Pro SongWorks

A Professional Songwriting Camp

SongWorks is a professional songwriting camp hosted by the Songwriters Association of Canada to bring some of Canada's best talent together for intensive co-writing sessions that are hosted in major cities across the country.  The sessions offer writers the opportunity to collaborate on artist driven projects, often ending with tracks that are ready to be pitched.  This program encourages writers to develop long-term relationships with other songwriters and performing artists. 

If you have not heard about SongWorks before, it's because up until now it has been by invitation only, however, the S.A.C. is pleased to announce that members now have an opportunity to join the Songwriting Mentorship Intensive workshop hosted by the SongWorks co-ordinators by submitting an application online through the S.A.C. Song Request program. A selection committee will determine which applicants will proceed to the final round of selection supervised by our program co-ordinator.  

Participation in this Open Chair will be limited to S.A.C. members in regional communities across Canada (much the same as the current program operates).  This Open Chair will offer aspiring Canadian songwriters a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect with professional writers at a songwriting mentorship day. 

Since its inception, this program has developed a library of professional recordings, many of which have already found placements. 

Cuts from SongWorks workshops have resulted in the following placements:

  • "One Night" written by Andrew Allen, Mikhail Cronin, and Justin Toito released as a single by Via Barcelonia on Flying Colours Music, Inc. (Toronto SW)
  • "Suspicious" written by Greg Johnston, Nick Fowler, and Jonathan Pike released by FWLR feat. BRDGS on Monstercat Records. (Moncton SW)
  • Stay" written by Arun Chaturvedi, Andrew Allen, Craig Smart released by Universal Germany artist Mario Novembre as the title track of his newly released album "Stay" (Vancouver SW)
  • "Lights On" written by David Spekter, Justin Toito (Toito), and Ryan Cranston recorded and released by Toito via HRM/Sony Canada (Moncton SW)
  • "Nos Amours A La Croie" written by David Nathan, Desiree Fauteux, Guatier Marinof, recorded and released as a music video by Desiree Fauteux, to be released as a single on her first album (Quebec City SW)
  • Together We Are One” written by Jasmine Denham, Murray Daigle, and Bobby John released as the official song of the 2015 Pan Am Games (Toronto SW)
  • Shine As One” written by Karen Kosowski, Dennis Ellsworth, and Sophia D’aragon Krim released as the official ceremony song of the 2015 Pan Am Games (Toronto SW)
  • Can’t Make It Back Home” written by David Leask, Patrick Bouchard, and Lora Ryan released and performed as the feature song for the “Support Our Soldiers” fundraising concert at Glen Gould Studio/Band Of The Royal Regiment of Canada, finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the "Social Causes" category, and has been added to the Apple Music Canada's Country playlist (Montreal SW)
  • Be Anybody” written by Sam Drysdale, Terra Lightfoot, and Devon Lougheed released in trailer for “Raising Expectations” on the Family Channel (Toronto SW)


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