The Prince Edward Island Songwriter Challenge


Music PEI presented the Canadian Songwriter Challenge in May of 2017 as part of the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference. Music PEI takes a slightly different approach by inviting artists from across Canada through collaborations with the other provincial music industry associations (MIA’s). In 2017, 2 artists from Sask Music, and one each from Music Ontario and Music Nova Scotia collaborated with PEI artists.

The artists worked together for two days to write and record 2 songs with each pair being set up in a different studio. The results were stunning with immediate results in some cases and long-term relationships being developed in other cases. The pairs of Meaghan Blanchard and Gabrielle Papillon as well as Rachel Beck and Jordan Alexander both have determined to continue to work together as co-writers.

After the songwriting and recording process was completed, each pair of artists had an opportunity to present their demos at a listening session for delegates recruited for the CSC which will provide excellent business opportunities. These delegates included music supervisors, publishers and other industry professionals from Canada, the US and the UK.

Participants (2017)

  • Meaghan Blanchard (PEI)
  • Gabrielle Papillon (NS)
  • Andrew Waite (PEI)
  • Ross Nielsen (SK)
  • Rachel Beck (PEI)
  • Jordan Alexander (ON)
  • Dennis Ellsworth (PEI)
  • Tyler Gilbert (SK)

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

Recorded Songs from the Challenge (2017)

Gallery (2017)

Videos (2017)