SOCAN Awards 2016 celebrate great Canadian songwriters, composers, film scorers, music publishers

Livin' it up at the SOCAN Awards. Left to right: Lennon & Maisy Stella, Esstbound (a.k.a. Bryan Van Mierlo), SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Kardnal Offishall. (All photos: Grant W. Martin Photography)
June 21, 2016

Winners List

The Sheraton Centre in Toronto was abuzz last night, June 20, 2016, as the Canadian music industry gathered to pay tribute to Canada's best songwriters, composers, film and TV music scorers, lyricists and music publishers at the 2016 SOCAN Awards.

Emceed this year by bestselling author Dave Bidini of The Rheostatics, and sponsored by Gowling WLG, KPMG, HMV, Long & McQuade, Music Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and RBC, the SOCAN Awards honour the accomplishments of the people who create Canadian music, recognizing them in a diverse cross-section of categories: Pop/Rock, Film & Television, Urban, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical, and more.

Shawn Hook performs his winning song "Sound of Your Heart" at the 2016 SOCAN Awards.

SOCAN presented major achievement awards this year to Hockey Night in Canada theme composer Dolores Claman (Cultural Impact Award); Canadian music industry driving force Gary Slaight (Special Achievement Award); global phenomenon The Weeknd (International Achievement Award) and his frequent co-writer Ahmad “Belly” Balshe (Songwriters of the Year); chart-topping teen Alessia Cara (Breakout Award); and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid (National Achievement Award).

The evening included memorable live performances from hit songwriter Shawn Hook, who sang his smash single “Sound of Your Heart”; celebrated singer-songwriter Matt Barber, who played a poignant version of Edward Bear’s “Last Song” (written by Larry Evoy); young sensations Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit TV show Nashville; Crash Test Dummies frontman and creative force Brad Roberts, who performed a medley of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Afternoons & Coffeespoons," his two SOCAN Classics Award-winning songs of the evening; young, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jordan Hart; and Johnny Reid, who sang a passionate version of his song, "What Love Is All About." Throughout the evening, attendees were greatly entertained by a live orchestra that highlighted the outstanding work of our film and television composers.

Producer Bob Ezrin presents Johnny Reid with his 2016 SOCAN National Achievement Award.

Attending to receive their honours were Trevor Guthrie, who won the Dance Music Award for his song, “Summertime”; Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan, who co-wrote Blaine’s hit song “Country Side,” which earned a SOCAN Country Music Award; Pop/Rock Music Award winners Francesco Yates, Jocelyn Alice, and Scott Helman, who won for “Better to be Loved,” “Jackpot,” and “Bungalow,” respectively; San Andreas soundtrack composer Andrew Lockington, who won for Achievement in Feature Film Music; Keith Power, who earned an International TV Series Music award for Hawaii Five-O; Ebony “WondaGurl” Oshunrinde and Bryan “Eestbound” Van Mierlo, who co-wrote the huge Travi$ Scott hit “Antidote,” which won an Urban Music Award, as did Drake's “Hotline Bling,” co-written by Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies; and Simon Wilcox, who won two Pop/Rock Awards, for co-writing both the Nick Jonas global hit “Jealous” and the aforementioned Scott Helman Canadian hit, “Bungalow.”

Hockey legend Doug Gilmour, his wife Sonya, and Alan Frew at the 2016 SOCAN Awards.

"The people who write, compose and publish Canadian music are providing an essential service for our national culture, pride and economy," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "Canadian songwriters and composers are making fantastic music that has made a massive impact, both domestically and throughout the world. Similarly, our music publisher members play a crucial role in expanding the market reach of that great Canadian music. We're pleased and proud to congratulate all of tonight's SOCAN Award recipients for their tremendous accomplishments."

SOCAN will also recognize outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala in September 2016 at Métropolis, in the heart of Montreal.