In a brief backstage chat with SOCAN, veteran hit producer and 2019 JUNO Humanitarian Award winner David Foster talks about the difference between winning awards for philanthropy versus music, and the hit-and-miss nature of songwriting techniques.

The outstanding accomplishments of Canada’s most prestigious songwriters, composers and music publishers will be celebrated at the 30th anniversary SOCAN Awards on April 1st in downtown Toronto, where legendary and emerging Canadian music creators, producers, writers, and publishers spanning nearly every genre will come together to shine a spotlight on Canada’s tremendous talent.

The SOCAN Awards will be marked with special honours for SOCAN-member music creators who have achieved the greatest collective number of radio, live, digital, television, and screen performances in SOCAN’s history.

Thirtieth Anniversary Honours:1

  • Chad Kroeger – The front-man for globally celebrated, diamond-certified rock band Nickelback, with songwriting credits that include chart-topping hits such as “How You Remind Me,” “Photograph,” and “Someday,” Kroeger will be honoured as the Most Performed Songwriter in SOCAN history, recognizing his massive accomplishments in music and songwriting.
  • “Call Me Maybe” – In 2012, British Columbia native Carly Rae Jepsen took the world by storm with the infectious “Call Me Maybe.” Co-written with Marianas Trench frontman Josh Ramsay and Tavish Crowe, the song catapulted Jepsen to the top of the music charts, becoming the best-selling single of the year and reaching number one in an incredible 47 countries worldwide. Jepsen, Ramsay, and Crowe will be honoured for “Call Me Maybe” as the Most Performed Song in SOCAN history.
  • Jack Lenz – from Due South to Little Mosque on the Prairie, Atomic Betty to Goosebumps, The Passion of the Christ and so many more, Jack Lenz has been a part of our television and movie experience for decades. For his incredible contributions to screen composition, Jack Lenz will be honoured as the Most Performed Screen Composer in SOCAN history.

2019 Special Achievement Winners:2

  • Drake – Following his Best Rap Song win at the 2019 Grammy Awards for “God’s Plan,” Drake will receive the award for SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Performer.
  • Ed Robertson’s The Big Bang Theory Theme – Robertson will be recognized with the SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for the profound impact The Big Bang Theory theme has had on contemporary pop culture.
  • Frank Dukes – From Post Malone to The Weeknd and Cardi B, Frank Dukes has worked with some of music’s biggest stars. For his contributions to the massive success of their, and many other songs, Dukes will be awarded the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Producer.
  • Jessie Reyez – A graduate of Toronto’s famed Remix Project, Reyez has proven herself to be a major force in the domestic and international music scene, and will receive the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award.
  • Murda Beatz – With a track record of hits, Murda Beatz remains top-of-mind on the list of in-demand producers. For his contributions to songs by Nicki Minaj, Migos, Cardi B, and more, Murda Beatz will be awarded the SOCAN International Achievement Award.
  • Keith Power – For his continued, inspired contributions to the world of film and television, Power will be honoured with his third consecutive SOCAN Screen Composer of the Year Award.
  • Ralph Murphy – He’s written for the likes of Shania Twain, Randy Travis, and many more. His songwriting credits are matched only by his dedication to the craft, and his passion for sharing his knowledge with the next generations. Murphy will be celebrated with the SOCAN Special Achievement Award.

In what is certain to be an memorable moment, legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie will be officially inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, recognizing her lifetime of unparalleled achievements as one of Canada’s all-time greatest music creators.

“In SOCAN history, Canadian music creators and publishers have been played worldwide, streamed billions of times, and continue to shine in Canada and globally,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “It’s our privilege to honour the very best in Canadian music, and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of this past year, while honouring the Canadian creators of the past three decades who have left their universal mark.”

In addition to performances by Dallas Smith and celebrated JUNO Award winners Barenaked Ladies, “The SOCANs” are expected to include live performances by Meghan Patrick, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, and Anders.

More than 45 awards will be presented at The SOCANs, for success in songwriting, composing, film scoring and music publishing. based on SOCAN data compiled over the last calendar year.

SOCAN Achievement and 30th Anniversary Award winners receive “The SOCAN” – the world’s first and only music industry trophy that’s also a musical instrument. The SOCAN trophy integrates five custom bronze SABIAN crotales, tuned this year with notes from the chorus of “Call Me Maybe,” chosen especially by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Sponsors of the 2019 SOCAN Awards are Gowling WLG, Crowe Soberman, Yamaha Canada Music, Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (ACTRA RACS), Hargraft Schofield LP, and Long & McQuade. Official charity partners: the Unison Benevolent Fund and the SOCAN Foundation.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the SOCAN Awards, a milestone and celebration of the accomplishments of Canadian music creators and publishers. The SOCAN Awards have been held in Toronto annually since 1990. The 2019 Gala de la SOCAN, celebrating and honouring the work of SOCAN’s Francophone members, will be held in September in Montréal.

1 Determined through extensive SOCAN data research of total domestic performances on all performance platforms.
2 Determined by SOCAN’s Board of Directors and the leaders of SOCAN’s Membership department.

Shawn Mendes almost completed a sweep, winning five of the six honours for which he was nominated at the 2019 JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 17, in London Ontario. Mendes earned  awards for Artist, Album, Pop Album (both for his eponymous record), Single (for “In My Blood”), and Songwriter of the Year, presented by SOCAN. His sweep was denied when the Fan Choice Award went to his fellow SOCAN member Avril Lavigne, who didn’t attend the awards. Mendes couldn’t attend either, but offered a pre-taped live performance of “In My Blood” from the other London, U.K.

Arkells were the only other multiple winners, adding Group and Rock Album of the Year (for Rally Cry) to their collection of previous-year JUNO wins, now totaling six on the mantel. They performed a high-energy version of “Hand Me Downs” on the Sunday night JUNO Gala broadcast, and frontman Max Kerman said backstage after the win that “The first time we played London as a band, we had to take the Greyhound here and we put our gear underneath the bus.”

During the pre-broadcast JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 16, presented by SOCAN (and where most of the year’s trophies were handed out), Arkells offered Indigenous Album of the Year winner Jeremy Dutcher a chance to finish his speech, cut short after his win, during their own allotted post-win time. The next night, Dutcher would say backstage that Arkells yielding their time to him is what reconciliation looks like.

David Foster, Laila Biali, Jeremy Dutcher, JUNO Awards

David Foster, Laila Biali, Jeremy Dutcher

Duo Loud Luxury started making music at London’s Western University, so winning the first JUNO of the entire weekend, for Dance Recording of the Year (for their hit single “Body”), and kicking off the televised gala with a booming performance, provided the best kind of homecoming for Joe Depace and Andrew Fedyk.

“I believe that music and love are the most enduring and powerful forces of good in the world,” said an emotional Corey Hart onstage at the broadcast gala, after being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. “Without you, my songs would have no home.” Jessie Reyez, who won R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (for Being Human in Public), quoted Hart when she accepted her award from surprise presenter Sting and Humanitarian Award winner, iconic producer David Foster. “To quote Mr. Hart, without you, there’s no home for my songs. And it’s such a beautiful line, because it’s true. None of it’s possible without your support.” Loud won the Francophone album of the Year for Une anneé record, and Milk & Bone won the Electronic Album of the Year for Deception Bay.

The SOCAN-presented, pre-broadcast gala was streamed live, reaching hundreds of thousands of music fans, and during which we presented the Songwriter of the Year Award. SOCAN also presented the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – known as “the jewel of JUNO week” – bringing together songwriters to play their songs and share the stories behind them. This year’s event featured heartfelt performances and amusing stories from host Alan Doyle,  as well as first-round participants David Foster, Tyler Shaw, and Elisapie, and second-round participants Dan Mangan, Meghan Patrick, and Laila Biali.

SOCAN also presented No. 1 Song Awards throughout JUNO weekend, to Bahamas, The Reklaws, Loud Luxury and Arkells. Backstage at the Saturday night gala, winners were interviewed on video by SOCAN after receiving their awards, and we also conducted other, private, exclusive interviews with several nominated and winning members. Additionally, we chatted with SOCAN members on the red carpet, and during the backstage media conference at the televised gala.

In the coming days and weeks, will share No. 1 Awards, video highlights, interviews and photos from the 2019 JUNO weekend, so please stay tuned to, and our social media.