SOCAN has honoured high-energy, Charlottetown-based, folk/roots trio The East Pointers with a No. 1 Song Award for “Wintergreen,” which topped the CBC Music Top 20 chart on Nov 21, 2019.

The self-published song is performed by The East Pointers, and co-written by its three members – Koady Chaisson, Jake Charron, and Tim Chaisson – along with Colin MacDonald of The Trews.

SOCAN congratulates this quartet of co-writers  on their achievement!

Audible Magic and SOCAN announced the companies have entered into an agreement to transfer SOCAN’s content fulfillment and rights administration business of MediaNet to Audible Magic. With this acquisition, Audible Magic can now provide digital platforms a comprehensive range of services to enable and manage the use of music.

Audible Magic is the leading provider of identification and compliance solutions to social networks hosting user-generated content. It provides social media platforms with solutions for music licensing, content identification, and rights management.

SOCAN acquired MediaNet in 2016. Over four years, we realized benefits from sharing data and technology, which allowed us to improve matching accuracy for the use of our members’ music. SOCAN has now created a strategic partnership with Audible Magic to similarly use its technology and services to help us continue to improve our own precision.

“The acquisition of MediaNet services by Audible Magic creates long-term benefits for SOCAN’s members and clients,” said Jennifer Brown, Interim CEO of SOCAN. “Audible Magic is a knowledgeable and skilled company, and we’re looking forward to working together to improve the accuracy of reporting to publishers and songwriters.”

SOCAN members Art Bergmann, Michel Cusson, and Brian Cherney were among 61 recipients named as members of the Order of Canada on Dec. 30, 2020, for their achievements as Canadian musicians and composers.

Singer-songwriter Art Bergmann was awarded for his indelible contributions to the Canadian punk music scene, and for his thought-provoking discourse on social, gender and racial inequalities.

Screen composer and former Uzeb mainstay Michel Cusson was honoured for his role in the evolution of jazz across Canada, and for his acclaimed contributions to the entertainment industry.

Brian Cherney was recognized for his lifelong devotion to Canadian music, as an internationally renowned composer, educator, and scholar.

The three members will be inducted into the Order of Canada during an in-person ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, to be  scheduled once public health measures allow. SOCAN congratulates Bergmann, Cusson, and Cherney on their great achievements!