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Here’s who will be honoured at the 2018 SOCAN Awards June 18

SOCAN, Canada’s performing rights organization (i.e. the company that collects royalties and distributes them to artists) has its annual awards ceremony coming up in Toronto on June 18. These songwriters are going to be honoured that night. (Fun fact: I’m going to deliver the intro speech for Our Lady Peace.)

From the press release.

Daniel Caesar – SOCAN Breakout Artist Award winner Daniel Caesar has made waves in Canada and beyond, including two mentions in Barack Obama’s favourite songs of 2017, for his Grammy-nominated, JUNO Award-winning debut album, Freudian.

Burton Cummings – A founding member of legendary Canadian rock band The Guess Who, whose songwriting credits include “Stand Tall,” “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “Break It To Them Gently,” and so many others, Burton Cummings will be honoured with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the music industry’s greatest accolades.

Frank Dukes – SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. The internationally acclaimed producer’s work has been heard on countless songs with some of the world’s biggest rap and pop talents, including Drake’s “Fake Love,” Post Malone’s “Congratulations,” Camila Cabello’s global sensation “Havana,” and hits by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and many others.

Sarah McLachlan – In the fight for female artists to gain recognition as box office contenders, few artists have fought harder than Sarah McLachlan. She receives SOCAN’s Global Inspiration Award in recognition of her many contributions to the music industry, profound impact on music education for Canadian youth through the non-profit Sarah McLachlan School of Music, and significant acclaim as a songwriter.

Our Lady Peace – The Toronto-based rock band best known for their unique sound on albums like 1997’s Clumsy receive the SOCAN National Achievement Award in recognition of their massive career contributions to alternative rock music and songwriting in Canada.

Everyone will receive a physical award called The SOCAN, the only music trophy in the world that’s also an actual musical instrument. It’s also the best-looking music trophy in the known galaxy. This year’s trophy will be tuned to the notes of Burton Cummings’ “Stand Tall.” Cool!



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