TORONTO -- Renowned songstress Joni Mitchell and pop princess Nelly Furtado were among the honourees at the 2002 Socan awards.
Presented by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, the awards recognize the Canadian songwriters whose work received the most domestic radio, film and TV airplay in 2001.
Country star Paul Brandt was the host for Monday night's gala ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mitchell was given the Wm. Harold Moon Award for her contribution in bringing international recognition to Canada through her music.
Hailed as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of her generation, Mitchell, 59, wrote and performed songs such as Big Yellow Taxi, Help Me, The Circle Game and Both Sides Now.
In the pop category singer Nelly Furtado's songs I'm Like a Bird and Turn Off the Light were honoured for achieving the greatest number of performances on domestic radio.
Alt-rockers Nickelback, country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson, hip-hop artist Kardinal Offishall and Celtic band Leahy also won awards.
Myles Goodwyn, frontman of rock band April Wine, received the National Achievement Award. Formed in Halifax in 1969, April Wine had a successful career putting out 13 albums, which included the hit songs Fast Train, You Could Have Been A Lady and Just Between You and Me.
James Leroy, Terry Jacks and Ken Tobias were each awarded with Socan Classics Awards for songs that reached the 100,000 airplay mark on Canadian radio in 2001.
A second Socan ceremony is being held Tuesday in Montreal to recognize outstanding music creators from Quebec.