Songs performed by George Canyon, Doc Walker, Johnny Reid and The Road Hammers were among the songs honored at the annual SOCAN Awards last night (11/22) in Toronto, ON. Sarah McLachlan was a standout winner, earning nine SOCAN Classic Awards for songs that reached at least 100,000 radio plays. Composer Galt McDermot (Hair) was named SOCAN’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Vancouver-based Songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Brian Howe was given the International Achievement Award for his work with Hinder, Daughtry, David Cook, Puddle of Mudd and more. Canadian rockers Nickelback also earned multiple recognitions for their hits “Gotta Be Somebody” and “If Today Was Your Last Day.”
SOCAN Country Songwriting Awards:
“Just Like You” (Performed by George Canyon)
Composers: George Canyon, Gary Harrison, Richard Marx; Publisher: None
“One Last Sundown” (Performed by Doc Walker)
Composers: Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Jon Mabe; Publishers: ole, Roots 3 Music Inc.
“A Woman Like You” (Performed by Johnny Reid)
Composers: Johnny Reid, Brent Maher; Publisher: Johnny Mac Entertainment Inc.
“Homegrown” (Performed by The Road Hammers)
Composers: Chris Byrne, Jason McCoy, Larry Haack, Bobby Taylor; Publisher: Airstrip Music