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Showcase Results 2017

What a fantastic night we had at the 2017 Songwriters Showcase Downtown Cobourg. A huge thank you to the DBIA for allowing us to use the space again this year, and another huge thank you to the folks who helped to make this event such a special one- volunteers, voting audience members, our judges, our Emcee, and of course, the brave folks on stage sharing their music. 

It's never an easy decision, but we are pleased to announce our three finalists, who will be joining us at Shelter Valley Folk Festival Labour Day weekend 2017. 

Congratulations to Hill and Landing, Stephen Medd, and Melodi Ryan.

We'll update this page of the website further soon!

Lesley Marie





General Information 

"Participant" refers to the ten chosen Showcase Participants who will be selected from all
applications and will perform at the Songwriters' Showcase.
"Finalist" refers to the three chosen Festival Finalists, who will perform at the Festival.


The Local Songwriters Showcase celebrates original songwriting with a focus on the quality of your lyrics and melody. Applicants are asked to provide two original songs (new to Shelter Valley) either written or co written, along with a lyric sheet for each. An application (link below) must accompany your submitted music (by CD, tape, electronic delivery- Youtube links are fine).

Performance Details

Should you be chosen as a one of our ten "Showcase Participants" please note the performance is acoustic with solo, duos or group vocalists. Participants must be able to attend the evening Showcase Event in downtown Cobourg. "Finalists" must be able to attend the 2017 Festival, September 1st-3rd.

Important Dates

Submissions: sent/postmarked by July 20th, 2017
Showcase: DBIA Sidewalk Sale August 3rd, 2017
Festival: September 1st-3rd, 20017

Submissions and Process

The Artistic Director will review all submissions and choose "Showcase Participants" for the summer Local Songwriters Showcase event. A jury of music industry professionals, and the audience, will score the Participants. In the case of a tie the Artistic Director's decision is final. Audience score sheets must include scoring for all Showcase Participants to be counted. Results will be posted on our web site the following day.

Eligibility Guidelines for Participants

1. Submissions are accepted from the area defined as: West to Hwy 34/Darlington, North to Peterborough/Peterborough County, Northumberland County, Hastings County, East to  Odessa/Road6/Wilton Rd.
2. All Participants must be residents of the defined area above, or have attended High School within this area. 
3. There is no age limit.
4. The Local Songwriters Showcase is open to applicants who have not achieved:

  • Regular "rotation"/significant national airplay of their songs/music
  • national music award/s for any of their song writing/music
  • a recording contract/agreement with a music producer/distributor
  • Songwriters Showcase helps grow local, emerging songwriters still relatively unknown on a provincial and national  level and therefore may limit participation.

5. Past Participants are welcome to reapply. Past "Festival Finalists" (final three) may reapply but must leave a year between their achievement of "Finalist".