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Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television presents an annual award for Best Achievement in Music: Original Song to the best original song in a Canadian motion picture.

From 1980 to 2011, the award was presented as part of the Genie Awards; since 2012, it has been presented as part of the Canadian Screen Awards.


Year Nominees Song Film
1st Genie Awards
No award presented
2nd Genie Awards
No award presented
3rd Genie Awards
Stéphane Venne "Il était une fois des gens heureux" The Plouffe Family (Les Plouffe)
Ann Mortifee "Gypsy Born" Surfacing
Neil Young "Comes a Time" Silence of the North
4th Genie Awards
Burton Cummings "You Saved My Soul" Melanie
Claude Fonfrède, Raoul Duguay "Le quéteux d'amour" Wild Flowers (Les fleurs sauvages)
Réjean Marois, Fernand Dansereau "Doux aveux" Sweet Lies and Loving Oaths (Doux aveux)
Fred Mollin "Just One Chance to Be Free" Spring Fever
Luc Plamondon, Germain Gauthier "Call Girl" Scandale
Leslie Pouliot "My Love for You" Harry Tracy, Desperado
5th Genie Awards
No award presented
6th Genie Awards
Yves Laferrière, Marjolène Morin, Paule Baillargeon "Touch Me" A Woman in Transit (La Femme de l'hôtel)
Germain Gauthier, Robert Léger, Daniele Faubert "L'Amour a pris son temps" The Dog Who Stopped the War (La Guerre des tuques)
Betty Lazebnik, Charles Dennis "A Little Piece of Forever" Reno and the Doc
7th Genie Awards
Lewis Furey, Leonard Cohen "Angel Eyes" Night Magic
Lewis Furey, Leonard Cohen "Fire" Night Magic
Lewis Furey, Eddy Marney, Howard Foreman, Judy Richard "Michael's Song" The Peanut Butter Solution (Opération beurre de pinottes)
Michel Rivard "Le temps nous dépasse" Jacques and November (Jacques et novembre)
John Sebastian "Nobody Cares Like a Bear" The Care Bears Movie
8th Genie Awards
Danielle Messia "De la main gauche" Anne Trister
Robert Joy, Andy Jones "Show Goin' On" The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood
Peter Pringle, Kevin Hunter "Cold As Ice" Toby McTeague
Gilles Vigneault "Les îles de l'enfance" Equinoxe
Peter R. Simpson, Paul Zaza "Out of the Fire" Bullies
9th Genie Awards
Jean-Pierre Bonin, Daniel De Shaimes, Jean Corriveau, Robert Stanley "Lost in a Hurricane" Night Zoo (Un zoo la nuit)
William D. MacGillivray "Mary's Lament" Life Classes
Maribeth Solomon "Rise and Shine" The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland
Guy Trépanier "The Great Land of Small" The Great Land of Small (C'est pas parce qu'on est petit qu'on peut pas être grand!)
Howard Forman, Krzesimir Dębski "When We're Together" The Young Magician (Le jeune magicien)
10th Genie Awards
Louis Natale, Anne Wheeler "Cowboys Don't Cry" Cowboys Don't Cry
Normand Dubé, Guy Trépanier, Nathalie Carson "We Are the One" The Tadpole and the Whale (La Grenouille et la baleine)
Louise Bennett "You're Going Home" Milk and Honey
Jay Gruska, Marc Jordan "Shadow Dance" Shadow Dancing
Rufus Wainwright "I'm Running" Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller


Year Nominees Song Film
11th Genie Awards
Bill Henderson "When I Sing" Bye Bye Blues
Claude Dubois, Dany Laferrière "On vit de femmes" How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired (Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer)
Colin Nairne, Barney Bentall, Gary Fraser "Restless Dreamer" American Boyfriends
Jane Siberry "This Old Earth" The Top of His Head
Maribeth Solomon "The Best We Both Can Be" Babar: The Movie
Maribeth Solomon "Elephant March" Babar: The Movie
12th Genie Awards
George Blondheim, Anne Wheeler "Such Magic" Angel Square
Rémy Girard, Claire Wojas "C'est plus fort que nous" Love Crazy (Amoureux fou)
Daniel Lavoie, Jean-Pierre Lefebvre "Quand tu partiras" The Fabulous Voyage of the Angel (Le fabuleux voyage de l'ange)
Patricia Rozema, Mark Korven "A Certain Slant of Light" White Room
Patricia Rozema, Mark Korven "Hello I'm Nobody" White Room
13th Genie Awards
Ron Hynes "The Final Breath" Secret Nation
Cam Wagner "Midnight Ride" North of Pittsburgh
Gord Norris, Larry Harvey "Oh What a Fool You Made of Me" The Shower
14th Genie Awards
No award presented
15th Genie Awards
Rheostatics "Claire" Whale Music
Penny Anne Baker, Michael Conway Baker "Far Away" Savage Land
Brad Hayes, Ray Bonneville "Say Those Things" The Myth of the Male Orgasm
Rheostatics "Song of Courtship" Whale Music
Glenn Schellenberg, John Greyson "Just Like Scheherazade" Zero Patience
Shari Ulrich, Graeme Coleman, David Graff "Every Road" Max
16th Genie Awards
No award presented
17th Genie Awards
Michael Turner, Swamp Baby, Peter J. Moore "Who the Hell Do You Think You Are?" Hard Core Logo
Steven Drake, Bruce McCulloch, Craig Northey "Some Days It's Dark" Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
Michael Timmins "House on the Horizon" House
18th Genie Awards
Luc Plamondon, François Dompierre "L'Homme idéal" The Ideal Man (L'Homme idéal)
Mychael Danna, Sarah Polley "The Sweet Hereafter" The Sweet Hereafter
Kristy Thirsk "Bounds of Love" Kissed
19th Genie Awards
Suzie Ungerleider "River Blue" The Fishing Trip
Daniel Lavoie, Claude Gauthier "Est-ce si loin Québec" Now or Never (Aujourd'hui ou jamais)
Michel Tremblay, François Dompierre "Laura la Belle" It's Your Turn, Laura Cadieux (C't'à ton tour, Laura Cadieux)
20th Genie Awards
Peter Luciano, Glenn Coulson, Joe Heslip, Marty Beecroft "One Thing to Say" Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang
Daniel Bélanger "Le Dernier souffle" The Last Breath (Le Dernier souffle)
Tim Burns "It's a Treat to be a Creep" Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang
John Wesley Chisholm "Beefcake" Beefcake
Benoit Jutras, René Dupéré "Alegría" Alegría


Year Nominees Song Film
21st Genie Awards
François Dompierre "Fortuna" Laura Cadieux II (Laura suite)
Michael Bublé "Dumb Ol' Heart" Here's to Life!
Michael Bublé "I've Never Been in Love Before" Here's to Life!
Lascelles Stephens, Keith Andes, Deborah Cox "29" Love Come Down
Lascelles Stephens, Keith Andes, Deborah Cox "Our Love" Love Come Down
22nd Genie Awards
Ron Sexsmith "Love Is Free" The Art of Woo
Simon Kendall, Tom Landa, Geoffrey Kelly "Parting Glass" Lunch with Charles
Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida "Can't Make It Good" Century Hotel
James McGrath, Joel Feeney "Falling Forward" Treed Murray
Osvaldo Montes "La niebla del tiempo" Le ciel sur la tête
23rd Genie Awards
Carlos Lopes "Com Estas Asas" Saint Monica
Laura Doyle "Let You Go" Suddenly Naked
Laura Doyle "Your Love" Suddenly Naked
Mel M'Rabet "Ab (Father)" Khaled
Michael Shields "Just Say Goodbye" Turning Paige
24th Genie Awards
Ken Whiteley "Tell Me" Falling Angels
Adam James Broughton, Jeanne Dompierre, Steve Galluccio, FM Lesieur "Montréal Italiano" Mambo Italiano
Pamela Phillips-Oland, David Martin, LeVar Burton "Center of My Heart" Blizzard
Luc Plamondon, Michel Cusson "Depuis le premier jour" Séraphin: Heart of Stone
Brian C. Warren, Mark Anthony "La Vie" Saved by the Belles
25th Genie Awards
Jacob Tierney, Ron Proulx "Pantaloon in Black" Twist
Pierre Houle, Lorraine Richard, Michel Cusson "Le Blues de Monica" Machine Gun Molly (Monica la mitraille)
Rebecca Jenkins "Something's Coming" Wilby Wonderful
Kyprios "Ignorance Is Beautiful (Help Me)" Childstar
Luc Plamondon, Patrick Doyle "Ma Nouvelle France" Battle of the Brave (Nouvelle-France)
26th Genie Awards
Glenn Buhr, Margaret Sweatman "When Wintertime" Seven Times Lucky
Daniel Bélanger "Tourner" Audition (L'Audition)
Sylvain Cossette, Robert Marchand, Michel Corriveau "Comme un plume au vent" The Outlander (Le Survenant)
Matt Murphy, Michael Mabbott "Just a Show" The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico
Matt Murphy, Michael Mabbott "Make Believe" The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico
27th Genie Awards
Jennifer Kreisberg "Have Hope" Unnatural & Accidental
Dan Bigras "L'Astronaute" Angel's Rage (La Rage de l'ange)
Eric Lapointe, Stéphane Dufour, Jamil "Tattoo" Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Bramwell Tovey, Richard Bell "In a Heartbeat" Eighteen
Patrick Watson, Caroline Dhavernas "Trace-moi" The Beautiful Beast (La belle bête)
28th Genie Awards
Valanga Khoza, David Hirschfelder "Kaya" Shake Hands with the Devil
Alan Doyle "Young Triffie's Been Made Away With" Young Triffie
Byron Wong, Luke Nicholson "Breathe" Poor Boy's Game
29th Genie Awards
Dr. Shiva "Rahi Nagufta" Amal
Loco Locass "M'Accrocher?" Everything Is Fine (Tout est parfait)
Bry Webb "Big Smoke" This Beautiful City
30th Genie Awards
John Welsman, Cherie Camp "Oh Love" Nurse.Fighter.Boy
Susan Avingaq "Pamani" Before Tomorrow (Le jour avant le lendemain)
Sari Dajani, Iohann Martin, Rudy Toussaint, John Von Aichlinger "Bon Swa" Heat Wave (Les grandes chaleurs)


Year Nominees Song Films
31st Genie Awards
Mary Milne "Already Gone" The Trotsky
Buck 65 "What's Wrong with That?" Year of the Carnivore
Cherie Pyne, Matthew J. Thomson "Tender Steps" Crackie
Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet, Stephen Pitkin "West End Sky" Grown Up Movie Star
Paul Spence "There's No Place Like Christmas" FUBAR 2
32nd Genie Awards
Carole Facal "Quelque part" Starbuck
Jay Brannan "My Love My Love" Cloudburst
Malajube "Œil pour œil" Good Neighbours
Steven Page "A Different Sort of Solitude" French Immersion
Jean Robitaille, Steve Galluccio "Waiting for Your Touch" Funkytown
1st Canadian Screen Awards
Emily Haines, James Shaw, Howard Shore "Long to Live" Cosmopolis
Erland and the Carnival "Out of Sight" Rufus
Erland and the Carnival "Wanting" Rufus
2nd Canadian Screen Awards
Jimmy Harry, Serena Ryder "It's No Mistake" The Right Kind of Wrong
Michel Cusson "À la claire fontaine" The Storm Within (Rouge sang)
Maerin Hunting "Iva/Moses" Stay
Elisapie Isaac "Far Away" The Legend of Sarila
Colleen Rennison "Molly" Down River
3rd Canadian Screen Awards
Manjeet Ral "Dal Makhani" Dr. Cabbie
Patric Caird, Sonya Côté "Danse Elegant" Tru Love
Lewis Furey "Road to Rainbow's End" Love Project
Ian LeFeuvre "The Whisper in Me" Dirty Singles
Dan Mangan "Wants" The Valley Below
4th Canadian Screen Awards
Jenny Salgado "C'est aujourd'hui que je sors" Scratch
Kris Elgstrand "Asshole Dave" Songs She Wrote About People She Knows
Peter Katz and Karen Kowsowski "Where the Light Used to Be" 88
Martin Léon "Red and Yellow" Our Loved Ones (Les Êtres chers)
Noah Reid "People Hold On" People Hold On
5th Canadian Screen Awards
David Braid "Could Have Been" Born to Be Blue
Nikan Boivin "Sokecimyekw" Before the Streets (Avant les rues)
Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne "Natalie" King Dave
Matthew Schellenberg "Draw Blood" Lovesick
Daniel Stimac "Almost Had It All" A Date with Miss Fortune
6th Canadian Screen Awards
Qais Essar, Joshua Hill "The Crown Sleeps" The Breadwinner
Dani Bailey "Rid the Dark" Hunting Pignut
Joey Sherrett, Chris Gordon, Nathaniel Huskinson "CTS Thief" Boost
7th Canadian Screen Awards
Dan General, Thomas Lambe, Adam Tanuyak "Trials" The Grizzlies
Sook-Yin Lee, Adam Litovitz, Alia O'Brien "Ghost of Love (Onakabazien Remix)" Octavio Is Dead!
Jean-Sébastien Williams "Help Is on the Way" Sashinka