The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame has inducted the song “Aimons-nous,” written by Yvon Deschamps and the late Jacques Perron, on Oct. 15, 2019, in Montréal. It took place during the inauguration of the Palestre Nationale pavilion of the Association sportive et communautaire du Centre-Sud, which is supported in part by Yvon Deschamps’ foundation. SOCAN interviewed him, and he told us about how this landmark song – a hymn to love that has withstood the test of time – came to be.

Hosted once again by MC Gilles, SOCAN’s 7th annual Gala Country took place on October 19 at André Mathieu Hall in Laval, Québec, where14 “Willy” Awards (named after famed Québec country singer Willie Lamothe) were handed out during an evening celebrating the success of Canada’s Francophone country music artists in the past year.

As part of SOCAN’s efforts to stress the importance of country music on the Quebec and Canadian music scenes, Geneviève Côté, SOCAN Chief of Québec Affairs, presented the Songwriter of the Year Award to Laurie LeBlanc, a Bouctouche, New Brunswick, artist who also won a two-week creative stay at the SOCAN House Nashville, and a $1,000 cash prize.

We caught up with him as he was leaving the stage (see left).




Among the evening’s other winners were:

  • Karo Laurendeau (Original Song Album, Song [“La fureur de vivre”], Female Artist, and Radio Show of the Year [Destination New Country];
  • Matt Lang (Breakthrough, Anglophone, and Male Artist of the Year);
  • Paul Daraîche (Show of the Year for Ma maison favorite);
  • Patrick Norman (TV Show of the Year for Pour l’amour du country;
  • Mack et Ro (Group of the Year);
  • Annie Blanchard (Covers Album of the Year for Welcome soleil;
  • Festival Western de St-Tite (Promoter of the Year); and
  • Yoan (People’s Choice Award).

For more details about the 2019 Gala Country, visit the Culture Country website.

SOCAN presented a “Cooking Beats” panel with multi-platinum artist/beat-maker/producer Hagler at the SOCAN-sponsored 2019 edition of IMSTA FESTA, a free, one-day music tech conference held in the Rogers Communications building at Ryerson University on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

Hagler landed his first major beat placement on Drake’s third studio album Nothing Was The Same. In addition to his work with Drake, Hagler has racked up credits for work with artists such as Chris Brown, A$AP Ferg, Teyana Taylor, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, and many more.

Young beat-makers, producers, artists, and industry personnel packed the room for the panel, moderated by SOCAN A&R Representative Aidan D’Aoust. The star producer focused on his authentic approach to beat-making. He doesn’t follow rules or strategies, and instead writes using his own emotions as inspiration. Re-submitting his beats to producers, and simplifying his beat-making process, were recurring topics of discussion during the session. He broke down tracks like Drake’s “Trophies,” and demonstrated some of his techniques for the audience.

SOCAN members attending the workshop included 2019 Polaris Music Prize winner Haviah Mighty, as well as Vivian Barclay, a member of SOCAN’s Board of Directors, and General Manager of Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd. Attending on behalf of SOCAN, in addition to Aidan D’Aoust, were Olivia Cummings, and Saba Seyedi.

There were also various other panels, booths, demonstrations, and master classes available to all attendees at IMSTA FESTA 2019.