L&O Songwriter Showdown – Top 12 Announced


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The Town of Collingwood is thrilled to announce the top 12 semi-finalists in the Live & Original Songwriter Showdown:


Kendrick Ambrose Marshall Dane

Esther Pennell

Mike Charette Emily Hoppe Alyssa Pridham
Bernadette Connors Amanda Kelly Rebecca Rain
Jeff Cunningham Jamie McLaughlin Sohayla Smith


The public will have several chances to hear the artists perform, but for anyone who would like a preview, clips of each contestant’s audition videos will be posted at www.LiveandOriginal.ca in the upcoming days.   



The L&O Songwriter Showdown celebrates finding musical creativity and innovation at the grass-roots level. This is an opportunity for unknown artists to develop their own individual songwriting ability and performance style, in a competition format, performing their original songs live and in-person. This competition is designed to give the audience a connection with the artist as he or she expresses their personal story through song.


This event is the evolution from L&O’s inaugural year in 2015, which saw Gina Horswood crowned as the first Live & Original Winner, after wowing the judges and voting audience with her vocal style and musical talent. This year’s enhancements include a larger venue at the Gayety Theatre, more opportunities to experience up and coming musicians, and new ways for festival-goers to see and support a favourite singer/songwriter in their quest for a share of $5,000 in cash.


For more information on the Live & Original Music series, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.LiveandOriginal.ca.