And the winner is…
The Hamilton JUNO Host Committee is pleased to announce the the winners:
Kirby and Hachey the MouthPEACE + Ace Bailey with their song Turn It On!
A big thank you to everyone who submitted to the Turn It On Songwriter Contest (presented by Judy Marsales Ltd.)!
We received 60+ submissions. Hamilton has some amazing talent and it was incredible to hear the passion and love for this city put to song by local musicians. The quantity and quality of submissions made it challenging to narrow the list.
We recognize the time and energy that goes into writing and recording an original song and we extend our heartfelt thanks to all who submitted.
Thanks to the 1600 people who voted! You sure love your music Hamilton!
And the winner is…
Congratulations to Anthony DiDomenico, Joanna Bis, Dre Pao & Don Carlo!
Finalists & Semi-finalists
Here are the Turn It On Songwriter Contest finalists (in alphabetical order) with links to their submissions who will compete live on Cable 14 at 7pm on February 18, 2015:
- 110 Studios (Anthony DiDomenico ft. Joanna Bis, Dre Pao, Don Carlo: JUNO 2015 Theme Song
- Derek Palango (Checkerboard Floors): Turn It On Hamilton
- Ginger St. James and SnowHeel Slim: Turn It On
- Kirby and Hachey the MouthPEACE + Ace Bailey: Turn It On
- James Witter: Turn It On
- Robin Magder Pierce (Rocket): Turn It Up: Turn It On
- Sharon Washington and Robin Benedict: Turn It On: Turn It Up
Congratulations to our top 7 finalists!
We would also like to recognize and congratulate the Turn It On Songwriter Contest Semi-finalists who include (in alphabetical order):
- Brady O’Sullivan
- Courtney Hrach
- Dana Swarbrick (Dana + the Monsters Under the Bed)
- Don Lougheed
- Joshua Havin (Coyote Black)
- Laura Cole
- Laura Keating
- Leah Korkowski (Leah Kaye)
- Loralee McGuirl
- Mark McNeil
- Matthew Cathcart (The Emsee)
- Michael Alonzo (MEME)
- Mimi Shaw
- Natalie Velenosi and Marc Cremonese
- Remo Cino
- Roy Blythe
- Samantha Wilson
- Steve Vamvounis (Nu-Digital)
What’s Happening Next:
Cable 14 Live Competition to Determine Winner
The top six finalists will compete live on Cable 14 starting at 7pm on February 18, 2015 in front of a live studio audience with the winner being selected on-air by our judges Cable 14 judges Boris Brott, Steve Strongman and Terra Lightfoot.
About the Turn It On Songwriter Contest Cable 14 Judges:
- Boris Brott. Internationally recognized Canadian conductor; founding Artistic Director of the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival and the National Academy Orchestra.
- Terra Lightfoot. Hamilton based solo roots rock artist and member of Hamilton country band, the Dinner Belles.
- Steve Strongman. JUNO award-winning Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Steve recently received a JUNO nomination for this year’s Awards.
How we selected the semi-finalists and finalists
Finalists and semi-finalist were selected by a judging panel consisting of our official judges, Host Committee members, music experts and representatives from recording studios who reviewed the submissions and scored them based on a number of criteria including:
- Contest rules and regulations
- Quality, creativity and originality of lyrics and melody
- How well Turn It On and Hamilton were creatively incorporated into their song
- Artist or band performance
- Incorporation or mention of JUNO Awards and Canadian music/talent
Thanks, again to everyone who helped #TurnItOn for the 2015 #JUNOS!
Special thanks to the presenting sponsor of the Turn It On Songwriter Contest: Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage