Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF)
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Le panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs Canadiens (PACC)
Founded 1998
Founder(s) Frank Davies
Headquarters
Key people CSHF Board Members
CSHF Team
Advisory Board Members
Founders
Founding Contributors
Founding Patrons
Patron of the Arts
Core-Funding Partners
Member Association Shareholders
Member Association Participant
Focus(es) "CSHF/PACC is a national, bilingual, apolitical, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Canada's rich songwriting heritage."
Website http://www.cansong.ca/

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (Panthéon des Auteurs et Compositeurs Canadiens) is a Canadian non-profit organization, founded in 1998 by Frank Davies, that inducts Canadians into their Hall of Fame within three different categories: songwriters, songs, and those others who have made a significant contribution with respect to music.

History[edit]

Founder[edit]

Frank Davies (music producer) came up with the idea for the CSHF/PACC while he was on the board for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). His position was as the first music publisher appointee and as the voice for songwriters and publishers among the group of music industry professionals who oversee Canada's Juno Awards. Frank has had a long career in music, mainly as a record producer and music publisher. He developed the Hall of Fame because he wanted increased public recognition for Canadian Songwriters.[1]

Award[edit]

Northern Island (1927) The award is a miniature replica of the sculpture 'Northern Island' created by Elizabeth Wyn Wood, who was born in Orillia, Ontario. Wood was a Canadian sculptor, who graduated from the Ontario College of Art (OCA) in 1926. The award was established in the year 2003.

Wood took many trips to the Pickerel River crossing, which is halfway between Parry Sound and Sudbury. She sketched, explored, swam, and feasted in the area she was enchanted by. It was in 1927 that Wood completed the first of the island sculptures which conveyed her true and unique artistic character.[2]

Mandate[edit]

The CSHF/PACC's mandate is to honour, celebrate and educate Canadians about the outstanding accomplishments of Canadian popular music songwriters and those who have contributed significantly to their legacy. Few people, even Canadians, are aware of the depth of Canada's rich musical heritage and the enormous impact our country's songwriters have had on contemporary music around the world. Canadian songwriters have penned hits for Rod Stewart, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Gene Autry, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Bing Crosby, Jacques Brel, The Counting Crows, Louis Armstrong and André Gagnon, to name a few. The revelation of this news is always a source of great pride for Canadians and cause for admiration internationally.[3]

Induction guidelines[edit]

Songwriters[edit]

Songwriters must be Canadian by birth or citizenship or have landed immigrant status and may be living or dead. Songwriters must have written or co-written the music and/or lyrics to a song or catalogue of songs in one or more of the following categories:

  • Having entered into popular culture and been sustained through oral tradition for a significant period of time;
  • Having achieved substantial regional, national and/or international status whether culturally, commercially and/or socially;
  • Having recorded a historical event or helped to define an era of popular culture;
  • Having created or helped to create a genre of music.
  • Songwriters must have made a significant contribution through a song or catalogue of songs published, or otherwise made available to the public in some form, for at least twenty-five years.
  • Songwriters shall be recognized by era, allowing the CSHF to honour inductees, annually or otherwise, within a given span of years.

Suggested Anglophone eras are:

  • Up to 1920
  • 1921 to 1955
  • 1956 to twenty-five years prior to the current year

Suggested Francophone eras are:

  • Up to 1920
  • 1921 to 1960
  • 1961 to twenty-five years prior to the current year[4]

Songs[edit]

An eligible song is a musical work that consists of lyrics and music, or music alone without lyrics, and written wholly or in part by a Canadian (that is, Canadian by birth or citizenship or having landed immigrant status), living or dead, and may qualify in one or more of the following categories:

  • Having entered into popular culture and been sustained through oral tradition for a significant period of time;
  • Having achieved substantial regional, national and/or international status whether culturally, commercially and/or socially;
  • Having recorded a historical event or helped to define an era of popular culture;
  • Having created or helped to create a genre of music.

An eligible song may be an adaptation of an earlier musical work provided the adaptation is itself sufficiently original so as to qualify for copyright protection as a new musical work.

A translation is not eligible for song induction independent of the induction of the original musical work. However, if the translated lyrics are not a straight translation of the original lyrics but instead articulate a new and original meaning and sensibility such that the translated lyric is itself a new work capable of copyright protection as an adaptation separate from the original musical work (including a straight translation of that work) then the adapted musical work may qualify for song induction.

Songs may have been written by previous songwriter inductees or eligible songwriter inductees and are subject to the same timelines and guidelines regarding eras as apply to the songwriters.[4]

Others[edit]

With respect to the induction of those individuals who have contributed significantly to the development and recognition of Canadian songs and songwriters (such as, but not limited to, publishers, performers, broadcasters and other members of the media, collectors and compilers of traditional material, performers of Canadian songs etc.) the board of directors will put forward prospective candidates, will solicit and will accept and review any recommendations made to them by outside parties and will thereafter determine any person or persons to be so honoured using the voting provisions for inductions laid out in the bylaws of the organization.[4]

Board approvals[edit]

In accordance with the CSHF bylaws, the number of inductees, if any, in any given year shall be at the discretion of the board. The board shall also have the option to override guidelines in exceptional circumstances.[4]

2008 inductees[edit]

2010 inductees[edit]

The 2010 awards were presented at a gala in Toronto on 28 March 2010 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.[8]

Legacy awards[edit]

Musical archivist Edward B. Moogk received the Frank Davies Legacy Award. The Canadian Music Publishers Association Legacy Award was presented to music promoter Guy Latraverse.

Pioneer era songs[edit]

Radio-era songs[edit]

Modern era performers and songs[edit]

The rock group Rush (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart) was inducted in 2010 as were several of its songs:

Francophone singer Robert Charlebois was also declared a modern era inductee, as was some of his songs:

  • "Demain l’hiver" by Charlebois
  • "Fu Man Chu" by Charlebois, Claude Gagnon, Marcel Sabourin
  • "Les ailes d’un ange" by Charlebois
  • "Lindberg" by Charlebois, Claude Péloquin, Louise Forestier and Pierre F. Brault
  • "Ordinaire" by Charlebois and Claudette Monfette

Two songs neither related to Charlebois nor Rush were also inducted into the Hall of Fame:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Founder". Official Community of Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Our Award". Official Community of Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  3. ^ "Background". Official Community of Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Guidelines". Official Community of Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  5. ^ "CBC VP apologizes to francophone artists for edited broadcast". CBC News. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  6. ^ "This Year's Inductees". Official Community of Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  7. ^ a b McDowell, Adam (2 March 2008). "Anka, Dubois inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame". National Post. Retrieved 2008-03-08. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Rush, Robert Charlebois among 2010 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees to be honoured at 6th Annual Gala on March 28, 2010 / CSHF finds permanent, physical home at the Toronto Centre for the Arts" (pdf). Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 

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