Arden tops SOCAN awards


TORONTO -- Canadian singer and songwriter Jann Arden was the big winner Wednesday night at the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) awards gala in Toronto.

Arden was honored by fellow Canadian composers and lyricists for six songs that last year received at least 100,000 spins on Canadian radio, including "Sleepless," "Good Mother," "Wonderdrug" and "Could I Be Your Girl?"

Other songwriters honored for 2005 radio-play success included Avril Lavigne for "Breakaway," sung by Kelly Clarkson, and Michael Buble for "Home."

Veteran rockers Nickelback, which took home hardware earlier in the week from the American Music Awards, grabbed a trophy from SOCAN for their hit single "Photograph."

The 17th annual songwriting awards gala also recognized a slew of classic Canadian songs that reached 100,000 airplays, including Five Man Electrical Band's "I'm a Stranger Here," "Hot Child in the City," written and performed by Nick Gilder," Sweeney Todd's "Roxy Roller" and the Powder Blues band's "Doin' It Right."

Veteran folk singers Kate and Anna McGarrigle received lifetime achievement awards, while the international achievement award went to Finger Eleven.

SOCAN collects and distributes royalties on behalf of Canadian music composers and authors.