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Canadian Song Conference
2019 Listening Sessions

Additional Listening Sessions have been created for songwriters who wish to present their music to the Canadian Song Conference delegates. Music PEI began to expand this type of “showcase” in 2017 with great success. This opportunity will be open for submissions to any members who have professionally recorded original product that could be used by music supervisors for film, TV, commercials, video games or other visual products. These will include both songwriters and composers. Music PEI has selected 12 PEI artists to participate in one day of Listening Sessions.

The selected artists will have an opportunity to present highlights of their catalogue of recorded songs to our group of Music Supervisors and Publishers in an effort to have their music used in projects. The Listening Sessions will take place at The Guild on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 9:30am to 11:45am.

There are only a limited number of slots available and successful applicants were selected by a jury. Each participant will be given 10 minutes to present and pitch their catalogue to the delegates using your professionally recorded songs played through a PA. To be eligible, you must be a current Music PEI member, have a professionally recorded original release to which you own the rights, and be available to attend the Listening Sessions on May 2, 2019.

Music PEI will host an information session leading up to the event to prepare the selected artists for their listening session.

The 2019 Listening Session Artists are:

Alicia Toner Alicia Toner
aliciatoner.ca

A child of the East Coast, Alicia Toner writes songs that tell the truth. Her americana blend of rolk, pop and country-rock offers a unique melody driven sound built around her eloquently emotive voice.
Ashley Condon Ashley Condon
ashleycondon.com

Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie – sweet and nutty – Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. Growing up on everything from old-time country to folk, blues and soul, her music resonates.
Atlantic String Machine Atlantic String Machine
atlanticstringmachine.com

The Atlantic String Machine is made up of five musicians with considerable professional experience in a number of musical genres, having performed worldwide with internationally recognized symphony and chamber orchestras, ensembles, bands and individual artists. They have joined together to present a wide range of music from classical to jazz, pop, world music and their own compositions.
Doc Landry Doc Landry
doclandrymusic.com

Tony “Doc” Landry is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first discovered his voice and a passion for songwriting in his late-thirties. As a songwriter, Landry meanders through musical styles like a river without a passport. He borrows from any musical style or era – weaving together elements of pop, folk, dance, country and soft rock into a seamless sound that is mature and personal.
Lawrence Maxwell Lawrence Maxwell
lawrencemaxwell.com

With classic country influences of Merle Haggard and George Jones, Maxwell cherishes and revives the “old soul” of country music. That being said his songs cover a lyrical landscape of heartfelt storytelling and whimsical philosophy. In short, Lawrence Maxwell will tell it to you like it’s folk and sing it to you like it’s country.
Little Cities Little Cities
littlecitiesband.bandcamp.com/releases

Little Cities are 5 energetic goofballs who collectively write music that charges the flux capacitor and takes you back to the 2000's. With the gun still smoking from releasing their debut EP, they’ve set their sights on bringing their shiny, steadfast, soaked-in-synth pop-punk collective nationwide.
Lonely Kid Lonely Kid
soundcloud.com/lonelykid

Electronic musician/producer Mark Skinner may be known by his musical moniker "Lonely Kid," but lately he's been making a lot of friends. He was recently picked up by an American label, and was nominated for two 2017 Music PEI and one ECMA award.
Meaghan Blanchard Meaghan Blanchard
meaghanblanchard.com

Meaghan Blanchard is a two time ECMA award winning songwriter, a gifted guitarist, with her own blend of claw hammer/finger picking style, and she pairs that with a crystal pure voice and a unique ability to write and tell stories through charming character driven songs.
Nikkie Gallant Nikkie Gallant
nikkie.ca

To date, Nikkie Gallant has released two full-length albums and has been nominated for several Music PEI Awards, including Songwriter of the Year. Nikkie’s music is about communion and shared experiences. She likes to make people feel things and crafts her songs with a focus on touching people deeply.
Scott McKay Scott McKay
scottmackay.ca

“When snow falls in hell you’ll come around you’ll put the bottle down.” With one line you are introduced to the simple, elegant music of singer & songwriter, Scott MacKay. Although Scott has the ability to write captivating music in all genres, it’s MacKay’s country-ish songs that standout; riddled with one-liners that sparkle like rhinestones on a Nudie suit.
Sorrey Sorrey
sorrey.bandcamp.com

Sorrey's music delivers an unapologetic reminder of how the heart pulses strongly during our fading romances. Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist, Emilee Sorrey's direct-to-the-heart lyricism never loses its conviction. The band layers analog synthesizers, nylon-string guitars and vintage drum machines, all borrowed from sentimental 80s records, to cultivate a sound that is uniquely stylish and contemporary.
The East Pointers The East Pointers
eastpointers.ca

There’s a reason, beyond their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows, that The East Pointers have connected with audiences right across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going. You’ll soon experience that for yourself.