The SOCAN House in Paris is re-opening, and accepting new applications for travel, in compliance with applicable national and international guidelines. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we’ve adopted new terms & conditions/procedures around guest stays at the house. Please review the document here, and apply here.

Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, SOCAN has implemented reasonable precautions for SOCAN Members visiting the SOCAN Houses including:

  • A minimum of seven days between stays (reducing the risk of the virus remaining on surfaces).
  • A full deep cleaning of the house, completed by cleaners wearing masks and gloves, with the windows open to promote circulation in between stays.
    • Cleaning disinfectant, with greater than 60% ethanolor 70% isopropanol and an antiviral product, used on all high-touch surfaces (including, but not limited to keys, floors, door and drawer knobs, light switches, faucets, doors, closets, drawers, kitchen sink and appliances, iron, headboard, washer and dryer, windows, hair dryer, toilet, shower, bathroom sink, work surfaces, garbage bins, tables, chairs, remote controls, electronics etc.)
  • House linens (bed sheets/towels/rags/bathmat) are washed at a minimum of 60 degrees Celsius, and dirty laundry is removed on the day of checkout.
  • Books have been removed.
  • Guests are welcomed by an individual wearing a mask and gloves while respecting social distancing and without contact.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided in the apartment for guest use.

The SOCAN Houses in Nashville and Los Angeles remain closed, in accordance with the Canada-U.S. border closure, and essential-only travel mandates.

SOCAN is mourning the loss of Salome Bey, the American-born, Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, actress, and SOCAN member who has died at the age of 86.

Born in 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, Bey sang with her brother Andy and sister Geraldine as Andy & the Bey Sisters across the U.S., Europe, and Canada, before re-locating to Toronto in 1964. A larger-than-life figure whose artistic output and influence was felt around the world, in both music and theatre, her list of multi-disciplinary achievements was unprecedented, and included two album projects with Horace Silver; two Dora Mavor Moore awards for Indigo, a history of Black music that she conceived, wrote, and starred in; a Grammy nomination for Your Arms Too Short to Box with God for Best Cast Recording; and an Obie Award for Justine. Bey was made an Honourary Member of the Order of Canada in 2005.

Andy and the Bey Sisters recorded and released albums on the RCA Victor and Prestige record labels. Their debut self-titled album was produced by iconic country music star Chet Atkins, and the group was featured in the Chet Baker documentary Let’s Get Lost. After moving to Toronto and playing the jazz club circuit, Bey became known as “Canada’s First Lady of the Blues.” She appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, and later put together a cabaret show on the history of Black music, Indigo, which was eventually filmed for TV and aired on Superchannel, and later on CBC. Bey also released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, and of performances at the at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. Hip-hop producer Larry Smith (Run-DMC) played bass for Bey during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

As part of Northern Lights, Bey contributed vocals to the 1985 charity single “Tears Are Not Enough,” alongside Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Burton Cummings, Bryan Adams, Bruce Cockburn, Geddy Lee, and Kim Mitchell, to raise funds for relief of the 1983-85 famine in Ethiopia. Bey consistently mentored up-and-coming artists, and her musical theatre work Rainboworld provided a foundation for young artists to develop their skills through music, dance, and theatre. She nurtured an extensive list of Black Canadian artists, such as Deborah Cox, Divine Brown, Orin Isaacs, Simone Denny, and Shantall Young, among many others. In 1992 she received the Toronto Arts Award for her contributions to the performing arts, and in 1996 she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for lifetime achievement from the Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal.

Bey’s holiday special Salome Bey’s Christmas Soul aired on CBC and featured guests Maureen Forrester, Billy Newton-Davis, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, and the Faith Chorale Gospel Choir. She continued to appear in concert, often appearing with her daughters tUkU and SATE who, with other musicians, were known as Salome Bey & the Relatives. Bey started showing signs of dementia in 2004 and had been residing at the Lakeside long-term care facility until her eventual passing. In 2018, she was celebrated in the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women project created by The Honourable Jean Augustine. Bey’s late husband, Howard Berkeley Matthews, was one of the original founders and co-owners of The Underground Railroad, a historic eatery in the Black community from 1969 to 1979.

Bey is survived by her three daughters: singer SATE and singer/performance artist tUkU, and son Marcus Matthews, to all of whom SOCAN extends its deepest condolences at this difficult time.

To honor Salome Bey’s life and memory, her family kindly asks that you donate to The Freedom School Toronto (e-mail e-transfers can be sent directly to trustee

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is celebrating the induction of three TV theme songs co-written by Alan Thicke – Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, and Wheel of Fortune – with a virtual presentation that will air nationally on Global’s The Morning Show from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020.

Alan Thicke is best recognized as TV dad Jason Seaver on the hit situation comedy Growing Pains, but  his lifelong love of music has shaped a highly successful career behind the scenes, as he penning some of the most memorable television theme songs of all time. In fact, he had more than 40 television themes to his credit. Thicke wrote the Wheel of Fortune theme himself, and co-wrote the theme songs for both Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes with his first wife Gloria Loring and TV producer Al Burton.

Accepting the honour on behalf of his late father will be son Robin Thicke, the multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter best known for “Blurred Lines.” “The Thicke Family is honoured to accept this recognition on my father’s behalf,” says Robin Thicke. “My father was a proud Canadian, and although he was mostly known for his acting, hosting and philanthropic work, deep down he always wanted to be Gordon Lightfoot or Bruce Springsteen.”  He adds, “There’s no doubt that Alan would consider having his songs being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as one of his life’s greatest achievements. We’re sure he is playing his catalog for all his friends in Heaven right now. We love and miss you, Alan Thicke.”

“These three iconic theme songs that will be inducted to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame harken to the halcyon days of ‘80s television, when sit-coms and game shows brought multi-generational families together in their living rooms,” said Vanessa Thomas, Executive Director of CSHF.  “Alan Thicke had a unique talent to create catchy, memorable songs that appeal to a mass audience, while concisely encapsulating the essence of a show. Each song became as popular as,  and synonymous with, its show, and as the characters and actors who starred in them.”

Alan Thicke recalled what it was like to compose theme songs during their heyday: “The challenge was, you have 24 seconds to do something catchy and memorable and sum up the entire premise of the show, in case somebody had never seen it before. You had to do it with an internal rhyme scheme and a perky little ditty – so it was an interesting challenge.”

Following the televised virtual presentation of Thicke’s song inductions, fans will be able to view the permanent exhibitions honouring CSHF inductees and song inductions at the National Music Centre, located at Studio Bell, in Calgary. The National Music Centre is the physical home of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and will continue to honour and preserve the legacy of new inductees through exhibitions which feature stories, exclusive artifacts, and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.