SOCAN has presented a No. 1 Song Award to Nick Henriques and Ultra Music Publishing for co-writing and co-publishing, respectively, the Loud Luxury song “Body” (featuring Brando), which reached No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS CHR Airplay Chart on June 18, 2018, holding the top position for six weeks straight.

A celebratory dinner, held on July 3, 2019, at Pai Northern Thai Kitchen in downtown Toronto, was attended by co-writers Loud Luxury (the duo of Joe Depace and  Andrew Fedyk), as well as original co-publisher Marty Simon of MRD-Music Revenue Data, and Matthew Smeaton of North Side Artists, which manages Loud Luxury – all four of whom were previously awarded for the song during 2019 JUNO Awards week in London, Ontario, in March of this year. Other co-writers on the song were Marlon McClain (ASCAP) and Cassio Lopes (ASCAP).

Representing Ultra Music Publishing at the event were Andreas Rizek, Asim “Awesome” Awan, and Adrian Strong. Also enjoying the dinner was Eric Henriques, who manages Nick Henriques, and Artist/Songwriter Veronica Rinomato. SOCAN attendees included CEO Eric Baptiste, Account Executive Daryl Hamilton, and A&R Representatives Melissa Cameron-Passley and Aidan D’Aoust.

Canadian classic hard rock band Triumph – composed of SOCAN members Rik Emmett (guitar, vocals), Mike Levine (bass, keyboards) and Gil Moore (drums, vocals) – will be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, on Nov. 23, 2019.

Triumph, being recognized in the Arts and Entertainment field, is an award-winning trio that’s earned multi-platinum sales and several certified gold records, with hit songs, including “Lay it on the Line,” “Magic Power,” and “Fight the Good Fight.”

Responding to news of Triumph’s coming induction, Rik Emmett called it “an incredible honour”; Mike Levine said, “We’d like to thank Canada’s Walk of Fame, and the fans, and the people of Canada”; and Gil Moore called it “a highlight of our career.”

At the same 2019 awards show – the 21st annual edition of the event – the other seven Walk of Fame inductees are:

  • Frank Gehry (Science, Technology and Innovation) – World-renowned architect responsible for some of the most important works of contemporary architecture across the globe.
  • Cindy Klassen (Sports and Athletics) – Three-time Olympian, six-time Olympic medallist long track speed skater, Canada’s most-decorated Olympian.
  • Mark Messier (Sports and Athletics) – One of the greatest hockey players of all time, six-time Stanley Cup champion, member of the Order of Canada.
  • Jim Treliving (Business and Entrepreneurship) – Businessman, venture capitalist, TV personality on the hit series Dragons’ Den, CEO of Boston Pizza International.
  • Will Arnett (Arts and Entertainment) – Emmy-nominated actor, producer, comedian, voice actor, best known for Arrested Development, 30 Rock, BoJack Horseman, and the Lego Movie.
  • Ernie Coombs (Legend Inductee) – Beloved children’s television icon known for his CBC series Mr. Dressup, which was on the air for nearly 30 years.
  • Dr. James Naismith (Science, Technology and Innovation) – A physical educator, physician, coach, and innovator who invented the sport of basketball in 1891.

Two more 2019 inductees will be announced at a later date.

The awards show will be followed by a gala celebration, and the show will air on CTV in December 2019. SOCAN members previously inducted include the late Leonard Cohen, Andy Kim, Col. Chris Hadfield, the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, Michael Bublé, Rush, Sarah McLachlan, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Nickelback, and kd lang.

Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson will be individually inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF), during the 2019 edition of Country Music Week. They’ll be inducted at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in Calgary on Sept. 5, 2019. The celebration coincides with the double-album compilation release of Ian & Sylvia The Lost Tapes, the next day, 60 years after the two singer-songwriters first met. In July of 1959, they began a musical journey, both as a dynamic duo and with distinguished solo careers, that would help put Canadian country music on the map globally.

“Ian & Sylvia were pioneers of the singer-songwriter movement – a genre firmly established today because of their leadership,” said Vanessa Thomas, Executive Director of the Hall of Fame. “As a performing duo they were superb, and it was apparent through their second album that they wanted to announce their strong individual songwriting skills as well, which continued to drive their authenticity throughout their music careers, spanning more than six decades.”

During the ‘60s and ‘70s, as the folk-singing duo Ian & Sylvia, they were among North America’s leading singer-songwriters, achieving commercial and critical success over 13 studio albums.  The duo performed their hit songs at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and Town Hall in New York City, and enjoyed appearances on television’s Hullabaloo, The Johnny Cash Show, Steve Allen Show, Mike Douglas Show, and the BBC.

Their folk standards “Four Strong Winds” – which CBC called the “most essential” piece of Canadian music – and “You Were on My Mind” were inducted into the CSHF in 2003 and 2007, respectively.  Ian penned “Four Strong Winds,” and Sylvia wrote “You Were on My Mind,” making her one of the few female folk artists to write a major song in that genre at the time. It was re-recorded in 1965 by American folk-rock quintet We Five, becoming a worldwide No. 1 hit single. Both songs cemented their individual status as songwriters.

Ian & Sylvia The Lost Tapes is culled from newly-discovered concert tapes from the early ‘70s, and includes never-before-heard versions of country and pop classics, cementing their reputations as engaging performers of folk, blues, country, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll.  Much of their best-known repertoire is superbly represented here.

Says Canadian music industry journalist Larry LeBlanc, “Along with the Byrds, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, Ian & Sylvia laid the foundation of Canadian country music and Americana music that evolved as a recognized source of popular culture.”

Ian, who loves the cowboy way of life, living on his ranch in Longview, Alberta, today performs his own Western-influenced repertoire; Sylvia continues to have a fascinating, still-thriving solo career, while also performing, writing, and recording with Quartette, alongside Caitlin Hanford, Cindy Church, and Gwen Swick.