Music PEI is partnering with ECMA to bring the annual Canadian Song Conference (CSC) to East Coast Music Week 2019. The CSC has a unique program called the Canadian Songwriter Challenge, which gives songwriters from partnering provincial music industry associations the opportunity to collaborate by co-writing and recording brand new music.
This year, 12 songwriters from across Canada will partner to create new songs and present them to the delegates attending the Canadian Song Conference and ECMA. The selected artists are: Music NS, Dave Sampson; Music NB, Brittany McQuinn; Music NL, Chris Ryan; Music BC, Madison Olds; Alberta Music, Nuela Charles; Sask Music, Mike Harmel (of the band Government Town); Manitoba Music, Sierra Noble; Music Ontario
Tessa Gooden; MFM (N Ont), Greyson Gritt (of the band Quantum Tangle); Music PEI, Logan Richard; Music PEI, Jenni & The Hummingbird; Music PEI, Rachel Beck.
The songwriters will spend two days writing and recording in pairs and then have an opportunity to present the songs in a listening session designed to pitch the songs to delegates who will include music supervisors, publishers, labels, broadcasters and more.
The pairings are Dave Sampson with Sierra Noble, Brittany McQuinn with Madison Olds, Chris Ryan with Mike Harmel, Logan Richard with Nuela Charles, Jenni & The Hummingbird with Greyson Gritt, and Rachel Beck with Tessa Gooden.
The Canadian Songwriter Challenge has continued to have a positive impact on songwriters’ careers since its inception in 2015. “The Canadian Songwriter Challenge not only provided a unique lesson in collaboration, it left me with a new single that is now being played across Canada. It was an invaluable experience,” says Alicia Toner, referring to her latest single, Dangerous Home, which she co-wrote with Newfoundland’s Sean Panting during the 2018 CSC.
Participating songwriters also gain business connections and music placement opportunities. For example, 2018 participant Russell Louder was signed to Montreal’s Lisbon Lux Records as a result of the CSC, adding management and booking representation to their team.
To hear music created by past Canadian Songwriter Challenge participants, please visit Music PEI’s playlists on Soundcloud.
The Canadian Song Conference will take place from May 1 to 3 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.