Songwriter Retreat a Chance for Musicians to Collaborate

Songwriter Retreat a Chance for Musicians to Collaborate

By Tyler Sutherland

Val Halla
Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Val Halla (HANDOUT)

Nine songwriters from across the prairies will come together for a retreat at FortWhyte Alive later this winter.

The Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat is being put on jointly by Manitoba Music, Sask Music and Alberta Music. Musicians from all three provinces will gather to strengthen their songwriting through collaboration.

The four-day session runs from February 28 to March 2 at the secluded lakeside field station.

“We’re excited to create this opportunity to connect an inspiring group of songwriters from across our three provinces,” said Sean McManus, Manitoba Music’s executive director.

“These retreats are all about collaboration and extending that spirit of collaboration beyond our borders will add value, not only to the creation of new songs but to the artists’ career development.”

Musicians include Manitoba’s Micah Erenberg, Grant Davidson (Slow Leaves), and Sheena Rattai (Red Moon Road). Saskatchewan’s Val Halla, Jay Semko, and Jason Plumb, and Alberta’s Rebecca Lappa, Mariel Buckley, and Tanner James will also attend.