Andy Shauf wins SOCAN songwriter honour, two others, at 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards

Andy Shauf (centre), flanked by SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron (left) and his manager Jon Bartlett of Kelp Management (right), pictured after winning both the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year Award and the SOCAN Foundation-sponsored Pop Artist of the Year Award, at the 2017 edition of Western Canadian Music Awards, held during BreakOut West. He would go on to win a third award for Recording of the Year.
September 19, 2017

Indie popster Andy Shauf  won the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year Award for his song “The Magician,” at the 2017 edition of the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) in Edmonton on Sept. 14, during the BreakOut West conference. The same night, Shauf also won the Pop Artist of the Year honours, presented by The SOCAN Foundation; two days later, at the Industry Awards Brunch, he was recognized a third time, with his album The Party earning the Recording of the Year status.

In his second Hall of Fame induction in one week (the first was into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame at the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards), Paul Brandt was enshrined in the Western Canadian Music Association Hall of Fame, and he was there to accept his honour and to perform at the Industry Awards Brunch.


Paul Brandt performs at the 2017 WCMAs Industry Awards Brunch, just after his second Hall of Fame induction in one week.

Among the other winners were Jordan Nobles, who won the Classical Composition of the Year honour, for his piece Immersion; iskwé, who earned the Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year Award; and Nuela Charles, who took home the Urban Artrist of the Year recognition. The complete list of winners is available here.

SOCAN also presented a Song House writing camp during BreakOut West 2017, allowing our member participants the opportunity to develop the craft of writing a hit song.