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Here are some important documents you’ll want to read before attending SongStudio 2016: 2016 Workshop Schedule (updated July 12) “What To Expect” Pamphlet Writing Your Own Song Charts (how-to guide) […]

Getting Ready for SongStudio: Important Documents!

Here are some important documents you’ll want to read before attending SongStudio 2016: 2016 Workshop Schedule (updated July 12) “What To Expect” Pamphlet Writing Your Own Song Charts (how-to guide) […]

by Blair Packham, SongStudio Program Director Let’s agree that the most basic job of the songwriter is to make the listener feel something. But let’s say you’re writing about your own […]

Strung Out… On Making the Familiar Fresh

by Blair Packham, SongStudio Program Director Let’s agree that the most basic job of the songwriter is to make the listener feel something. But let’s say you’re writing about your own […]

by Blair Packham, SongStudio Program Director The other day, I was talking about this blog of mine with a songwriting friend who had happened to read a few entries. He commented […]

Strung Out… on Clichés

by Blair Packham, SongStudio Program Director The other day, I was talking about this blog of mine with a songwriting friend who had happened to read a few entries. He commented […]

by Blair Packham, SongStudio Program Director It is probably not helpful to tell you “ideas can come from anywhere!” “Um, thanks, Blair, that really narrows it down,” I hear you muttering.  […]

Strung Out… on Where Ideas Come From

by Blair Packham, SongStudio Program Director It is probably not helpful to tell you “ideas can come from anywhere!” “Um, thanks, Blair, that really narrows it down,” I hear you muttering.  […]

Thanks to Steve Sweeney and Splashwave Productions, we now have a fantastic new promotional video for SongStudio, starring a large handful of our 2015 participants.    

New SongStudio Promotional Video

Thanks to Steve Sweeney and Splashwave Productions, we now have a fantastic new promotional video for SongStudio, starring a large handful of our 2015 participants.    

Thank you to the many songwriters who applied for our SongStudio 2016 Scholarships. We are now in a period of applicant review, and will post results by early April.  

SongStudio 2016 Scholarships Announced!

Thank you to the many songwriters who applied for our SongStudio 2016 Scholarships. We are now in a period of applicant review, and will post results by early April.  

Since December 2014, we’ve been getting together regularly in a SongStudio off-season open mic, and loving every minute of it.  It’s fantastic, getting together more often than just our annual […]

SongStudio Open Mics – January, March, April and May dates

Since December 2014, we’ve been getting together regularly in a SongStudio off-season open mic, and loving every minute of it.  It’s fantastic, getting together more often than just our annual […]

by Blair Packham, SongStudio Program Director I think it’s really important for human beings—not just songwriters—to be honest with themselves about everything, but especially their own motives for doing things. It’s […]

Strung Out… On Being Honest With Yourself

by Blair Packham, SongStudio Program Director I think it’s really important for human beings—not just songwriters—to be honest with themselves about everything, but especially their own motives for doing things. It’s […]

by Allister Bradley, SongStudio Technical Director Nobody is born with an innate ability to change the world. And yet, nobody has ever changed the world without having their own unique […]

Musings: Mix Blue and Red, and get… Awesome!!

by Allister Bradley, SongStudio Technical Director Nobody is born with an innate ability to change the world. And yet, nobody has ever changed the world without having their own unique […]

2016 SongStudio Guest Speakers and Faculty
  • Vincent Degiorgio is the president and founder of Chapter 2 Productions Inc., which houses the publishing entities Cymba Music Publishing, InterCym Music and The Billy Ray Louis Music Publishing Company. […]

    Vincent Degiorgio

    Vincent Degiorgio is the president and founder of Chapter 2 Productions Inc., which houses the publishing entities Cymba Music Publishing, InterCym Music and The Billy Ray Louis Music Publishing Company. […]

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  • “Ultimately, I want to communicate with the listener. I want people to understand the feelings I was experiencing, not only when I and several of my good friends wrote these […]

    Bryan Potvin

    “Ultimately, I want to communicate with the listener. I want people to understand the feelings I was experiencing, not only when I and several of my good friends wrote these […]

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  • Mary-Lu Zahalan is a Juno-nominated recording artist with three C.D’s to her credit. She was signed to a publishing deal with Sony Music and worked with such renowned producers as […]

    Mary-Lu Zahalan

    Mary-Lu Zahalan is a Juno-nominated recording artist with three C.D’s to her credit. She was signed to a publishing deal with Sony Music and worked with such renowned producers as […]

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  • Adam Faux is a Composer, Singer and Songwriter, Producer and Sound Engineer based in Toronto, and is represented by CCS Rights Management. His debut album was recorded in 1987 as […]

    Adam Faux

    Adam Faux is a Composer, Singer and Songwriter, Producer and Sound Engineer based in Toronto, and is represented by CCS Rights Management. His debut album was recorded in 1987 as […]

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  • Country-singer/songwriter Jessica Mitchell is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book.  Based in Toronto, she has spent the last decade digging deeper into her artistry, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, which has led her to become country music’s […]

    Jessica Mitchell

    Country-singer/songwriter Jessica Mitchell is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book.  Based in Toronto, she has spent the last decade digging deeper into her artistry, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, which has led her to become country music’s […]

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  • Jay Semko is known nationally as singer and bassist with multiple JUNO Award nominees and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members the Northern Pikes, internationally as an award winning […]

    Jay Semko

    Jay Semko is known nationally as singer and bassist with multiple JUNO Award nominees and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members the Northern Pikes, internationally as an award winning […]

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  • From Entertainment programming at McMaster University in 1969 to owner of his own Artist Management company, Bob Roper has seen, touched and impacted nearly every inch of the music industry in […]

    Bob Roper

    From Entertainment programming at McMaster University in 1969 to owner of his own Artist Management company, Bob Roper has seen, touched and impacted nearly every inch of the music industry in […]

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  • Nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, winner of a Grammy (as co-producer of “Seduces Me” on Celine Dion’s 30 plus million-selling “Falling Into You” album), winner of five […]

    Dan Hill

    Nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, winner of a Grammy (as co-producer of “Seduces Me” on Celine Dion’s 30 plus million-selling “Falling Into You” album), winner of five […]

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  • One half of the Acoustic/Roots duo Dala, Amanda has been a professional singer-songwriter for over 10 years. Dala has released six albums and a live DVD (PBS special) and spent […]

    Amanda Walther

    One half of the Acoustic/Roots duo Dala, Amanda has been a professional singer-songwriter for over 10 years. Dala has released six albums and a live DVD (PBS special) and spent […]

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  • Born in 1959, Blair Packham began writing songs at the age of seventeen.  After playing in a few cover bands, Blair landed a job with Toronto recording studio Comfort Sound, […]

    Blair Packham, Program Director

    Born in 1959, Blair Packham began writing songs at the age of seventeen.  After playing in a few cover bands, Blair landed a job with Toronto recording studio Comfort Sound, […]

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  • Allister Bradley is a singer/songwriter and record producer/engineer who has pushed himself to become a better songwriter with every passing year, and the results have shown in the quality of […]

    Allister Bradley, Technical Director

    Allister Bradley is a singer/songwriter and record producer/engineer who has pushed himself to become a better songwriter with every passing year, and the results have shown in the quality of […]

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  • Performing and writing songs since he was a Toronto teen in the 60’s, Bill McKetrick has shared the stage and the studio with an impressive array of top bands and […]

    Bill McKetrick, Operations Director

    Performing and writing songs since he was a Toronto teen in the 60’s, Bill McKetrick has shared the stage and the studio with an impressive array of top bands and […]

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  • Keysha (also known as Keysha Freshh), born Keisha Raisa Fanfair is a female rapper from Canada.Born in Toronto June 28th 1993, Keysha is the youngest of 3. Her family moved […]

    Keysha

    Keysha (also known as Keysha Freshh), born Keisha Raisa Fanfair is a female rapper from Canada.Born in Toronto June 28th 1993, Keysha is the youngest of 3. Her family moved […]

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  • Canadian artist Ember Swift is an internationally touring musician and songwriter, and founder of the independent label Few’ll Ignite Sound. Originally from Toronto, she has spent the past few years […]

    Ember Swift

    Canadian artist Ember Swift is an internationally touring musician and songwriter, and founder of the independent label Few’ll Ignite Sound. Originally from Toronto, she has spent the past few years […]

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  • A well-known songwriter once called Canadian Icon Marc Jordan “the real deal”. So what the hell does that mean? Maybe it suggests how many of us would respond to life […]

    Marc Jordan

    A well-known songwriter once called Canadian Icon Marc Jordan “the real deal”. So what the hell does that mean? Maybe it suggests how many of us would respond to life […]

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