Town of Canmore

Homegrown Songwriting Competition


Did you pull out that dusty guitar during covid? It is time to share your song as part of our first-ever Homegrown Canmore Songwriting Competition. Write and submit a song speaking to the theme of “Come Together”. Winning songs will have the opportunity to be professionally recorded and to be showcased as a part of Canada Day 2021. 

- 2021 Homegrown Songwriter Competition now closed. We thank all who applied! - 

The Details
-Submissions now closed
-Songs should focus on the strength, creativity and resilience of our Canmore community.
-Contestants will submit a song speaking to the theme of “Come Together”.
-Songs should be no more than five minutes in length.
-Entries will require a copy of song lyrics and a rough recording of the song to be included with the registration.
-Winning songs will have the opportunity to be professionally recorded and showcased in a pop-up performance as a part of Canada Day 2021.
-Submissions can be from an individual or a band
-All genres of music will be accepted
-Participants must be residents of Canmore
-In the case of a band, one member of the band must be a resident of Canmore
-Must have resided in Canmore for a period of twelve months at the time of applying
-Songs must be unpublished – the song cannot be owned in any part by a music publishing company
-Contestants cannot be signed to a music label or record company, or have had their music distributed through a major label or any of its affiliates.
-Employees (permanent and contract employees, and their families) of the Town of Canmore are not eligible to participate in the challenge
Youth – 12 to 18 years old on Dec. 31, 2020

Amateur – 18+ and must not rely on personal income primarily based from music-related sources
-Registration opens Feb. 19
-Registration closes April 11
-Jury adjudication from April 12-21 
-Winners notified April 23
-In-studio recording May 1-14 (single date)
-Recording mix completed May 31

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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