Songwriter Activities

Canadian Songwriting Challenge 2019

The 2018 event took place July 6-8 in Regina.

Subscribe to our e-release, or follow SaskMusic socials to get notices when applications are opening up for the 2019 Bell Canadian Songwriting Challenge / SaskMusic Master Class in early 2019!  This will be a retreat-style workshop and co-writing weekend for intermediate to advanced songwriters with leading international songwriting teachers. Stay tuned!

Co-writing Rooms

SaskMusic hosts a monthly, collaborative songwriting series in Regina and Saskatoon for our members. This ‘event’ is facilitated one Sunday per month (excluding summer months). 3-4 songwriters per city are matched together for a 2-3 hour co-writing session. We are looking for interest from songwriters with interests in all different genres and at various skill levels. We provide a comfy space, snacks and beverages, and a facilitator; you bring the creativity and an open mind! 

The goal is for writers to try writing with people they may not have approached on their own, to build new relationships, gain experience in collaborating and co-writing, and generally advance their craft by stretching themselves in new ways. 

For those who participated in our past Master Classes, songwriting challenges, or Nashville writing rooms, it’s a similar idea. We are open to doing this in any locations around Sask where there is enough interest shown.

**NOTE: CO-WRITING ROOMS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER. CHECK BACK IN FALL 2018 FOR THE NEW SCHEDULE. 

Songwriting Groups Regina and Saskatoon 

There are currently two groups in the province that are operating in affiliation with the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC). 

Hosted by local singer/songwriters, these groups are a great way to connect more intimately with other songwriters in the community. The time is usually spent working on songwriting skills together and sometimes sharing a song or two. At some dates, a guest songwriter attends to chat about specific topics related to songwriting. 

All genres and skill levels are welcome to attend these free events!

Regina Regional Songwriters' Group (Regina Songwriters)

Coordinators: Wanda Gronhovd and Scott Anthony Andrews
Meetings: Production Studios, SaskMusic, 1831 College Avenue, 3rd Floor, Regina
Usually every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm - Upcoming meetings 2019: Thur Jan. 17, Thur Feb. 17, Thur Mar. 21, Thur Apr. 18, Thur May 16.
See their Facebook page for more info. 

 

Saskatoon Regional Songwriters' Group

Coordinators Michael Lander and Jay Semko
Meetings: Studio XII Music & Dance Co., 9-1025 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon
Every 1st Sunday of the month at 1pm

Upcoming Songwriters Meetings **Dates/times Changed**

Demo Recording Workshop w/Garageband
May 12th: 12pm - 3pm: Free
Learn techniques in multitrack recording using basic layering and effects to create a professional demo
 
Year End Live Performances
June 9th: 12pm - 3pm: Free
Featuring local songwriters sharing a few original songs. 

Please check out the Saskatoon Songwriter FaceBook Page!

Also offered at Studio XII Music & Dance Co.:

Group Classes
$10 per class/ $30 for four weekly classes
Sundays 3pm, 4pm, 5pm
Beginning January 6th
Location: Studio XII Music & Dance Co
9 - 1025 Boychuk Dr., Sasaktoon
Registration: Contact Studio XII or drop in!
Bring an acoustic guitar or electric with a practice amp and note pad

THEORY
Beginner - 3pm (0-3 years experience)(ages 12+)
- Basic Warm-ups 
- Keys
- Chord Foundations
- Using Scales
- Right hand strategies 

Intermediate - 4pm (3-5 years experience)(ages 12+)
- Intermediate warm-ups
- Knowing the fretboard
- Intervals/ear training
- Chord progressions/groupings
- 4 part chords
- Right hand strategies

IMPROVISING - 5pm
- Beginner (3-5 years experience)(ages 12+)
- Pentatonics
- Note characteristics
- Basic chord progressions
- The “blanket” approach 
- More with less

Be sure to check out our calendar for songwriter concerts, workshops and other events.

Songwriting competitions and other opportunities for songwriters can be found in our Sound Opps area.