Carly Rae Jepsen, Chad Kroeger Win Songwriting Awards
Carly Rae Jepsen and her “Call Me Maybe” collaborators Tavish Crowe and Marianas Trench’s Josh Ramsay were honoured Monday night in Toronto at the 30th SOCAN Awards.
The 2012 pop smash was named the Most-Performed Song in the history of the organization, which represents songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Jepsen, Crowe and Ramsay performed “Call Me Maybe” to kick off the gala at the Sheraton Centre.
Also fêted was Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, who was named the Most-Performed Songwriter in SOCAN history. Country star Dallas Smith performed Nickelback’s hit “How You Remind Me.”
Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies was honoured with the Cultural Impact award for penning the theme to Big Bang Theory, which the group performed along with “One Week.”
Music icon Buffy Sainte-Marie was on hand to be inducted into SOCAN’s Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her songs “Universal Soldier,” “Up Where We Belong” and “’Til It’s Time For You To Go” were interpreted by Melissa McClelland, Fred Penner and Josh Q.
Songwriters of the Year were Drake (Performer) and Frank Dukes (Producer). The latter – who worked on hits like “Havana,” “Better Now” and “Pray For Me” – also won three SOCAN Awards in the Pop category and one in Rap.
Jessie Reyez was presented with the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award and also picked up a pair of awards in the Dance Music category (for the Calvin Harris collaborations “One Kiss” and “Promises”).
Other winners include bülow, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, The Weeknd, Daniel Caesar and Shawn Mendes.
Bell Media (parent company of this website) was given the prestigious SOCAN Licensed To Play Award in recognition of its commitment to Canadian music programming and “fair music licensing.”