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TORONTO, - The Who's Who of Canada's music industry came together last night to recognize some of Canada's most talented songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 15th annual SOCAN Awards, held at the Carlu. Hosted by Lawrence Gowan, the SOCAN Awards recognize members' and other music industry influencers' outstanding achievements from the previous year. Several members were in attendance to personally accept their Award, including: Chantal Kreviazuk, Deric Ruttan, Kim Mitchell, Alannah Myles, Shawn Desman, Aaron Lines and Brad Johner.

Other award recipients included Avril Lavigne for "I'm With You," Joni Mitchell for "Big Yellow Taxi" and Chad Kroeger for "Why Don't You and I." Visit's Media Centre for a complete list of SOCAN award recipients and further details.

SOCAN introduced two new awards this year - The Lifetime Achievement Award and The International Achievement Award, The former was given to Professor John Weinzweig for outstanding success throughout his musical career. Weinzweig is a dedicated champion of twentieth century Canadian music.

He has distinguished himself as a composer of international renown, as an educator and mentor to many of Canada's foremost composers and as a dedicated advocate for the performance and publication of extended musical works. The International Achievement Award, which recognizes SOCAN members who have brought international recognition to Canada through their music, was bestowed upon the members of Nickelback. Nickelback exploded across the globe with their sophomore album, Silver Side Up - the follow-up to their gold-selling 2000 debut The State. Silver Side Up was an instant smash upon release in September 2001, selling over nine million copies to-date worldwide. Nickelback released the album The Long Road in September 2003, which was followed by a worldwide tour.

Kim Mitchell received The National Achievement Award for outstanding success in the Canadian music industry over the course of his career. Mitchell first appeared on the musical radar as the frontman/writer/guitarist for groundbreaking Canadian rockers Max Webster. Throughout the late 70s & early 80s, Mitchell toured with Max Webster across Europe and North America before deciding to go solo.

From 1982 to 1986, he took his solo act on the road selling hundreds of thousands of records and taking him to arena-rock headlining madness, selling out venues at a dizzying pace. For this, Mitchell received the Platinum Ticket award, established by Kingswood Music Theatre for his ability to surpass the 100,000 mark in seats sold. In the 90s, Mitchell released several albums, including the live album I Am A Wild Party and a greatest hits collection.

SOCAN also recognized Frank Davies with The Special Achievement Award for his contribution to Canada's musical industry and musical heritage over the course of his career. Davies founded the international music industry consultancy firm Let Me Be Frank Inc. in January 2000 after a thirty-five year career in the international music business. He was the Chairman and co-founder of TMP-The Music Publisher, Canada's leading independent music publisher through the 80s and 90s, and was most recently Chairman and founder of the non-profit Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

SOCAN will recognize outstanding Francophone music creators at a second awards show on Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at the Hotel Omni in Montreal. SOCAN members Jean Leloup, Luc Plamondon and the Respectables, to name a few, will join host Michel Rivard in celebration of this year's SOCAN award recipients.

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