Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara Among Honorees at 2016 SOCAN Awards

Courtesy of SOCAN
Kevin Drew, Gary Slaight and Andy Kim.

Songwriters Shawn Mendes, Drake, The Weeknd, Belly, Shawn Hook, Scott Helman, "Hockey Night in Canada" theme composer Dolores Claman, and music executive Gary Slaight were among the honorees at the 2016 SOCAN Awards last night at Toronto's Sheraton Centre, attended by 700 songwriters, publishers and members of the Canadian music industry.

SOCAN's special achievement award, created by renowned Canadian cymbal makers Sabian, actually doubles as a playable percussive instrument, while the non-special achievement award is a medal and a plaque to display the medal.

Hosted by the Rheostatics' Dave Bidini, the SOCAN Awards, now in its 27th year, recognizes Canada's music creators in a range of categories, including dance, urban, pop/rock, country, jazz, folk/roots, classical, and film & television, in addition to the major special achievement awards. 

SOCAN -- Canada's performing rights organization -- has 137,000 members and last year collected a record-high $307.8 million (USD $240.30M), distributing $276.2M to its members. 

Performances included Hook, who sang his platinum-selling single "Sound of Your Heart"; Matt Barber, who covered Edward Bear's "Last Song"; young siblings Lennon and Maisy Stella (just 16 and 12 years old, respectively) of the hit TV show Nashville doing a medley of songs that included Drake's "Hotline Bling" and The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face"; Crash Test Dummies frontman Brad Roberts performing his classics "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "Afternoons and Coffee Spoons," and up-and-coming singer-pianist Jordan Hart singing his original, "What Love is All About." 

SOCAN's presented major achievement awards to "Hockey Night in Canada" theme composer Dolores Claman (Cultural Impact Award); Canadian music industry driving force Gary Slaight (Special Achievement Award); The Weeknd (International Achievement Award) and his frequent co-writer Ahmad "Belly" Balshe (Songwriters of the Year); Alessia Cara (Breakout Award); and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid (National Achievement Award). The first licensed to play award went to Canadian Music Week.

 

See the full list of winners and songwriting breakdowns below:

2016 SOCAN Awards winners:

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye

NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Johnny Reid

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Gary Slaight

CULTURAL IMPACT AWARD
Dolores Claman
Hockey Night in Canada theme

SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Ahmad “Belly” Balshe

DANCE MUSIC AWARD
“Summertime”
Performed by Trevor Guthrie    
Trevor Guthrie
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter
Simon Wilcox 
Michael Wise
EMI Blackwood Music Canada
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd.

POP/ROCK MUSIC AWARDS
“Sugar”
Performed by Maroon 5
Henry "Cirkut" Walter
Mike Posner (ASCAP)
Adam Levine (BMI)
Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (AMRA)
Jacob Kasher Hindlin (AMRA)
Joshua “Ammo” Coleman (ASCAP)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

“Jealous”
Performed by Nick Jonas
Simon Wilcox
Nick Jonas (BMI)
“Sir” Nolan Lambroza (BMI)
Peer International Canada Ltd.
Fun Cooker
peermusic Canada

“Something Big”
Performed by Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes
Scott Friedman (BMI)
Ido Zmishlany (BMI)
Mendes Music 
Universal Music Publishing Canada

“Sound of Your Heart”
Performed by Shawn Hook
Shawn Hook
Todd Clark
Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk
Hyvetown Music Publishing
Arcade Songs
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.
Nyan King Music Ltd.

“Can't Feel My Face”
Performed by The Weeknd
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye Peter Svensson (STIM) 
Max Martin (STIM) 
Ali Payami (STIM) 
Savan Kotecha (ASCAP)
SONGS Music Publishing

“The Hills”
Performed by The Weeknd
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye Ahmad “Belly” Balshe
Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese
Emmanuel “Million Dollar Mano” Nickerson (ASCAP)
Tom Raybould (PRS) 
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
CP Music Group Inc.
SONGS Music Publishing

“Hotline Bling”
Performed by Drake
Drake
Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies
Timmy Thomas (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Nyan King Music Ltd.

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
“Make You Mine”
Performed by High Valley
Brad Rempel
Ben Stennis (BMI)
Seth Mosley (SESAC)

“Country Side”
Performed by Jason Blaine
Jason Blaine
Deric Ruttan
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
              
“Raised by a Good Time”
Performed by Steven Lee Olsen
Steven Lee Olsen
Cary Barlowe (SESAC)
Chris Stevens (BMI)
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
 
“Upside Down”
Performed by Dean Brody
Dean Brody
Scurvy Dog Music Inc.

URBAN MUSIC AWARDS
“Hotline Bling”
Performed by Drake
Drake
Paul "Nineteen85" Jefferies
Timmy Thomas (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Nyan King Music Ltd.

“Antidote”
Performed by Travi$ Scott
Ebony “WondaGurl” Oshunrinde
Bryan “Eestbound” Van Mierlo
Jacques Webster (BMI) 
Thomas Brenneck (BMI) 
David Guy (ASCAP)
Leon Michels (BMI)
Nicholas Movshon (BMI)
Homer Steinweiss (BMI)
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

2015 SOCAN CLASSIC MUSIC AWARDS
“This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide”
Performed by The Kings
David “David Diamond” Broadbent
John “Mister Zero” Picard
Red Brick Music Publishing 
                
“Let Go the Line”
Performed by Max Webster
Terry Watkinson
ole 
                
“Your Daddy Don't Know”
Performed by Toronto
Geoffrey Iwamoto
Michael Roth
Sony ATV Tunes
                
“Afternoons & Coffeespoons”
“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”

Performed by Crash Test Dummies
Brad Roberts
Universal Music Publishing Canada

“Something Big”
Performed by Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes
Scott Friedman (BMI)
Ido Zmishlany (BMI)
Mendes Music 
Universal Music Publishing Canada

“Sound of Your Heart”
Performed by Shawn Hook
Shawn Hook
Todd Clark
Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk
Hyvetown Music Publishing
Arcade Songs
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd.
Nyan King Music Ltd.

“Can't Feel My Face”
Performed by The Weeknd
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye Peter Svensson (STIM) 
Max Martin (STIM) 
Ali Payami (STIM) 
Savan Kotecha (ASCAP)
SONGS Music Publishing

“The Hills”
Performed by The Weeknd
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye Ahmad “Belly” Balshe
Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese
Emmanuel “Million Dollar Mano” Nickerson (ASCAP)
Tom Raybould (PRS) 
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
CP Music Group Inc.
SONGS Music Publishing

“Hotline Bling”
Performed by Drake
Drake
Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies
Timmy Thomas (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Nyan King Music Ltd.

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS - FICTION
Republic of Doyle
James McGrath
McLevin Music Inc.
Take The Shot Productions Inc.

Murdoch Mysteries
Robert Carli
Shaftesbury
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS – NON-FICTION
Museum Secrets
Eric Cadesky
Nicholas Dyer
Cadesky Dyer Music Publishing

Dragons’ Den
Andrew Cash
Josh Finlayson
Elmarush Songs

DOMESTIC TV MUSIC AWARDS – ANIMATED
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
James Chapple
Graeme Cornies
David Kelly
Brian Pickett

Johnny Test
Ian LeFeuvre
Ari Posner 
Chris Tait
Cjar Music Publishing
ole

ACHIEVEMENTS IN FEATURE FILM MUSIC
San Andreas
Andrew Lockington
Universal Music Publishing Canada

Transcendence
Mychael Danna
Fintage Publishing Canada
Alcon Sleeping Giant

ONLINE STREAMING MUSIC AWARD
“Sugar”
Performed by Maroon 5
Henry "Cirkut" Walter
Mike Posner (ASCAP)
Adam Levine (BMI)
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald (AMRA)
Jacob Kasher Hindlin (AMRA)
Joshua "Ammo" Coleman (ASCAP)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

“Earned It”
Performed by The Weeknd
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye Ahmad "Belly" Balshe
Stephan Moccio
Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville
CP Music Group Inc.
Sing Little Penguin
SONGS Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Canada
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd. 

“Better to Be Loved”
Performed by Francesco Yates
Francesco Yates
Robin Hannibal (ASCAP)
Matt Morris (BMI)

“Jackpot”
Performed by Jocelyn Alice
Jocelyn Alice
Hello Moth

“Bungalow”
Performed by Scott Helman
Scott Helman
Ron Lopata
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter
Simon Wilcox
Fun Cooker
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
peermusic Canada
     
“Here”
Performed by Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
Robert Gerongco
Samuel Gerongco
Terence Lam
Andrew “Pop” Wansel (BMI)
Warren “Oak” Felder (BMI)
Sebastian Kole (BMI)
Isaac Hayes (BMI)
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
Sony ATV Songs

ACHIEVEMENTS IN MADE-FOR-TV FILM MUSIC
Honor Student
Christopher Nickel
Première Bobine Musique
Music Revenue Data

William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge
Catalin Marin

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM MUSIC AWARDS
Pompeii
Clinton Shorter

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Andrew Lockington

INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES MUSIC AWARDS
Paw Patrol
James Chapple
Graeme Cornies
David Kelly
Brian Pickett

Hawaii Five-O
Keith Power

INTERNATIONAL SONG AWARD
"The Hills"
Performed by The Weeknd
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye Ahmad "Belly" Balshe
Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese
Emmanuel “Million Dollar Mano” Nickerson (ASCAP)
Tom Raybould (PRS) 
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
CP Music Group Inc.
SONGS Music Publishing

MOST PERFORMED FOREIGN SONG AWARD
“Uptown Funk”
Performed by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

FOLK / ROOTS MUSIC AWARD
Amelia Curran

LICENSED TO PLAY AWARD
Canadian Music Week

BREAKOUT AWARDS
Alessia Cara
Tobias Jesso Jr.

HAGOOD HARDY AWARD
Robi Botos

JAN V. MATEJCEK NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
Dinuk Wijeratne