The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is pleased to announce that Daniel Lavoie will be inducted by Jim Corcoran at its 2022 Gala, hosted by Marie-Mai, at Toronto’s Massey Hall on Sept. 24, 2022. Lavoie will join this year’s illustrious cohort of inductees, which includes Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, Alanis Morissette, and David Foster.

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Born in Dunrea, Manitoba in 1949, Daniel Lavoie is a singer-songwriter, actor, and poet. A citizen of the world, he feeds himself with travel, and relentlessly explores the different avenues available to him. He’s given us a multitude of unforgettable songs, notably “Ils s’aiment,” “La danse du smatte,” “J’ai quitté mon île,” “Tension attention,” “Le pape du rap,” “Qui sait,” “Jours de plaine,” and of course, “Je voudrais voir New York.”

Boasting a career spanning half a century and a discography of 24 albums, he’s one of the most talented singer-songwriters of his generation, and the most esteemed by his peers, in both Québec and France. He’s written countless classics, as well as songs for Luce Dufault, Mireille Mathieu, Maurane, Isabelle Boulay, Bruno Pelletier, Florent Pagny, Lara Fabian, Roch Voisine, Céline Dion, Enzo Enzo, Nana Mouskouri and many others.

His first album À court terme (1975), was produced by Gilles Valiquette, and includes the hit “J’ai quitté mon île.” The general public discovered him in 1979 with Nirvana bleu, whose songs “Angéline,” “La danse du smatte,” and “Boule qui roule” were very popular on radio. Between 1980 and 1981, he won the Male Artist of the Year Félix award twice. In 1983, alongside Daniel Deshaime, he co-produced the album Tension Attention, which went on to win three Félix Awards: Song of the year for “Tension Attention,” Male Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year – Author and/or Singer-Songwriter. The song “Ils s’aiment” sold more than two million copies in Europe and Québec, and was recorded in English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Portuguese. Moreover, the people of France consecrated it as the “Song of the Century” in 1999. In 1985, Lavoie won a Midem d’or in Cannes for “Ils s’aiment,” the Félix for the Artist who has been the Most Successful in the Francophone Market outside of Québec, as well as the Victoire for Best Francophone Album of the Year for Tension Attention.

In September 1988, along with Michel Rivard, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Bruce Springsteen, he participated in Human Rights Now, a benefit show for Amnesty International presented at Montréal’s Olympic Stadium. Released in 1990, the album Long courrier quickly reached the top of the charts, thanks to the songs “Le pape du rap,” “Qui sait,” “Jours de plaine,” and “Long Courrier,” and won the Félix for the Pop-Rock Album of the Year. A tour of Québec followed the release of his album Ici in 1995. Lavoie then explored the world of children’s songs with Le Bébé dragon 1 (which earned him the Félix in the category Children’s Album) and Le Bébé dragon 2.

He then moved to Paris for several months to perform in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris by Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante. The adventure brought new height to the singer’s career; his interpretation of the priest Claude Frollo continued with performances in Montréal, the recording of the English version of Notre-Dame de Paris, additional performances in Paris, and a series of shows in London.

In 2002–2003, Daniel played the character of the aviator in the musical comedy Le Petit Prince, inspired by the famous Antoine de St-Exupéry book. He followed up with the album Comédies humaines, produced by Philippe Eidel.

After a creative break, he released 2007’s Docteur Tendresse, and participated in the project Douze hommes rapaillés (2010) which won the Félix for Show of the Year – Performer, and the Félix for Album of the Year – Contemporary Folk in 2011. In November 2011, he released his 22nd album, J’écoute la radio, which retraces 40 years of his career through 11 fresh takes on his greatest songs.

For a few years, Lavoie worked alongside Laurent Guardo on La Licorne Captive, a contemporary music project with a medieval flavour. Released in 2014 on the prestigious label Le chant du monde/Harmonia Mundi, the album received countless rave reviews. He then participated in the symphonic concerts The Most Beautiful Songs of Notre Dame de Paris with the original team, performing in the largest concert halls of Moscow, Kyiv, St. Petersburg, and Beirut, before a dazzling three-night finale in Paris-Bercy.

The album Mes longs voyages was released in 2016. In recent years, Lavoie has rejoined the cast of Notre Dame de Paris, and travels around the world while continuing to write songs. His mind is always full of projects.

In 2023, Daniel Lavoie will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Tension Attention, which was a huge success in the French-speaking world. The vinyl and CD re-release will be followed by a major tour of Québec.

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In an important decision released last Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the right of all copyright owners to control the making available of their works for on-demand consumption over the internet.  

The case SOCAN v Entertainment Software Association concerned the scope of protection afforded under Canadian copyright law when music, movies, and other content are made available to the public for on-demand streaming and download and considered the meaning of section 2.4(1.1) of the Copyright Act (sometimes called the “making available provision”). This provision came into force in 2012 and expanded the communication right in the Copyright Act to include the act of making content available on demand. 

In the decision, the Supreme Court agreed with SOCAN that a work is communicated to the public as soon as it is made available for on-demand streaming, whether or not any stream actually occurs. The Court also made clear that making a work available for download engages the copyright owner’s exclusive right to authorize the reproduction of the work. Together, the two rights give copyright owners the ability to control the act of making their works available online, consistent with Canada’s obligations under international copyright treaties. 

The Supreme Court further clarified that where a work is made available and then later streamed, those steps form one continuous, compensable act of communication. Therefore, although the Court decided that SOCAN could not collect a new, additional royalty for the initial step of making available, SOCAN will continue to collect performance royalties for the communication of a stream, which now clearly begins when the work is made available. 

“Online platforms attract users and earn revenue by offering on-demand access to huge catalogues of music and other content,” said Jennifer Brown, CEO of SOCAN. “The decision confirms that rights holders are entitled to share in the value created from the moment their works are made available, and to take action immediately if their works are made available without their consent. The Supreme Court may have dismissed SOCAN’s appeal, but the decision is still an important affirmation of our members’ and clients’ rights.” 

SOCAN will continue to work with its members, clients and other stakeholders to ensure that Canadian creators are fairly compensated for the use of their works. 



The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct one of the most successful songwriters of all time, David Foster, on Sept. 24, 2022.  The B.C.-born music veteran has written chart-topping international hits, and songs for culture-defining soundtracks for blockbuster films like The Bodyguard, Urban Cowboy, and St. Elmo’s Fire, as well as classic holiday albums for Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion, to name a few.

Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, including three for Producer of the Year, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and racked up three Oscar nominations for Best Original Song.  For his remarkable catalogue of work spanning more than four decades, he‘ll be honoured during the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Sept. 24, 2022, at Massey Hall in Toronto.  Friends of Foster – including R&B icon Deborah Cox and Chicago’s Neil Donell – will perform his hit songs.

Also at the event, additional performers such as Maurice Moore, winner of the 2021 SOCAN Foundation Black Canadian Music Award, and JUNO nominee of Métis heritage Ruby Waters, have been added to the star-studded tributes for David Foster, and his fellow inductees Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Alanis Morrisette, and Daniel Lavoie.  The Gala will be hosted by singer-songwriter Marie-Mai, who will also perform.

Previously announced performers include Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake, Corey Hart, Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Cardin, and Serena Ryder. For the full list of confirmed performers confirmed to date, go to Tickets are available through Massey Hall.

“David Foster is renowned for his razor-sharp instinct in all aspects of his boundless talent, from songwriting, to composing, to producing, as a musician, and for discovering the next great superstar,” says Stan Meissner, Board Chairman, CSHF.  “His musicality and innovation have created some of the most enduring songs of the century, that have not only been mega chart-toppers, but have been etched in our cultural zeitgeist.”

Foster seems constitutionally incapable of resting on his laurels, and his relentless drive has propelled him throughout his career. Few other individuals can claim to have their fingerprints on more major moments in all of popular music than David Foster. He’s created hit songs and award-winning Gold and Platinum albums for a diverse array of artists, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, and ’N Sync.

As one of the most illustrious composers of our time, Foster’s skill set of writing indelible melodies, and building dramatic moments, has churned out classics such as “The Prayer” (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli), “Through the Fire” (Chaka Khan), “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (Chicago), and “I Have Nothing” (Whitney Houston).  And as one of the most successful songwriters and record producers in history, he has shepherded albums that have collectively sold in the hundreds of millions.

Foster also helped to compose and produce the music for 1985’s “Tears Are Not Enough” to raise money for Ethiopian famine efforts, as well as the 1988 Winter Olympic Games theme song.

Currently, Foster is gearing up to take on Broadway with several projects. These include writing the music for a new musical about the iconic animated character Betty Boop, which will be directed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.

An official feature documentary on his career and life debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) September 2019 and was released on Netflix worldwide.  David Foster: Off The Record is an up close and personal look at the extraordinary career of a producer, composer, and entertainer who has helped sell more than a half billion records working with some of the most successful artists of all time. Powerful and sometimes humorous, the film follows Foster’s relentless ambition, hunger, and rise to the top, as he becomes an iconic producer and songwriter.

Foster has made charitable work his life’s other priority. Meeting with a young girl from his hometown who was awaiting a liver transplant had a profound impact, and led him to create The David Foster Foundation in 1986. Its mission is to provide financial support to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants, along with a focus on organ donor awareness in both Canada and the United States. Four years ago, the Foundation had a mandate to raise $30 million for an endowment. Foster has also volunteered his time and talent to over 400 charities over the past two decades.

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