In a video interview, iconic singer-songwriter, Guess Who founder and frontman, and SOCAN member Burton Cummings – winner of the 2018 SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award – briefly discusses why he’s never spent more than an hour writing a song. He also tells the stories of how he met, and got to spend a little time with, legendary classic-rock-era superstars like Frank Zappa, and Jim Morrison of The Doors.



In a video interview, longstanding and hugely successful rock band and SOCAN members Our Lady Peace – winners of the 2018 SOCAN National Achievement Award – briefly discuss songwriting. Specifically, how they wrote the newly inducted SOCAN Classic song “Innocent”; how the band recognizes SOCAN; what effect songwriting independently in Los Angeles for the past 20 years has had on frontman Raine Maida’s approach; their dedication to the craft; and their advice for young songwriters.



In a video interview, legendary singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Sarah McLachlan – winner of the 2018 SOCAN Global Inspiration Award – briefly discusses how she turns musical ideas into songs, the challenge of writing lyrics, her pioneering work for gender equality, and what she thinks her legacy might be.