Toronto, ON (September 26, 2022) — This past weekend on Saturday, September 24, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame ushered in five new Inductees during a star-studded celebration at a sold-out Massey Hall in Toronto, ON. Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Daniel Lavoie, David Foster and Jim Vallance were honoured with heartfelt tributes and unforgettable performances that celebrated some of the Inductees’ most anthemic songs that have not only shaped music history, but pop culture.
Deborah Cox hit all the right notes to Foster’s “I Have Nothing,” while Charlotte Cardin and Pierre Lapointe sang in perfect harmony to Lavoie’s “Ils s’aiment.” The night highlighted many of Morissette’s songs from her trailblazing career, including an emotionally charged performance of “Ironic” sung by Jessie Reyez, “You Oughta Know” by Serena Ryder, and “Hand in My Pocket” by Alessia Cara who surprised audiences with her harmonica skills.
Corey Hart honoured Bryan Adams with a solo piano performance of “Everything I Do” and “Straight From the Heart,” while Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake brought the house down with a high-octane performance of “Summer of ’69,” the iconic song written by Adams and fellow Inductee Vallance. Presenters included Lawrence Gowan, Jim Corcoran, and Grammy-winning artist Olivia Rodrigo who expressed the “life changing” impact of Morissette’s songs and her admiration of her “grace, class, and heart.”
Each Inductee expressed their gratitude to those who have been part of their successes, and shared anecdotes of their humble beginnings and early careers that were inspirational, personal, and at times humorous, to the delight of the audience.
Additional performers included JP Saxe, Bruno Pelletier, Chicago’s Neil Donell, Bobby Bazini, Maurice Moore, Clerel, Tafari, Divine Brown, James Baley, and Ruby Waters.
Host Marie-Mai rounded out the performances with Vallance’s “What About Love,” and rejoined all of the night’s performers for the grand finale of “Tears Are Not Enough” written by Adams, Vallance, Foster, and Rachel Paiement. Dan Hill, Andy Kim, and Lorraine Segato were among some of the artists on the original recording who reunited for the finale; and Bruce Allen, who was responsible for bringing the artists together more than 37 years ago, was in attendance to see past and new generation of artists singing the charity classic.
The CSHF is pleased to acknowledge this year’s Gala sponsors: The El Mocambo, RBC Emerging Artists, SiriusXM Canada, Slaight Music, SOCAN Foundation, YouTube Music, peermusic, Boucher Guitars, Hargraft Insurance, EllisDon, Bureau du Québec à Toronto, YPO Gold the 6ix Toronto Chapter, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Creekside Estate Winery, M.A.C. Cosmetics, and Gowling WLG.
For more information about the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame go to www.cshf.ca.
The CSHF has its permanent home at the National Music Centre in Calgary, which features a celebrated catalogue of inducted songs that fans can listen to in addition to displays, exclusive artifacts and one-of-a-kind memorabilia celebrating Canada’s greatest songwriters and Inductees.
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The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) honours and celebrates Canadian songwriters and those who’ve dedicated their lives to the legacy of music; and works to educate the public about these achievements. National and non-profit, the CSHF is guided by its own Board of Directors, who comprise both Anglophone and Francophone music creators and publishers, as well as representation from the record industry. In December of 2011, SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) acquired the CSHF. The Hall of Fame’s mandate aligns with SOCAN’s objectives as a songwriter and publisher membership-based organization. The CSHF continues to be run as a separate organization. www.cshf.ca
Tran Nguyen, Centric PR