SOCAN presents awards for “Starboy,” “Hello,” The Good Dinosaur at Canada 150 reception

Duo Bob Moses were among the attendees at the 2017 SOCAN Canada Day party in L.A. Left to right: SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Jimmy Vallance of Bob Moses, Canadian Mountie Constable Kaelan Blacklock, Tom Howie of Bob Moses, SOCAN's Michael McCarty. (All photos: Christopher Fragapane)
July 4, 2017

SOCAN presented awards to the songwriters and music publishers of “The Weeknd’s Starboy,” Hedley’s “Hello,” and the score to The Good Dinosaur, among others, at the Sunset Marquis Hotel Pool Deck in Los Angeles on June 28, 2017. We handed out the plaques during our fourth annual L.A. Family & Friends Canada Day party, presented in association with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.


Manager Nick Jarjour collects a 2017 SOCAN Pop Music Award on behalf of Producer/songwriter Henry “Cirkut” Walter, for co-writing The Weeknd’s “Starboy” at the 2017 SOCAN Canada Day party in L.A. Left to right: SOCAN's Michael McCarty and Rodney Murphy, Nick Jarjour.

The reception, which ran from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., drew more than 150 SOCAN members and key music industry representatives, with a real Mountie on the premises, and an event playlist custom curated by Apple Music – who won the 2017 SOCAN Licensed to Play Award at our gala awards ceremonies a few weeks ago in Toronto.


Professional singer-songwriters were out in force at the 2017 SOCAN Canada Day party in L.A. Left to right: Sophie Rose, Heather Longstaffe, SOCAN’s Chad Richardson, Anjulie, and Shiloh.

The gathering also allowed us to present several SOCAN Awards to members who couldn’t attend the gala, as follows:

  • Producer/songwriter Henry “Cirkuit” Walter won a 2017 SOCAN Pop Music Award for co-writing The Weeknd’s “Starboy.” His award was accepted by manager Nick Jarjour.
  • Frequent Hedley co-writer and engineer Jason Van Poederooyen earned a 2017 SOCAN Pop Music Award for co-writing the band’s “Hello.”
  • Brothers and SOCAN #ComposersWhoScore Mychael Danna (who won an Oscar for his score to Life of Pi) and Jeff Danna, as well as music publisher Walt Disney Music of Canada, won the 2017 SOCAN Achievement in Feature Film Music Award for their work together on The Good Dinosaur. Jeff accepted both awards on behalf of himself and Mychael, while Karen Moore and 
    Ginia Eady-Marshall accepted on behalf of Disney.
  • J Gramm won the 2017 SOCAN Viral Song Award for his co-write, “Broccoli,” which also earned him a SOCAN No.1 Song Award for topping the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart. This award was presented in the hotel lobby at the end of the party.

Songs Music Publishing won a 2017 SOCAN Urban Music Award for “Might Not,” recorded by Belly featuring The Weeknd. This award was presented later in the evening at a private residence.


Drake and Travi$ Scott co-producer and beatmaker Murda Beatz was also at the 2017 SOCAN Canada Day party in L.A. In the photo above, he’s flanked by SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy (left) and Andreas Rizek (right).

In attendance at the party, in addition to the awards recipients, were James Villeneuve, Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles; recent 2017 SOCAN Award winners Jon Levine, Brian “Sweetwesty” West and Gerald Eaton of The Philosopher Kings, Carole Pope, frequent Hedley co-writer and producer Brian Howes, and Alex Tanas of MAGIC!; SOCAN members Shiloh, Anjulie, Ash Koley, Andy Stochansky, Heather Longstaffe, Patrick Lehman, Sophie Rose, Stephan Moccio, and the duo Bob Moses; and representatives from ASCAP, BMI and GMR.


Jeff Danna, one of SOCAN’s #ComposersWhoScore, accepts a 2017 SOCAN Achievement in Feature Film Music Award for his work with his brother Mychael Danna on The Good Dinosaur. Left to right: Jeff Danna, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, SOCAN Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy, and SOCAN President and Chair of the Board Stan Meissner.

Attending for SOCAN were SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste; Chief Membership and Business Development Officer Michael McCarty; Vice President, International Relations, Catharine Saxberg; Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy; Director, International Business Development & Compliance, Steven Ambers; Los Angeles Division General Manager Chad Richardson; National Events Manager Kathryn Hamilton; and A&R Co-Ordinator Andreas Rizek.