Toronto, ON (August 31, 2022) — The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award, Eli Brown (Anglophone Winner) and Lou-Adriane Cassidy (Francophone Winner) who are being recognized for their outstanding songwriting achievements in their early careers and as emerging stars in the making. Established in 2017, the Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award has shortlisted and bestowed the honour to songwriters who have gone on to have trajectory careers including JUNO Alternative Album of the Year winner Mustafa; four-time 2022 JUNO winner Charlotte Cardin; and platinum-selling GRAMMY-nominated artist, Jessie Reyez.
In addition to receiving a cash prize, Brown and Cassidy will be highlighted at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on September 24th at the iconic Massey Hall in Toronto.
“From an innovative producer-songwriter who is making waves in hip hop, to a pop-alt singer-songwriter who has been twice shortlisted for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, this year’s winners of the Slaight Music Emerging Songwriters Award exemplify how talented and diverse the lexicon of Canadian songwriting truly is,” says Nick Fedor, Director, CSHF. “Without songwriters, there would be no songs to sing — so it’s imperative that we support and foster the success of emerging songwriters today, so that we can continue the legacy of celebrating Canadian songwriting excellence tomorrow. On behalf of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, congratulations Eli and Lou-Adriane on this deserving recognition.”
“It’s a privilege to be recognized here at home. Canada has been dominating the charts for the past few years and it’s cool to have contributed to this new wave. Thank you to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Slaight Family.” – Eli Brown
Eli Brown is an LA based platinum Canadian songwriter and record producer from Brampton, Ontario. He is best known for his work on Drake’s “In The Bible” with Lil Durk & Giveon, and Chris Brown & Young Thug’s “Big Slimes” feat. Gunna and Lil Durk. Inspired by sounds of the analog era, Eli caught the attention of numerous established producers with his unique and creative sound designs and relentless work ethic. As a true creative and music business innovator, he recognized the need for his fresh approach to “soundscapes” in today’s music and created Loophole Sounds, a ground-breaking music tech company that creates sound design tools now used and loved by many industry creatives. Eli has collaborated with major artists and producers including Tommy Brown, PARTYNEXTDOOR, No-ID, Rex Kudo, DaHeala, and London On Da Track. The primary focus of the next phase of his creative growth is strengthening his skills in executive production and artist development. In partnership with global hit-producer Wondagurl (Drake, Travis Scott, Jay Z), he is co-developing emerging artist Rhyan Douglas with global domination being the only goal in mind.
Eli has recently signed a global co-publishing deal with Toronto-based music rights company Kilometre Music Group as part of a joint venture with multi-platinum hit producer Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber).
The 2022 Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter contest consisted of 30 outstanding candidates, nominated by one of the two organized juries – one Anglophone and one Francophone – each comprised of esteemed music-industry experts. One Anglophone and one Francophone winner are determined by each jury after two rounds of voting.
ABOUT CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
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 therecord 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
ABOUT SLAIGHT MUSIC
Slaight Music was established in 2011 by Allan and Gary Slaight (Allan Slaight is known as Canada’s broadcast pioneer, music leader and a prominent Canadian philanthropist), with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. Slaight Music works with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. Slaight Music is also invested in the technology sphere, helping Canadian music entrepreneurs develop the next generation of digital platforms and services. The company also supports a variety of music-related events, causes and charities.
Tran Nguyen, Centric PR