The British Columbia Songwriter Challenge


The third annual Vancouver Songwriting Workshop & Canadian Songwriter Challenge took place from April 27 to 30th, 2017. This three-day event included a kickoff gathering (on the evening of the 27th), song critiquing, co-writing, mentoring, professional development activities, demoing in a professional studio environment, and live performances. 21 registered songwriters and three volunteer songwriter/engineers took part in the workshop, which was led by three well-known, professional songwriters/producers.


The event took place in various locations in Vancouver: primarily at Nimbus School of Recording & Media, Photon Studios, and The Belmont Bar. The workshop took approximately two months to plan and execute. The Vancouver-based event was presented by Bell Media, and sponsored by CCMIA, Music BC, Nimbus School of Recording & Media and SOCAN.


Participants (2017)



  • Blair Packham: Song Studio, singer/songwriter, TV & film composer, recording engineer/producer, educator (Toronto)
  • Dave Genn: musician, producer, and a member of Canadian rock group 54-40 (BC)
  • Carly McKillip: Canadian actress and musician known for her title role in the television series Alice, I Think.

CLICK HERE for the 2016 edition of the Canadian Songwriting Challenge!

Gallery (2017)

Songs Recorded at Challenge (2017)