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Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young & Stéphane Venne to be Inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

May 16th, 2017
Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, after a five year hiatus, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) Induction ceremony returns with four inductees — Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, and Stéphane Venne — at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall. The bilingual ceremony presented by Richardson GMP, will feature tributes and performances from sought after Canadian artists including, Arkells, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Damien Robitaille, Daniel Lavoie, Don Ross, Élage Diouf, France D’amour, Florence K, Julie Payette, k.d. lang, Randy Bachman, William Prince, and Whitehorse with special surprise artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets will be available to the public on Friday, May 19 starting at 10 a.m. via www.cshfinduction.ca and www.masseyhall.com.

“We are thrilled to be back to celebrate the extraordinary careers of Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young and Stéphane Venne at this year’s ceremony at Massey Hall,” says Stan Meissner, chair of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. “These inductees truly highlight the depth and incredible legacy of the songwriting talent we have here in Canada.”

Beau Dommage [Photo by Michel Pinault]

Beau Dommage [Photo by Michel Pinault]

The CSHF is a national, bilingual, non-profit organization, founded to honour and celebrate Canadian songwriters. Since 2003, the CSHF has held seven successful induction ceremonies focusing on the unique craft of the song and celebrating the value of music in our society. This year’s induction ceremony will be recorded for later broadcast by CBC Music in association with ICI Musique.

Multi-platinum selling rock band Beau Dommage, consisting of members Marie-Michèle Desrosiers, Michel  Rivard, Pierre Huet, Robert Léger, Pierre Bertrand, Michel Hinton, and Réal Desrosiers, broke sales records with their self-titled debut album in 1974. Their second album, Où est passée la noce?, went platinum on the first day of sales. Beau Dommage went on to be the first group to receive the Medal of Honour at the National Assembly of Quebec and in 2013 they were chosen by Canada Post to be depicted on their own stamp.

Neil Young

Neil Young

“For nearly a century, from Madame Bolduc to Louis-Jean Cormier, thousands of Québec artists have sung and still sing, day in, day out and in French, the very soul of the people,” says Beau Dommage. “Beau Dommage is proud to be one link in that chain. To us, this honour underscores the smiling tenacity of la chanson Québécoise.”

Bruce Cockburn’s illustrious career has spanned over five decades.  Cockburn has deftly captured the joy, pain, fear, and faith of human experience in song, earning him 12 JUNO Awards, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

“I’m honoured and deeply gratified to have the recognition of my work expressed by my being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. It’s a gas!” said Bruce Cockburn.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neil Young is one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer-songwriters of his generation. From the beginning of his solo career in the late ’60s through to the 21st century, he has never stopped writing, recording, and performing. The multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning artist has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Stéphane Venne

Stéphane Venne

Acclaimed songwriter, arranger, and producer Stéphane Venne has written over 400 songs (words and music) to date. Twenty of his works charted at number one and are currently among the SOCAN Classics for accumulating over 25,000 radio plays.

“Beyond the ultimate compliment of being inducted in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, I would like to make a wish. I have, for the vast majority of my career, been a writer and composer, with basically no exposure as an artist. I hope my experience can be an inspiration for those who like me, that have something special to contribute thanks to their writing and nothing but their writing,” says Venne.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.cshfinduction.ca  or www.masseyhall.com.

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