RIP : Shirley Eikhard , JUNO Award Winner and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee , has Died
Shirley Eikhard , writer of Grammy-Award winning song “ Something to Talk About ” as well as a twotime JUNO and multi-BMI Award winner and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee , has died . She passed away Thursday , Dec . 15 , at the Orangeville Hospital in Orangeville , ON , surrounded by friends . Eikhard was 67 years old .
The news of Eikhard ’ s passing was announced in a statement from her representatives . No cause of death has been publicly disclosed .
Born in 1955 in Sackville , NB , Eikhard held on to her Canadian roots through her career as a performer and writer . Eikhard ’ s songs have been notably covered by singers such as Bonnie Raitt , Cher , Anne Murray , and Ginette Reno . During her life , Eikhard wrote over 500 songs and released 17 studio albums .
Raitt ’ s version of “ Something to Talk About ,” released in 1991 , became a massive success . From Raitt ’ s Luck of the Draw album , the hit single peaked on Billboard ’ s Hot 100 and adult contemporary
SHIRLEY EIKHARD charts at # 5 in October of that year , and went to No . 8 on Cashbox . It placed even higher in Canada , at # 3 on the RPM Top 100 chart and # 4 on the adult contemporary charts . It also made the top 20 on RPM ’ s 1991 year-end chart . In Canada , “ Something to Talk About ” earned Eikhard a JUNO nomination as songwriter of the year , and later , SOCAN Classics and BMI awards . The single also earned Raitt a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Pop Performance .
Nickelback to be Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ( CARAS ) and CBC announced that globally renowned rock band Nickelback will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as part of the 2023 Juno Awards . The news was shared during a press conference at Rogers Place in Edmonton , where this year ’ s award show will be held .
Taking place in Nickelback ’ s home province of Alberta on March 13 , 2023 , the ceremony will appear on the Juno Awards Broadcast , produced by Insight Productions . It will also stream live across Canada , at 6 p . m . MT / 8 p . m . ET on CBC TV , CBC Gem , CBC Radio One , CBC Music , CBC Listen , and globally at CBCMusic . ca / junos and CBC Music ’ s Facebook , YouTube and Twitter pages .
( L-R ) DANIEL ADAIR , CHAD KROEGER , RYAN PEAKE AND MIKE KROEGER
Comprised of Chad Kroeger , Mike Kroeger , Ryan Peake and Daniel Adair , Nickelback is no stranger to the JUNOS stage . Since winning their first-ever JUNO award in 2001 for Best New Group , Nickelback has won a total of 12 awards spanning seven categories , including Album of the Year , Rock Album of the Year , JUNO Fan Choice , Single of the Year , Songwriter of the Year , Producer of the Year and Group of the Year . The band ’ s upcoming performance on the Broadcast will be their sixth performance on the show , having previously performed in Newfoundland ( 2002 ), Edmonton ( 2004 ), Halifax ( 2006 ), Vancouver ( 2009 ) and Ottawa ( 2012 ).
With a list of accolades that includes 23 chart-topping singles and more than 10 billion collective streams globally to date , Nickelback ’ s induction ceremony will look back at their 20 + year career and influence on rock music , in Canada and around the world . The festivities will also include a live performance from the band .
Check out our interview with Daniel Adair in Canadian Musician ’ s 2023 Focus on Drums on pg . 49 of this issue .
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