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GORDIE SAMPSON SONGCAMP CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

By Howard Druckman, Words and Music

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Gordie Sampson – who’s had his songs recorded by Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, and Bon Jovi, among others — hosted the 10th Anniversary edition of his Gordie Sampson Songcamp, July 7-12, 2019, in Ingonish, Nova Scotia.

Taking part this year were 37 songwriters and 10 world-class writer/producer guests. No less than 80 songs were completed during the 2019 edition of the song camp, more than half of which were recorded. This brings the total song count for the past decade to over 500 songs. Returning songwriter alumni from the camp this year included Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro, Mo Kenney, Dave Sampson, and Quake Matthews, while guests included artists Scott Helman and Ria Mae, and professional songwriters Thomas “Tawgs” Salter and Simon Wilcox.

In 10 years, the song camp has become an annual tradition for aspiring songwriters, as Sampson – who spends a portion of each year living and writing songs in Nashville – has made it his business to nurture emerging songwriters from across Nova Scotia; allow them to network with their instructors and each other; give them access to useful knowledge; and help them develop tools to benefit their careers. [READ MORE]

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is supported by SOCAN and funded in part by The SOCAN Foundation. SOCAN also provides an educational info session for, and connects with, the young writers each year.


10th Anniversary Gordie Sampson Songcamp!

10th Anniversary Songcampers
Robin Jones dishing up some fantastic food on night #1 at Cabin K!
Brandon Davis & Chris Brown taking in some new songs
Campers having a laugh
Dylan Guthro, Rankin McInnis & Brandon Davis
Round the Campfire – a nightly occurence!
Kyle Mischiek recording a demo
Nicole Ariana & Maura Whitman post-session with Corey Lerue!
Maura Whitman, Mitchell Bailey & Elijah Will performing their new song “Lost Cause” at Cabin K
Eric Stephen Martin & Willie Stratton writing in the Gazebo
Nicole Ariana listening to a new demo
Photo by Jodi Guthro
A round of applause for day #3’s new songs
Just one of the breathtaking views at The Keltic Lodge
Eric Stephen Martin taking in the scene while writing “Nickels & Dimes” with Nicole Ariana & Willie Stratton
Our finale show at Ceilidh Hall
Cameron Nickerson, Ria Mae & Jodi Guthro performing at our finale show
Our finale show at Ceilidh Hall
Chris & Sarah Brown – this couple got ENGAGED during our Songcamp concert in 2013!
Kyle Mischiek & Gordie Sampson – recapping the morning after our final show
The view from Cabin K
The foggy iconic bluff at The Ketlic Lodge
Barb Cameron, Mo Kenney, Jodi Guthro & Dana Beeler!
Photo by Kim Guthro
Nicole Ariana & Jodi Guthro
Photo by Kim Guthro
Nicole Ariana & Dylan Guthro
Photo by Kim Guthro
Ria Mae and Jodi Guthro performing “Sorry I’m Awakard” with Cameron Nickerson
Photo by Kim Guthro
Kayleigh, Jodi Guthro & Thomas Daniel
Photo by Kim Guthro
Jodi & Dylan Guthro Photo by Kim Guthro
Kayleigh, Nicole Ariana, Dana Beeler, Barb Cameron
Photo by Kim Guthro
Kayleigh O’Connor
Photo by Kim Guthro
Da Boys!
Gordie Sampson, Quake Matthews & Mitchell Bailey
Photo by Jodi Guthro
Kayleigh & Wayne O’Connor
Photo by Jodi Guthro
Maura Whitman, Mo Kenney & Willie Stratton
Photo by Jodi Guthro
Corey Lerue & Dylan Guthro
Photo by Jodi Guthro
Wayne!!!
Photo by Jodi Guthro
Nicole Ariana
Photo by Jodi Guthro
Thanks to our friends of Songcamp IMP Solutions for their support with our camp this year!!

Thank you for another amazing Year!

The 10th Anniversary Gordie Sampson Songcamp

Our 10th Anniversary Songcamp was a huge success! We had our biggest camp yet – combining writers from the past 10 years with special guests from Nashville, LA and Toronto, and we wrote over 100 SONGS!

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors and the hard work of the team at Jones & Co. Artist Management (Sheri Jones, Wayne O’Connor & Ruby Quase), and of course, Gordie Sampson!

A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors and friends of Songcamp:

The Province of Nova Scotia

SOCAN

IMP Solutions

Music Nova Scotia

Steele Auto Group

Corby’s

FMAV

C Squared

Long & McQuade (Sydney)

Spincount

Keltic Lodge at the Highlands

Destination Cape Breton

The Community of Ingonish

Doucette’s Market

Louisburg Seafoods

Special thanks to Sue Hawkes, Mickey and Mary Quase, Robin Jones, Nicole Curry, Grace Russell, Ardie Moffard, Leanne Birmingham-Beddow, and Ginny and Robert Sampson.


Available now!

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp 10 Year Anniversary Compilation is now available for streaming and on double-disc CD. 

This summer we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Songcamp by reuniting past writers and inviting special guests for four days of songwriting. The compilation is a celebration of the last 10 years. Proceeds will help cover Songcamp expenses. 

Stream on @spotify or visit gordiesampsonsongcamp.bandcamp.com to order your physical copy today. 

Thank you all for your support!

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10th Anniversary Two-Disc Compilation Available for Pre-order now!

In 2019 we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Songcamp by reuniting past writers and inviting special guests for four days of songwriting. The compilation is a celebration of the last 10 years. Proceeds will help cover Songcamp expenses. Supporters can pre-order physical copies here. Available on streaming services June 7th!

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The Gordie Sampson Songcamp 10th Anniversary Compilation

disc one.

1. No Pressure
2. Montreal
3. Find A Way
4. In My Dreams
5. I’ll Hunt You Down
6. Memphis
7. Intuition
8. Confessions
9. Damned
10. Temporary Forever
11. The Inevitable End
12. Where Have You Been
13. Last Call
14. Tip Of My Tongue
15. Party With The Lights On

disc two.

1. Half The Way
2. Never Felt A Thing
3. Cold Water
4. Heartbreak Easy
5. Outcast
6. Beer For Breakfast
7. Trouble 8. Black Water
9. Say It Again
10. The Getaway
11. Full Moon
12. Look Who’s Lonely Now
13. Back To The Bottom
14.Flip Flops

releases June 7, 2019

credits
The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Compilation
Compiled and Mastered by Corey LeRue and Dylan Guthro
Coordinated by Breagh MacKinnon and Carleton Stone
Artwork by Mat Dunlap

Songwriters: Breagh MacKinnon, Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone, Dave Sampson, Kayleigh O'Connor, Quake Matthews, Famba, Maura Whitman, Makayla Lynn, Mitchell Bailey, MAJE, Cameron Nickerson, Steve MacDougall, Laurenn Marchand, Jordan Musycsyn, Corey LeRue, Thomas Stajcer, Kyle Mischiek, Nicole Ariana, Natalie Lynn, Eric Stephen Martin, Jodi Guthro, Frank Kadillac, Laura Roy, Brandon Davis, Reeny Smith, Barb Cameron, Chris James, Dana Beeler, Elijah Wohlmuth, Jenny MacDonald, Mark Boutilier, Mo Kenney, T Thomason, Natalie Lynn, Rankin MacInnis, Willie Stratton, Seamus Erskine, Brandon Johnson, Evan Meisner. Thank you for your support Province of Nova Scotia, Destination Cape Breton, SOCAN, Music Nova Scotia, The Keltic Lodge, the community of Ingonish, Doucette's Market, Louisbourg Seafoods, Softchoice, FMAV, Spicount, Steele Auto, Corby’s.
The Gordie Sampson Songcamp 10th Anniversary Compilation

Thank you for your support Province of Nova Scotia, Destination Cape Breton, SOCAN, Music Nova Scotia, The Keltic Lodge, the community of Ingonish, Doucette’s Market, Louisbourg Seafoods, Softchoice, FMAV, Spicount, Steele Auto, Corby’s.


Congratulations to all of our 2019 ECMA Nominees!

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Congratulations to our Songcamp Family nominated for 2019 East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Awards!

See you in Charlottetown!

Bucky Adams Memorial Award:
Reeny Smith

Country Recording of the Year:
Cameron Nickerson – Detours
Thomas Stajcer – Will I Learn To Love Again?

Pop Recording of the Year:
Neon Dreams – Shape Of My Mind

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year:
Elijah Wohlmuth (Will) – 3am
Reeny Smith – WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year:
Mitchell Bailey – Season One
Quake Matthews – Drinking Games

Song of the Year:
Gabrielle Papillon – “When The Heart Attacks” (Producers: Corey LeRue, Daniel Ledwell)
Quake Matthews – “Confessions” feat. Neon Dreams (Producer: Gordie Sampson & Corey LeRue)
The East Pointers – “Two Weeks” (Producer: Gordie Sampson)

Songwriter of the Year:
Port Cities

Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year:
Mo Kenney
Neon Dreams
Port Cities

Fans’ Choice Video of the Year:
Makayla Lynn – “Joyride” (Director: Scott Simpson)
Neon Dreams – “Shape Of My Mind” (Director: Zack Facts)

Producer of the Year:
Corey LeRue

Video of the Year:
Neon Dreams – “Shape Of My Mind” (Director: Zack Facts)

Click here for the full list of nominees.


Gordie Sampson Songcamp announces it’s 2018 songwriter line-up and annual concert

Media Release

The 9th Annual Gordie Sampson Songcamp will take place this year from July 8 – 12 at the beautiful Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, Cape Breton.

New songwriters this year are Mitchell Bailey, Cameron Nickerson, Maura Whitman, MAJE, and Makayla Lynn. They will be joined by returning writers Jodi Guthro, Quake Matthews, Dave Sampson, Corey LeRue and Port Cities members, Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro. Award-winning producer, Tawgs Salter, and Nashville powerhouse writer and performer, Thomas Daniel, will join Songcamp this year as Gordie’s special guests.

After four days of writing, Songcampers will perform a public concert at The Keltic Lodge on July 12 to showcase the new material written at Songcamp. Tickets for the concert go on sale on Friday, June 1st at the Keltic Lodge and Doucette’s Market in Ingonish.

ABOUT SONGCAMP:
The Gordie Sampson Songcamp was conceived by Gordie Sampson, a multiple-award winning Canadian songwriter and artist, as a way to nurture young writers from across Nova Scotia, give them access to knowledge, and help them develop tools that will benefit their writing careers.

Songcamp has launched and fostered the careers of a host of artists including Mo Kenney, Port Cities, Quake Matthews, Neon Dreams, Dana Beeler, and Nicole Ariana.

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is made possible through the support of the Province of Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia.

FOR CONCERT TICKETS:
The Keltic Lodge (902) 285-3400
Doucette’s Market (902) 285-2861

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sheri Jones
[email protected]
(902) 429-9005/(902) 483-9005


2018 Gordie Sampson Songcamp now accepting submissions!

We are now accepting submissions for songwriters to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, which takes place in Ingonish, Cape Breton on July 8 – 13, 2018.

At the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, emerging writers come from all over the province of Nova Scotia to collaborate and co-write songs with their peers, mentor with award-winning artists, and learn from music industry leaders.

To be eligible to apply, you must:
– currently live in Nova Scotia
– be between the age of 18-24
– have links online to where we can listen to 3 songs you’ve written (on your artist website, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, are most common) OR email us MP3 recordings/demos

There is no fee to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp. Accommodations and meals are provided at no cost to the songwriters. Only successful candidates will be notified.

To apply, please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:
– Your first and last name
– City/town where you currently live
– Links online to where we can listen to 3 songs you’ve written (on your artist website, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, are most common) OR email MP3 recordings/demos
– Lyrics for the 3 songs you are submitting, in a Word document
– 1 to 2 paragraphs explaining your musical background

You can include 3 additional websites like your Facebook fan page, Twitter, and links to videos and press online.

Deadline for submissions is: March 15, 2018

About The Gordie Sampson Songcamp:
The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Song is an annual event, conceived by Gordie Sampson, a multiple-award winning Canadian songwriter and artist, as a way to “give back” to the community that has supported him. The intent is to nurture young songwriters, give them access to knowledge, and to help them develop tools that will benefit their writing careers.

Past songwriters include: Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone, Mo Kenney, Breagh MacKinnon, Barbara Cameron, Elijah Wohlmuth, Natalie Lynn, Dave Sampson, Dana Beeler, Seamus Erskine, Willie Stratton, Laura Roy, Nicole Ariana, Kyle Mischiek, T Thomason, Reeny Smith, and Jahmal Wellington AKA Frank Kadillac, Corey Lerue, Quake Matthews.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners for your generous support: Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage; Music Nova Scotia; The Ceilidh Cup; SOCAN; and the SOCAN Foundation and Bell Media Canadian Songwriter Challenge.


2018 Songcamp East Coast Music Award Nominees

Congrats to all of the Songcampers nominated for East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Awards this year!!!

Mo Kenney
Rock Recording of the Year – The Details
Solo Recording of the Year – The Details

Port Cities
Pop Recording of the Year – Port Cities
Song of the Year – “Back to the Bottom” (Producer: Gordie Sampson)
Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year

Neon Dreams
Pop Recording of the Year – To You
Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year
Fans’ Choice Video of the Year – “Marching Bands ft. Kardinal Offishall” (Director: Cazhmere)
Dance Recording of the Year – CRaymak – “Play With Fire” ft. Neon Dreams / Joel Freckelton – “Violet Rose” ft. Frank Kadillac

Nicole Ariana
Electronic Recording of the Year – STRAND

Reeny Smith
Bucky Adams Memorial Award

Quake Matthews
Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year – Celebrate The Struggle


A Nova Scotia Music Week for the books!

This year at Nova Scotia Music Week, Songcampers took home 9 awards! We are very proud that many songs on the albums recognized were penned and co-written at Songcamp, and so happy for the success of all campers nominated and recognized by Music Nova Scotia for their constant dedication to their craft, as well as those who rocked their showcases over the weekend!

Hello Delaware – “My Mistake”:
New Artist Recording of the Year

Port Cities – “Port Cities”:
Entertainer of the Year
Group Recording of the Year
Recording of the Year
Pop Recording of the Year
Digital Artist of the Year

Reeny Smith:
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year

Quake Matthews & Neon Dreams:
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – “Confessions” (Songwriters: Matthew Arab, Gordie Sampson, J Wellington)

Quake Matthews:
Hip Hop Recording of the Year – The Search (Quake Matthews & Kayo) – “Lost and Found”