SOCAN celebrated our Los Angeles-based #ComposersWhoScore in with a dinner at the Terroni restaurant in West Hollywood, on June 22, 2022.

Attending SOCAN members included Darren Fung, screen composer advocate, and former Vice President of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC); Amritha Vaz, currently working on Disney Kids animated projects; David Kelly, of Voodoo Highway, who score the Paw Patrol TV series; Jeff Morrow, of the Canadian Film Centre, who’s worked with Christophe Beck (Frozen); Jeff Danna, who’s won 10 SOCAN Awards since 1997, for his work on such films as Resident Evil: Apocalypse and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus; Stephan Moccio, who’s co-written global smash hits for The Weeknd and Miley Cyrus; Keith Power, who’s worked on Hawaii 5-0, Heartland, and MacGyver; and their colleague screen composers Evan MacDonald, Mandy Woo, Steph Kowal, Jonathan Kawchuck, Shaun Chasin, and Medhat Hanbali.

“The work of our #ComposersWhoScore is essential for SOCAN,” said SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown. “In 2021 we collected $416 million in revenue, and a large and important part of that is for screen composers.”

In addition to Brown, SOCAN attendees included Director, Creative, Cameron Kennedy; Vice President, International Relations, Catharine Saxberg; Creative Executives Racquel Villagante (Los Angeles) and Gagan Singh (Film/TV & Visual Media); and Creative Progamming & Partnerships Co-Ordinator Maria Escamilla.

The fifth edition of the Festival La Noce in Chicoutimi, Saguenay, was held from June 29 to July 2, 2022. Its mission is to offer different, diverse cultural events in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region by presenting musical projects and other forms of artistic expression, notably through an annual arts and music festival. Since 2017, La Noce has been the embodiment of a spirit of celebration, gathering, and unity between artists.

This year’s edition (2022), La noce de cire, was especially marked by a diversity of genres. During these four days of celebration, more than 50 artists came to present their music to festival-goers from all over Québec.

The event was an opportunity for SOCAN to present two events for members and industry professionals taking part in the festivities – both hosted by Sara Dendane, Creative and Partnerships Executive, Québec, at SOCAN. The first presentation, SOCAN 101, took place on July 1st on the Ubisoft Stage of Pulperie de Chicoutimi. This free presentation provided an overview of what SOCAN, Canada’s largest music rights organization, does, and the role it plays in the music ecosystem. Then, on July 2, came the SOCAN Cruise on the Saguenay fjord. More than 30 industry professionals were able to enjoy a relaxing moment, as well as some croissants and kombucha – and networking, of course.

Three SOCAN members, and two former members of the SOCAN Board of Directors,  were among the appointments to the Order of Canada on July 1, 2022, for their achievements as Canadian songwriters, musicians, or music industry representatives.

Appointed as members of the Order of Canada were:

Al Mair, for his visionary and enduring contributions to the Canadian music industry. Mair, a former member of SOCAN’s Board of Directors, helped to grow the Canadian music scene in its infancy, managing Gordon Lightfoot for eight years, leading the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), and founding and running the independent label Attic Records – which, in the 1980s, was the home of Lee Aaron, Triumph, Maestro Fresh Wes, The Nylons, and Haywire.

Ben Mink, for his sustained contributions to Canadian music as a producer, multi-instrumentalist and writer. Mink, for many years kd lang’s co-writer and band member in the ‘80s, was also a member of SOCAN’s Board of Directors. He has collaborated with FM, Rush, and Barenaked Ladies, and his production credits include Heart, Anne Murray, Jane Siberry, Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Alison Krauss, Feist, Daniel Lanois, Sarah McLachlan, Roy Orbison, and Elton John.

Jim Byrnes, For his ongoing contributions to the arts, notably as a musician an actor, and for his active charitable work. He’s released 10 critically acclaimed albums over his long career, and usually plays about 150 live dates a year. His acting highlights include television’s Wiseguy and Highlander series, and his national variety program The Jim Byrnes Show, and he’s appeared in TV series on Netflix and ABC. The charities he supports include the Face the World Foundation, and Odd Squad Productions, both of which help those in  need in his adopted hometown of Vancouver.

Fred Pellerin, for his contributions to the revival of the art of storytelling in Canada and throughout the Francophonie. Pellerin is a three-time JUNO Award nominee; has won a Prix Félix (ADISQ Award) for Best Folk Album (as a duo act with his brother Nicolas); recorded “L’Hymne,” the theme song for the film Snowtime!, in a duet with Céline Dion; and has adapted or co-written the screenplays for three major movies.

All of the above will be inducted into the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, to be  scheduled at a later date.

SOCAN congratulates all of these appointees on this great achievement!