Canadian Songwriter Challenge 2018


  • July 6, 2018
  • July 7, 2018
  • July 8, 2018



1831 College Ave, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Phase One - SaskMusic Offices - 1831 College Ave. (please use west side entrance)
Phase Two - Studio One - 2440 Broad Street

SaskMusic, in a multi-year partnership with the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media, is pleased to announce a three-day songwriting event. The group leader this year is acclaimed songwriter/producer Ryan Dahle (bio below).

In phase one of this songwriting retreat, a mix of experienced and emerging songwriters will be selected and organized into groups of three to collaborate and co-write. Songwriters chosen for this event will receive some class instruction on co-writing etiquette, agreements, and songwriting technique, and have an opportunity to network and establish permanent collaborative partnerships. Phase two will see three of the groups selected to record their demos at Studio One with Kieran Semple, as selected at the time of application by an industry jury. 

Songwriters considered for this opportunity must:

  • Be available for seminar(s) on the evening of July 6, and for the full day on July 7 (Phase one). 
  • To be considered for Phase Two, songwriters must attend July 6-7 and also be available for the full day on July 8. There are no exception to this rule.
  • Be a current SaskMusic member (please call or email if you have questions 1-800-347-0676_
  • Be at an intermediate to advanced level of songwriting (you have a catalogue of material, had material recorded, etc). Previous co-writing experience is not required.
  • Be willing to enter into co-writing agreements specific to each song created during this event
  • Agree to be photographed/videotaped for our reporting purposes

SaskMusic members of all genres are encouraged to apply. Participants from our 2015, 2016 and 2017 CSC are welcome to apply again. A jury of industry professionals will select participants based on level of songwriting experience and, if possible, to reflect a range of genres.

There is no registration charge for those selected. Lunches and refreshments will be provided. There will be a travel bursary available to those who are selected and who reside >250km from Regina, which can go towards the cost of travel/hotel etc (details will be provided after selections). 

Apply today! Deadline EXTENDED: Midnight, June 21, 2018



songwriting | production | film scoring | mixing | mastering | engineering

Ryan Dahle lives in a museum of music making gadgets, collectable instruments, microphones and noise making junk. His years on the road playing in his bands Limblifter, Mounties and the Age of Electric, have amounted to a massive bounty of unusual and unique instruments. In search of new and legendary sounds he hunts for deals on mysterious effects pedals, amplifiers, odd keyboards, samplers, tape machines and rare microphones.

Dahle attracts artists to his studio to record and write so they can utilize his collection of instruments as well as his keen songwriting ear and imaginative production techniques.

Ryan’s career as a songwriter began when his self-penned songs Remote Control and Ugly elevated his first band, The Age of Electric, to gold-selling status. Between Limblifter, AOE and Mounties he has written seven top 11 radio hits, was nominated for 4 JUNOs and won a CASBY award and SiriusXM Indie award.

Listening to any recording on which his name appears one cannot help but notice an unfailing quality of sound. His style as a writer, guitarist and producer shines through on any recording he touches. He strives for an organic performance and detailed production from himself and anyone with whom he is involved garnering him much adulation from fellow musicians. He has been an invaluable driving force behind many successful musical projects.

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