Sam Roberts, Tom Cochrane, Avril Lavigne Shine At SOCAN Awards

Last night (November 24) some of Canada’s top artists of yesterday and today gathered in Toronto for the annual SOCAN Awards. The Awards, presented by the Society Of Composers, Authors And Music Publishers Of Canada, are doled out each year to honour the songwriters and publishers who have received the most domestic radio, film and TV air play.

- Nov 25, 2003

Last night (November 24) some of Canada’s top artists of yesterday and today gathered in Toronto for the annual SOCAN Awards. The Awards, presented by the Society Of Composers, Authors And Music Publishers Of Canada, are doled out each year to honour the songwriters and publishers who have received the most domestic radio, film and TV air play. This year’s event was hosted by Lawrence Gowan, best known for his hits in the ‘80s, including "Criminal Mind" and "Strange Animal." Throughout the evening, Gowan happily awarded trophies to a variety of writers representing dozens of musical genres. In the pop category, the names of the SOCAN recipients didn’t come as any surprise, since their songs are on the radio non-stop. Chart fave Sam Roberts was on hand to pick up an award for "Brother Down." Other Pop winners included Avril Lavigne and The Matrix for "Complicated" and Stephan Moccio and Aldo Nova, who composed Celine Dion’s "A New Day Has Come." Tom Cochrane was another big winner, picking up the National Achievement Award for his entire body of work. He was also given props for his "Life Is A Highway," which hit the 100,000 plays milestone last year. Other Canadian-penned songs that hit that mark in 2002 include Corey Hart’s "Sunglasses At Night," Gowan’s "Moonlight Desires" and Bonnie Raitt’s "Something To Talk About," which was written by Canadian Shirley Eikhard. Other special awards were given to francophone pop singer Robert Charlebois, who won the Wm. Harold Moon Award. Brian Chater took home a Special Achievement Award. In other categories, Chad Kroeger won the Rock Music Award for "Hero," Remy Shand won in the Urban Music category for "Take A Message," Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, Sean McCann and Chris Trapper won the Folk/Roots Music Award for "Sea Of No Cares" and Byron Mikaloff and Cristobal Tapia De Veer won in the Dance Music category for One Ton’s "Supersexworld." For more info and a full list of winners, visit the SOCAN website.

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