Category Archives: Songwriting Contest

Christine Graves Wins Gil’s Hootenanny 2017 Songwriting Contest

Gil’s Hootenanny is delighted to announce that Christine Graves has won the 2017 “Songs of Hope and Protest” Sing-Along Songwriting Contest for her inspirational song “Rise Above”.

All finalists performed their original songs at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival on Saturday, April 22. According to contest judges Tony Turner, Mark Evenchick and Marty Hamer, “this year’s contest featured a number of strong song submissions and it was difficult to narrow the field to the five finalists”, who were (songs and songwriters): Continue reading

Songwriting Contest Finalists To Perform At OTTAWA GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL

Come cheer on the five finalists for the annual Gil’s Hootenanny “Songs of Hope and Protest” Sing-Along Songwriting Contest as they perform their original songs at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4pm, in Room 7 (The Parlour) at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa, ON.

The five finalists (songs and songwriters) are:

  • We Are the One : Harmony Siu
  • Your Wall Will Come Down : Jan Bentham
  • The Baby KingDavid Mayerovitch
  • Race to the BottomTom Clairmont
  • Rise AboveChristine Graves

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Gil’s Hootenanny 2017 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest Now Open for Entries

April 1st is the deadline to submit your song to the Gil’s Hootenanny “Songs of Hope and Protest” Sing-Along Songwriting Contest. Linked to May Day celebrations, this contest has given rise to some excellent musical creations from Canadian songwriters such as Tony Turner, who won in 2015 with his legendary song, Harperman.

Now open for entries, the contest encourages sing-along song submissions from songwriters in two categories:

  • “Open” (19 and over), and
  • “Young Composer” (18 and younger).

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2016 Sing-Along-able Songwriting Contest Finalists

Congratulations to the composers of the four songs chosen by our judges as “finalists” for the Gil’s Hootenanny 2016 “Sing-Along” Song Writing Contest. In no particular order the finalists are:

The Journey Begins (composers: Anne Hurley, Jim Videto)
Keep Your Feet Moving (composer: Erika Kulnys)
Believe Again (composer: Mark Evenchick)
Stand Up (composer: Mary Moore)
 
Finalist songs will be performed at Ottawa Grassroots Festival on Sunday April 24 on the Community Stage in Fellowship Hall starting at 2:30pm.

2015 Song Writing Contest – Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope

Gil’s Hootenanny & Writer’s Bloc in conjunction with Ottawa Grassroots Festival & Spirit of Rasputin’s present the 2nd Annual

Sing-Along Song Writing Contest

The entry form is at Spirit of Rasputin’s here…

Objective

  • To encourage the writing and performing of new sing-along songs along the Gil’s Hootenanny theme of “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope”.