The song “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus was without a doubt the hit of the summer. That gave us the idea to bring together Matt Lang, winner of the Country Music Award, with FouKi and Claude Bégin of Alaclair Ensemble, winners of the Hip-Hop/Rap Award, all to be presented during the 30th SOCAN Awards Gala in Montréal, on Sept. 22, 2019, at La Tohu. What are their respective accomplishments? What’s their take on “Old Town Road”? Is such a collaboration possible in Québec? What do country and rap have in common, according to them? We asked them all of these questions on the rooftop of SOCAN’s Montréal offices.



SOCAN was pleased and proud to present No. 1 Song Awards to the co-writers of three chart-topping songs, in one four-day timespan: The James Barker Band’s “Keep It Simple,” Tim Hicks’ “What A Song Should Do,” and Shad’s “The Fool Pt. 1.”

SOCAN, No. 1 Song, James Barker Band, Keep It Simple, Melissa Cameron-Passley, Gavin Slate, Rodney Murphy, Todd Calrk, Travis Wood

Left to right: Melissa Cameron-Passley, Gavin Slate, Rodney Murphy, Todd Clark, Travis Wood

SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy and Melissa Cameron-Passley presented the No. 1 Award for JBB’s “Keep It Simple” to co-writers Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, and Todd Clark, after a dinner at Giovanni Ristorante in Nashville, on Sept. 13, 2019, during the city’s Americanafest. “Keep It Simple” reached the top of the Nielsen BDS Country Chart on May 27, 2019, and is co-published by Anthem Entertainment and Downtown Music Publishing.

SOCAN, No. 1 Song Award, Tim Hicks, What A Song Should Do, Melissa Cameron-Passley, Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski, Rodney Murphy

Left to right: Melissa Cameron-Passley, Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski, Rodney Murphy

The next day, also during Americanafest in Nashville, SOCAN’s Murphy and Cameron-Passley presented the No. 1 Award  for Tim Hicks’ “What A Song Should Do” to co-writers Emma-Lee and Karen Kosowski, at a dinner at Husk. The song scaled the peak of the Nielsen BDS Country Chart on June 10, 2019.

“Keep it Simple” co-writer and performer James Barker, and  “What A Song Should Do” co-writer and performer Tim Hicks, were both awarded for their respective songs the week before, during the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards week in Calgary.

SOCAN, No. 1 Song Award, Shad, The Fool Pt. 1, Melissa Cameron-Passley, Phoenix Pagliacci

Left to right: Phoenix Pagliacci, Melissa Cameron-Passley

Back in Toronto, Cameron-Passley presented the No. 1 Award for Shad’s “The Fool Pt. 1” to co-writer Phoenix Pagliacci, during a brunch at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, prior to a CBC Music interview, on Sept. 16, 2019. (Co-writers Shad and Ricardo del Mundo Jr. will be awarded at a later date). “The Fool Pt. 1” attained the zenith of the CBC Music Top 20 chart on  Sept. 13 2018, and is published by Secret City Records.

SOCAN congratulates all of the songwriters and publishers of these chart-topping songs!



Precision and flexibility are the two mantras of Louise Tremblay and James Gelfand, two very prolific creators who’ve composed the music for more than 60 films and 200 series episodes throughout their career; they’ll receive the Screen Composer of the Year Award at the 30th Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala on Sept. 22, 2019, at La Tohu. Their open-mindedness, talent, and rapid turnaround time have built their stellar reputation in the screen music industry. For a decade, the duo (and couple) have scored an average of six feature films or documentaries per year, making sure that they deliver lucid, straightforward works for the commissions with which they’re tasked. Among their most recent and memorable tour de force creations for Canadian productions are Girls’ Night Out, Final Destiny and Darwin. We met at their home in Montréal’s West End – which is, in large part, a composing and recording studio – to learn more about how they started collaborating, and their four-handed creative process.