Gala Trille Or, 2023, Sara Dendane, SOCAN

Sara Dendane (SOCAN)

The Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) presented 10 awards at the Babs Asper Theatre of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, on Sept. 9, 2023, during the 12th annual edition of the Gala Trille Or – a major artistic recognition ceremony for the French-Canadian music industry.

The awards were presented in a show directed by Kristell Le Nôtre and Mario Lepage, and hosted by radio on-air personality Éric Robitaille. Two prizes each were won by Saskatchewan Francophone Étienne Fletcher, and Beau Nectar, a duo formed by éemi, originally from Saskatchewan, and Marie-Clo, originally from Ontario. Anique Granger won in the prestigious Author (Lyricist) and/or Composer category, receiving a $1,000 SOCAN cash prize from Sara Dendane, SOCAN’s Creative Relations and Partnerships Manager.

The evening included several performances, the highlight of which was one by Mehdi Cayenne – winner of six Trille Or awards in 2021—who performed the Franco-Ontarian anthem “Notre Place,” written by François Dubé and Paul Demers, that was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during the ceremony.

Several other prizes were awarded during the two Célébration Trille Or events that preceded the gala, and you can consult the list here for those on September 7 and here for those on September 8.


The winners of the 2023 Gala des prix Trille Or are:

Author and/or composer—With a $1,000 cash prize from SOCAN
Anique Granger

Solo artist
Étienne Fletcher

Les Rats d’Swompe

Beau Nectar

Etienne Fletcher for Entre-deux

Beau Nectar for Two Lips Pt. I

Best Song
“Le noyer” by Beau Nectar

Live show

Music video
“Les années” ft. Témé Tan by Ponteix

Fan Favourite Award
Reney Ray

Congratulations to all the winners! For more information on the winners and nominated artists, visit

SOCAN presented singer-songwriter JP Saxe with a No. 1 Song Award for writing “I Don’t Miss You,” which scaled the peak of the CBC Music Top 20 on June 8, 2023.

“I Don’t Miss You”  is co-written by John Mayer and Malay (aka James Ho). SOCAN presented the award to Saxe on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, at the downtown offices of Sony Music in Toronto’s Liberty Village.

The trophy was proffered by SOCAN Creative Executive Houtan Hodania, and Saxe was accompanied by his manager Ramsey Ghazzawi, of AG Artists.

SOCAN congratulates JP Saxe on this great achievement!

JP Saxe, I Don't Miss You

Select the image to play the YouTube video of the JP Saxe song “I Don’t Miss You”



A new Employee Equity Census on diversity in the workplace at SOCAN has yielded some encouraging results, including better-than-average representation for both women and racialized groups, in addition to our already strong bilingual service to our members.

Among the findings:

  • Eighty-six percent of SOCAN employees responded to the census.
  • More than half (58%, or about 6 out of 10 people) of the respondents identify as women, compared to 51% of the Canadian population, according to a 2021 Canadian Census.
  • The proportion of surveyed SOCAN employees that identify as members of a racialized group (32% about 3 out of 10 people) is significantly higher than that among the Canadian population (22%).
  • Of the census respondents, 5.7% in SOCAN’s Membership Department identify as coming from an Indigenous/ancestorial background, compared to 5% in the Canadian population.
  • Seven percent (or about 1 in 14 people) of respondents identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, queer, two-spirit, or an analogous term, compared to four percent of the Canadian population.
  • Nearly half (48%) of respondents also speak a language other than English or French, including (17 languages, in alphabetical order): Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Ukrainian, and Urdu.

SOCAN is very happy to have such strong multilingual representation, and beyond the census results, we discovered that more than half (51%) of the SOCAN member-facing employees in Montréal, Vancouver, and Toronto, who connect with our members every day are bilingual. We’ve always been pleased and proud to provide SOCAN members with the ability to be served in their preferred language, and we’re committed to ensuring that employees continue to meet this expectation.

SOCAN is proud to be home to such diversity in culture and experiences, and we’re continuing to make strides.  Despite strong representation in several areas, we’ve identified those where we need to improve. We look forward to creating opportunities for diverse representation in the leadership talent pipeline and organizational decision making, and ongoing efforts to de-stigmatize disabilities.

Please stay tuned as we monitor our progress and continue to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion at SOCAN.