Quake Matthews wins SOCAN songwriter honour, one other, at 2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards

Quake Matthews (right) with SOCAN A&R Administrator Melissa Cameron. (Photo: David Hodges)
November 9, 2017

Quake Matthews won the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year honour for his song "Confessions," featuring Neon Dreams, and co-written by Gordie Sampson & J Wellington, at the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards, held Nov. 5, 2017, in Truro, NS. Matthews also earned the Hip-Hop Recording of the Year Award for his project The Search with Kayo.

“This award is extremely special to me for several reasons," said Matthews after the win. “This song was written at the Gordie Sampson Song Camp, and I'm extremely grateful to have have been invited to attend these past two years. That camp has taught me more than I could ever ask for, and I was fortunate enough to work with Gordie, as well as Frank and Corey of Neon Dreams, who are all geniuses in their own respect.”

Besides Matthews, other double winners were Rose Cousins, who garnered the Americana Recording and Solo Recording of the Year awards, and Jules Bangsworth, who earned the DJ and Electronic Artist of the Year honours. Port Cities was the most honoured artist of the night, with five award wins, for Entertainer, Digital Artist, Group Recording, Pop Recording, and Recording of the Year, the last three for their debut album Port Cities. For more information, and a complete list of music winners, click here.

Various SOCAN licensees also won awards in the industry categories, including The Pavilion, for Community Presenter of the Year; The Halifax Jazz Festival, for Event of the Year: Sonic Concerts, for Promoter of the Year; The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, for Venue of the Year; and Halifax Is Burning on CKDU 88.1FM, for Radio Program of the Year; and CKDU itself for Radio Station of the Year.

SOCAN was also on the scene at the well-attended 2017 Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) conference leading up to the awards, connecting with our many East Coast members, and attending daily conference panels and  nightly festival showcase performances.