Songwriters Weekend '18

Join songwriters from all over Canada as they come together for a weekend of development, networking and collaboration.  Open to novice and experienced songwriters, the Songwriters Weekend offers a chance to explore and develop the art of crafting a song.  With workshops, seminars and panels led by world-renowned songwriters and composers, the weekend will also include special performances, opportunities for collaboration with other artists and the potential to find your next co-writer or muse.

Register for Canadian Songwriters Weekend '18

Join us and other songwriters from across Canada and around the world for the 1st Annual Canadian Songwriters Weekend May 4-6 at Inn of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario by purchasing your package or pass below.
FRIDAY NIGHT NETWORKING TICKET

$25

TICKET TO RECEPTION & NETWORKING EVENT
Does not include accommodations

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Access to the Friday evening reception, networking and concert event.

SATURDAY DAY PASS FOR 1

$160

SINGLE DAY PASS FOR 1 PERSON
Does not include accommodation

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Single day pass for one person to workshops and events from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Pass includes:

  • Access to all talks and keynotes
  • Access to the mentorship cafe with the speakers
WEEKEND PASS FOR 1

$200

SINGLE WEEKEND PASS FOR 1 PERSON
Does not include accommodation

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Single weekend pass for one person to all workshop and events including Friday evening reception and networking and Saturday night Open Mic.  Pass includes:

  • 1 ticket to Friday night networking event and concert
  • Access to all talks and keynotes
  • Access to the mentorship cafe with the speakers
  • 1 ticket to Saturday night Open Mic
WEEKEND PACKAGE FOR 2

$989

INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION FOR 2 PEOPLE
2 WEEKEND PASSES

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Includes accommodations for two people for Friday and Saturday night at Inn of Waterloo (package price for accommodation based on double occupancy).

Includes two weekend passes (one pass is discounted half-price) to all workshops and events including Friday evening reception and networking and Saturday night Open Mic.

Pass includes:

  • 2 tickets to Friday night networking event and concert
  • Access for two people to all talks and keynotes
  • Access for two people to the mentorship cafe with the speakers
  • 2 tickets to Saturday night Open Mic
  • 2 tickets to Sunday morning breakfast event

What to Expect at Songwriters Weekend '18

Learn From the Best

Learn about the craft of songwriting, techniques and inspirations from world-renowned and successful songwriters who understand the creative process and its challenges.

Improve Your Skills

Each session and event of the weekend has been tailored to improving attendee’s songwriting skills and opportunities for collaborations with other music creators.

Share Your Ideas

In addition to learning and developing as a songwriter, attendees will have the opportunity to share their own creative ideas and receive constructive critiques from peers and professionals.

Networking & Performances

The weekend will be complete with opportunities to network, meet and talk with other songwriters at evening events while enjoying performances by special guests.

The Inn of Waterloo
14:00

Weekend Pass Registration & Check-in

Ballroom
16:30

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Join us for a welcome and opening remarks from Summit Chair C.J. Allen, Mayor Dave Jaworsky of the City of Waterloo and Mayor Berry Vrbanovic of the City of Kitchener.

Mayor Dave Jaworsky

City of Waterloo

C.J. Allen

Music & Artist Development Experience

Regent Room
19:00

Meet & Greet Event

Meet other songwriters and performers, build your network for potential collaborations and enjoy music and performances.

The Inn of Waterloo
08:00

Saturday Pass Registration

Ballroom
10:00

Understanding Vocal Health

Understanding and maintaining your vocal health is paramount to your success as a performer. Teresa Nocita-Cirillo, author of 'The Vocal Compass' leads a seminar on vocal health best practices.

Teresa Nocita-Cirillo

Studio E Music and Arts

Ballroom
11:15

The Heart vs. The Brain: The Songwriter’s Dilemma

Change the way you 'think' and 'feel' about songwriting; learn techniques to beat writer's block and the difference between 'conscious vs unconscious' songwriting.

Blair Packham

Singer-Songwriter

Ballroom
12:30

That Thing Called ‘The Next Level’: How to Get There

There's so much that goes into being 'in' music vs. just 'doing' music and every artist wants to find the road to 'the next level.' This panel discussion will focus on the steps a songwriter can take to get there.

Dondrea Erauw

Instinct Entertainment

Ballroom
13:45

Ins and Outs of Publishing & Licensing

You have what you think is a hit song. Now what? Publishing and licensing can be a complex part of the business but understanding it can become a profitable avenue for your music.

Jennifer Beavis

Librascor Copyright Consulting

Ballroom
14:30

Honing the Craft of Songwriting

Learn exercises that you can use to jumpstart your songwriting and techniques that will help you put pen to paper in ways you didn't think were possible.

Linda M

Country, Rock & Pop

15:45

Using Music to Empower Your Message

Music has the power to move, motivate, inspire and incite. Singer-songwriter Grace Bakker discusses how her music fuels her personal beliefs and core causes and how in turn, her lyrics are affected by her message.

Ballroom
16:30

Life of a Songwriter

Learn what it's like to live the dream of working as a full-time songwriter, what it takes to get there and to be successful in the current industry.

Ballroom
18:00

Experiences in Music

David Boyd Janes shares his experiences in music since being a finalist in The Shot Season 5 and where he hopes the journey will take him as he further pursues his career in the industry.

Regent Room
20:00

Saturday Night Open Mic Hosted by David Boyd Janes

It's your turn to get on the stage! Play your own originals or sing a couple covers at the Open Mic hosted by City Boy Country's David Boyd Janes.

Regent Room
09:00

Breakfast Event & Closing Remarks

Wrap-up the weekend with a breakfast hosted by Summit Chair C.J. Allen and special guests.

C.J. Allen

Music & Artist Development Experience

Speakers, performers and schedule subject to change.

Inn of Waterloo

The Inn of Waterloo and Conference Centre began welcoming guests nearly forty-five years ago as an intimate 40-room motor inn dedicated to European-style hospitality. Since then, our hotel has grown to 152 exceptional guestrooms and suites that are considered the finest accommodation in Waterloo.

The staff at The Inn of Waterloo and Conference Centre prides itself on meeting your needs before you even have to ask. From complimentary perks like Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast to a heated indoor pool and business centre, you’ll find everything required for a relaxing, rewarding stay.

Guest stays include:

    • Complimentary breakfast buffets
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Indoor Heated Saltwater Pool
    • Complimentary Parking
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