CANADIAN SONGWRITING CHALLENGE

You can now register your interest for the proposed 2019 Canadian Songwriter Challenge, presented by Bell Media, to be held in spring 2019.

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The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is an annual songwriting workshop sponsored by MusicBC, SOCAN, CCMIA, and presented by Bell Media. Proudly curated and hosted by Nimbus at our studios in Vancouver, BC, we designed a workshop that provides a practical toolkit to help songwriters develop their skills in the craft of writing unique, commercially aware songs.

“The Canadian Songwriter Challenge was an incredible experience. The songwriters created an instant community, the Mentors were amazing – they pushed us and inspired us and I know I emerged a better songwriter. I didn’t want it to end!” – Dean Sawatzky, 2015 and 2016 Canadian Songwriter Challenge Participant

Previous mentors have included Kinnie Starr, Dave Genn (54-40) Jeff Dawson, Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother), Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason) and Blair Packham (Toronto Song Studio). This year, we’re proud to welcome back Dave Genn and Blair Packham as mentors, with additional mentors to be announced shortly.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You will need to bring a water bottle, writing materials (or laptop), a recording device, and a collaborative attitude.

DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERIENCED SONGWRITER?
No – all ages and abilities are welcome – we have had participants who have never written a song, producers and songwriters who do this professionally, and those in between.

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE LIKE?
We typically have one open-mic night and mixer on the first evening. The next two days are from 8-10 hours long, made up of demo critiquing (you can send in a demo of a song for our mentors to listen to and provide feedback), a lecture on songwriting method, industry panels, and of course, your songwriting time with your groups. You may also start your recording on the afternoon/evening of the second day. The final day is more recording, and the final listening and feedback session with mentors, followed by a closing night event. These are full days, and it’s an intensive schedule, so please ensure you have an open and flexible mind, and are ready to put in the work and stretch your creative minds!

HOW BIG ARE THE SONGWRITING GROUPS?
Ideally, three per group.

WHO ARE THE MENTORS?
2019 Mentors will be announced closer to the time.

Contact us at info@nimbusrecording.com or give us a call +1 (604) 875-8998

Classes start January 2, 2019.