The SOCAN Foundation today announced the five recipients of the 2022 SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards, created to recognize and celebrate the artistic merit demonstrated by Black music creators: Adria Kain, AHI, Desarae Dee, Nonso Amadi and Zach Zoya, each of whom will receive $10,000 (double last year’s amount) to support their development.

Special distinctions and awards of $1,000 are also being made to City Fidelia, Haley Smalls, Leila Day, Promise, and Shreez.

To listen to the music of all of the 2022 winners, click here.

“What an honour to participate in amplifying Black creatives. So many of the submissions were incredible, making this the hardest jury process to date,” said Keziah Myers, Executive Director at ADVANCE Music Canada, and chair of the jury. “I learned of writers and composers that I didn’t know about, automatically looked up their projects, and it inspired me to think of ways to amplify them within the industry, and provide more vehicles for opportunity. Congratulations to the winners!” Myers was part of the SOCAN  Foundation committee that created the Black Canadian Music Awards, and has also served as a jury member for the last three years.

This year, the Awards had a record number of applications from artists across Canada, spanning a multitude of genres. Winners were selected by a jury and advisory council of prominent Black artists and industry leaders. Jury members include Keziah Myers (Executive Director at Advance), Nicolas Ouellet (Radio Host at Radio-Canada), Lord Quest (Executive Creative, Black Music, at SOCAN), Marika Siewert (Recording Artist) and Wayne Samuels (President and CEO at Wired Management Inc).

“We’re so proud to help bring this program to life for a third year, and to double the prize money for these incredibly talented and deserving recipients,” said Michelle Mearns, VP, Programming & Operations, SiriusXM Canada. “SiriusXM is committed to supporting Black Canadian artists, and I can’t wait to see what these artists create in the future.”

For more information about the SOCAN Foundation, please visit www.socanfoundation.ca.



SOCAN has presented singer-songwriters Shaun Frank and AJ Healey with a No. 1 Song Award for co-writing “Paper Walls,” performed by Rezz and Metric,  which reached the peak of the CBC Music Top 20 on Jan. 13, 2022.

“Paper Walls” was co-written by Frank, Healey, Metric’s Emily Haines, and Rezz (Isabelle Rezazadeh), and is published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd. and Hyvecity Music.

SOCAN Creative Executive Houtan Hodania presented the award plaque to Frank and Healey on  Jan. 20, 2023, while celebrating with a dinner at Terroni restaurant on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto. Haines and Rezz will receive their awards at a later date.

SOCAN congratulates all of the co-writers, publishers, and performers of “Paper Walls,” on this great achievement!



Screen composer and SOCAN member Cristobal Tapia de Veer may have become one of the most sought-after composers in the world – thanks in part to his outstanding work on the HBO series White Lotus and the hit film Smile – but he’s still taking the time to share his expertise and creative secrets with the participants of Les grandes rencontres SPACQ, an event to be held Feb. 23, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET. The Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) has invited the multiple award winner – including two Emmys in 2022 for White Lotus, SOCAN’s International Award in 2017, and Screen Composer of the Year at the 2021 SOCAN Gala – to speak to its members during the conference.

Hosted by composers Anaïs Larocque and Éric Shaw, this intimate one-hour conference will cover the artist’s career path, tools, and inspirations, among other themes.

“The first time I came into contact with Cristobal’s music was with Série Noire,” says Shaw. “After the first notes of the soundtrack, I picked up my phone and searched who composed the music because I was amazed by it. Then, during Season 1 of Dirk Gently, I looked up the composer’s name again and realized it was the same one! I started feeling a bit nervous. And then, after hearing the theme for White Lotus, I’m considering quitting the trade. Cristobal inspires creativity, originality, and spontaneity in me and it’s an honour for me to meet him.”

Anaïs Larocque says, “Cristobal Tapia de Veer is a fine example of a contemporary composer whose authenticity shines through from the first notes of the music he composes. To me, he’s a refreshing voice in the fascinating landscape of screen music.”

Definitely a not-to-be-missed Masterclass! Reserved only for members of SPACQ. Mandatory registration on Zoom.