25th annual SOCAN Montreal Awards winners (L-R): Klô Pelgag (Breakout Award), SOCAN’s CEO Eric Baptiste, Marie-Mai & Fred St-Gelais (Songwriters of the year), Stan Meissner, President of SOCAN, Conner Molander & Dylan Phillips of Half Moon Run (International Achievement) and Geneviève Côté, Chief Quebec Affairs Officer of SOCAN. (Photo: Michel Gagné/CNWGroup/SOCAN).
The 25th annual SOCAN Awards Montreal Gala was held Tuesday in the Grand Salon of the Hyatt Regency Montreal hotel. Hosted by Michel Rivard, this anniversary edition of the awards ceremony expressly sought to showcase successes of music creators and publishers from Québec and beyond.
Over 100 awards in 20 different categories were presented, including five honours for extraordinary achievement: Excellence, Homage, Global Inspiration, International, and Songwriter(s) of the Year.
The late “Gentleman of Country” Georges Hamel, a legend of the Québec country music scene, received the Award of Excellence, with his widow Réjeanne Leblanc accepting in Hamel’s name. During his 40-year career, the singer-songwriter recorded 44 albums that sold more than two-million copies, penned over 200 songs, received five Félix awards (ADISQ), and was granted the medal of the National Assembly.
One of the most famous managers in Canadian music history, René Angélil, received the Global Inspiration Award for his distinguished career and extraordinary influence. His son Patrick Angélil accepted the trophy on his behalf.
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