Saturday, May 27, 2017

CONGRATS! Local Winner/Honourees of the 1st Canadian Songwriting Competition!

The inaugural Canadian Songwriting Competition finished up on May 2017 and songs by a number of area musicians were honoured by this fantastic contest. There were multiple categories and a huge grand prize.

The only local artist to win was Cambridge musician Shae Dupuy, who earned the top spot in the Country genre. Like all category winners, she wins $250 cash, recording time for a single, professional consultation and a subscription to Canadian Musician Magazine.

Links: Shae DupuyMore Shae Dupuy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shae Dupuy

Three area songwriters were given honourable mentions in their categories: Burlington's Abby Hall (Under 18), JoJo Worthington (Gospel) from Waterloo and Guelph performer Mikalyn Hay (Pop).

Links: Abby HallVideo above courtesy of Abby J Hall

Links: Mikalyn HayVideo above courtesy of Mikalyn Hay Music

The Grand Prize winner was Ottawa's the Free whose song Freedom Island impressed the judges. His spoils include $5,000 cash, a round trip flight anywhere in Canada, consulting services, recording, mixing and mastering time, professional photography, a radio campaign and much more.


Below is a complete list of winners and honourable mentions:

Grand Prize Winner -  The Free: Freedom Island 


Winner - Shae DupuyWishing On You (co-written by Mike LittleDrew Gregory)

Honourable Mentions


Winner – Kelly Bado: Hallelujah


Winner – Ivory HoursWarpaint (written by Luke Melnik aka Luke Roes)

Honourable Mentions

Under 18

Winner – Mathew Magneson: Mrs. Politeness

Winner – AHI: Ol’ Sweet Day


Winner – Ria Jade: Number One

Honourable Mentions

Adult Contemporary

Winner – Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs: Act Like We’re In Love

Honourable Mentions

Musique Francophone

Winner – Yao: Dans le sang (co-wwritten by Sonny Black)

Honourable Mentions


Winner – Julian Taylor BandJust A Little Bit (co-written by Kinnie Starr, Robert Priest)

Honourable Mentions


Winner – Kyle Burghout: The Kettle Valley Railway / Clouds in the Kootenays

Honourable Mentions


Winner – I M U R: Swirl (written by Jenny Lea)

Honourable Mentions


Winner - Damian La Grange: Beautiful Distraction

Honourable Mentions

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