Ria Mae earns SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for "Bend"

Ria Mae (left) and co-writer Joel Stouffer (right) accept a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for “Bend.” Their third co-writer, Serena Ryder, was unable to attend. (Photo: Jeff Knights)
July 21, 2017

The SOCAN A&R Team surprised co-writers Ria Mae and Joel Stouffer with a No. 1 Song Award for "Bend," which topped the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart on July 13, 2017. "Bend" is written by Mae (who also recorded the song), Stouffer, and Serena Ryder, who’ll be presented with her plaque at a later date.

“Bend” is published by Ria Mae Ltd., Nettwerk Music Group Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada, Serenader Source Inc., and Universal Music Publishing Group Canada.

Left to right: SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron, Ria Mae, Joel Stouffer, SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy and Michael McCarty. Seated: SOCAN’s Andreas Rizek. (Photo: Jeff Knights)

The award was bestowed upon Mae and Stouffer on July 20, 2017, unexpectedly, while they were collaborating on a new song in the Sound Lounge at the SOCAN Toronto office. SOCAN A&R Team representatives on hand to present the award were Michael McCarty, Rodney Murphy, Andreas Rizek, Melissa Cameron, Kathryn Hamilton and Stacey Ottman.