Gordie Sampson Songcamp accepting submissions

April 4, 2012

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 this year at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, Cape Breton from Sunday, July 8 through to Friday, July 13.

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 (YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or other) OR MP3 recordings

There is no fee to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp. Accommodations and meals are provided at no cost to the songwriters. Only 6 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 (YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or other) OR MP3 recordings
– Lyrics, in a Word document, for the 3 songs you are submitting

You have the option to include additional websites like your artist website, Facebook fan page, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, etc.

Deadline for submissions is: May 1, 2012

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, and Dave Sampson.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners for your generous support: Music Nova Scotia; Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage; SOCAN; and the SOCAN Foundation.


2011 Songcamp Video


NSMW 2011 Songcamp Circle in the news

November 6, 2011

“Antigonish’s Molly Thomason and Cape Breton native Carleton Stone. Both continue to develop their onstage presence, as they demonstrated earlier at the Gordie Sampson Song Camp Circle at Yarmouth’s Art Gallery of Nova Scotia branch.

The afternoon session was a great proving ground for developing talent, with standout tunes from Breagh MacKinnon — whose Harbour Town could just as well convey life in Yarmouth — and Natalie Lynn, with a sweet voice that belied the tough-as-nails sentiment of I Don’t Need You, written with Stone.

Special mention goes to one of my favourite emerging performers in the Song Camp crowd, elfin songstress Mo Kenney, who is able to create a special mental picture and atmosphere with every song, and whose upcoming CD produced by Joel Plaskett is bound to be something special.” – Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald


The Chronicle Herald “standout tunes”

Stephen Cooke from The Chronicle Herald had this to say about the Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle at Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth in November 2011:

“Antigonish’s Molly Thomason and Cape Breton native Carleton Stone. Both continue to develop their onstage presence, as they demonstrated earlier at the Gordie Sampson Song Camp Circle at Yarmouth’s Art Gallery of Nova Scotia branch.

The afternoon session was a great proving ground for developing talent, with standout tunes from Breagh MacKinnon — whose Harbour Town could just as well convey life in Yarmouth — and Natalie Lynn, with a sweet voice that belied the tough-as-nails sentiment of I Don’t Need You, written with Stone.

Special mention goes to one of my favourite emerging performers in the Song Camp crowd, elfin songstress Mo Kenney, who is able to create a special mental picture and atmosphere with every song, and whose upcoming CD produced by Joel Plaskett is bound to be something special.”