SOCAN Awards Shine Bright Lights on Canada’s Music Creators and Publishers

SOCAN Awards Shine Bright Lights on Canada’s Music Creators and Publishers

Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Nineteen85, Ruth B and Andy Kim among those celebrated, with a surprise performance by Snow and Maestro Fresh Wes

Toronto, June 19, 2017 – Songwriters, composers and music publishers behind some of the biggest songs in the world gathered in Toronto tonight – with a who’s-who of Canada’s music ecosystem– for the 2017 SOCAN Awards. The gala ceremony honoured Canada’s music creators and publishers across a wide variety of genres, including Pop, Rock, Film & Television, Urban, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical, and more.

This year, the legendary Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance were honoured, as one of the greatest songwriting teams in music, with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 35 years of songwriting success and excellence. The SOCAN Cultural Impact Award was presented to Andy Kim for the 1969 hit “Sugar, Sugar,” and world-renowned singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith charmed the audience with his rendition of the classic song.

Drake & Bryan Adams
Drake & Bryan Adams

Also in attendance to receive SOCAN achievement awards were pop/rock superstars Hedley (National Achievement Award), Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (Songwriter of the Year Award for his work with international superstar Drake), and Screen Composer of the Year Keith Power, who, in front of movie-clip visuals, performed a live orchestral medley of award-winning film and TV scores.

The SOCAN Awards featured an abundance of memorable performances, starting with Derin Falana & Tay of The Remix Project. Shaun Frank and Delaney Jane discussed the writing of The Chainsmokers’ Billboard chart-topping hit “Closer” before performing the song and Jess Moskaluke gave a brilliant rendition of her JUNO Award-winning “Take Me Home” with cowriter Kelly Archer. Ruth B delivered a stunning cover of Bryan Adams’s “Heaven” and 2017 JUNO Award winners July Talk dazzled the audience with a heartfelt version of Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will.”

Former International Achievement Award winner Carly Rae Jepsen was on hand to present SOCAN Classic Awards to Snow and Maestro Fresh Wes before they closed the show with a surprise, high-energy performance of their respective massive hits, “Informer” and “Let Your Backbone Slide.”

KellyArcher & JessMoskaluke
KellyArcher & JessMoskaluke

SOCAN Awards for most performed songs, inclusive of broadcast and streaming, were presented to Coleman Hell and Tyler Shaw, who each won Pop Music Awards for their respective songs, “2 Heads” and “Wicked.” The Strumbellas, took home a Rock Award for the folk-rock smash radio hit “Spirits”; Billy Talent, accepted a Rock Music Award for “Afraid of Heights”; singer-songwriter Donovan Woods, received the Folk/Roots Award for his contributions in the genre; SonReal, won an Urban Award for “Can I Get A Witness?”; and one of SOCAN’s #ComposersWhoScore, Robert Carli, won for his work on Murdoch Mysteries. Global hits “One Dance” by Drake, Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies, and Noah “40” Shebib, and “Starboy” by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Martin “Doc” McKinney, Jason “Daheala” Quenneville, and Henry “Cirkut” Walter were each honoured with Pop Music Awards.

Ron Sexsmith & Andy Kim
Ron Sexsmith & Andy Kim

“Canadian music creators and publishers continue to achieve great success, both domestically and internationally,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “It is vital that we continue to recognize the achievements of our songwriters, composers, and music publishers, and we’re honoured to congratulate all of tonight’s SOCAN Award recipients for their outstanding accomplishments.”

Hosting the awards was Canadian radio and television personality Arisa Cox, best known as the host of Big Brother Canada. The evening was sponsored by Gowling WLG, KPMG, Long & McQuade,

Music Canada, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and Yamaha Canada. The Unison

Benevolent Fund was the official charity partner.

SOCAN will award Francophone music creators and publishers at a gala in Montréal in October.

A complete list of winners at the 2017 SOCAN Awards in Toronto follows:


SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million

businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers

are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across

Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global

transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is

dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and

publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information:

July Talks
July Talks


Aubrey Drake Graham




Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance


Andy Kim

“Sugar, Sugar”



Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies



Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada


“Lost Boy”

Performed by Ruth B

Ruth B

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada


Performed by Tyler Shaw

Ryan Kowarsky

Tyler Shaw

Alex Vujic / Pilzbury Inc.

“Treat You Better”

Performed by Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes / Mendes Music

Scott Friedman (BMI)

Teddy Geiger (BMI)

Universal Music Publishing Canada

“2 Heads”

Performed by Coleman Hell

Coleman Hell


“Wild Things”

Performed by Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

James Ho (ASCAP)

Thabiso Nkhereanye (ASCAP)

Coleridge Tillman (BMI)

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

“Scars to Your Beautiful”

Performed by Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

Warren Felder (BMI)

Coleridge Tillman (BMI)

Andrew Wansel (BMI)

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada “Hello”

Performed by Hedley

Jacob Hoggard

Brian Howes / Cake & Eat It 2 Publishing

Jason Van Poederooyen / 8 Pack of Lucky Publishing

Atlas Music Publishing LLC

Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

Universal Music Publishing Canada


Performed by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk

Martin “Doc” McKinney

Jason “Daheala” Quenneville

Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye

Henry “Cirkut” Walter

Thomas Bangalter (BMI)

Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem Christo (BMI)

Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada


SONGS Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Canada

“Lay You Down Easy”

Performed by MAGIC! featuring Sean Paul

Nasri Atweh

Adam Messinger / Messy Music

Mark Pellizzer / Mark Pelli Music Inc.

Ben Spivak

Alex Tanas

Sean Paul (ASCAP)

BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

Universal Music Publishing Canada

“One Dance”

Performed by Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla

Aubrey Drake Graham

Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies

Noah “40” Shebib

Ayodeji Balogun (COSON)

Cory Johnson (PRS)

Errol Reid (PRS)

Luke Reid (PRS)

Kyla Smith (PRS)

EMI April Music Canada Ltd.

Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

Nyan King Music Ltd.

“Too Good”

Performed by Drake featuring Rihanna

Aubrey Drake Graham

Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies

Terence Lam


Adam Randall Martin

Dwayne Chin-Quee (ASCAP)

Robyn Fenty (BMI)

Andrew Hershey (ASCAP)

Andrae Sutherland (BMI)

EMI April Music Canada Ltd.

Nyan King Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada




Performed by The Chainsmokersfeaturing Halsey

Shaun Frank / Regicide Entertainment IncAshley Frangipane (BMI)Frederic Kennett (ASCAP)Joseph King (ASCAP)Isaac Slade (ASCAP)Andrew Taggart (ASCAP).Canadiana Music

“Dancing Kizomba”

Performed byAlx Veliz

Alx VelizMedylandiaArchitectof DreamsKobalt Music Publishing Ltd.CanadaWalt Disney Music of Canada Ltd.


“Came Here to Forget”

Performed byBlake Shelton

Deric Ruttan / Doc& Maggie MusicCraig Wiseman (ASCAP)THiS MusicWarner ChappellMusic CanadaLtd.

“Take Me Home”

Performed by Jess Moskaluke

Jess MoskalukeKelly ArcherEmily Shackelton (BMI)CCS Rights Management Corp.Downtown Music CanadaLittle Auburn Bungalow MusicPublishing

“Lawn Chair Lazy”

Performed by The JamesBarkerBand

James BarkerGavin SlateTravis Woodole



Keith PowerSeven24 Films Inc.Dynamo Films Inc.


Robert CarliShaftesbury MusicSony/ATV MusicPublishing Canada


BorderSecurity: Canada’s Front Line

Greg FisherDerek TreffryeOne TV Unscripted

Leave it to Bryan

Peter ChapmanSI EntertainmentProductionsInc.

Sportsnet Central

Stephan Moccio /Sing Little PenguinRogers Sportsnet Inc.Universal MusicPublishing Canada


Daniel Tiger’sNeighborhood

James ChappleGraeme CorniesDavid KellyBrian Pickett

TheAdventures of NapkinMan!

Trevor AllanJody ColeroPeterCoulman (posthumous)Ian LeFeuvreThomas ThorneyBreakthrough Publishing Inc.ole


Killer Photo

Christopher NickelMRD -Music Revenue DataROP Musique

William ShatnerPresents:Chaos on the Bridge

Catalin Marin


San Andreas

Andrew LockingtonNew Line Music Corp (BMI)Sub-published in Canada byUniversal MusicPublishing Canada

Percy Jackson: Sea ofMonsters

AndrewLockingtonFox Film Music Corp (BMI)Sub-published in Canada byCasablanca Media Publishing Inc.


Paw Patrol

James ChappleGraeme CorniesDavid KellyBrian PickettPublished by Spin Master Ltd.Administered worldwide by CCSRights Management Canada

Hawaii Five-O

Keith PowerPublished by BeverlyfaxMusicInc. (BMI)Sub-published in Canada bySony/ATV MusicPublishing Canada


The Good Dinosaur

Jeff Danna

Mychael Danna

Walt Disney Music of Canada Ltd.

San Andreas

Andrew Lockington

New Line Music Corp (BMI)

Sub-published in Canada by Universal Music Publishing Canada


“Afraid of Heights”

Performed by Billy Talent

Ian D’sa

Jonathan Gallant

Ben Kowalewicz

Aaron Solowoniuk / Dudebox Music

EMI April Music Canada Ltd.


Performed by The Strumbellas

Jeremy Drury

Jonathan Hembrey

Darryl James

Brian Pickett

David Ritter

Joanne Setterington

Simon Ward

Isabel Ritchie (ASCAP)

Domino Double Nine


Performed by Wintersleep

Loel Campbell / Gosh Yes Music

Tim D’eon / D Bones Music

Paul Murphy / Silly Old Songs Productions

“Push + Pull”

Performed by July Talk

Thomas Knox D’arcy

Ian Matthew Docherty

Peter Goyette Dreimanis

Leah Fay Goldstein

Josh Earl Warburton

Daniel Patrick Thomas Miles

Arts & Crafts Music

Third Side Music

July Talk Music



Performed by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

Shaun Frank

Ashley Frangipane (ASCAP)

Frederic Kennett (ASCAP)

Joseph King (ASCAP)

Isaac Slade (ASCAP) Andrew Taggart (ASCAP) Regicide Entertainment Inc.

Canadiana Music



Performed by Snow

Darrin Kenneth O’Brien

“High School Confidential”

Performed by Rough Trade

Carole Pope

Kevan Staples

Mummy Dust Music Ltd.

“Hurts to Love You”

Performed by The Philosopher Kings

Gerald Eaton / Mawga Dawg Inc.

Craig Hunter

James Brian McCollum / Memilo Music

Jason Levine / / Mental Case Music Ltd.

Jonathan Levine / Old Schul Music Inc.

Brian “Sweetwesty” West / Worldwide West Music Inc.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

“Do Ya”

Performed by Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts

Barney Bentall

Michael Crozier / Grievous Angel Music

David Reimer

Middle Kingdom Music Ltd.



“Something to Live for”

Performed by Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts

Barney Bentall

Gary Fraser

Middle Kingdom Music Ltd.

“Let Your Backbone Slide”

Performed by Maestro Fresh Wes

Anthony Davis / Tasting Music

Peter Davis

Wesley Williams

BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

Warner Chappell Music Canada

Songs by

BRYAN ADAMS / Adams Communications Inc. / Adams Communications Inc. II


JIM VALLANCE / Some Guy Songs

“Heat of the Night”

“Kids Wanna Rock”

“Lonely Nights”

“One Night Love Affair”

Performed by Bryan Adams

Almo Music of Canada

Irving Music of Canada

“Do I Have to Say the Words?”

Performed by Bryan Adams

Robert John “Mutt” Lange (PRS)

Almo Music of Canada

“Edge of a Dream”

Performed by Joe Cocker

Almo Music of Canada

Irving Music of Canada

“Teacher, Teacher”

Performed by 38 Special

Almo Music of Canada

Irving Music of Canada

Songs by

BRYAN ADAMS / Adams Communications Inc. II / Badams Music Ltd.

“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”

Performed by Bryan Adams

Michael Kamen (BMI)

Robert John “Mutt” Lange (PRS)

Almo Music of Canada

“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”

Performed by Bryan Adams

Michael Kamen (BMI)

Robert John “Mutt” Lange (PRS)


“When You’re Gone”

Performed by Bryan Adams featuring Melanie C.

Eliot Kennedy (PRS)

Songs by

JIM VALLANCE / Some Guy Songs

“Deuces Are Wild”

Performed by Aerosmith

Jim Vallance

Steven Tyler (ASCAP)

Almo Music of Canada

“Rag Doll”

Performed by Aerosmith

Jim Vallance

Joe Perry (ASCAP)

Steven Tyler (ASCAP)

Holly Night (ASCAP)

Almo Music of Canada

“Spaceship Superstar”

Performed by Prism

EMI Blackwood Music Canada

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