CMPA President Vincent Degiorgio and Minister Bardish Chagger. Pic: Dave Chan
CMPA President Vincent Degiorgio and Minister Bardish Chagger. Pic: Dave Chan

CMPA In Ottawa: A Journey Inside The Song

Ottawa: Last Tuesday, the Canadian music industry gathered in the capital city to celebrate our nation’s talented songwriters and music publishers. “Inside the Song” was presented by the Canadian Music Publishers Association and the Juno Awards, with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.   

The evening opened with host Vincent Degiorgio, President of the CMPA, welcoming attendees and highlighting the importance of supporting songwriters. The need to foster a greater understanding of the role of songwriters and music publishers was a reoccurring theme of the event. His introduction was one of a series of speeches that honoured Canadian creators.

Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Seamus O’Regan, MP for St. John's South-Mount Pearl, and Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, echoed Degiorgio’s sentiments throughout the night.

Montreal songstress Sally Folk, Halifax-based rock-roots trio Port Cities, and Pickering’s Rob Wells and Shobha took the stage and discussed the songwriting process and their relationship with their music publishers. Diane Pinet (Bloc-Notes Music Publishing) mentioned during her interview with Sally Folk that “music is the signature of our country.” David Quilico (Sony/ATV Music Publishing) also spoke about his relationship with Rob Wells and Shobha.

To conclude Inside the Song, Rob Wells and Shobha performed a new Canadian-themed creation “Song to Sing”, which was inspired by Canadians answering the question, ‘What does Canada mean to you?’ through social media (#chansoncanadasong) and in-person interviews. The song’s lyrics “Oh, if you have a song to sing, we are listening. A place where many find a home and proudly call this land their own…” perfectly sum up what Canada represents – openness and acceptance.

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