Publisher: CCS Rights Management, Little Red Bungalow Music Publishing

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS- "Mine Would Be You"

 

Performed by Blake Shelton
Writers: Deric Ruttan, Jessi Alexander (ASCAP), Connie Harrington (BMI)
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - "Nothing But Summer"

 

Performed by Dallas Smith
Joey Moi, Mark Abramson (ASCAP), Joseph Collins (BMI), Christopher Tomkins (ASCAP)
Publisher: Big Loud Bucks

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS- Smoke In The Rain

 

Performed by Chad Brownlee
Writers: Chad Brownlee, Mitch Merrett, Philip Barton (BMI), Brian White (SESAC)
Publishers: CCS Rights Management, Little Red Bungalow Music Publishing

COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS- "Get By"

 

Performed by Tim Hicks
Written by: Tim Hicks, Casey Marshall, Neil Sanderson, Shawn Hamm (BMI), Tyler Hubbard (BMI), Brian Kelly (BMI)
Publishers: Standup Triple Music, Night Hawk Publishing, EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd., Noe Valley Music Rights


DANCE MUSIC AWARDS- "Feel This Moment"

 

Performed by Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
Writers: Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger. Chantal Kreviaziuk, Christina Aguilera (BMI), Magne Furuholmen (PRS). Morten Harket (PRS). Nolan Lambroza (BMI), Armando Pérez (BMI), Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (PRS). Urales Vargas (BMI)
Publishers: Messy Music, Neverwouldathot Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada


DANCE MUSIC AWARDS- "Let It Go"

 

Performed by Dragonette
Writers:Dan Kurtz. Martina Sorbara
Publisher: Dragonette Publishing Inc.. Famous Virgin Inc.

DANCE MUSIC AWARDS- "The Veldt"

 

Performed by deadmau5
Writers: Joel Zimmerman, Christopher Gutierrez (ASCAP)
Publisher: EMI Blackwood Music Canada Inc.

DANCE MUSIC AWARDS- "This Is What It Feels Like"

 

Performed by Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie
Writers: Trevor Guthrie, Armin Van Buuren (BUMA), John Ewbank (BUMA), Benno De Goeij (BUMA), Jenson Vaughan (ASCAP)
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

DOMESTIC ANIMATED TV SERIES MUSIC AWARD

 

Animal Mechanicals
Writer: Blain Morris
Publisher: Halifax Film Music Publishing

DOMESTIC ANIMATED TV SERIES MUSIC AWARD 2013

 

Johnny Test
Writer: Ian Lefeuvre, Ari Posner, Chris Tait
Publisher: Cjar Music Publishing, ole


DOMESTIC FEATURE FILM AWARD 2012- Life of Pi

Written by Mychael Danna
Publisher: Casablanca Media Publishing

DOMESTIC FEATURE FILM AWARD 2013 - Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Writer: Andrew Lockington
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Canada

DOMESTIC MADE FOR TELEVISION FILM MUSIC AWARD 2012

 

Destination: Infestation
Writer: Peter Allen
Publisher: Johnson Production Group, BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

DOMESTIC MADE FOR TELEVISION FILM MUSIC AWARD 2013

Collision Earth
Writer: Michael Neilson
Publisher: EMI April Music Canada Ltd.

DOMESTIC NON-ANIMATED TV SERIES 2012

 

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

FOLK/ROOTS MUSIC AWARD

Kathleen Edwards

HAGOOD HARDY AWARD

Jill Barber

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARDS- "Call Me Maybe"

 

Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen
Writers: Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay
Publishers:  Crowe Music Publishing, Jepsen Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Canada, BMG Rights Management Canada Inc. 

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARDS- "Hold On We're Going Home"

 

Performed by Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Writers: Aubrey Drake Graham, Majid Al Maskati, Jordan Ullman, Paul “Nineteen 85” Jefferies, Noah “40” Shebib
Publishers: EMI April Music Canada Ltd, Kobalt Music Publishing Canada Ltd, Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.



INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARDS- "Wrecking Ball"

 

Performed by Miley Cyrus
Writers: Stephan Moccio. Lukasz Gottwald (ASCAP), Maureen McDonald (ASCAP), Alexander Wallace (PRS), Henry Walter (ASCAP)
Publishers:Sing Little Penguin, Universal Music Publishing Canada

 

INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES MUSIC AWARD 2012

 

Flashpoint
Writers: Amin Bhatia, Ari Posner
Publisher: Pink Sky and Avamar Music

INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES MUSIC AWARD 2013

 

Hawaii Five-0
Writer: Keith Power

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Gordon Lightfoot

MOST PERFORMED FOREIGN SONG AWARD - “Ho Hey”

Performed by The Lumineers
Writers: Jeremy Fraites (BMI), Wesley Schultz (BMI)

NEWS & SPORTS TV PROGRAMMING MUSIC AWARD

 

Sportsnet Connected
Stephan Moccio
Publisher: Rogers Sportsnet Inc.

ONLINE STREAMING AWARD- "Wrecking Ball"

 

Performed by Miley Cyrus
Writers: Stephan Moccio, Lukasz Gottwald (ASCAP), Maureen “MoZella” McDonald (ASCAP), Alexander Wallace (PRS), Henry Walter (ASCAP)
Publishers:Sing Little Penguin, Universal Music Publishing Canada


POP/ROCK AWARDS

 

“Stompa”
“What I Wouldn’t Do”

Performed by Serena Ryder
Writers: Serena Ryder, Lukas Banker (BMI), Jerrod Bettis (ASCAP)
Publisher: Irving Music of Canada

POP/ROCK AWARDS- "Red Hands"

 

Performed by Walk Off the Earth
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Gianni Luminati, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS

“Desperate Measures”
“Fallout”
Performed by Marianas Trench
Writer: Josh Ramsay

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS- "Burning"

 

Performed by Mia Martina
Writers: Mia Martina, Ovidu “Ovi” Bistriceanu
Publisher: Ovi Productions Inc.

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS- "Call Me Maybe"

 

Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen
Writers: Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay
Publishers: Crowe Music Publishing, Jepsen Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Canada, BMG Rights Management Canada Inc. 

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - "Closer"

Performed by Tegan and Sara
Writers: Tegan Quin, Sara Quin, Gregory Kurstin (ASCAP)
Publisher: Naked in a Snowsuit Publishing

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS- "Curiosity"

 

Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen
Writers: Carly Rae Jepsen, Ryan Stewart
Publishers: Jepsen Music Publishing, Ardias Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Canada, Nettwerk One Music Canada Ltd.

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS- "Kiss Goodnight"

 

Performed by Tyler Shaw
Writers: Todd Clark, Tyler Shaw, Stephen Kozmeniuk
Publisher: Fintage Publishing Canada

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS- "One Life"

 

Performed by Hedley
Writers: Jacob Hoggard, Lukas Banker (BMI), Matthew Squire (ASCAP)
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Canada

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS - "Our Song Comes On"

 

Performed by Kristina Maria
Writer: Kristina Maria
Publisher: Éditions Musicales Lupo One Sec 

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS- "When We Stand Together"

 

Performed by Nickelback
Writers: Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Joey Moi
Publishers: Arm Your Dillo Publishing Inc., Black Diesel Music Inc., Moi Music Production Inc., Canadiana Music


SOCAN BREAKOUT AWARD

Ryan Hemsworth

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

 

“A Criminal Mind”
“Dancing On My Own Ground”
“(You’re A) Strange Animal”

Performed by Gowan
Writer: Lawrence Gowan
Publisher: Mark-Cain Music Publishing

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

 

“Brother and Me”
“Turned 21”

Performed by Fludd
Writers: Brian Pilling, Edmund Pilling
Publisher: Underwater Music, Pondwater/Southern Music Publishing Company Canada Ltd.

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

 

“Innocence”
“Thinking of You”
Performed by Harlequin
Writers: Glen Willows, George Belanger, Court Jester Music
Publisher: EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.

SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS

 

“Superstitious Feeling”
Performed by Harlequin
Writers Glen Willows
Publisher: Court Jester Music, EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Bill Henderson

SPECIALTY PROGRAMMING TELEVISION MUSIC AWARD

 

Operation Smile
Writers: Corinne Ashley, Edmund Franks
Publishing: Ivory Songs Publishing


URBAN MUSIC AWARDS- Hold On We're Going Home

 

Performed by Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Writers: Aubrey Drake Graham, Majid Al Maskati, Jordan Ullman, Paul “Nineteen 85” Jefferies, Noah “40” Shebib
Publishers: EMI April Music Canada Ltd. Kobalt Music Publishing Canada Ltd.. Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

URBAN MUSIC AWARDS- "Hurt Me Tomorrow"

 

Performed by K’NAAN
Writers: Keinan Warsame, Evan Bogart (BMI), Ryan Tedder (ASCAP), Noel Zancanella (BMI)
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

URBAN MUSIC AWARDS- Inner Ninja

 

Performed by Classified feat. David Myles
Writers: Luke Boyd, Michael Boyd, David Myles, Mark Pellizzer