What do Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage and Stéphane Venne have in common?

The 2017 inductees into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Clockwise, from top left: Bruce Cockburn, Stéphane Venne, Neil Young, Beau Dommage.
May 16, 2017

On Sept. 23, 2017, after a five-year hiatus, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony returns with four incredible inductees – Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage, and Stéphane Venne – at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall.The bilingual ceremony, presented by Richardson GMP, will feature remarkable tributes and performances from sought-after Canadian artists, including, Arkells, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Damien Robitaille, Daniel Lavoie, Don Ross, Élage Diouf, France D'amour, Florence K, Julie Payette, k.d. lang, Randy Bachman, William Prince and Whitehorse, with additional artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans can expect an exhilarating live show with breathtaking music, moving stories and stunning visuals. Tickets will be available to the public Friday, May 19, starting at 10:00 a.m. via www.cshfinduction.ca and www.masseyhall.com.

"We are thrilled to be back to celebrate the extraordinary careers of Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage, and Stéphane Venne at this year's ceremony at Massey Hall," said Stan Meissner, Chair, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and also President and Chariman of the Board at SOCAN. "These inductees truly highlight the depth and incredible legacy of the songwriting talent we have here in Canada."

The Hal, of Fame is a national, bilingual, non-profit organization, founded to honour and celebrate Canadian songwriters. Since 2003, it has held seven highly successful induction ceremonies focusing on the unique craft of the song and celebrating the value of music in our society. This year's induction ceremony will be recorded for later broadcast by CBC Music in association with ICI Musique.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neil Young is one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer-songwriters of his generation. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s through to the 21st Century, he's never stopped writing, recording, and performing. The multi-platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning artist has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has been honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Bruce Cockburn's illustrious career has spanned more than five decades. Cockburn has deftly captured the joy, pain, fear, and faith of human experience in song, earning him 12 JUNO Awards, a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and he has also been named an Officer of the Order of Canada. "I'm honoured and deeply gratified to have the recognition of my work expressed by my being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. It's a gas!" said Cockburn.

Multi-platinum selling rock band Beau Dommage – consisting of members Marie-Michèle Desrosiers, Michel Rivard, Pierre Huet, Robert Léger, Pierre Bertrand, Michel Hinton, and Réal Desrosiers – broke sales records with their self-titled debut album in 1974. Their second album, Où est passée la noce?, went platinum on the first day of sales. Beau Dommage went on to be the first group to receive the Medal of Honour at the National Assembly of Quebec, and in 2013 they were chosen by Canada Post to be depicted on their own stamp. "For nearly a century, from Madame Bolduc to Louis-Jean Cormier, thousands of Québec artists have sung and still sing, day in, day out – and in French, the very soul of the people," said Beau Dommage. "Beau Dommage is proud to be one link in that chain. To us, this honour underscores the smiling tenacity of la chanson Québécoise."

Acclaimed songwriter, arranger, and producer Stéphane Venne has written more than 400 songs, with 20 of them charting at No. 1, and many among the SOCAN Classics presented for accumulating more than 25,000 radio plays.

"Beyond the ultimate compliment of being inducted in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, I would like to make a wish. I have, for the vast majority of my career, been a writer and composer, with basically no exposure as an artist. I hope my experience can be an inspiration for those who like me, that have something special to contribute thanks to their writing – and nothing but their writing," said Venne.

The Hall of Fame is pleased to acknowledge lead sponsor Richardson GMP, and this year's other event sponsors: ole, SOCAN Foundation, CBC Music, ICI Musique, SOCAN and Gowling WLG, along with the Province of Québec, Québecor and Boucher Guitars.