SOCAN’s fourth annual Spring reception in Montréal is a hit, once again

SOCAN members Seba (left, of duo Seba & Horg) and Hubert Lenoir (right) offered much-appreciated performances during SOCAN’s fourth annual Spring reception in Montréal on March 21, 2018. (ALL Photos: Benoit Rousseau)
March 27, 2018

In what has now become an annual tradition, the fourth edition of SOCAN Montréal’s Spring reception was held on March 21, 2018, as more than 150 people – SOCAN songwriters, lyricists, composers, and music publishers, as well as various movers and shakers of the Québec music ecosystem, and representatives of licensed business – attended the event.

Musical entertainment was provided by hip-hop duo Seba & Horg, who performed their smash hit “Vintage à l’os,” the video for which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times to date on Facebook. Up-and-coming SOCAN member Hubert Lenoir offered the other musical performance, singing intimate, pared-down versions of a few songs from his recent debut album Darlène, in his signature flamboyant style.

As is also the tradition, SOCAN handed out several No. 1 Song Awards to songwriters and music publishers for their recent chart successes. Here’s the list of those honoured by SOCAN throughout the night:

Left to right: David Charest (of SOCAN), Andréanne A. Malette, and SOCAN’s Geneviève Côté, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner , and SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste.

  • Andréanne A. Malette, Productions Nia and David Murphy & Cie, whose song “Ici et ailleurs” reached the top of the Correspondants chart on Dec. 12, 2017.
  • Mathieu Bouchard, Maxime Chouinard, Samuel Paquin and Connor Seidel, as well as Éditions Groupe Artifice (represented by Alex Pouliot), whose songs “Pandora” and “S’enfuir”, recorded by the band Automat, reached the top of the Correspondants chart on June 27, 2017, and Feb. 27, 2018, respectively.

Left to right: Widney Bonfils (SOCAN), Mathieu Bouchard, Samuel Paquin, Alex Pouliot (Éditions Groupe Artifice), President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste.

The Spring reception also allowed us to honour several winners who couldn’t attend the 2017 Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala last October. Claude Bégin and his publisher Rafael Perez of Coyote Records got their Popular Music Awards for their songs “Des cœurs par la tête” and “Karim et le loup”, which he co-authored. Marie Davidson also received her Electronic Music Award.

Left to right: SOCAN’s Geneviève Côté, Claude Bégin, SOCAN’s Nathalie Gagné, Rafael Perez of Coyote Records, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, President of the SOCAN  Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and Gilles Valiquette (former SOCAN President).

Left to right: SOCAN’s Geneviève Côté and Nathalie Gagné, Marie Davidson, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, and President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner.

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, and Geneviève Côté, SOCAN’s Chief of Québec Affairs, also paid homage to the legendary singer-songwriter Gilles Valiquette, who’s retiring from the SOCAN Board of Directors after 26 years of loyal and invaluable service.

Left to right: SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, SOCAN CEO Eric Bapstiste, SOCAN Past President Gilles Valiquette.

SOCAN congratulates all the members on their accomplishments, and wishes everyone a wonderful springtime filled with music!

You can watch the Facebook Live reel of these No. 1 Song Awards on the SOCAN Musique Facebook page. We’ve also created  photo albums of the evening, including pictures from the photo booth that welcomed guests in the lobby of our Montréal office.