An Ontario Songwriter Challenge 2019


The annual Northern Ontario edition of the Canadian Songwriter Challenge was presented this year in tandem with the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards (NOMFA) Conference in Sudbury. With the help of mentors Francesca Nocera a.k.a. Sun Sun (Above Top Secret, Witch Prophet) and Frannie Holder (Random Recipe, Dear Criminals), 11 songwriters were split into pairs (one trio) and each group composed a song to then be recorded. The participants also took part in the NOMFA Conference, taking in panels on the topics of publishing, radio, streaming, and collecting valuable data from your songs.

Participants (2019)


  • Esther Pennell
  • Vince Clarke
  • Fionna Tough
  • Nic MacDonald
  • Kelton Boyuk
  • Céleste Lévis
  • Jennifer Holub
  • Ryan MacDonald
  • Rose-Erin Stokes
  • Oli Palkovits
  • Martin Jenkins


  • Francesca Nocera a.k.a. Sun Sun
  • Frannie Holder

Gallery (2019)

Songs Recorded at Challenge (2019)