Words & Music is pleased to continue extending its helpful “how-to” series for our members, “The Breakdown,” into the realm of short, question-and-answer videos.

 In this episode, SOCAN A&R Representative Houtan Hodania asks Cheryl Link, the Senior Creative Director of peermusic Canada – winner of SOCAN’s Publisher of the Year Award in 2021 – a common question for novice songwriters: “What does a music publisher do?”



SOCAN was a proud sponsor of the 23rd annual LEO Awards, celebrating excellence in British Columbia film and television, as it has been for every edition since the beginning in 1998. The Awards  were presented virtually on July 6, 7, and 8, 2021. SOCAN’s #ComposersWhoScore walked away with all nine musical honours.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

Best Musical Score in a Motion Picture
Michael Chambers and Rob Willey, for River Road

Best Musical Score in a Television Movie
Graeme Coleman, for Christmas Waltz

Best Musical Score in a Short Drama
Matthew Rogers, for Bubba Lou

Best Musical Score in a Feature-Length Documentary
Daryl Bennett, for Bisping

Best Musical Score in a Short Documentary
Brent Belke, for Martha

Best Musical Score in a Documentary Series
Grant Baldwin and Stephen Fuller, for Search and Rescue: North Shore – “Code Alpha” episode

Best Musical Score in an Animation Program
Alvand Jalali, for Eternal Igloo

Best Musical Score in an Animation Series
Matt Davis, for ABC with Kenny G – “JKL” episode

Best Musical Score in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series
John Coda, for Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite

The LEO Awards offer an excellent opportunity for SOCAN members who work in film and television to celebrate their accomplishments. For more information and a complete list of winners visit the awards website.



For its 2021 edition, the Gémeaux Awards has once again nominated several SOCAN members in the various music categories of this celebration of the Québec TV industry, and winners will be announced during the Industry Gala via the Gémeaux Awards Facebook page on Sept. 17, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. ET

Here are the finalists:

BEST MUSICAL THEME: ALL CATEGORIES
Michel CussonDistrict 31, Episode 529 (Aetios Productions)
Jonathan CayerFaits Divers – Saison 4, Episode 29 – “Les heures avant la mauvaise nouvelle” (Les Productions Sovimage)
Pierre-Luc Boisvert, Charles Dubreuil, Alexandre Parr, Simon Proulx La Semaine Des 4 Julie, Episode 60-13C (Les Productions ToRoS)
Kim Gaboury Les Histoires bizarres du professeur Zarbi, Episode 12 – “Camping sans bon sang/Coup de foudre” (Salambo Productions)
Michel CorriveauLes Pays d’en haut – Saison 6, Episode 52 (Encore Télévision/Les Productions Sovimage)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: FICTION
Philippe BraultBête noire, Episode 1 (Encore Télévision)
Miklos SimpsonDistrict 31, Episode 529 (Aetios Productions)
Jonathan CayerFaits Divers – Saison 4, Episode 32 – “Les heures avant la grande vengeance” (Les Productions Sovimage)
Michel CorriveauLes Pays d’en haut – Saison 6, Episode 52 (Encore Télévision/Les Productions Sovimage)
Jonathan CayerPatrick Senécal présente, Episode 1 – “Seule” (Zone3/Productions Starling Road)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: DOCUMENTARY
Alain Auger Joséphine Bacon : Je m’appelle humain (Terre Innue)
Viviane Audet, Robin-Joël Cool, Alexis MartinLafortune en papier (Les Productions sur le toit)
Marc Gravel, Joseph MarchandLe Dernier felquiste, Episode 6 – “La fin du FLQ” (Les productions d’octobre)
Philippe Grant Les Poussières de Daech (Rendez-vous Télé)
Philippe Bouchard, Gabriel Desjardins Les Rose (Babel Films/Office National du Film du Canada)

SOCAN congratulates its members for their nominations, and wishes them the best of luck. For more information on the various categories and the nomination process, visit the Académie website.

The 36th edition of the Gémeaux Awards will take place as follows:

  •  Industry Gala of the 36th Gémeaux Awards—Friday, Sept. 17, 2021—Live on the Gémeaux Facebook page at 8:00 p.m. ET
  •  Opening Gala of the 36th Gémeaux Awards—Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021—Broadcast on ARTV at 8:00 p.m. ET
  •  Official Gala of the 36th Gémeaux Awards—Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021—Broadcast on ICI TÉLÉ at 8:00 p.m. ET