In a tie victory, Tara MacLean and Andrew Waite both won the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year honour on Feb. 6, 2020, at St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown, in advance of the 2020 Music PEI Awards gala later that week.
Waite took home the trophy for his song “Cash It In,” while MacLean earned her recognition for “Ghosting Me.” The awards were presented during the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Concert, which also included performances from Dennis Ellsworth, Irish Mythen, and Rick Sparkes, and was hosted by Matt Rainnie.
At the awards gala itself, held Feb. 9, 2020, at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, five-piece dream-pop band Sorrey was the big triple-award winner, earning Album, Pop Recording, and Video of the Year. Double-award winners included MacLean, Cory Gallant, Paper Lions, and Irish Mythen. The awards were hosted by Music PEI President and JUNO-winning singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan.
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