In what’s now become a tradition, the fifth annual SOCAN Spring House Party was held June 12, 2019, at our Montréal office, just in time for the city’s festival season. More than 250 songwriter, composer and music publisher members, as well as the movers and shakers of the Québec music ecosystem, and representatives of licensed business, attended the event. The evening’s music was provided by DJ Odile Myrtil and, as is also the tradition, several SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards were presented to writers and publishers for their recent chart successes.

Here’s the list of songwriters and music publishers that were honoured by SOCAN throughout the night:

Sam Tucker and Éditorial Avenue, whose song “California Queen” reached the top spot of the Correspondants Anglophone chart on Oct. 23, 2018.

Sam Tucker, Huguette Langlois, Guillaume Lafrance, Éditorial Avenue, Eric Baptiste, SOCAN,,Marc Ouellette

From left to right: Huguette Langlois (SOCAN), Guillaume Lafrance (Éditorial Avenue), Sam Tucker, Eric Baptiste (SOCAN), Marc Ouellette (SOCAN).

Vincent Vallières, Philippe Bergeron, Éditions Bonsound and Éditions Les Trente Arpents, whose song “Au matin du lendemain,” performed by Vincent Vallières, reached the top spot of the Correspondants chart on Feb. 12, 2019.

Geneviève Côté, David Charest, Philippe B, Marie-Ève Rochon, Éditions Bonsound, Eric Baptiste, Marc Ouellette, SOCAN

From left to right: Geneviève Côté (SOCAN), David Charest (SOCAN), Philippe B, Marie-Ève Rochon (Éditions Bonsound), Eric Baptiste (SOCAN), Marc Ouellette (SOCAN).

Simon Proulx, Charles Dubreuil, Alexandre Parr, Pierre-Luc Boisvert, and Éditions de La Tribu, whose songs “Corinne” and “Ouvre tes yeux Simon !,” performed by Les Trois Accords, reached the top spot of the Correspondants chart on Oct. 30, 2018, and April 2, 2019, respectively.

Nathalie Gagné, Simon Proulx, Eric Baptiste, Charles Dubreuil, Marc Ouellette, SOCAN

From left to right: Nathalie Gagné (SOCAN), Simon Proulx, Eric Baptiste (SOCAN), Charles Dubreuil, Marc Ouellette (SOCAN).

Jesse Proteau, Domenic Pandolfo, Martin Moalli, Carl Sylvestre, and Coyote Records, whose song “Fairplay,” performed by Zagata, reached the top spot of the Correspondants chart on April 23, 2019.

Nathalie Gagné, Domenic Pandolfo, Carl Sylvestre, Eric Baptiste, Marc Ouellette, SOCAN

From left to right: Nathalie Gagné (SOCAN), Domenic Pandolfo, Carl Sylvestre, Eric Baptiste (SOCAN), Marc Ouellette (SOCAN).

Ludovick Bourgeois, Fred St-Gelais, Éditions Bloc-Notes, Éditions J, and Éditions Lo Phat, whose song “Desert Song,” performed by Ludovick Bourgeois, reached the top spot of the Correspondants chart on Jan. 23, 2018.

Huguette Langlois, David Charest, Ludovick Bourgeois, Fred St-Gelais, Diane Pinet, Éditions Bloc-Notes, Eric Baptiste, Marc Ouellette, SOCAN

From left to right: Huguette Langlois (SOCAN), David Charest (SOCAN), Ludovick Bourgeois, Fred St-Gelais, Diane Pinet (Éditions Bloc-Notes), Eric Baptiste (SOCAN), Marc Ouellette (SOCAN).

Nelson Minville, Fred St-Gelais, Éditions Musicor, and Blu Dog Media, whose song “Pour commencer,” performed by Alex Nevsky, reached the top spot of the BDS chart on May 7, 2019.

Huguette Langlois, Arnaud Schauman, Musicor, David Charest, Fred St-Gelais, Nancy Brault, Blu Dog Media, Eric Baptiste, Marc Ouellette, Nathalie Gagné, SOCAN

From left to right: Huguette Langlois (SOCAN), Arnaud Schauman (Musicor), David Charest (SOCAN), Fred St-Gelais, Nancy Brault (Blu Dog Media), Eric Baptiste (SOCAN), Marc Ouellette (SOCAN), Nathalie Gagné (SOCAN).

Marc Dupré, Nelson Minville, John Nathaniel, John Nathaniel Productions, Éditions Dama, and Éditions Chansons du Suisse, whose song “Pourquoi t’es restée,” performed by Marc Dupré, reached the top spot of the BDS chart on May 21, 2019.

Nathalie Gagné, David Charest, John Nathaniel, Eric Baptiste, Marc Ouellette, SOCAN

From left to right: Nathalie Gagné (SOCAN), David Charest (SOCAN), John Nathaniel, Eric Baptiste (SOCAN), Marc Ouellette (SOCAN).

Amélie Larocque, Éditions Arielle, Éditions Marcha, and David Murphy et Cie., whose song “Léo Gagné,” performed by 2Frères, reached the top spot of the BDS chart on Oct. 9, 2018, and the Correspondants chart on Aug. 28, 2018.

David Charest, Huguette Langlois, Arnaud Schauman, Éditions Marcha, David Murphy, David Murphy et cie., Amélie Larocque, Eric Baptiste, Marc Ouellette, SOCAN

From left to right: David Charest (SOCAN), Huguette Langlois (SOCAN), Arnaud Schauman (Éditions Marcha), David Murphy (David Murphy et cie.), Amélie Larocque, Eric Baptiste (SOCAN),Marc Ouellette (SOCAN).

 

Steve Marin, Éditions du Baume, and Éditions Marcha, whose song “Au sommet,” performed by 2Frères, reached the top spot of the BDS chart on Feb. 27, 2018, and the Correspondants chart on March 20, 2018.

Huguette Langlois, Arnaud Schauman, Éditions Marcha, Steve Marin, Eric Baptiste, Marc Ouellette, SOCAN) and David Charest (SOCAN

From left to right: Huguette Langlois (SOCAN), Arnaud Schauman (Éditions Marcha), Steve Marin, Eric Baptiste (SOCAN), Marc Ouellette (SOCAN), David Charest (SOCAN).

Steve Veilleux, Productions Pop Culture inc., and Éditions Musicor, whose song “La nuit gronde,” performed by Kaïn, reached the top spot of the BDS chart on March 27, 2018.

Huguette Langlois, Arnaud Schauman, Éditions Musicor, Geneviève Côté, Eric Baptiste, Marc Ouellette, SOCAN

From left to right: Huguette Langlois (SOCAN), Arnaud Schauman (Éditions Musicor), Geneviève Côté (SOCAN), Eric Baptiste (SOCAN) and Marc Ouellette (SOCAN).

SOCAN congratulates all the members recognized for their accomplishments, and wishes everyone a wonderful summer, filled with music from our creative members!

You can watch the Facebook Live reel of these No. 1 Song Awards on the SOCAN Musique Facebook page. We’ve also created albums of the evening’s pictures and the springtime photobooth that welcomed guests in the lobby of our Montréal office.

 

 

 

 



SOCAN members will gather at SOCAN’s Annual General Meeting, to be held this year at The Gold Corp Stage at BMO Theatre in Vancouver on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and President and Chair of SOCAN’s Board of Directors Marc Ouellette will review our 2018 results, and provide a brief look at future plans.

Emerging singer-songwriter Luca Fogale will perform at the event, as will classic glam-rocker Nick Gilder, whose song “Hot Child in the City” – co-written with James McCullough – will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during the evening.

The meeting is open to any SOCAN member, and on-site registration begins at 5:00 p.m. PST. If you’re a member and are unable to attend, you’ll be able to watch a live streaming webcast of the AGM portion only on SOCAN’s English and French pages on Facebook Live, in both languages. It’s the next best thing to being there!



“Hot Child in the City,” a 1978 Billboard No. 1 smash hit co-written by Nick Gilder and James McCullough, and recorded by Gilder, will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18, 2019, at a special ceremony during SOCAN’s Annual General Meeting, in the writers’ hometown of Vancouver.

Rockers Gilder and McCulloch wrote the song after leaving their successful glam-rock band, Sweeney Todd. In addition to platinum record sales, “Hot Child in the City” was recognized with JUNO Awards for Best-Selling Single and Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year for Gilder, while he and McCulloch were also nominated for Composer of the Year in 1979.

“I’m honoured and humbled to be in such esteemed company of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and to have ‘Hot Child in the City’ join the catalogue of iconic songs that have helped shape Canada’s musical landscape,” said Nick Gilder. “Music will always be a great passion in my life. I am very thankful to everyone who helped to make this song a classic; my very creative collaborator Jim McCulloch, the great band, the tireless efforts of Chrysalis Records, my family, and our awesome fans, who continue to request the song on radio after all these years!”

“With so many successful singles and albums over his career, it’s wonderful to be able to highlight one of Nick Gilder’s biggest hits with the induction of ‘Hot Child in the City’ into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,” said Vanessa Thomas, CSHF Executive Director.  “The song is still instantly recognized today, more than 40 years since it was released in the late ‘70s, which is a testament to great songwriting and its cultural impact. We can’t wait to celebrate with Nick on June 18, and are honoured to have him perform at the song induction presentation.”

It was Hollywood that inspired ‘Hot Child in the City.’ The famous Sunset Strip, and the eclectic youth that flocked to it, fascinated Gilder, who recalls, “In Los Angeles you see everyone from different walks of life; a lot of would-be actors, the adventurous, the disenfranchised. The song is a celebration of life; ultimately, of going out and finding yourself. L.A. was a magnet for people trying to find themselves. We wanted to write this song about what we’d experienced and seen.”

Released in June of 1978, the song topped the Billlboard Hot 100 chart by October. By January 1979, “Hot Child in the City” was still charting, with performances on numerous television shows. including American Bandstand, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, and The Midnight Special. The song has appeared in several television shows and movies, including Ed, That 70’s Show, Nip/Tuck, Sex and the City, Going the Distance, and Barb Wire. In addition to its JUNOs, the song amassed a BMI Award and a 2006 SOCAN Classic Award. It was also chosen for erstwhile Canadian music trade magazine RPM’s Top 125 Cancon Hits in 1992 and Top 100 Cancon Tracks 1964‒1994.