The Prince Edward Island Songwriter Challenge

logo-music-peiMusic PEI held their second edition of the Canadian Songwriter Challenge as part of the annual Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference (CSC) May 19-21, 2016. It was a great event for both the Challenge participants and the local industry, bringing leading music industry professionals from across North America together to examine and discuss the art and the commerce of songwriting.

This year, local songwriters were paired up with songwriter mentors from across the country. Music PEI collaborated with CCMIA members MusicNL, Music Nova Scotia, Music/Musique NB and MusicOntario to select one artist from each of those provinces. Each pair of artists was set up in a studio so that they could write during the day and record once the song was completed. They then presented their songs to a group of 25 music industry professionals that included music supervisors, publishers, labels, radio, managers, agents, and more. The presentation was done at The Guild Theatre in Charlottetown.

The Conference/Challenge included two concerts, one at the Florence Simmons Theatre in Charlottetown and the other in Summerside at the Shipyard.

Recorded Songs from the Challenge (2016)

The following Soundcloud link is one complete track of all eight co-writes from the Challenge.

Feedback/Coverage (2016)

Matt Fisher from CBC 2 posted on the CBC blog “Songs You Need To Hear” blog about his experience at the Canadian Song Conference and highlighted on of the songs.

PEI’s The Guardian had great coverage for the Challenge.

Delegate Brad Machry from True North Records posted this blog.

Gallery (2016)