SOCAN reception celebrates 2017 Canadian Screen Awards music category nominees

Canadian Screen Awards 2017 winner Robert Carli, photographed during the SOCAN reception for our nominated members, held March 10, 2017, at The Hazelton Hotel in downtown Toronto. (Photo: Tiana Feng)
March 13, 2017

SOCAN celebrated our members nominated in the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, with a reception at the Hazelton Hotel in downtown Toronto on March 10, 2017.

Among the attendees were Robert Carli, who won Best Original Music Score for a TV Program, for his work on the TV movie Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas; and Steve London, who (with David Braid and Todor Kobakov, both of whom couldn’t attend) won Best Original Score in a Film for their work on Born to Be Blue.

Other attending nominees included Lesley Barber, nominated for her work on the non-fiction TV program How to Change the World (and best-known for her score to the Oscar-winning movie Manchester by the Sea); viral sensation Peter Chapman (a.k.a. Coins), nominated for his work with Robert Carli on the TV program Wynonna Earp; Geoff Bennett and Andre Hirz, nominated (along with Mary Margaret O’Hara) for their work on the film Moose: A Year in the Life of a Twig Eater; Michael White, nominated for his work on the Norwegian-filmed movie HEVN (Revenge); and Jeff Toyne, nominated for his work on the TV movie Love Under the Stars.

During the reception, SOCAN presented a No. 1 Song Award to Matthew Schellenberg, nominated for Best Original Song in a Film, for “Draw Blood,” which he wrote for the movie Lovesick. The No. 1 Award honoured his song “Juniper" (co-written with Begonia, who performed it) reaching No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on Oct. 7, 2016.

At the reception, SOCAN conducted video interviews with almost all of the aforementioned #ComposersWhoScore, so keep watching as we upload the results.

Among the SOCAN member 2017 Canadian Screen Awards winners unable to attend the SOCAN reception were Trevor Yuile, who won Best Original Music Score for a Series, for Orphan Black - "The Scandal of Altruism" episode; David Braid, who won Best Original Song in a Film for “Could Have Been” from Born to Be Blue; and Todor Kobakov, who (with Braid and Steve London) won Best Original Score in a Film for their work on Born to Be Blue.

"The work of screen composers is very important to SOCAN," said SOCAN president Stan Meissner as he addressed the reception. "So this week, we launched a #ComposersWhoScore campaign to raise awareness of our film & TV composers. We've posted profiles of our SOCAN member CSA nominees this week, category by category, on, and disseminated it on social media. We hope to foster greater respect for, and understanding of, the huge artistic and economic value of the work that screen composers do."

In addition to Meissner, SOCAN executive attendees included A&R Director Rodney Murphy and Board members Victor Davies and Glenn Morley (President of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada).