The 2023 SOCAN Gala took place on May 7 at La Tohu in Montréal. Here’s Part 1 of the interviews we conducted on the red carpet during that memorable evening.


The great Plume Latraverse received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The “bad boy” of the Québec music industry is naturally discreet, and usually shuns media availabilities, but he did agree to chat with us on the red carpet to discuss his unusual career. Working in the margins of the industry, Plume has nonetheless left an indelible mark on the Francophone music world with his “old, crooked tunes.”

Plume Latraverse, Gala SOCAN, 2023

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Success and awards are piling up for Montréal-based duo Banx & Ranx, made up of Zacharie “SOKE” Raymond and Yannick “KNY FACTORY” Rastogi. They’re behind hits by international star Sean Paul, as well as homegrown artists like La Zarra, Rêve, Preston Pablo, Zach Zoya, Marie-Mai and many others. Everyone wants to work with them! They stepped onstage several times during the Gala, winning the Anglophone Popular Music Award (for “Flowers Need Rain,” performed by Preston Pablo); the International Award (for “Tu t’en iras,” performed by La Zarra); and the prestigious Songwriter Award – Non-Performer. Here’s a snippet of their entertaining acceptance speech, and their thoughts from the red carpet.

Banx & Ranx, Gala SOCAN, 2023

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Ginette Reno
has left a permanent mark on Québec, and continues to do so, having just released her 42nd album. Her career path is full of important encounters with songwriters, who she says have given her the greatest gifts, and “taught her how to live.” That career is now celebrated with a Special Achievement Award. We caught up with her after this emotional moment to discuss, among other things, her special relationship with the creators of her songs.

Ginette Reno, Gala SOCAN, 2023

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In a world dominated by men, Nathalie Bonin is one of the most active screen composers in recent years – and one of the most rewarded as well. Among the international honours she’s earned over the past two years are a 2022 award and nomination at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards; being a 2022 finalist at the Music+Sound Awards; an award and nomination at the Mark Awards; and two awards for her scoring work for the documentary Women Warriors: The Voice of Change. Small wonder she was honoured at the Gala with the Screen Composer of the Year Award.

Nathalie Bonin, Gala SOCAN, 2023

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This year’s SOCAN Songwriter Award – Performer went to a duo who seem to have found a recipe for success, since every one of their radio singles has topped the charts, at one point or another. With their song “À ma manière” having accumulated more than  three million views on YouTube, and the song “Partout” having just passed the million-view mark, and with nearly 60,000 copies sold of the album Acrophobie, Roxane Bruneau and Mathieu Brisset more than deserved their SOCAN Gala honour! We caught up with them on the red carpet to find out more about their creative bond.

Roxanne Bruneau, Mathieu Brisset, Gala SOCAN, 2023

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SOCAN members Jully Black, Bruce Cockburn, and the late Salome Bey received their stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame, on Friday, May 26, 2023, after being inducted in 2020 and 2021.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity to speak, to express, and to represent every little Black boy and girl who looked out and didn’t see someone who looked like them on television, or hear them on the radio, or see them in film and TV, or see them teaching in schools,” said Jully Black on learning of her induction.

“Being inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame feels to me like an excuse for a party,” joked Bruce Cockburn on learning of his induction. “It feels wonderful. When I first heard the news, I was very excited. I was like, ‘What? Me?’”

The other seven Walk of Fame inductees who received their stars are:

  • Ajay Virmani (Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy)
  • Bret “The Hitman” Hart (Sports and Athletics)
  • Damian Warner (Sports and Athletics)
  • Frederick Banting, Charles Best, John Macleod, and James Collip (Science, Technology, and Innovation)
  • Graham Greene (Arts & Entertainment)
  • Keanu Reeves (Arts & Entertainment)
  • Lieutenant-General (retired) The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Humanitarianism)

SOCAN members previously honoured by Canada’s Walk of Fame include Drake, the late Leonard Cohen, Andy Kim, Col. Chris Hadfield, the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, Michael Bublé, Rush, Sarah McLachlan, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Nickelback, and kd lang.

In June 2023, SOCAN honours the contributions and impact of Black music creators, Indigenous peoples, and the LGBTQ2S+ community, all of whom have played important roles in shaping the history, culture, and heritage of our country, and the world.

In recognition of Black Music Month, Pride Month, and National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), SOCAN will share both new and recent feature stories, profiles, and personal columns of our members from these vibrant, crucial communities.

We’ll continue to support the contributions of BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ peoples in Words & Music, and on our social media channels. Please stay tuned for more this month – and every month.