11th Annual OCFF Songs From the Heart Awards

Posted by:  Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF)


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The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) is pleased to present the “Songs From the Heart Songwriter Awards”. Now in its eleventh year, this event highlights the talents of Ontario songwriters and provides an opportunity for the winners to showcase their work for Festival Presenters.

Our jury will select one winner in English and one in French. The winners will each receive a Galaxie Rising Star Award of $1,000, registration for the OCFF conference for one person, and an invitation to showcase at the OCFF Conference in Kingston, October 2005. Prizes of $100 will be awarded to the winners selected in each of 7 categories: Political, Humorous, Instrumental, Children's, Original Historical, Blues and World (including languages other than English and French). Additional prizes will be awarded as determined by the judges, including: 7 subscriptions to Penguin Eggs magazine, 1 “campfire” guitar from the Ottawa Folklore Centre, and a performance spot in a Songwriters Association of Canada Bluebird North show.

In addition, the top eight songs, not including the Rising Star Award winners, will be passed on to a separate jury which will select the winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award of $1,000 and registration for the 2005 OCFF Conference.


Le CCFO est très heureux de présenter le prix auteur-compositeur Chansons du fond du coeur. Comme il le fait depuis 11 ans, ce concours récompense les efforts des auteurs-compositeurs de l’Ontario et offre aux gagnants l’occasion de présenter leurs œuvres aux directeurs de plusieurs festivals.

Notre jury sélectionnera deux gagnants, dont l’un s’exprimera en français et l’autre en anglais. Les gagnants recevront chacun un Prix Étoiles Galaxie de 1 000$, l’inscription pour une personne à la conférence du CFFO et une présentation d’un spectacle en vitrine à la conférence du CFFO à Kingston, au mois d’octobre 2005. Sept Prix de 100$ chacun seront accordés aux gagnants dans chacune des catégories de chanson : politique, humour, instrumentale, chanson pour enfants, originale tirée d’un fait historique, blues et musique du monde (comprenant des chansons composées en langues autres que le français ou l’anglais.) Les juges attribueront, en plus, les prix suivants : sept abonnements à la revue Penguin Eggs, 1 guitare « campfire » du Ottawa Folklore Centre, et une occasion de présenter un spectacle au Blue Bird North de l’association des auteurs-compositeurs du Canada.

De plus, un jury différent choisira un gagnant parmi les huit meilleures chansons, excluant les gagnants des Prix Étoiles Galaxie, pour le Prix Auteur-compositeur Colleen Peterson de 1000$ accompagné d’une inscription pour la conférence du CFFO 2005.

Terms And Conditions

Entry Criteria
1. Only residents of Ontario are eligible to submit entries.
2. Past winners (1st place only) are ineligible.
3. Entry fee is $12.50 USD per song (includes applicable taxes) for OCFF members and $21 .00 USD (includes applicable taxes) for OCFF non-members. If you are not yet a Sonicbids member, you can enter your first song, plus get a 3-month Sonicbids subscription for $17.95 USD (includes applicable taxes) for OCFF members and $25.95 USD (includes applicable taxes) for OCFF non-members. Non-members can join the OCFF to receive the member rate. You can join the OCFF by visiting www.ocff.ca.
4. More than one song may be submitted, but the entry fee will apply to each song.
5. Please indicate which sub-category you would like the song to also be considered for. All songs get a shot at the Galaxie Rising Star Award, but in addition you may ask to be considered for one of: Political, Humorous, Instrumental, Childrens, Original Historical, Blues or World.
6. Songs may be submitted in any language. Please include translations of any lyrics not in English or French.
7. Writer(s) retain(s) all copyright and publishing rights.
8. Awards will be announced in late summer, 2005