SOCAN presents No. 1 Awards to our music publishers

Music publishers and SOCAN staff who attended the SOCAN 2017 year-end meetings. Top, left to right: David Quilico, Jodie Ferneyhough, Janet Baker, Steve Payne, Katharine Perak, Hannah Crook, Daryl Hamilton, Vicki Walters, Seigo Takeshima, Bryce Seefieldt, Aidan D’Aoust, and Andreas Rizek. Bottom, left to right: Jeff Pachman, Madeleine Lowinger, Vivian Barclay, Mark Vanderpol, Rachael Bestard, Aideen O’Brien, Jennifer Beavis, Margaret McGuffin, Vince Degiorgio, Gary Laranja, Olutobi Akinwumi, Michael McCarty, Kim Temple. (ALL photos: Brad Ardley)
December 6, 2017

Canada’s major music publishers were honoured for songs that had achieved No. 1 positions on various airplay charts, in two presentations, held Nov. 28 and 29, 2017, at SOCAN’s Toronto and Vancouver offices, during our annual publishers’ meetings and receptions.

Attending the Nov. 28 meeting at the Toronto office were Vicki Walters and Jennifer Beavis from BMG Rights Management Canada; Mark Vanderpol from ole; Jodie Ferneyhough and Katharine Perak of CCS Rights Management; Janet Baker and David Quilico from Sony/ATV Music Publishing/EMI Music Publishing; Vivian Barclay, Bryce Seefieldt and Aidan D’Aoust from Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.; Hannah Crook and Steve Payne from Casablanca/Red Brick Publishing; Rachel Bestard and Neville Quinlan from peermusic Canada; Andreas Rizek (formerly of SOCAN) from Ultra Music Publishing; Vince Degiorgio from Cymba Music; Kim Temple of Six Shooter Records; Aideen O’Brien from eOne; Margaret McGuffin from the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA); and five guests from New York City: Debbie Rose from Shapiro Bernstein, Jason Cerf from Downtown Music/Songtrust, Madeleine Lowinger from A&E, and Jeff Pachman and Seigo Takeshima of Domino Publishing.

At this meeting, we presented SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards as follows:


Sony/ATV Music Canada Ltd./EMI Music Publishing representatives accept their SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards. Left to Right: SOCAN’s Daryl Hamilton, Peter Fera, and Michael McCarty; Sony/ATV’s David Quilico and Janet Baker.

To Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, for

  • Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese, one of the co-writers of “Not Nice,” performed by PartyNextDoor, which topped the MuchMusic Countdown in January of 2017;
  • Ruth B, whose “Superficial Love” reached the summit of the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 in April of 2017; and
  • Brad Rempel, who co-wrote his band High Valley’s “I Be U Be,” which scaled the peak of the CMT Canada Countdown in May of 2017 (and for which Ultra Music
    Publishing was also, previously, awarded).

To EMI Music Publishing for

  • Drake and Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies, two of the co-writers of “Not Nice,” performed by PartyNextDoor, which topped the MuchMusic Countdown in January of 2017; and
  • the members Arcade Fire, for their song “Everything Now” peaking on the Billboard Triple A chart in July of 2017.


Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd. representatives accept their SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards. Left to Right: SOCAN’s Hamilton, Warner Chappell’s Vivian Barclay, SOCAN’s McCarty, Warner Chappell’s Aidan D’Aoust and Bryce Seefieldt.

To Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd., for

  • PartyNextDoor (Jahron Brathwaite), one of the co-writers of his own song “Not Nice,” which topped the MuchMusic Countdown in January of 2017;
  • PartyNextDoor (Jahron Brathwaite) a second time, as one of the co-writers of “Run Up,” performed by Major Lazer featuring PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj, which reached the top the MuchMusic Countdown chart in June of 2017;
  • Deric Ruttan, one of the co-writers of “Any Ol’ Barstool,” performed by Jason Aldean, which hit the peak of the Nielsen BDS Country chart in March of 2017;
  • Aaron Goodvin, one of the co-writers of “When a Momma’s Boy Meets a Daddy’s Girl,” performed by Aaron Pritchett, which scaled the summit of the CMT Canada Countdown chart in May of 2017;
  • Shaun Frank, one of the co-writers of “Easy Go,” performed by Grandtheft featuring Delaney Jane, which reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown chart in may of 2017; and
  • The members of Theory of a Deadman, for co-writing “Rx (Medicate),” which topped the Mediabase US Rock chart for four weeks straight in October of 2017.


CCS Rights Management representatives accept their SOCAN No. 1 Song Award. Left to Right: SOCAN’s Hamilton, CCS’s Jodie Ferneyhough and Katharine Perak, and SOCAN’s McCarty.

To CCS Rights Management, for Gavin Brown and Inside Pocket Publishing, one of the co-writers and co-publishers, respectively, of “Raging Bull” by One Bad Son, which reached No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS mainstream Rock chart in May of 2017.

BMG Rights Management Canada representatives accept their SOCAN Award. Left to Right: SOCAN’s Hamilton, BMG’s Jennifer Beavis, SOCAN’s McCarty, BMG’s Vicki Walters (formerly of SOCAN).


We also presented the 2017 SOCAN Francophone Chanson Etrangere/Foreign Song Award, from this year’s Montréal SOCAN Awards, to

BMG Rights Management Canada, for Gianluca Presti co-writing the winning song “Howling at the Moon,” performed by Milow.


Egg Songs/Downtown Music Publishing/Songtrust representatives accept SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards. Left to right: SOCAN’s Stephen Taunt and McCarty, Jason Cerf of Downtown.

To Egg Songs/Downtown Music Publishing, for

  • Three songs co-written by Todd Clark: ““Stompin' Ground,” performed by Tim Hicks, which reached No. 1 on the CMT Canada Countdown Chart in October of 2016; “Got Your Number,” performed by Serena Ryder, which peaked on the MuchMusic Countdown chart in January of 2017; and “Kinda Complicated,” performed by Scott Helman, which climbed to the zenith of the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 in April of 2017 (for which Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada was also, previously, awarded); and
  • Kelly Archer, for co-writing “Somebody Else Will,” performed by Justin Moore, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in September of 2017 (for which publishers BMG Rights Management Canada & ole were also, previously, awarded).

SOCAN similarly held a meeting and reception in Toronto on Nov. 29, 2017, for independent publishers.


Independent Publishers and SOCAN staff who attended the SOCAN 2017 year-end meetings. Left to right: Ross Hardy, Craig Nimens, Brad Machry, Daryl Hamilton, Malcolm Glassford, Gord Dimitreff, Steven Saffer, Tony Tobias, Amy Eligh, Terra Williams, Ryner and Mary Stoetzer, Stephen Taunt, Gary Laranja, Mark Altman.

Attending were Brad Machry from Linus Entertainment/True North Records; Craig Nimens from Sound Ideas; Mark Altman from Morning Music; Tony Tobias from Pangaea; Ross Hardy from hard Music; Amy Eligh from Arts & Crafts; Gord Dimitrieff of Aporia Records; Malcolm Glassford from Hustle Music; Ryner and Mary Stoetzer from Maryner Muzik; Steven Saffer from Abbeywood Music Publishing; and joining via teleconference from Vancouver, Mark Jowett and Amanda Hawkshaw of Nettwerk; Daniel Turcotte of Monstercat; and Shannon Malcolm of Hyvetown Music Publishing.

SOCAN congratulates all of or publishers on their chart-topping efforts!