Drake, Jepsen honoured at SOCAN Awards

Carly Rae Jepsen at the Socan Awards in Toronto on Monday June 16, 2014. Craig Robertson/QMI Agency

Carly Rae Jepsen at the Socan Awards in Toronto on Monday June 16, 2014. Craig Robertson/QMI Agency

Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

They’re the Canucks who make the whole world sing.

 

Toronto rapper Drake, B.C. pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, singer Josh Ramsay of Vancouver emo-punk Marianas Trench, and Canadian folk music icon Gordon Lightfoot were among those honoured at the 25th anniversary of the SOCAN Awards Monday night in Toronto.

Drizzy got the Global Inspiration Award “for a music ecosystem propelling the careers of dozens of songwriters, beat-makers and producers.”

Jepsen, Ramsay and Jepsen’s guitarist Tavish Crowe received the International Achievement Award for the worldwide success of Call Me Maybe.

Lightfoot took home the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his prolific work, writing close to 300 songs.

Chilliwack’s Bill Henderson was also the recipient of the Special Achievement Award for his work with the ’70s Vancouver classic rock band and his contribution to Canada’s music industry.

The National Achievement Award went to Ontario’s Ian Thomas, who wrote such hits as Painted Ladies, Right Before Your Eyes and songs covered by the likes of Santana, Chicago, Bette Midler and America.

Each were on hand to receive their honours; although accepting for Drake were co-writers Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1-Da.

Performances at the SOCAN ceremony, which was held at the Westin Harbour Castle, included a Lightfoot tribute by Rose Cousins and Whitehorse playing hits such as If You Could Read My Mind and Sundown; a performance by Wrecking Ball’s co-writer Stephan Moccio; and Johnny Reid, Alan Frew, Marty Dodson and Glass Tiger performing Reid’s hit, Fire it Up.

Other SOCAN members who received songwriting honours include: (in the Pop/Rock category) Jacob Hoggard, frontman of Vancouver pop band Hedley for One Life, and members of Burlington-Ont.’s Walk Off the Earth for Red Hands; Mark Pellizer of MAGIC! for co-writing Inner Ninja in the Urban category; and Deric Ruttan for co-writing the Blake Shelton U.S. No. 1 hit Mine Would Be You in the country category.

Lawrence Gowan also received three SOCAN Classic Awards for A Criminal Mind, Dancing On My Own Ground and (You’re A) Strange Animal, each of which have earned more than 100,000 radio airplays over the years. 


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