Please be advised that CSI intends to make, in or after the week of February 14, 2022, an application under section 69 of the Copyright Act to withdraw the following proposed tariffs:

Statement of Royalties to Be Collected by CMRRA-SODRAC Inc. for the Reproduction of Musical Works, In Canada, by Online Music Services for the Years 2014 to 2018.

This constitutes a public notice under s.69.1 of the Copyright Act.

The proposed tariffs can be found on the Copyright Board website at the following link:
https://cb-cda.gc.ca/en/cases-tariffs/filed-tariff-proposals/cmrrasodrac-inc-csi-cmrrasodrac-cmrrasocan



SOCAN is lamenting the loss of SOCAN member and singer-songwriter R. Dean Taylor, who passed away Jan. 7, 2022, at his longtime home in Los Angeles, at the age of 82. He had reportedly been hospitalized with COVID-19 a year ago, but returned home after two weeks, and stayed there ever since, under hospice care.

Taylor is best known for co-writing The Supremes’ 1968 No. 1 song “Love Child” – which was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 – and writing and performing his own international 1970 classic smash hit “Indiana Wants Me,” which made him first white artist in the history of Motown Records to reach No. 1 in the U.S. As a staff writer at Motown, he also co-wrote “I’m Living In Shame” by The Supremes, “All I Need” by The Temptations, “I’ll Turn To Stone” by The Four Tops, and “Just Look What You’ve Done” by Brenda Holloway.

Born and raised in Toronto, Richard Dean Taylor first started singing at the age of 12, performing at various open-air Country & Western shows in the area. In 1960, his first record, “At the High School Dance,” earned airplay on Toronto’s CHUM radio, and across Canada.  He appeared on a CBC dance party TV show, started playing local clubs, and briefly toured in the U.S. A trip to New York City in 1962 resulted in four songs, distributed on the AMY- MALA label.

In 1963, a friend from Detroit called and said he could arrange an audition with a then-up-and-coming record company, Motown Records. Taylor met with Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier – of Motown’s top producing team, Holland-Dozier-Holland – who liked his material and got him signed as a staff songwriter and artist for the label. Taylor and Eddie Holland would sit for hours together, tossing song  ideas back and forth, and coming up with the lyrics for many of the Holland-Dozier-Holland hits.

“Eddie was a fantastic writer, and I really learned a lot from working with him,” said Taylor on his website.  “I wanted to learn everything I could about producing, and started playing tambourine on the Holland-Dozier-Holland sessions.  I played on most of their records, like ‘Standing In the Shadows of Love,’ ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There,’ and many more… Watching Holland-Dozier-Holland produce, and playing with those great musicians now referred to as The Funk Brothers, was more than I could have ever hoped for.”

In 1965, Taylor recorded his own subtle anti-war song, “Let’s Go Somewhere,” and in 1966, “There’s A Ghost In My House.” Motown was more focused on promoting its established acts, so there was little action for the singles in the U.S. But in 1970 in England, a club DJ started playing  “There’s A Ghost In My House,” other dance clubs followed, Motown U.K. released it as a single, and it hit the top of the charts in England and throughout Europe. “Gotta See Jane,” written in 1967, became another English hit.

In 1970, Taylor recorded “Indiana Wants Me,” which he always felt would be a hit record.  Two radio stations broke the record in the U.S., and this time Motown supported Taylor on a promotional tour to radio stations and TV appearances in Michigan, creating a regional hit, which then went national, and then global. “Indiana Wants Me” became a million-selling song,  and climbed to No. 1 on the U.S. charts, making R. Dean Taylor the first white artist in the history of Motown to do so. The song was featured in the opening moments of the 1980 movie, The Ninth Configuration, and is known and loved around the world.

“Gotta See Jane” was re-issued in 1971, and became a Top 10 hit in Canada. Taylor established his own record company, Jane Records, in 1973, but continued working as a writer/producer at Motown until 1976. He attempted a comeback during the early 1980s, after which he went on a hiatus from the music industry. He later built a recording studio at his home in Los Angeles, and worked on an as-yet-unpublished memoir of his time at Motown. His songs continue to receive worldwide airplay, and have been covered by several artists.

SOCAN extends its condolences to Taylor’s wife of 52 years, Janee, as well as his extended family, friends, and fans of his songs throughout the world.



As we look forward to 2022, Words & Music and Paroles & Musique also remember and celebrate 2021, with Top 10 Lists of SOCAN members’ songs from some of our regular contributors, and favourite moments or highlights from some of the members themselves. Happy Holidays!

 

MEMBERS’ FAVOURITE MOMENTS OF 2021

 

Haviah MightyHaviah Mighty, hip-hop/R&B singer, songwriter, performer, entrepreneur, philanthropist
“The release of Stock Exchange was a big highlight for me this year! With restrictions in place for half of it, this was a project I went within to find; navigating my internal emotions about self-love, self-validation, and self-identity. What I found most challenging about this project was conceptualizing ideas with very little ‘new’ experience and lack of studio access for collaboration – an interesting time to take on the role of executive producer. The most exciting part of the process was working with so many incredible artists, and tapping into different sounds and genres. This project really allowed me to explore after 13th Floor, as I continue to develop my sounds and visions.”

 

Roxane BruneauRoxane Bruneau, singer-songwriter
“There’s no doubt that winning four Félix awards was a highlight, so I’ll go with that. But I’m also incredibly proud of all the web content I created for people during the pandemic. I do feel like it was a job well done. I couldn’t save lives during the pandemic, I’m not a doctor, I was ‘useless,’ so I figured my job was to help people forget about what was going on. Some people lived through hell, they lost their jobs, or even loved ones. So when people connected to my free content, my album was free because I wanted people who didn’t have the money anymore to still be able to listen to it. If those people could spend just 10 minutes with me and forget about their troubles, my job was done.”

 

Amin BhatiaAmin Bhatia, screen composer
“This is such a strange and wonderful dilemma, because I have to choose from so many highlights this year. I suppose the double win Canadian Screen Awards with Ari Posner would be the biggest contender, but there have been many notable anniversaries, too: 40 years since I won the Roland Synthesizer Competition, 50 years since immigrating to Canada, and 60 years since I was born. I have so many people to thank for all of this. But if I had to narrow it down to the one most important highlight for 2021, it would be that I got vaccinated! Thank you to all the front-line workers, and to everyone who made the vaccines possible, otherwise none of us would be here to talk about highlights!”

 

CRiCRi, electronic music artist
“Simply put, 2021 was the greatest year of my life. Obviously, because of the release of my album Juvenile, which is an amazing feat. And although it came out at the end of 2020, the whole promotional campaign happened in 2021. 2021 truly was full of opportunities. The second reason was because I bought a house in the Laurentians. I love this new life, living in the forest is amazing; a bit reclusive, but I love it!”

 

Snotty Nose Rez KidsSnotty Nose Rez Kids, Haisla Nation rappers
Quinton “Yung Trybz” Nyce: “Outside of dropping our album, because that was huge for us, just going on our first American tour, finally, after two years. This has been three years, four years in the works, almost, and we finally got to do it. It made us feel accomplished; we felt good about ourselves.”
Darren “Young D” Metz: “The night of the album [release], I’m not gonna lie, I cried a little bit. It was like winning a championship. When you work so hard toward something for so long, and then it finally gets there, it’s, like,  all the emotions that you endured throughout that journey come out.”

 

Damien RobitailleDamien Robitaille, singer-songwriter
“My professional highlight of 2021 would be all the success I’ve had with my song covers, from “Pump Up The Jam” to “We Are The World”,,, and all the other tunes I’ve done. A personal highlight was being able to visit my daughters in Spain, I spent the entire summer there – two full months – and it had been eight months since I’d seen them.”

 

Kim TempleKim Temple, Publisher, High Priestess Publishing
“The High Priestess highlight of 2021 was hosting our first song camp ever in Toronto IRL! Artists, producers, and songwriters gathered at Taurus Studios over three days, and tripped out on each other’s presence: Lockdown lifted, molecules bumping up, faces beaming. “Veni, vidi, vici,” which in song camp speak means “We laughed, we cried, we devoured oxtail.” (We failed Latin, but we heart you, @kateringco.inc.). Producer gender parity (a rarity) set the stage, and we were enchanted with our special guests. Standout collab combos: James Baley x Tynomi Banks, Witch Prophet x Junia-T, Jesse Northey x Nyssa, Zaki Ibrahim x SATE, Lana Winterhalt x Thomas D’Arcy, SUN SUN x Cadence Weapon, Melody McKiver x T Thomason. Like boxing match-ups, but instead of exchanging blows, songwriters exchanged pure love and creativity – resulting in killer cuts for 2022.”

 

Alex BurgerAlex Burger, singer-songwriter, member of Bon Enfant (among other bands)
“The fact that it was Patrick Norman who gave me my Félix for Country Album of the Year was like a dream come true. It was truly a great moment. It’s just a shame we didn’t get to hug; that’s probably the worst moment of my year, not getting to hug him, because he doesn’t really want to do live shows anymore.”

 

TOBiTOBi, R&B/hip-hop/pop singer-songwriter
“As I sit back and reflect on what was deemed Part Two of the pandemic, there were many bright spots this time around. Going on tour this fall would have to be the highlight of my year. Driving across the United States with my crew; being in and out of hotel rooms and restaurants was the right amount of chaos I needed after being inside for a whole year. Seeing different cities and sharing the gift of music with new faces. Stepping back onstage after two years felt like a return to home, and we were welcomed with open arms. I felt alive again. Thankful to my management team, to Brasstracks for being the best family on tour, to the crews in different cities that made this experience so worthwhile. The tour went off without any hiccups and for that I’m grateful. Ready to do it all again. Oh, and always get auto insurance!”

 

AnachnidAnachnid, Oji-Cree singer-songwriter
“One of the greatest moments of my year of 2021 was going on tour in Québec. One of the most magical moments was really connecting during the day with many families on the tip of the mountain looking out over the ocean of the Gaspésie. Seeing people dance and just be happy was simply magical. I felt like I was in an eagle’s nest because that’s the bird that can fly the highest. I felt really connected to my grandfather, whose spirit animal is the eagle. Sharing that experience with families and kids and a great team over there was really great.”

 

CONTRIBUTORS’ TOP 10 SOCAN MEMBER SONG LISTS FOR 2021

 

Chaka V GrierChaka V. Grier
Words & Music regular contributor Chaka V. Grier is an interviewer and writer for NOW Toronto and Bandcamp Daily. Bylines include National Public Radio (NPR) in the U.S., O Magazine, Flare, and Elle Canada.

 

  1. Mustafa – “Separate”
  2. Allison Russel – “Montreal”
  3. Charlotte Day Wilson – “I Can Only Whisper”
  4. Cadence Weapon – “Skyline”
  5. DijahSB – “Way Too Many Ways”
  6. TOBi – “Off The Drugs”
  7. Silla + Rise – “Ijiraq (Hide and Seek)”
  8. Charlotte Day Wilson – “Changes”
  9. Naya Ali – “Air Ali”
  10. Dominique Fils-Aimé – “The Healing Song”

 

Élise JettéÉlise Jetté
Paroles & Musique contributor Élise Jetté has been a host and interviewer at CISM for over ten years, editor-in-chief of the digital music magazine Feu à volonté, and writes about music for other publications, including Clin d’œil magazine.

 

  1. Ada Lea – “partner”
  2. Les Louanges – “Pigeons”
  3. Safia Nolin – “PLS (Sunset Version)”
  4. Salomé Leclerc – “Chaque printemps”
  5. Robert Robert featuring Hubert Lenoir – “La nuit se plaindre”
  6. Laurence-Anne – “Indigo”
  7. Vanille – “Si je pleure”
  8. Émilie Proulx – “La nuit les échos”
  9. zouz – “Auréole”
  10. Nicolet – “Le retour des animaux”

 

Errol NazarethErrol Nazareth
Words & Music contributor Errol Nazareth is the host of Frequencies, a global music show that airs every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. ET on CBC Music.
(In no particular order)

 

  • Mustafa – “Ali”
  • Haviah Mighty – “Avocado”
  • John Orpheus – “IG”
  • Dominique Fils-Aimé – “Grow Mama Grow”
  • Donné Roberts – “Aleo Miarka Sy Mifanaraka”
  • Marito Marques – “Manjerico”
  • Cartel Madras – “Drift”
  • TEKE::TEKE – “Kala Kala”
  • Amaka Queenette – “Want You More”
  • Mas Aya with Lido Pimienta – “Tiempo Ahora”

 

Eric ParazelliEric Parazelli
Eric Parazelli is the Editor of SOCAN’s online magazine Paroles & Musique and Manager of Francophone Communications for SOCAN.

 

  1. Hubert Lenoir – “Dimanche soir
  2. Charlotte Cardin – “Meaningless”
  3. Lou-Adriane Cassidy – J’espère encore que quelque part l’attente s’arrête”
  4. Robert Robert – “L’été je m’ennuie”
  5. Bon Enfant – “Ciel bleu”
  6. Chiiild – “Sleepwalking”
  7. Lydia Képinski – “Arbol”
  8. Emma Beko – “MHS”
  9. Hippie Hourrah – “Fantôme”
  10. MIELS – “Pour l’amour du ciel”

 

 Beatriz BaleeiroBeatriz Baleeiro
Words & Music contributor Beatriz Baleeiro is a young music journalist who recently completed an internship at Complex magazine.

 

  1. Charlotte Cardin – “Passive Aggressive”
  2. Chiiild – “Sleepwalking”
  3. Drake featuring Lil Baby – “Girls Want Girls”
  4. Belly, The Weeknd featuring Nas – “Die For It”
  5. Selah Sue featuring TOBi – “Hurray”
  6. Allan Rayman – “Books”
  7. LOONY – “Raw”
  8. Lennon Stella – “Bubble”
  9. Olivia Lunny – “Sad To See You Happy”
  10. Jade LeMac – “Constellations”

 

Catherine GenestCatherine Genest
Paroles & Musique contributor Catherine Genest is a freelance journalist for both print and radio. Her first book, a biographical novel telling the story of the singer Guylaine Guy, will be published by éditions du Boréal in the Spring of 2022.

 

  1. Robert Robert – “Les gens ”
  2. Valence – “Rosier”
  3. Hubert Lenoir with Bonnie Banane – “Octembre”
  4. Louis-Jean Cormier – L’ironie du sort”
  5. Sarahmée with Nissa Seychs – “Elle est partie”
  6. Julyan – “Run Around”
  7. De Flore – “L’été ne reste pas”
  8. Bon Enfant – “Porcelaine”
  9. Salomé Leclerc – “Où on s’est trouvé”
  10. Ponteix – “Les années”

 

Howard DruckmanHoward Druckman
Howard Druckman is the Editor of SOCAN’s Words &  Music online magazine.

 

  1. Snotty Nose Rez Kids – “Grave Digger”
  2. Haviah Mighty featuring Yizzy – “Protest”
  3. Donovan Woods – “She Waits for Me to Come Back Down” / “Whatever Keeps You Going”
  4. Mustafa – “Stay Alive” / “Ali”
  5. TOBi – “Made Me Everything”
  6. Leonard Sumner – “Mourningstar”
  7. LU KALA – “No Smoke”
  8. DijahSB with RAY HMND – “Moving With the Tides”
  9. grandson – “In Over My Head”
  10. Charlotte Cardin – “Passive Aggressive”

 

Olivier Boisvert MagnenOlivier Boisvert-Magnen
Paroles & Musique contributor Olivier Boisvert-Magnen is a journalist, researcher, columnist, host, curator of music lists, and on-air director for ICI Musique/Première, QUB Musique, Stingray and CISM.

 

  1. Thierry Larose – “Cantalou”
  2. P’tit Belliveau – “J’aimerais d’avoir un John Deere”
  3. Lary Kidd with Loud et 20some – “3 saisons”
  4. Connaisseur Ticaso – “STL Vice”
  5. Bon Enfant – “Ciel bleu”
  6. Les Fourmis – “Intuition”
  7. Alex Burger – “Sweet Montérégie”
  8. gabWan – “On s’en calisse-tu pas”
  9. Lou-Adriane Cassidy – “Oui le serpent nous guette”
  10. Vincent Vallières – “Homme de rien”

 

Del CowieDel Cowie
Words & Music contributor Del Cowie has worked as a writer, producer and researcher for the Peabody and International Emmy Award-winning Netflix documentary series Hip Hop Evolution. He’s also worked as a producer for CBC Music and was hip-hop editor at Exclaim! magazine for more than a decade.

  1. Planet Giza – “When The Moving Stops”
  2. Rochelle Jordan – “All Along”
  3. Mustafa – “The Hearse”
  4. allie – “Violet Nights”
  5. Chiild – “Awake”
  6. Liza – “Rolla “
  7. TOBi – “Don’t Touch”
  8. Shantel May featuring Westside Gunn – “Until I Say So”
  9. Drake – “Lemon Pepper Freestyle”
  10. Haviah Mighty – “Obeah”

 

Dominic TardifDominic Tardif
Paroles & Musique contributor Dominic Tardif is now a journalist at La Presse. He’s also a columnist for On dira ce qu’on voudra and host of the podcast Deviens-tu c’que t’as voulu?

 

  1. Lou-Adriane Cassidy – “J’espère encore que quelque part l’attente s’arrête”
  2. Thierry Larose – “Cantalou”
  3. Jesuslesfilles – “Troisième semaine”
  4. Alex Burger – “Dormir sur ton couch”
  5. Myriam Gendron – “Poor Girl Blues”
  6. LUMIÈRE – “LA.BELLE.JOURNÉE 1971”
  7. Apophis – “On prendra de l’avance plus tard”
  8. Les Shirley – “Fuck It I’m In Love”
  9. Lary Kidd – “De mon âme”
  10. Meggie Lennon – “Night Shift”