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After two years of running the poetry contest, we celebrated for one year with the 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience! Based on the model of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest, this twin project was a mentoring opportunity for unsigned Canadian singer-songwriters.


Entries were judged by a panel of singer-songwriters: 

  • Lesley Pike, Gibson's featured artist, 2013 and 2014 Sundance London film and music festival

  • Luther Mallory, former frontman of Crush Luther, pop-rock band with two #1 hits on Much More Music

  • Katie Rox, member of Nice Horse and former lead singer of Jakalope, industrial-rock band with multiple MMVA nominations

  • Melanie Durrant, 3x Juno Award-nominated artist (2013, 2014, 2015)

  • Theo Tams, Gemini Award-nominated artist and 2008 Canadian Idol champion


Like our poetry contest, the top three winners of the songwriting contest received online mentoring sessions and a posting on our website along with the names of the top 25 finalists. All top 25 finalists received an annual membership to the Songwriters Association of Canada, the contest's Industry Partner. 


For more information, read our CNW Press Release, our article for broadcast legend Alan Cross' A Journal of Musical Things, or visit the songwriting contest website at

This contest is closed, but learn about new songwriting opportunities currently available at Mentor Services!

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