Tenille Townes was the big winner at the 2022 Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMAs), where she took home five honours – for Entertainer, Female Artist, Album of the Year (for Masquerades), Single of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year (both for “Girl Who Didn’t Care”).

SOCAN presented the songwriter award to Townes and her co-writers on the song, Steph Jones and David Pramik, as the ceremonies for the 40th annual edition were held in a broadcast show, televised on Global, on Sept. 11, 2022, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, and the previous night at the Music Industry Gala Dinner & Awards.

Dallas Smith earned the Male Artist of the Year and Fans’ Choice Award, while The Reklaws celebrated their second Group or Duo of the Year honour, and Andrew Hyatt won his first-ever CCMA Award in the Rising Star category. George Fox and Randall Prescott were inducted into CCMA Hall of Fame.

On the music industry front, Anthem Entertainment earned the Music Publishing Company of the Year Award, while The Unison Fund received the Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, and was announced as the recipient of a $10 million grant from the Slaight Family Foundation.

For a full list of the broadcast show award winners, click here; for the industry gala award winners, click here. SOCAN congratulates all of its members and music industry colleagues who won Canadian Country Music Awards this year!

SOCAN was pleased and proud to surprise MacKenzie Porter with a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award – her first – for co-writing “Pickup,” which scaled the peak the Billboard Canada Country Chart on the week of June 18, 2022.

ET Canada presented the honour on behalf of SOCAN, after conducting a brief interview during the week of the 2022 Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary. “Pickup” was co-written by Porter, Will Bundy, and Lydia Vaughan, and is published by Warner Chappell Music Publishing Canada.

SOCAN congratulates all of the participants in the song on their chart-topping work together! The presentation takes place at the end of the video below.

The band Choses Sauvages returned to Montréal on Sept. 7, 2022, after a remarkable tour of the province to bring their acclaimed latest album Choses Sauvages to life onstage. It was also a first for the sextet as headliners at MTELUS. Fans were treated to an electrifying show that was more danceable than ever, with set and lighting design by Philippe Marquis (Jack White, Leon Bridges).

The group will return to Paris for the MaMa conference and festival in October 2022, and will also play in Germany at the Reeperbahn festival in late September.