Gordie Sampson Songcamp Show at ECMW

East Coast Music Week is taking place from April 2-6 in Charlottetown, PEI this year, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase many of the Songcamp songwriters at the festival.

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Show is presented by SpinCount and takes place in the Roland ECMA Member’s Lounge at the PEI Convention Centre (foyer) on Friday, April 4 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Here are the songwriters performing on the show:

4:00 Carleton Stone, Kyle Mischiek, and Elijah Wohlmuth
4:20 Seamus Erskine
4:30 Jenny MacDonald
4:45 Breagh Mackinnon
5:00 Chris Brown
5:15 Dana Beeler
5:25 Dave Sampson
5:35 Rankin MacInnis
5:50 Laura Roy
6:05 Natalie Lynn
6:15 Barb Cameron
6:30 Evan Meisner
6:45 Mo Kenney

If you’re at ECMW, we’d love to see you there!

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Natalie Lynn’s new single

Songcamp songwriter Natalie Lynn has released a new single and music video for her song “Runaway”. Click here to watch and listen!

Carleton Stone releases new album, Draws Blood

Carleton Stone released his new record Draws Blood today in Canada on GroundSwell/Warner. The album is available in record stores and online on at iTunes.

Draws Blood is dedicated to the memory of Jay Smith, and you can read more about Jay and the album on Carleton’s website.

Molly Thomason releases new album, Columbus Field

Songcamp songwriter Molly Thomason has released her new album today, Columbus Field, and the first single “Buttons”. The album is produced by John-Angus MacDonald from The Trews and captures the undeniable excitement and no-holds barred romance of youth. Think of crazy kids, lots of guitars, and real-life small-town summer nights. It is classic rock and roll, ushered into 2014 by a firecracker of a girl.

Columbus Field is available on MapleMusic.com and on iTunes.

Gordie Sampson Songcamp places 2nd for the Softchoice P2P Fundraiser


The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is thrilled to have come in at 2nd place for the North American-wide Softchoice P2P Fundraiser Challenge. Thank you to all our supporters who have helped us achieve this monumental goal!

The Chronicle Herald CD Pick of the Week

One of the best times I had during Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney in November was the gathering of Gordie Sampson Songcamp participants on one stage, sharing songs, stories and collaborations. Hearing performers like Carleton Stone, Molly Thomason, Kyle Mischiek and Mo Kenney singing together and displaying a raucous artistic community spirit gave at least some sense of what happens each summer in [Ingonish] as they put their musical ambitions to the test.

Some of the flavour of that experience is captured on a new CD featuring some of the province’s best young musicians singing together, over a broad range of styles. Dana Beeler gets dark and tough on “Where Have You Been”, while teaming with Willie Stratton and Natalie Lynn on the bone-rattling boot stomper “Black Water”. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some stellar modern pop performances, like Laura Roy’s heartwrenching “Fall Out of Love” and the trouble-times-three combo of Barb Cameron, Elijah Wohlmuth and Nicole Curry on “Last Night’s Party”.

Listening to this CD is like getting to eavesdrop on an exclusive club, except ultimately these songs are meant to be shared.

The Chronicle Herald

Compilation CD in stores in Cape Breton and Halifax

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation CD are available to purchase at TAZ Records in Halifax and at the Cape Breton Curiosity Shop in Sydney, Cape Breton. These make great gifts!

Port Hawkesbury locals featured on Gordie Sampson Songcamp CD

A new compilation CD featuring the output of a Cabot Trail songwriting camp includes several tracks written and performed by Strait area composers.

Grand River native Barb Cameron, StFX music student Breagh MacKinnon, and former Antigonish mainstays Jenny MacDonald and Molly Thomason are all featured on The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Volume One, which includes 15 songs created at the annual young composers’ retreat hosted by Sampson over the past four summers.

Designed for songwriters aged 15-24, the camp began with six participants but has grown to quadruple that number since that time. For Cameron, who has attended every Sampson camp and will return for a fifth straight year in 2014, the experience was originally “intimidating” but had helped her grow as an artist since the camp’s debut in 2010.

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The first Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation is available now


“Let’s get the best young songwriters in Nova Scotia and take them to the most inspiring place we can think of (Ingonish) and see what happens. Four years and roughly 150 songs later, the idea now has a mind of its own. Maybe it’s the simple math of how blind faith multiplies.” – Gordie Sampson

For the past four summers, some of Nova Scotia’s most promising songwriters have been hand-picked to take part in an intensive five-day series of co-writing sessions which are conducted by Cape Breton’s own Grammy award-winning Gordie Sampson, along with leaders Steve MacDougall (Slowcoaster) and Carleton Stone. The result is a motivating experience, a growing sense of community, and an inspiring collection of songs. In 2013 it became apparent that these songs deserved to be shared.

The first Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation consists of 15 songs representing the work of 22 Nova Scotia songwriters. The songs were chosen from over 150 songs written during Songcamp from 2010-2013 and range in style from the fine folk of “Harbourtown” to the contemporary pop/rap of “All The Time In the World” to the infectious reggae groove of “Flip Flops”. What these songs share is that they are stepping stones in the careers of many fine young writers.

Some of these are studio recordings, where the song has already found its way to a record… the rest are versions that were demoed at camp and then mixed later.

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is run by volunteers and participation is free. If you’d like to support our efforts to help young Nova Scotia songwriters, here is how you can become a Friend of Songcamp:

Click Here to donate $10 and immediately receive a digital copy of the new Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation.

Click Here to donate $20 and immediately receive a digital copy of the new Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation + a physical copy of the CD in the mail.

Gift wrapping is available on orders placed by December 1, 2013.

“What a GREAT song!”

We’ve all had that sentimental moment when a piece of music rushes from the speakers on the dashboard or through our headphones and connects with us as if it were being written for that moment. Now imagine chasing that moment down, getting to the heart of what makes that song move you, channeling that feeling and then writing your own song that sings to the rest of world. This is what the Gordie Sampson Songcamp is all about.

Every year some of the Maritimes’ most promising songwriters are hand-picked to take part in an intensive writing weekend conducted by award winning Canadian songwriter, Gordie Sampson. Sampson, along with musical heavy weights Steve MacDougall (Slowcoaster) and Carleton Stone as they apply equal parts good-times and pencil-grinding to help new writers discover the limits of their talents. And the proof of the camp’s success is in its history. Over the past four years the camp has grown from 10 songs and a handful of students to an all-out powerhouse weekend yielding over 100 tunes among 24 writers.

Some of the songs have already found homes on albums made by the participants while others were sketched out on work-tapes and demos during camp.

We’re looking forward to sharing The Gordie Sampson Songcamp compilation CD with you all very soon! Stay tuned for a release date in November 2013.