Collingwood Live & Original Music Series


The Collingwood Live & Original Music Series was introduced in 2015 as a sub-festival within the Collingwood Elvis Festival. For more than 20 years, the Collingwood Elvis Festival has helped to preserve the legacy of Elvis Presley, the original rock star, and has provided visitors with the opportunity to hear Elvis' music performed live once again. To complement this, the Collingwood Live & Original Music Series was created with a primary focus on giving aspiring singer/songwriters the chance to showcase their unique talents through live performances of their original compositions to a crowd of music fans who know what it looks like when an artist tries something original, puts themselves into their songs, and can deliver an amazing live performance. 

L&O Songwriter Showdown Results

Congratulations to this year's L&O Songwriter Showdown winner
Mike Charette!
First Place - Mike Charette
Second Place - Alyssa Pridham
Third Place - Bernadette Connors

About the L&O Songwriter Showdown

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 included 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. 

Top 12 Semi-Finalists

Jamie McLaughlin

Kendrick Ambrose

Bernadette Connors

Sohayla Smith


Mike Charette

Marshall Dane

Jeff Cunningham

Emily Hoppe

Amanda Kelly

Alyssa Pridham

Rebecca Rain

Esther Pennell

L&O Encore

August 6th, 7:00 p.m. at the Collingwood Shipyards Amphitheatre - part of Sidelaunch Days - don't miss three of the top four L&O Songwriter Showdown finalists - Mike Charette, Alyssa Pridham, and Sohayla Smith - back in town for an ENCORE concert at the gorgeous Shipyards Amphitheatre. This is a free opportunity to see some of our L&O artists at the beginning of their musical journey and career!  

L&O Compilation CD

New this year! The Live & Original Music Series presents an L&O Compilation CD featuring the 2016 semi-finalists. The L&O 12 semi-finalists will have the opportunity to contribute their audition song to a limited edition collectible CD. The singer/songwriters will produce their track in an exclusive session with Collingwood’s own Red Room Recordings while they are in town for a very busy four days of competition. Proceeds from the sale of the limited edition CD will be collected and turned into a bursary fund to assist the efforts of a local student who wishes to pursue a post secondary music education.

PRE-ORDER your CD now by calling 705-444-2500. Only $20 plus shipping.

CDs will be available for pick up or by mail beginning in mid-August.




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