Shawn Mendes almost completed a sweep, winning five of the six honours for which he was nominated at the 2019 JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 17, in London Ontario. Mendes earned  awards for Artist, Album, Pop Album (both for his eponymous record), Single (for “In My Blood”), and Songwriter of the Year, presented by SOCAN. His sweep was denied when the Fan Choice Award went to his fellow SOCAN member Avril Lavigne, who didn’t attend the awards. Mendes couldn’t attend either, but offered a pre-taped live performance of “In My Blood” from the other London, U.K.

Arkells were the only other multiple winners, adding Group and Rock Album of the Year (for Rally Cry) to their collection of previous-year JUNO wins, now totaling six on the mantel. They performed a high-energy version of “Hand Me Downs” on the Sunday night JUNO Gala broadcast, and frontman Max Kerman said backstage after the win that “The first time we played London as a band, we had to take the Greyhound here and we put our gear underneath the bus.”

During the pre-broadcast JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 16, presented by SOCAN (and where most of the year’s trophies were handed out), Arkells offered Indigenous Album of the Year winner Jeremy Dutcher a chance to finish his speech, cut short after his win, during their own allotted post-win time. The next night, Dutcher would say backstage that Arkells yielding their time to him is what reconciliation looks like.

David Foster, Laila Biali, Jeremy Dutcher, JUNO Awards

David Foster, Laila Biali, Jeremy Dutcher

Duo Loud Luxury started making music at London’s Western University, so winning the first JUNO of the entire weekend, for Dance Recording of the Year (for their hit single “Body”), and kicking off the televised gala with a booming performance, provided the best kind of homecoming for Joe Depace and Andrew Fedyk.

“I believe that music and love are the most enduring and powerful forces of good in the world,” said an emotional Corey Hart onstage at the broadcast gala, after being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. “Without you, my songs would have no home.” Jessie Reyez, who won R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (for Being Human in Public), quoted Hart when she accepted her award from surprise presenter Sting and Humanitarian Award winner, iconic producer David Foster. “To quote Mr. Hart, without you, there’s no home for my songs. And it’s such a beautiful line, because it’s true. None of it’s possible without your support.” Loud won the Francophone album of the Year for Une anneé record, and Milk & Bone won the Electronic Album of the Year for Deception Bay.

The SOCAN-presented, pre-broadcast gala was streamed live, reaching hundreds of thousands of music fans, and during which we presented the Songwriter of the Year Award. SOCAN also presented the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – known as “the jewel of JUNO week” – bringing together songwriters to play their songs and share the stories behind them. This year’s event featured heartfelt performances and amusing stories from host Alan Doyle,  as well as first-round participants David Foster, Tyler Shaw, and Elisapie, and second-round participants Dan Mangan, Meghan Patrick, and Laila Biali.

SOCAN also presented No. 1 Song Awards throughout JUNO weekend, to Bahamas, The Reklaws, Loud Luxury and Arkells. Backstage at the Saturday night gala, winners were interviewed on video by SOCAN after receiving their awards, and we also conducted other, private, exclusive interviews with several nominated and winning members. Additionally, we chatted with SOCAN members on the red carpet, and during the backstage media conference at the televised gala.

In the coming days and weeks, socan.ca will share No. 1 Awards, video highlights, interviews and photos from the 2019 JUNO weekend, so please stay tuned to socan.com, and our social media.


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In a brief backstage chat with SOCAN, veteran hit producer and 2019 JUNO Humanitarian Award winner David Foster talks about the difference between winning awards for philanthropy versus music, and the hit-and-miss nature of songwriting techniques.


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SOCAN is proud to join our allies in the Canadian music community in signing the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct. On March 16, 2019, at the Allies in Action event during JUNO Week, it was announced that 42 music community groups had signed on to the Code, acknowledging their responsibility to build safe, respectful workplaces, committing to improving and implementing policies to keep the music community safe.

As a first step, members of the coalition have formed an Education, Training and Safe Support Committee, which is working to provide each member of the Canadian music community with the appropriate resources and training to identify, confront, and prevent harassment, bullying and violence in any workplace. Unison Benevolent Fund has volunteered to host a suite of educational and training resources through its website, at no cost. These resources will be made available to the music community at a later date.

Today’s announcement was made at Allies in Action, an event focused on initiatives undertaken or underway to create safer spaces as the Canadian music community gathers in London, Ontario for the 2019 JUNO Awards.

For many years, SOCAN has already maintained stringent policies against harassment, discrimination, violence, and bullying, so it was a clear decision for our organization to commit to the Code.

“The Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct is a wonderful initiative that provides a uniform set of standards to ensure the safety and success of our colleagues throughout the Industry,” said Samantha Slattery, Founder, Women in Music Canada

“It’s important that we’ve all signed on to the Code as a community, but now it’s even more important that we look at ways to proactively change the way we do business,” said Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers Association.

You can read the full Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct at www.ReadTheCode.ca

Additional organizations that would like to sign on to the Code can register online. Once the form has been completed, new signatories should e-mail a high-resolution company logo to info@readthecode.ca with your organization’s name and “Becoming Code signatory” in the subject line.

Music industry groups that have signed on to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct are:

Across the Board 50/50 by 2020

ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society)

AFM Local 1000 (American Federation of Musicians)

Calgary Musicians Association

Canadian Conference of Musicians

Canadian Country Music Association

Canadian Federation of Musicians

Canadian Live Music Association

Canadian Music Publishers Association

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)

Canadian Private Copying Collective

CCMC Music Gallery

CONNECT Music Licensing

Creative BC

Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION)

Edmonton Musicians Association, AFM Local 390

Film & Entertainment Industries, City of Toronto

Folk Music Ontario

Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec

Gypsy Soul Entertainment

Island Musicians Association (IMA)

Manitoba Music

Music BC Industry Association

Music Canada

Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL)

Music Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Music·Musique NB

Musicians Association Local 276 CFM (Canadian Federation of Musicians)

Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau

Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC)

Re:Sound

Regina Musicians Association

SaskMusic

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.)

SONIC UNYON

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Toronto Musicians’ Association, AFM Local 149

Unison Benevolent Fund

Vancouver Musicians Association, Local 145 of AFM

WCMA (Western Canadian Music Alliance)

Women in Music Canada


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