SOCAN celebrates in L.A. with second annual Canada Day Family & Friends party

SOCAN presents singer-songwriter Simon Wilcox with two No. 1 Song Awards at the 2015 Canada Day Family & friends party in L.A. Left to right: Michael McCarty, SOCAN’s Chief Membership and Business Development Officer; Wilcox; SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste; and SOCAN President Stan Meissner. (Photo: Christopher Fragapane)
July 7, 2015

SOCAN celebrated at the Sunset Marquis in L.A. on July 1, 2015, with its second annual Canada Day Family & Friends party, presented in association with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.

The Family & Friends event included stellar live performances from L.A.-based acts Allie X, Maggie Szabo (All About Maggie) and Palaye Royale; Montreal’s Marie-Mai, in town for a trio of shows at the House of Blues; and fast-rising stars Milk and Bone, imported from Montreal for the occasion.

The gathering also allowed us to present several SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards: two to Simon Wilcox – for co-writing both the chart-topping Nick Jonas hit “Jealous” and the No. 1 Scott Helman hit “That Sweater” – and one each to Justin Gray, for co-writing “House on Fire,” a No. 1 Billboard dance chart hit for Ryan Cabrera, and Stephan Moccio, for co-writing The Weeknd’s huge hit, “Earned It.” We also presented Jeff Danna – who was unable to attend the 2015 SOCAN Awards in June – with his Achievement in Feature Film Music Award, for his work on The Expatriate.

SOCAN presents Film and TV composer Jeff Danna with his 2015 SOCAN Achievement in Feature Film
Music Award. Pictured are Jeff Danna (centre) flanked by SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste (left) and SOCAN
President Stan Meissner (right). (Photo: Christopher Fragapane)

In attendance at the party, in addition to the awards recipients, were James Villeneuve, Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, who addressed the crowd and talked about Canadian culture and SOCAN; Arthur McArthur; Academy Award winner Mychael Danna (brother of Jeff); Gerald Eaton and Brian West of the Track and Field songwriting/production team; longtime Hedley co-writer/producer Brian Howes; Hawaii 5-0 and Heartland music composer Keith Power; Rachael Kennedy; Ben Wilkins; Clare Reynolds; Jason Murray and the entire Black Box crew, including SonReal and SDTRK; as well as representatives from ASCAP, SESAC, BMI and GMR, and several music publishers, including the Universal Music Publishing Group and Pulse.

Milk and Bone perform at the second annual Canada Day Family & Friends party in Los Angeles. (Photo:
Christopher Fragapane)

The day before the party, SOCAN held its first-ever L.A. Town Hall Members’ Meeting, also at the Sunset Marquis. Local members were updated on SOCAN’s activity, both in general and as it relates specifically to Los Angeles. Attendees heard reports from SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, President Stan Meissner, executives Catharine Saxberg and Michael McCarty, and General Manager, Los Angeles Division, Chad Richardson – all of whom who discussed our international efforts, membership, policies, mandate and structural advances. Also in attendance from SOCAN were executives Jeff King and Gilles Daigle. Members in attendance included Keith Power, Justin Gray, Steve London and others who are very active on the international scene.

At SOCAN’s first-ever L.A. Town Hall Members’ Meeting. Left to right: SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy, singer-
songwriter Justin Gray, film and TV composer Keith Power. (Photo: Chad Richardson)

More photos from the party here.