The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is a 130,000 member non-profit organization that represents Canadian performance rights. At Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle, the organization recently held its 26th annual awards gala in celebration of great Canadian music creators. Highlights included a performance by Cold Specks of Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes” which was co-written by Canada’s Warren Pash. The song was awarded for its achievement of 100,000 spins on Canadian radio. The night was not all about honouring classic music, however. Many newcomers were awarded as well, Kiesza, MAGIC!, and Shawn Mendes among them. More information on the night, photos, and a complete awards list can be found here.
Extraordinary singer-songwriter Salomé Leclerc was selected by a jury of both journalists and industry representatives as the 2015 winner of the prestigious Prix Félix-Leclerc. For the first time, SOCAN became involved, by awarding Salomé with a cash prize. She also won the 2014 Rapsat-Lelièvre Award. More details can be found here.