National Music Centre
Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award
Overview and History
Celebrating Canada's Greatest Songwriters
Canadian American singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is one of the world’s first Indigenous pop stars and the first Indigenous person to receive an Academy Award, which she won for co-writing “Up Where We Belong” from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. Born in the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan and raised in the USA, she burst onto the folk music scene in 1964 with the passionate anti-war anthem “Universal Soldier.”
Stan Rogers was a gifted songwriter who shaped a generation of Canadian folk singers with his musical storytelling and warm baritone voice. Born in Ontario, he spent summers in Nova Scotia and was deeply influenced by the traditional sound and way of life in the Maritimes.
Eddie Schwartz is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer with worldwide critical and commercial success. Best known for writing the 1980 Pat Benatar track “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, his songs have been recorded by everyone from Joe Cocker to Donna Summer.
Singer-songwriter and folklorist Édith Butler is regarded as one of the first artists to promote Acadian culture in Canada and internationally. Often called the “Mother of Acadian music”, Butler has recorded over 27 albums and received numerous accolades, including a 1975 appointment to the Order of Canada and the 2009 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
Country-folk artist Ian Tyson was a pioneer of the singer-songwriter movement during the ‘60s and ‘70s, and is best known for penning the beloved Canadian standard, “Four Strong Winds.”
Singer-songwriter Sylvia Tyson was a leading figure in the mid-60s folk boom, and her 1962 composition “You Were on My Mind” remains one of the few hit folk songs written by a female songwriter of that era.
One of Quebec’s leading acts of the 1970s, the folk-rock band Harmonium bridged Canada’s two solitudes by achieving commercial and artistic success in French and English Canada alike.
« Our mandate is to honour and celebrate Canadian songwriters and those who have dedicated their lives to the legacy of music, and to educate the public about their achievements. »
Inducted Songwriters and Individuals
Yvan Dufresne was a central figure in the Quebec record industry as early as the 1950s.
Upcoming Events 2021
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September 02, 2021
Polaris Music Prize Nominee Mustafa, and Alt-Pop Sensation Ariane Roy, are the Winners of the 2021 Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award, presented by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
August 23, 2021
Nicole Beausoleil Receives APEM’s Christopher-J.-Reed Prize