Nearly 100 SOCAN Awards in 22 categories will be presented to the incredible work of Québec’s songwriters, composers, and music publishers in 2020 at the 32nd annual SOCAN Gala.
Special presentations to winners will be published throughout the week on social media, and on a dedicated website at GalaSOCAN.com. Follow @socanmusique on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#GALASOCAN) to join in the week-long celebration of winners, whose work reflects an extraordinary year.
“The year 2020 showed all of us just how valuable and powerful music can be,” said SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown. “The past 18 months reminded us of the deep connection we have with music and the huge role it plays in our mental and emotional health. We all owe a debt of gratitude to SOCAN member songwriters and composers for their extraordinary talent. Our members are at the heart of SOCAN’s mission: we succeed when they succeed, and we’re proud to pay homage to their amazing accomplishments with the 2021 SOCAN Gala.”
SOCAN Special Achievement Winners:
- Kaytranada had a brilliant year in the wake of the success of his album Bubba, which won two Grammys and a JUNO Award, and he now earns the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award.
- Cristobal Tapia de Veer has established himself as a go-to screen composer of international stature. After a second nomination at the BAFTAs in London and the success of the TV series White Lotus (HBO) and Hunters (Prime Video), he wins the SOCAN Screen Composer of the Year Award.
- Steve Marin is the creative mastermind behind the success of duo 2Frères, and his success showed no sign of slowing down in 2020. He earns the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Non-Performer Award for the second time in three years.
- Bloc Notes Music Publishing is this year’s winner of the SOCAN Music Publisher of the Year Award for their commitment to supporting music creators on their road to success.
- Simon Rosen is Québec’s treasure in music production, and his international career continues to grow, as proven in collaborations with Selena Gomez, Khalid, and Swae Lee, among many others. He’s the winner of this year’s SOCAN International Award.
Other SOCAN Awards presented:
- SOCAN Breakout Award – Chiiild. Rarely has a musical project from Québec had such a smashing introduction by generating immediate interest South of the border.
- SOCAN Country Music Award – Cindy Bédard. For a remarkable year in 2020, following Bédard’s release of her album Après l’orage at the onset of the pandemic.
- SOCAN Electronic Music Award – CRi and Apashe. This year’s Electronic Music Award is a tie between two deserving artists: CRi for the magnificent album Juvenile comprising all-Québec-based collaborations; and Apashe, the Montréal-based sensation who has been turning heads all over the world thanks to the bold and uncompromising fusion of symphonic and electronic music on his album, Renaissance.
- SOCAN Hip-Hop/Rap Music Award – Shreez. With his album On Frap, Shreez quickly made a name for himself on the Québec rap scene by introducing “drill style” to a growing audience.
- SOCAN Licensed To Play Award for ongoing commitment to supporting fair music licensing – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles. Thanks to their boundless energy, extraordinary resourcefulness, and uncompromising respect for the rights of creators, the team at L’Anti, in Québec City, was able to thumb its nose at the pandemic with multiple licensed online initiatives so that artists can continue to meet their audiences.
- Hagood Hardy Award – Emie R. Roussel Trio. The Hagood Hardy Music Award for jazz, instrumental, and world music, couldn’t come at a better time for the three-piece band, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a fifth album, Rythme de passage, which earned them, among other things, a JUNO nomination and a warm welcome here and abroad.
- Jan V. Matejcek Award for New Classical Music – Roxanne Turcotte. A well-known figure on Québec’s electro-acoustic music scene for several decades, Roxanne Turcotte is involved in many projects, and is committed to educating the younger generation about unusual sounds unaffected by trends. The Jan V. Matejcek Award for New Classical Music highlights the respect she’s earned from her peers.
- The SOCAN Viral Music Award is given to the most popular music on streaming sites, without the help of radio broadcasting. This year’s recipient is Lubalin, who virtually broke TikTok in 2020 thanks to his offbeat musical creations inspired by social media comments.
Popular Song Awards:
The Francophone Popular Song Awards are given to the creators and publishers of the 10 most played songs in 2020:
- “L’Amérique pleure” and “Sur mon épaule” performed by Les Cowboys Fringants, written by Jean-François Pauzé, Jérôme Dupras, Marie-Annick Lépine, (published by Les Éditions de La Tribu, Éditions JFP inc.)
- “À tous les vents” and “Faut qu’j’y aille,” performed by 2Frères, written by Steve Marin, Gautier Marinof, Erik Caouette, Sonny Caouette (Éditions Marcha, Éditions du Baume, Les Éditions ESC S.E.N.C.)
- “Le paradis,” performed by Kaïn, written by Steve Veilleux (Éditions Musicor, Productions Pop Culture inc, Les Productions Martin Leclerc publishers)
- “Figé dans le temps,” performed by Ludovick Bourgeois, written by Jeffrey Piton, Pamela Lajoie, Patrick Donovan (Artifice inc.)
- “Je (wild & free),” performed by King Melrose, written by Sébastien Côté, Sylvain Michel, Toby Gendron (Les Éditions Cent Noms, Éditions Art Illimité)
- “Sunshine (v.f.),” performed by SOMMM, Clay & Friends, Ruffsound, written by Étienne Dupuis Cloutier, Émile Desilets, Adel Kazi Aoual, Clément Langlois Légaré, Michael Mlakar, Ariane Moffatt, Marc Vincent (Bloc Notes Music Publishing, Éditions Mo Fat)
- “La grande évasion,” performed and written by Patrice Michaud
- “Aime-moi encore,” performed by Roxane Bruneau, written by Roxane Bruneau, Mathieu Brisset (Les Éditions Musique Variole enr.)
Anglophone Popular Song Awards were presented to the creators and publishers of “Passive Agressive,” performed by Charlotte Cardin, written by Charlotte Cardin, Jason Bra of ndo O’Farrell Ciciola, Marc-André Gilbert, Connor Seidel (Éditions Big Boy, Productions Éléphant inc., Red Brick Music Publishing); and “Getcha,” performed by Matt Lang, written by Mathieu Langevin, Tebey Ottoh, Danick Dupelle, Kelly Anne Archer (Downtown Music Publishing).
Film and Television Awards:
- Composer Anthony Rozankovic and his publisher Cinéflix Média inc. won a SOCAN Award in the category National Television Music, Drama or Series for their work on the program Mayday; composer Scott Price and his publishers Les Éditions edi-Sprice Enrg. and Gestion Juste pour Rire inc. won a SOCAN Award in the category Fiction or Drama Series – Comedy for their work on the program Les Gags; Raymond Fabi’s music for the animated children’s series Arthur earned him and his publishers Les Éditions de la Rue Saint-André inc., Éditions Anthem Jar of Cookies and Anthem Film and TV the SOCAN Award in the Children’s Program category; and Jean-Phi Goncalves and his publisher Télé Métropole inc. received the SOCAN Award in the Variety or Public Affairs Program category for his music for the program “Le Tricheur.”
- Rudy Toussaint and his publishers Intermède Tiger Music, Éditions Marie-Claire and Éditions How It’s Made won the SOCAN Award in the Television Music – International category for the music of the program How It’s Made, while Cristobal Tapia de Veer wins in the same category for his work on the series “Hunters”; the SOCAN Award for Film Music was given to James Gelfand and Louise Tremblay for their work on the film Sisterhood, directed by Jean-François Rivard; while the SOCAN Award for Most Streamed Production went to composers Eduardo Noya Schreus and Ashley Erin Long and publisher Serendipity Point Films inc. for their work on the film Below Her Mouth.
The complete list of winners and further details can be found at 2021 Gala SOCAN.
SOCAN Achievement Award winners are determined collaboratively by the SOCAN Board of Directors’ Membership Committee and the leaders of SOCAN’s Membership department. General SOCAN Awards are determined strictly by royalties success in their musical genres.
SOCAN Achievement award winners receive “The SOCAN” – the world’s first and only industry trophy that’s also a musical instrument. The five crotales that make up the trophy are made by SABIAN, the world-renowned, New Brunswick-based manufacturer of percussion instruments.
The annual SOCAN Awards, which celebrates and honours the work of SOCAN’s Anglophone members, was held in a similar online event in May of this year.
Music fans can support creators and publishers by making a donation to the SOCAN Gala’s charitable partners, the Unison Benevolent Fund and the SOCAN Foundation, both of which support music industry workers and music creators in their personal lives and careers.