Canadian Songwriter Challenge

The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is entering its 10th year in 2024. The goal of Music PEI’s version is to bring artists together from across Canada to co-write with PEI artists. Each year other provincial music industry associations partner with Music PEI to create teams of songwriters, each pair is assisted by a producer, where they record two demos in a PEI studio.

The pairs of artists are tasked with writing and recording 2 songs each with their producer. In 2023 the co-writing process will begin online and continue in-person at the recording studio in PEI. Once the songs are completed, they are presented to the delegates in Listening Sessions during the conference. Songs produced through this program have been used by the delegates with some being used or re-recorded for the artists own albums.

Thanks to the music industry associations and partners who collaborated with us in 2023 for the Canadian Songwriter Challenge: Music/Musique NB, Music Nova Scotia, Music Ontario, Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Music Yukon, and Lisbon Lux Records (QC).

Canadian Songwriter Challenge logo on red maple leaves

2023 Participants

NS Dave Sampson Scott MacKay Steve Dawson
NB Apryll Aileen Trinity Bradshaw Carleton Stone
QC Russell Louder Abi Breagh Isabel
ON Abigail Lapell Emily MacLellan Chris Kirby
MB Beatox Vince The Messenger Denise De’ion
SK Brian Paul D.G Dylan Menzie Jim Bryson
YT Paris Pick Joce Reyome Maïa Davies

Listen to the 2023 Playlist

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Previous Collaborations

  • Justyn Thyme (PEI) & Catherine Kennedy (NB)
  • Lawrence Maxwell (PEI) & Brigitte Jardin (YT)
  • KINLEY (PEI) & Janaya McCallum (NWT)
  • Brandon Howard Roy (PEI) & Sam Sarty (MB)
  • Sweet Vermouth (PEI) & Valmy (NL)
  • Kierrah (PEI) & Nicole Ariana (NS)
  • Andrew Waite  (PEI) & Koovy (YT)
  • KINLEY (PEI) & Oleyada (ON)
  • Vince the Messenger (PEI) & Chudi Harris (NS)
  • Brielle Ansems (PEI) & Sebastian Gaskin (NB)
  • Nikkie Gallant (PEI) & Kylie Fox (NB)
  • Brandon Howard Roy (PEI) & Bukola (BC)
  • Irish Mythen (PEI) & D’orjay (AB)
  • Joce Reyome (PEI) & Kasia Leigh (SK)
  • Noah Malcom (PEI) & Kellie Loder (NL)
  • Nikkie Gallant (PEI) & Hilary Ladd (NB)
  • Mat Hannah (PEI) & James Wilson (ON)
  • Karen Penton (PEI) & Valerie Raye (SK)
  • Dylan Menzie (PEI) & Keri Latimer (MB)
  • Brielle Ansems (PEI) & Peter Stone (AB)
  • Vince the Messenger (PEI) & Desiree Dawson (BC)
  • Logan Richard (PEI) & Sophie Noel (YT)
  • Brittany McQuinn (PEI) & Madison Olds (BC)
  • Rachel Beck (PEI) & Tessa Gooden (ON)
  • Logan Richard (PEI) & Nuella Charles (AB)
  • Teresa Doyle (PEI) & Greyson Gritt (MFM-NO)
  • Dave Sampson (NS) & Sierra Noble (MB)
  • Mike Harmel (SK) & Chris Ryan (NL)
  • Josh Carter (PEI) & Shaun LB (NB)
  • Catherine MacLellan (PEI) & Reeny Smith (NS)
  • Russell Louder (PEI) & Steph Copeland (ON)
  • Amanda Jackson Band (PEI) & Alexandria Maillot (BC)
  • Alicia Toner (PEI) & Sean Panting (NL)
  • Danny Drouin (PEI) & Shantaia (SK)
  • Meaghan Blanchard (PEI) & Gabrielle Papillon (NS)
  • Andrew Waite (PEI) & Ross Neilsen (SK)
  • Rachel Beck (PEI) & Jordan Alexander (ON)
  • Dennis Ellsworth (PEI) & Tyler Gilbert (SK)
  • KINLEY (PEI) & Carleton Stone (NS)
  • Dennis Ellsworth (PEI) & Andy Brown (NB)
  • Tim Chaisson (PEI) & Brianna Gosse (NL)
  • Dylan Menzie (PEI) & Kashka (ON)
  • Coyote (PEI) & Dan Mangan (BC)
  • Meaghan Blanchard (PEI) & Tim Hus (AB)
  • Tim Chaisson (PEI) & Jay Semko (SK)
  • Ashley Condon (PEI) & The Small Glories (MB)
  • Dennis Ellsworth (PEI) & Donovan Woods (ON)