Three Days Grace, "The Mountain", "Infra-Red", Hyvetown Music Publishing, Yaletown Financial Management, Patrick Zulinov, Janice Staub

Left to right: SOCAN’s Michael McCarty, Yaletown’s Janice Staub, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, SOCAN’s Racquel Villagante, Hyvetown’s Patrick Zulinov, SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy.

About 220 of our members and other music business stakeholders gathered at a SOCAN Family & Friends Bash in Vancouver, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2018, to meet with our staff, connect with each other, and enjoy some sparkling wine, an open bar, hors-d’œuvres, pizza, and salad. Held at Waterview, under the Granville Bridge, the reception drew a wide variety of members from across all ages and musical genres, as well as industry tastemakers and key influencers.

Four SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards were presented at the beginning of the night. Two were earned by four-time JUNO Award winners Three Days Grace, who’ve now enjoyed 14 No. 1 songs at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart – officially breaking Van Halen’s two-decade record topping it.

“The Mountain,” which scaled the peak of the chart on March 31, 2018, was co-written by Gavin Brown, and band members Neil Sanderson, Barry Stock, Brad Walst, and Matthew Walst. The song is co-published by Hyvetown Music Publishing, CCS Rights Management, and Wixen Music Canada. The band’s song “Infra-Red” also reached the top of the chart, on Sept. 15, 2018, and is co-written by Brown, Sanderson, Stock, and the Walst brothers, as well as Dan Kanter and Isaiah Steinberg. It’s also published by Hyvetown, CCS, and Wixen.

Accepting both awards were Patrick Zulinov and Janice Staub from Hyvetown. (Staub is also a member of SOCAN’s current Board of Directors.)

Jill Barber, Ryan Guldemond, "Girl's Gotta Do"

Left to right: SOCAN’s Racquel Villagante, Ryan Guldemond, Jill Barber, SOCAN’s Coralie Hummel and Erica Grayson

Jill Barber and Ryan Guldemond were pleased to accept their SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for co-writing “Girl’s Gotta Do,” which topped the CBC Music Top 20 on May 31, 2018. The song is published by Universal Music Publishing Group Canada. Also on hand to cheer on the presentation was a contingent from Watchdog Management – which oversees Guldemond’s musical career – that included Sarah Fenton, Rick Richardson, Kassia Edwards, Gillian Tringham, and Anastasia DeRosa.

“Thank you to SOCAN for the No. 1 song award tonight, and to CBC Music for spinning ‘Girl’s Gotta Do’ into the number one position,” said Barber. “It sure feels good to be acknowledged by our peers, and celebrate the ability to give a song limbs to climb.”

Laura Mitic was similarly honoured with a No. 1 Award for her song “Roots,” which reached the zenith of

the CBC Music Top 20 on April 19, 2018, in a recording by Mitic with her band, Carmanah – whose members also attended the gathering, to celebrate the occasion.

SOCAN members Etienne Siew, Alex Maher, Teo Van Raalte, and Stephanie Ratcliff all expressed their appreciation for the chance to

Laura Mitic, Carmanah, "Roots"

Left to right: Carmanah’s Pat Ferguson, SOCAN’s Racquel Villagante, Laura Mitic, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, SOCAN’s Coralie Hummel, Carmanah’s Marek Olsen

network, and share their perspectives, at the event. Attendees also included The Faceplants’ Dan Botch, as well as Cassie Dasilva (who flew in from Los Angeles), both alumni of SOCAN’s West Coast-based Kenekt Song Camps.

Attending on behalf of SOCAN were CEO Eric Baptiste and President of the Board of Directors Marc Ouellette, as well as Michael McCarty, Rodney Murphy, Erica Grayson, Racquel Villagante, Gary Laranja, Coralie Hummel, Pat Mueller, Paul Tansey, Craig Horton, Lea Faradian, and Sara Pavilionis.


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The relentlessly successful Drake has earned seven nominations – the most among our members this year – for the 61st annual Grammy Awards, to be held Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, and broadcast live, worldwide, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes

“God’s Plan” has earned Drake nominations for both Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Rap Song, while his Scorpion album is up for Album of the Year, as both the artist and one of the songwriters. His contribution to “Sicko Mode” – recorded by himself, Travi$ Scott, Big Hawk, and Swae Lee – has been honoured with candidacies for both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

Boi-1da, a.k.a. Matthew Samuels, has earned a nomination as Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, for his work with longtime musical colleague Drake, Cardi B, Beyoncé and Jay-Z (The Carters), Eminem featuring Joyner Lucas, and G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B.. Boi-1da is also listed as the producer and/or songwriter on both “God’s Plan” and Scorpion, connecting him to another four nominations. He’s also one of the songwriters of “Lucky You,” by Eminem featuring Joyner Lucas, which is nominated for Best Rap Song.

Ever-present Drake producer Noah “40” Shebib is similarly one of the producers and/or songwriters on both “God’s Plan” and Scorpion, which connects him to those four Drake nominations. Noel “Gadget” Campbell, one of the engineers/mixers on “God’s Plan” and Scorpion, is connected to Drake’s Record and Album of the Year nominations.

Shawn Mendes has earned two nominations: one in the Best Pop Vocal Album category, for his album Shawn Mendes, and one for “In My Blood,” nominated for Song of the Year. The song is co-written with SOCAN member Geoffrey Warburton and two other songwriters. Daniel Caesar shares a nomination as a featured guest with H.E.R. on “Best Part,” which has been tipped in the category of Best R&B Performance. The song is also included on H.E.R., which is up for Best R&B Album. Diana Krall earns a nod in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, for Love is Here to Stay (a duets album with Tony Bennett).

Diana Krall

Diana Krall

Other SOCAN member nominees include:

  • Chromeo, the duo of Patrick Gemayel and David Macklovitch, which is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, for Head Over Heels.
  • Bahamas, who’s nominated in the same category, for Earthtones, along with SOCAN member mastering engineer Philip Shaw Bova.
  • Les Violons du Roy, who are nominated for ARC, in the category of Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

While not nominated, or directly connected to a nomination, star producer Frank Dukes is one of the co-writers of the Camila Cabello worldwide smash hit “Havana,” the live version of which has been recognized with a nod for Best Pop Solo Performance. It’s also included on her album Camila, nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album

Please note that SOCAN is currently reviewing the entire, extensive list of nominations to determine any other member nominees, and may update this article accordingly.

SOCAN congratulates our Grammy-nominated members on this huge achievement!


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SOCAN members Lynne Hanson and Lynn Miles, of The LYNNeS, won the SOCAN-sponsored English Songwriter of the Year honour, for their album Heartbreak Song For The Radio, at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards, held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2018, at The Gateway in Calgary. The duo also earned the Ensemble of the Year Award, based on the same album.

The French Songwriter of the Year Award was presented to Anik Bérubé and Natalie Byrns of the duo Ancolie, and their co-writers Christian Bernard and Frédéric Joyal, for their album, Le soleil en bulle. The group Shauit received the Indigenous Songwriter of the Year honour for their album Apu peikussiakᵘ.

The duo of Pharis & Jason Romero were double winners, for Traditional Singer of the Year (to Pharis) and Vocal Group of the Year, on the strength of their album Sweet Old Religion. The Contemporary Album of the Year was Both Ways by Donovan Woods

For more information, and a complete list of nominees and winners, visit the CFMAs website.


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