Songwriter Activities

Canadian Songwriting Challenge 2018

Applications for the Canadian Songwriting Challenge are now open! This year's group leader is acclaimed songwriter and producer Ryan Dahle and will be held July 6-8, 2018 in Regina.

Songwriters chosen for this three-day songwriting retreat will receive instruction on co-writing etiquette, agreements, technique, and also have the opportunity to network and establish collaborative partnerships with other songwriters. Three selected groups will have their demos recorded with Kieran Semple at Studio One on the last day of the weekend.

SaskMusic members of all genres are encouraged to apply. Participants will be chosen by a group of industry professionals based on level of songwriting experience and to reflect a range of genres. Deadline to apply is June 18, 2018!

For more information and to apply, check out: https://www.saskmusic.org/events/workshops/display,workshop/16148/canadian-songwriter-challenge-2018

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. In the meantime, check out the Regina Songwriter's Showcase on June 20!

Songwriting Master Class 2019

SaskMusic is in the planning stages for our fifth Master Class, which we anticipate taking place February/March 2019 in or around Regina. This will be a retreat-style workshop and co-writing weekend for intermediate to advanced songwriters with leading international songwriting teachers. Stay tuned!

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
Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm - Upcoming meetings May 17 and June 21 2018.
Note: This group is on a break for summer. Check their Facebook page for upcoming dates Fall 2018.

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

NOTE: This group is on a break for the summer. Check back for new sessions coming Fall 2018: please check Facebook page to confirm next date

 

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.