Thank U Songwriters: Alanis Morissette to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

More than 20 years after she burst onto the radio waves with Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette is set to join the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this September. 

“Some albums define a generation, but few albums can transform a generation as Jagged Little Pill did. Alanis is a tour de force who blazed her own trail amongst the male-dominated alternative rock landscape of the ‘90s and her intrepid approach to songwriting has influenced and empowered an entire generation of songwriters including Avril Lavigne, Pink, Katy Perry, Serena Ryder, Beyonce and Olivia Rodrigo to name a few,” says Stan Meissner, chair of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.  

Ryder will be among the performers during the ceremony, scheduled for September 24 at the El Mocambo, as will Jessie Reyez and Charlotte Cardin. Other performers will be announced in the coming months. 

In all, Morissette has sold more than 60 million albums after the success of Jagged Little Pill, her third album but the most successful to date. She co-wrote it with producer Glen Ballard and shattered record after record, topping the Billboard 200 album chart at a time when it was very much a boys’ club. She won a Grammy for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song, following that success with an armful of JUNOs, including Best Songwriter. Even now, nearly 30 years after the album’s release, Morissette is a high-demand performer, with more than 500,000 tickets sold for her Jagged Little Pill anniversary tour. 

Morissette continues to love singing, writing and touring, saying, “Ever since I was a young child, the one thing I always saw was me traveling around the planet and singing. I’ll be doing that until people won’t have me anymore, and probably still after that.

She’s expanded her empire as well: In 2016, she launched “Conversation with Alanis Morissette,” a well-respected and enjoyed podcast featuring chats with authors, doctors, therapists and educators on a variety of topics. 

Morissette received her star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2005 and will be honoured with the gala event on September 24 before her name will be enshrined in the National Music Centre in Calgary.  

Tickets to the ceremony are now on sale and can be purchased here

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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