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SOCAN celebrated Canada’s music publishers for songs that had achieved No. 1 positions on various airplay charts this year, in a presentation held Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at SOCAN’s Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles offices, during our annual publishers’ meeting and reception.
SOCAN presented three awards to Anthem Entertainment, for the following songs:
- “Feels Like That,” co-written by Jenna Walker and Stu Walker, which they performed as duo The Reklaws. The song reached No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS Country Chart on Jan. 21, 2019.
- “You Are,” written and performed by Aaron Goodvin, which scaled the peak of the same chart on Feb. 11, 2019.
- “Keep It Simple,” co-written by Gavin Slate, and performed by the James Barker Band, which attained the zenith of the same chart on May 27, 2019.
SOCAN presented two awards to Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, and its subsidiary EMI Music Publishing Canada, for the following songs:
- “Lost” – written by Brad Rempel, published by Sony/ATV, and performed by High Valley – which ascended to the top spot of the same chart on April 7, 2019.
- “Going Bad” – co-written by Drake, co-published by EMI, and performed by Meek Mill featuring Drake – which topped the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop Chart on Mar. 16, 2019.
At the annual publishers’ meeting, before the reception, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and Chief Membership and Business Development Officer Michael McCarty welcomed the publishing community. Our Financial Controller Mary Ann Fulop updated the publishers on our finances, while Manager, Media, James Leacock did the same for our Licensing Department. Offering the latest information on SOCAN’s use of technology and collection of reproduction rights royalties were Leslie Craig, Vice President, Distribution; Tobi Akinwumi, Product Manager, Member Digital Products; and Jennifer Brown, Senior Vice President, Operations & Reproduction Rights. Also attending from SOCAN, in Toronto, were Gary Laranja, Rodney Murphy, Stephanie Kornhaber, and Stephen Taunt.
Publishers were also treated to a demonstration of the work being done by our SOCAN Group API (Application Programming Interface) partner MDIIO, presented by CEO and President Curtis J. Serna and Founder and CCO (and SOCAN songwriter) Justin Gray.
Attending the event at the Toronto office were:
- Ross Hardy of hard Music;
- Vicki Walters and Jennifer Beavis from BMG Rights Management Canada;
- Amy Eligh from Arts & Crafts;
- Steve Payne and Lauren Manley from Casablanca/Red Brick Publishing;
- Katharine Perak of CCS Rights Management;
- Janet Baker and David Quilico from Sony/ATV Music Publishing/EMI Music Publishing;
- Margaret McGuffin from Music Publishers Canada;
- Jean-Marie Barker from Counterpoint Musical Services;
- Rachael Bestard from peermusic Canada;
- Vivian Barclay and Bryce Seefieldt from Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.;
- Gord Dimitrieff from Aporia Records;
- Steven Saffer from Abbeywood Records;
- Ryner and Mary Stoetzer from Maryner Muzik;
- Adam Nathanson from Anthem Entertainment;
- Mark Altman from Morning Music;
- Jeff Pachman and Seigo Takeshima from Domino Publishing;
- Debbie Rose from Shapiro Bernstein;
- Curtis Serna and Justin Gray from MDIIO;
- Melanie Santa Rosa from Spirit Music;
- Jason Belo from Danyliw & Mann;
- Steve Thomson from Backstage;
- Bobby Anderson from BellMedia;
- Craig Nimens from Sound Ideas;
- Aideen O’Brien from eOne; and
- Jean-Marie Barker from Counterpoint Musical Services
Joining via videoconference from Vancouver were Jocelyn Greenwood from Cordova Bay Publishing and Shannon Malcolm from Hyvetown, hosted by SOCAN’s Coralie Hummel, with our Ryan Maule in attendance as well. SOCAN’s Camille Mathews hosted in L.A., where the attendees were Abby North of Sonic Concierge, and Michael Eames and Rebecca Valice of PENMusic.
SOCAN was pleased and proud to present both Begonia and The Darcys with No. 1 Song Awards – to her for “Hanging on a Line,” and to the duo for “Better Days,” both of which scaled the peak of the CBC Music Top 20 in the summer of 2019.
Not only did the trio of singer-songwriters experience back-to-back chart-toppers – Begonia on Aug. 22, 2019, and The Darcys on Aug. 29, 2019 – but they met at a SOCAN Kenekt Song Camp on Pender Island in BC, back in 2017, and the following year released a holiday track written there together: “It Won’t Be Christmas (Till You’re Here)”.
Begonia co-wrote “Hanging on a Line” with Marcus Paquin, Matthew Peters, and Matthew Schellenberg, who’ll be presented with their plaques at a later day. The Darcys — Jason Couse and Wes Markell – co-write “Better Days” with Leah Fay of July Talk, who’ll also be awarded at a later date.
SOCAN’s Melissa Cameron-Passley caught up with Begonia and The Darcys at Lee’s Palace in downtown Toronto, on Nov. 15, 2019, prior to Begonia’s show there with Fast Romantics.