26th Annual Socan Awards+Gala-Mon.,June 22nd,2015@Westin Harbour Castle
SOCAN honored the legendary Randy Bachman, Bernie Finkelstein, and Mars Bonfire with a lifetime achievement award and the Canadian music industry honoured some of Canada’s most talented songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 26th Annual SOCAN Awards Gala.
The event acknowledges SOCAN members’ outstanding national and international achievements from the previous year. Past honourees include Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Trooper, Dean Brody, Alyssa Reid, Alex Cuba, Michael Bublé, Deadmau5, K’NAAN and Fefe Dobson among others.
Attendees included: The Weeknd; Eric Baptiste, SOCAN CEO; Stan Meissner, SOCAN President; Paul McGuire; Randy Bachman (BTO, Guess Who); Mars Bonfire; Dallas Green (Socan National Achievement Award); Magic!(International Achievent Award); SHAD; The Strumbellas (Folk/Roots Music Award); Alyssa Reid; Down With Webster; Francesco Yates; Monster Truck; Cold Specks; Virginia to Vegas; Rich Dodson of The Stampeders; Kirk MacDonald (Hagood Hardy Award); Warren Pash; Ray Coburn & Derry Grehan of Honeymoon Suite; Jason Blaine; Bernie Finkelstein, founder of True North Records; Tim Hicks; DVBBS (Breakout Award); Glenn Morrison & Islove and Brett Kissel (Country Music Award)
There was a performances by: Francesco Yates, Heavy metal legends Anvil honouring the great hit “Born To Be Wild” and an All Star Band featuring Randy Bachman performing “Taking Care Of Business” with Colin MacDonald of The Trews on Lead Vocals.