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We’re here to help you write better songs, and help you progress in your songwriting journey.

Every Tuesday, we talk to a songwriter from any style and from any ability level to explore techniques that will actually help you write better, more memorable and more successful songs. Since November 2013, we’ve talked to many songwriters, from beginners to professionals and everything in between and had a blast each and every show. Join us and get those songs moving!

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Show date:  Aug. 19, 2017

Brighid Fry is a young multi instrumentalist and song writer who has been performing with the big hitters since she graced the stage at Hugh’s Room on a bill that included Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sarah Slean, Oh Sussanah and the Cowboy Junkies. Brighid began Girls Rock Camp when she was 8 years old and has played at numerous festivals and showcases including Field Trip, Hillside, Winnipeg Folk and Summerfolk. She is a member of duo called Moscow Apartment and spent a year playing with Kingdom of Birds.

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Show date:  Aug. 14, 2017

Sintja is the principle songwriter, front-woman, and founder of THE NAIVE. Her debut EP, “Saw The Sun” was released on January 25th, 2017 at The Piston.

Sintja has been playing alongside various Toronto acts as a multi-instrumentalist and back up vocalist, currently playing that role in Marlon Chaplin’s band. She started her own band THE NAIVE, where her music took the shape of various genres. “Saw the Sun” is a medley of catchy upbeat hooks and mellow ballads.

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Neel, Jef, Bruce, Vanessa, Phil, and Raphael

Playing multiple instruments & writing songs since his mid teens, Jef eventually succumbed to a music career in his early 20s. 2½ years in he joined the backing band for the multiple award winning CCMA duo of the year, Tim Taylor & Anita Perras. By the mid 1990s Jef became founding member & lead singer/bassist for the popular eastern Ontario trio, Ambush. Following the height of their popularity, Jef turned to solo work, both on stage and in the studio. Still doing the do, he’s currently preparing his next album, ‘Topic of the Day’ and performing throughout southern Ontario.

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Show date:  Aug. 06, 2017

Neel, Raphael, Amir, Phil, Vanessa, and Bruce

Pop music singer-songwriter Amir Brandon joined us to talk about two of his upcoming songs, working with producer Thomas McKay, and the stories behind his songs.

We also talked about:

  • Collaborating with other songwriters
  • Battle Royale: grammar vs. lyric vs. meaning vs. melody
  • How to write a really long chorus
  • Chord choices and mixing up major, minor, and 7th chords
  • Last week’s show on non-verbal hooks
  • Doing cover songs on youTube
  • The competitive nature between Eddie Murphy’s and Freddie Mercury’s music careers (aka Phil’s faux-pas)
  • Narrative and longing through the seasons in Waiting for Summer

Download the lyrics for Amir’s songs Diamonds Rain and Waiting for Summer.

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Show date:  Jul. 30, 2017

Neel, Phil, Bruce, Vanessa, and Raphael

In our latest theme show, we explored non-verbal hooks in songs. We looked at Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side, The Police Do Do Do, Da, Da, Da, Da and we played The Parkdale Hookers “Stop Draggen’ us no where, baby“. It was just the gang so its always a lot of fun.

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