Ten SOCAN members were among the investments and appointments to the Order of Canada in December of 2022.
Folk music icon Ian Tamblyn was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. For more than five decades, this gifted singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and playwright has celebrated the beauty of Canada’s landscape and the spirit of its people. An expedition guide and mentor with Adventure Canada and Students on Ice, he travels extensively to the world’s northernmost places and inspires many to find their voice through song.
Jazz musician Michel Cusson was invested as a Member of the Order. Whether on stage or screen, Cusson has left his mark on Canada’s music scene. He first distinguished himself as the founder and guitarist for the internationally renowned fusion group UZEB, which helped to shape the evolution of jazz in Canada. While never fully putting aside his guitar, he then brought his talents as a composer to the screen industries and to performing arts, garnering awards for his innovative soundtracks. Skillfully juxtaposing sounds and images, he imbued countless films, TV series, and performances with emotion.
Appointed as officers of the Order were:
Lise Aubut, for her contributions to the Canadian music industry as an artist and tireless advocate of the rights of creators.
Jim Corcoran, for his long-standing contributions to Francophone music in Canada, as a songwriter, composer, performer, and CBC Radio host.
Eleanor Daley, for her contributions to Canadian music and choral culture as a renowned composer and accompanist.
Bob Ezrin, for his ongoing contributions to music and entertainment production, and for his sustained advocacy of musical education, journalism and environmental justice.
Appointed as members of the Order were:
Steve Bell, for his contributions to Canadian music as a Christian folksinger, songwriter, and producer, and for his advocacy of social and community causes.
Wayne Chaulk, for his contributions to Canadian music and comedy, notably as an ambassador of Newfoundland and Labrador’s culture and heritage.
Lorraine Segato, for her contributions to the Canadian music scene and culture as a pioneer in 2SLGBTQI+ Canadian history.
Mark Sirett, for his steadfast commitment to the field of choral music as a renowned composer, conductor, and community leader.
SOCAN congratulates all of these honourees on this great achievement!