Canada’s music community gathered Nov. 21 at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto for the 2011 SOCAN Awards gala, co-hosted by Michelle Wright, Steven Page and Abdominal.
Country SOCAN Awards for songs that achieved the greatest number of performances on domestic radio during 2010:
• “I Believe in Angels” (Performed by George Canyon)
Composers: Johnny Reid, Jeremy Campbell (BMI)
• “Make Hay While the Sun Shines” (performed by Steven Lee Olsen)
Composers: Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace (BMI)
Publishers: ole, Roots 3 Music Inc.
• “Up All Night” (performed by Deric Ruttan)
Composers: Deric Ruttan, Jimmy Rankin
Publisher: Doc’s Cabin Songs, Song Dog Music Company
Meanwhile, The Stampeders were celebrated with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for a 40-year career which yielded more than a dozen Top 10 hits ( “Carry Me,” “Sweet City Woman”) and four Juno Awards.
Another of this year’s standout winners was Michael Bublé, one of the most successful singers in the world today, who won a Pop/Rock Music Award and the International Song Award for the 2010 hit “Haven’t Met You Yet.”
Prairie Oyster won the SOCAN National Achievement Award for a career of more than 30 years as an award-winning, chart-topping act. The band has won Country Group or Duo of the Year honors six times from both the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Juno Awards. They have numerous hit singles, gold and platinum albums, are Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees.