2015 SOCAN Awards: Dallas Green, Randy Bachman among Canadian music creators honoured

Randy Bachman, Born To Be Wild creator Mars Bonfire, and City and Colour frontman Dallas Green among the recipients honoured for their achievements at the 26th annual gala in Toronto.

26th annual awards gala held Monday night in Toronto

Pictured here are this year's SOCAN Achievement Award winners (L to R): Dallas Green, Randy Bachman and Born to be Wild songwriter, Mars Bonfire. (Grant W. Martin Photography)

A group of Canada's most accomplished songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers were honoured Monday at the 26th SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) Awards in Toronto.

CBC Radio host and Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist, Randy Bachman, won the lifetime achievement award. Dallas Green, frontman of the bands Alexisonfire and City and Colour, earned the award for national achievement.

Other recipients included reggae pop band, Magic!, music industry pioneer Bernie Finkelstein, and Born to be Wild songwriter Mars Bonfire.

The ceremony, hosted by CMT Canada's Paul McGuire, featured performances by teen pop sensation Francesco Yates, 'doom soul' singer-songwriter, Cold Specks, as well as Bachman who was backed by Toronto rockers, Big Sugar.

They closed the night with a medley of American Woman and Takin' Care of Business and were accompanied by more than 600 guests playing cowbells in the audience.

The members of Magic! pose with their SOCAN Awards at the 26th annual gala The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. The reggae fusion band received honours for international achievement and the pop/rock music award. (SOCAN Music/Facebook)
"Canadian-made music is essential to Canada's culture, pride and economy," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "SOCAN's members are creating music that reaches millions of people at home, and touches hearts and minds worldwide."

The SOCAN Awards recognize the lifetime and more recent achievements of Canada's music makers in a variety of categories including pop/rock, dance, country, and film and television.

The not-for-profit organization will recognize outstanding Francophone music creators at an awards gala in October in Montreal.

A partial list of winners of the 26th SOCAN Awards:

  • Lifetime achievement - Randy Bachman
  • International achievement - Magic!
  • National achievement - Dallas Green
  • Special achievement - Bernie Finkelstein
  • Cultural impact - Mars Bonfire

Dance music awards:

  • Goodbye - Performed by Glenn Morrison feat. Islove
  • Hideaway - Performed by Kiesza

Pop/rock music awards:

  • Rude - performed by MAGIC!
  • Crazy for You - performed by Hedley
  • Heaven in Our Headlights - performed by Hedley
  • We Are Stars - performed Virginia to Vegas feat. Alyssa Reid
  • Chills - performed by Down With Webster

2015 SOCAN Classic Music Awards:

  • Burning in Love, New Girl Now, Wave Babies, What Does it Take, Feel It Again - performed by Honeymoon Suite
  • Private Eyes - performed by Hall & Oates
  • Monday Morning, Wild Eyes - performed by The Stampeders

International song award:

  • Dark Horse - performed by Katy Perry

Country music awards:

  • 3-2-1 - performed by Brett Kissel
  • Got a Feeling -  performed by Tim Hicks
  • Friends of Mine - performed by Jason Blaine

Urban Music Awards

  • Higher - Performed by Classified
  • Wanderlust - Performed by The Weeknd

Folk/Roots Music Award​

  • The Strumbellas​
The Strumbellas hold their SOCAN Award for folk/roots music at Monday night at the awards gala at The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. (SOCAN Music/Facebook)
For a complete list of winners see the SOCAN's official website.


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