Now in its 7th year, The Gordie Sampson Songcamp was conceived by Gordie Sampson, a multiple-award winning Canadian songwriter and artist, as a way to nurture young songwriters from across Nova Scotia. Songcamp gives songwriters the opportunity to build working relationships with their peers and develop their skills as artists that will benefit their writing careers.
The vision for Songcamp is to promote learning in pursuit of artistic excellence while helping to develop a nurturing and collaborative music community.
This year, 21 songwriters and 2 songwriters/producers will spend 5 days in Ingonish, Cape Breton, writing songs, working and learning with some of Nova Scotia’s finest songwriters. Joining our Songcamp Leaders, Gordie Sampson, Steven MacDougall, Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon and Dylan Guthro, is a special guest writer from Toronto, Emma-Lee.
Emma-Lee is an award-winning, critically acclaimed singer and songwriter. She has performed multiple cross-Canada tours, as well as high-profile showcases at SXSW and MIDEM. Songs from her extensive catalogue have been featured in numerous film and television programs, and she is often sought after to pen songs for a variety of artists.
Songcamp is also very happy to welcome 5 new songwriters this year: Indie/Folk singer-songwriter Laurenn Marchand, Award-winning Hip hop artist Quake Matthews, Cape Breton Folk/Country artist Jordan Musycyn, 18-year-old Electronic producer Matt Halverson (aka “MATTY“), and 17-year-old Indie-Pop artist Kayleigh O’Connor.
Over the next few weeks, we will be showcasing more about Songcamp and the writers on Songcamp social media (links below). You can also sign up for our newsletter here to get updates about Songcamp straight to your email!
The annual Gordie Sampson Songcamp concert will be held July 14th, at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Tickets will be available at The Keltic Lodge, Ingonish Home Hardware and Doucette’s Variety at a date soon to be announced.
Gordie Sampson Songcamp is made possible by the generous support from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage; Music Nova Scotia; The Ceilidh Cup, and the Bell Media Canadian Songwriting Challenge.
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