SOCAN honoured publisher peermusic Inc. with a No. 1 Song Award for “People’s Champ” by Arkells, which reached the top spot on the CBC Radio Top 20, on April 26, 2018.

SOCAN A&R Representative Melissa Cameron-Passley presented the award to peermusic’s Cheryl Link at Rosalinda restaurant in downtown Toronto, on April 3, 2019.

The song was co-written by band members Anthony Carone, Mike DeAngelis, Nick Dika, Max Kerman, and Tim Oxford. “People’s Champ” was published by peermusic Inc. at the time of the charting.

Backstage at the 2019 SOCAN Awards, we asked Breakout Songwriter Award winner Jessie Reyez some personal questions, about how success looks different than she thought it would, and her current preoccupation with mortality; her answers are typically honest and open.