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Do you know how to write in Chinese? Have you ever wanted to write a song in it? Well, this contest is perfect for you!
The 27th Canadian Chinese Song Writer Quest is being hosted by Fairchild Radio, a Richmond-based Chinese-language radio station. It was originally held in the 1990s when the station noticed that many Chinese immigrants in Vancouver mainly listened to music from Hong Kong or Taiwan. As well, many of these people also possessed musical talent.
“So the people at the company thought, why don't we host a competition to find and give a stage to local talent?” said Seme Ho, Fairchild Radio’s Promotion Director.
And so the Canadian Chinese Song Writer Quest was born.
To give these songwriters the best chance at entering the Asian music industry, Fairchild Radio partnered with Media Asia.
Media Asia is a Hong Kong-based production company with plenty of famous musical artists under its wing. The songwriting contest gives local Canadian artists the amazing opportunity to write songs for these talented artists.
Candy Leung, a two-time winner of the contest (2011 and 2021), had her song sold to Media Asia. Afterward, it was published in Hong Kong and later performed by the singer Feanna Wong.
Other winners signed long-term contracts to continue writing songs for Media Asia. which launched their music career in Asia.
Not only that, but the winner of the contest gets a $3000 cash prize.
So what are the requirements to enter?
First, the song must be written in Chinese. However, you don’t have to be Chinese to enter as all backgrounds are welcome. Sometimes you don’t have to know the language yourself:
"We had composers who didn’t know any Chinese but composed the music, and had a friend write the lyrics for them. And one of them actually was the champion for the year."
Second, you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
How does the selection process work?
The judges select 15 songs out of the submissions to move on to the second round. In this round, the public will vote online and choose their favourite song.
After that, the 5 most-voted songs will move on to the finals. The finals occur in August where each song will be performed live on stage in Burnaby.
From there, the contest judges will choose the winner.
If you don’t win first place, there are still two other cash prizes available:
If you’d like to enter, you have until April 18 to submit your song. Submissions can be sent here.