Gordie Sampson Songcamp now accepting submissions

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.

We are now accepting submissions for songwriters to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, which takes place in Ingonish, Cape Breton in early July 2013 (exact dates to be determined).

To be eligible to apply, you must:

– currently live in Nova Scotia
– be between the age of 15-24
– 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 5 songwriters will be selected to attend. 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

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

Deadline for submissions is: March 1, 2013

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 Molly Thomason, Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone, Mo Kenney, Evan Meisner, Breagh MacKinnon, Barbara Cameron, Brandon Johnson, Elijah Wohlmuth, Jenny MacDonald, Natalie Lynn, Dave Sampson, Dana Beeler, Seamus Erskine, Willie Stratton, and Kyle Mischiek.

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.


Kyle Mischiek “We are an Island” Remix reaches over 20,000 views

We knew Songcamp songwriter Kyle Mischiek had a ton of talent, and now his official video for “We are an Island” Remix ft. Trax Cordero & Taylor Burton is gaining him a ton of new fans, too. With over 20,000 views and counting, we count ourselves lucky to see the beginning of this young artist’s career.


Songcamp Circle at The Carleton December 20, 2012

Carleton Stone, Molly Thomason and Breagh MacKinnon are performing a Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle on Thursday, December 20 at The Carleton in Halifax. The show starts at 8:00PM and tickets are $14.50 (plus HST). Tickets are on sale now, visit www.thecarleton.ca to purchase online or call 902-422-6335.


Fans show some love for Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle

Songwriters from the Gordie Sampson Songcamp have put on some outstanding Soncamp Circles at Nova Scotia Music Week in 2011 and at The Carleton in 2012. Here are just a couple of fan messages we saw online. Thank you to all the fans for your support!

“Last night I got into the Gordie Sampson Song Camp performance for free because I volunteered to help out at the Art Gallery where the performance was being held. So I got to see talented artists such as Carleton Stone, Molly Thomason, Natalie Lynn, Mo Kenney, Breagh MacKinnon, and many more. It was fantastic! I had to buy Molly and Carleton’s CDs at the end, because I’m in love with them now.” – Tumblr

“It was fantastic to hear some of the fruits of your collective labour at the Carleton in Halifax last night … I think The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is one of the best contributions to music, culture and community on the East Coast. It’s an honour to watch the phenomenal talent that exists in the province’s youth realized. Thank you to everyone who helps make it happen!” – Jennifer Legere


Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle at NSMW

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle is taking place at Nova Scotia Music Week in Liverpool at Lakeside Hall, White Point Beach Resort on Friday, November 9 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. The evening is presented in partnership with SpinCount and features performances by songcamp artists:

• Carleton Stone
• Steven MacDougall
• Jenny MacDonald
• Laura Roy
• Willie Stratton
• Dana Beeler
• Dave Sampson
• Dylan Guthro
• Mo Kenney
• Breagh MacKinnon
• Natalie Lynn
• Barb Cameron
• Elijah Wohlmuth

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is supported by The Province of Nova Scotia, Music Nova Scotia and the SOCAN Foundation.


MOLLY THOMASON & CARLETON STONE “NEVER FELT A THING”

“Never Felt A Thing” is the new single by Molly Thomason & Carleton Stone, produced by Joel Plaskett. Listen to the single, here.

The song was written in 2010 during the first Gordie Sampson Songcamp and was one of the very first Songcamp collaborations. Carleton went on to record a solo version of the song on his self-titled album release in 2011. As time marched on, Molly and Carleton continued to perform the song, separately and together, and it became apparent that it has tremendous impact as a duet. In the summer of 2012, Joel Plaskett heard the song and offered to record it, and this single is the result.

Molly & Carleton will perform the song together at the Music Nova Scotia Music Awards Gala, where they are both nominated for Songwriter of the Year for “Never Felt A Thing”.


Ceilidh Cup Golf Tournament

The Gordie Sampson Songcamp is proud to be a recipient of The Ceilidh Cup golf tournament fundraising efforts this year! The tournament takes place in five golf courses across Cape Breton Island, from September 30 – October 2.

Visit the Ceilidh Cup website for more information at www.ceilidhcup.ca

And check out this excellent article about Songcamp on their website, too:

Gordie Sampson’s Songcamp a Huge Success!

Gordie Sampson’s Third Annual Songcamp came to a successful close with a Songwriters Circle on July 12th at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, Cape Breton. Gordie and his fellow leaders, Steve MacDougall and Carleton Stone, took turns introducing various groups and duets from the 14 songwriters who showcased their amazing talents.

The eclectic range of songs crossed all genres of music with blue grass, hip hop and blues infused into pop, country and alternative rock performances. With mostly acoustic guitars and vocals along with a banjo and mandolin thrown in there to mix it up, it was a stripped down blend of music that allowed the lyrics and melodies to shine through and demonstrate the stellar talents of these young aspiring artists. The concert closed in summer-camp style with all of the writers singing “Flip Flops”, a catchy tune at the top of the East Coast Countdown chart all summer, written at the 2011 camp and recorded by Steve MacDougall and his band Slowcoaster.

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Gordie Sampson Songcamp 2012 another big success

Another stellar Gordie Sampson Songcamp has come to a close! As usual after Songcamp, I am both exhausted and inspired! Thank you again to Steve, Carleton, Wayne, Krista, Mickey and Mary for helping make things such a success. I know Gordie was thrilled with the results again this year and we are already talking about Songcamp 2013.

– Sheri Jones

The songwriters who took part in Songcamp this summer, from July 8-13, include our fearless leaders Gordie Sampson, Steve MacDougall, and Carleton Stone; returning writers Mo Kenney, Molly Thomason, Barbara Cameron, Dave Sampson, Breagh MacKinnon, Dylan Guthro, Brandon Johnson, Elijah Wohlmuth, Natalie Lynn; and new writers Dana Beeler, Kyle Mischiek, Seamus Erskine, Willie Stratton, and Laura Roy.

Check out this live video from the Songcamp Circle at Ceilidh Hall, Keltic Lodge. All the songwriters came together to perform the last song of the night, “Flip Flops”. Thanks to everyone who came out to see the show!



Cape Breton Post: One word, one line, one song at a time

This will be the third year for the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, which was conceived by Sampson as a way to help young songwriters gain experience and develop tools that will benefit them in their writing careers.

The song camps, facilitated by Sampson and fellow songwriter Steve MacDougall of Slowcoaster, were held in 2010 and 2011 at the Glenghorm Resort in Ingonish. Participating young writers collaborated on more than 10 songs over three days in 2010, and 30 songs over a weeklong camp last year.

Sampson said the song camps are designed for writers and artists “that show promise, candidates most likely to do this for a living.”

“It’s not like we’re looking for people that show some skills and we’re going to teach them the rest. It doesn’t work like that. We’re basically looking for people that are already awesome,” he explained.

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