Published May 31, 2011In recent years, Canadian artists have penned plenty of beloved songs about what it means to be from our country. Now, Canada's Walk of Fame is launching a contest to help write the most patriotic song of all. The competition is called A Song for Canada, and the organization is handing out a $25,000 prize for the best entry.
The competition doesn't actually demand completed song submissions. Instead, it's asking hopefuls to write a poem or essay of 250 words or less, shedding light on "the true essence of the Canadian identity and what makes them proud to be Canadian." You may also put your words to music.
The best submission will then be turned into an original song by composer Stephan Moccio. He co-wrote the the Vancouver 2010 Olympic theme song "I Believe." At least one line from the submission will be used in the track.
The top 10 will be selected by a panel of judges that consists of Maccio, "I Believe" singer Nikki Yanofsky, Canadian TV host Rick Campanelli and Walk of Fame founder Peter Soumalias. The public will be able to view and and offer input on the top 10.
In addition to the money, the winner will receive $10,000 worth of recording time at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, ON.
You'll also win a trip for two to Toronto to attend Canada's Walk of Fame inductee ceremony on October 1 at the Elgin Theatre, where the finished song will be unveiled. If you play an instrument in your musical submission, you might even be asked to participate in the performance.
The contest is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents from June 1 through July 15. The winner will be announced on August 23. Learn more here.