SOCAN is thrilled that SOCAN Foundation Executive Director Charlie Wall-Andrews has been named to the 2021 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners list, released by the Women’s Executive Network on October 25th, recognizing 100 outstanding women across Canada who advocate for workforce diversity and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.

“We’re so proud to have Charlie leading the SOCAN Foundation,” said SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown. “Her work for music creators and, of course, her advocacy and education efforts for workforce equity and diversity are exemplary and inspirational to all of us.”

As head of the SOCAN Foundation, Wall-Andrews’ work has helped countless artists turn their passion and talent into sustainable careers. Among her accomplishments are creating programs like the HER Music Award and Equity X Production, which promote more women and gender minorities in music, and partnering with the Indigenous Music Awards to create the Indigenous Songwriter Award and SIRIUS XM to create the Young Canadian Songwriter Award, which gives $5,000 prizes annually to five young emerging songwriters across the country.

Wall-Andrews is a faculty member at the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. candidate at the Ted Rogers School of Management. She specializes in strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and serves on the Board of Directors of WorkInCulture and TELUS Community Investment Board, and she is the inaugural Vice-Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council.

“To be celebrated among leaders dedicated to making an impact in their respective communities is empowering,” said Charlie. “The cultural, economic, and social output of the creative industries is important. Nonetheless, while progress has been made to build a more inclusive sector, the creative industries continue to be fuelled with barriers and challenges for women and gender-diverse people, as well as Indigenous, Black, and racialized people, often heightened for people who may have intersecting identities. There is significant work required to challenge the status quo.”

The Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards span the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, with the winners selected by WXN’s Diversity Council of Canada.

Congratulations to Charlie Wall-Andrews on this great achievement!



SOCAN is mourning the loss of Ray Hutchinson, lead guitarist of The Beau-Marks, one of Canada’s first successful rock ‘n’ roll bands, who passed away at the age 81 from complications due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, on Oct. 31, 2021.

The Beau-Marks were known as the first Canadian group to completely write and record their music in Canada. Their biggest hit single, “Clap Your Hands,” co-written by Hutchinson and released in 1960, sold more than 500,000 copies, and landed the band their first album. The song reached the Top 20 at radio stations in Canada, and No. 1 in Australia. In the U.S., it reached the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox chart – where it remained in the Top 100 for 14 weeks. “Clap Your Hands” was re-released in 1968 and became a hit a second time, attaining the Top 10 of RPM’s Canadian Content chart.

As a co-writer, Hutchinson earned a SOCAN Classic Award (recognizing songs that achieve more than 100,000 radio airplays) in 2011 for “Clap Your Hands,” and the song was inducted into The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Beau-Marks were also inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

With the release of other singles, like “Classmate,” “The Tender Years,” and “Dark is the Night,” The Beau-Marks earned appearances on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand national U.S. TV show, and at New York’s Peppermint Lounge and Carnegie Hall – where they shared billing with Sammy Davis Jr. The Beau-Marks were one of the first Canadian bands invited to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, though they had to turn it down, reportedly because of a scheduling conflict.

The band was  originally formed in 1958 in Montréal as The Del-Tones, but because other bands were already using that name, changed it to The Beau-Marks – a humorous reference to Boeing’s Bomarc missile, purchased by the Canadian government in the late 1950s . The band released its debut album in 1960, and another two before the group broke up in 1963.

Hutchinson, who moved to Peterborough, then pursued a 25-year solo career as a lounge singer, and also joined Dave Nicholls & The Coins, who toured night clubs in Ontario and Québec. His music career came to an end in 1988 when he was struck by a car in Miami, which left him in a coma for several months, and required years to recuperate.

SOCAN extends its sincere condolences to Hutchinson’s family and friends.

Vivian Barclay, a member of SOCAN’s Board of Directors, was honoured by African Music Week with the organization’s first-ever Trailblazer Award, presented on Oct. 22 during the Queens Summit event, at the Small World Music Centre in downtown Toronto. SOCAN congratulates Vivian on this great achievement!

It’s only the latest accomplishment for Barclay, the General Manager of Warner Chappell Music Canada. A classically trained musician, she’s composed music for television commercials and won awards for her digital audio editing talents. She’s worked as a radio programmer and on-air host, in artist management, publicity/promotion, and as a programmer for conferences/festivals. Barclay sits on the Boards of SOCAN, Music Publishers Canada, the Toronto Music Advisory Committee, the Toronto Council for the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, as well as Phemphat Entertainment Group – producers of the all-female Honey Jam Showcase, a non-profit organization which provides mentoring opportunities for artists.

The sixth annual African Music Week (AMW) festival took place Oct. 22-23, 2021, continuing its mission to heighten the understanding of Africans and people of African descent through music and culture, with a series of events in Toronto. African musicians and music industry executives from throughout the African Diaspora gather at AMW each year for both the conference and showcase components, to expose artists to resources, networks, and platforms, while providing long-term mentoring to help launch and maintain careers in the global entertainment industry. Participants this year included TÖME, Idahams, Master T, and Dalton Higgins.