2016 All-Albertan Song Contest

Words: Barry Strader

It was easily the most significant event that took place in Alberta in 2016.

So it seems appropriate that a song about the Fort McMurray wildfire was named the winner in the sixth ATB Financial All-Albertan Song Contest.

Run, written and recorded by Edmonton’s 100 Mile House, was selected by a panel of judges as the top song in a year ATB received a total of 166 entries. 100 Mile House takes the grand prize of $10,000 from ATB.

“I was pretty shocked,” said Peter Stone, 100 Mile House’s lead singer and songwriter. “It was a pretty fun feeling. My heart was racing pretty hard.”

The song (listen below) is about a family’s experience as they packed up and left Fort McMurray while the city went up in Flames.

“It came pretty quickly one day during the middle of it,” Stone said of the song writing process. “The coverage was all over the news. There were a lot of people coming to Edmonton. Strangers were opening their homes to people so they had a place to stay. There were charity shows and benefits across town. It was a really emotional time. To see how everyone was pulling together was inspirational. To hear some of the stories and what they left behind, but there was a hope as well. There were certain stories that really moved me and pushed me to pick up a guitar and start singing about it.”

100 Mile House

2016 marks the second time 100 Mile House has won a prize in the All-Albertan Song Contest. They claimed third spot in 2013 with Pick Up Our Boots, which was included on the band’s most recent album released last month.

“ATB is encouraging people to write about this province and it’s nice that those songs continue to live and end up on albums,” said Stone. “It’s nice that song stuck with us. If it hadn’t been in that competition, I’m not sure it would have ended up on the album. This song (Run) will definitely be on our next album as well.”

Stone said the band will use the prize money to continue making music and plans to donate a portion of it at its annual Christmas Charity show later this month. It’s a way for him to give back to his adopted home. Stone, originally from England, met his wife and band-mate, Denise MacKay in Alberta. After getting married, the couple lived in London for four years, but returned to Alberta eight years ago. They’ve been here ever since.

“It wasn’t until we moved back to Alberta that our music became a really big part of our lives and allowed us to release albums and tour,” said Stone.

“Alberta has become my home in a really important way. I appreciate it and we sing about Alberta in a lot of our songs. It really is special. I joke a lot on stage that I feel lucky that I fell in love with an Alberta girl. She’s the reason I came here originally and now I never want to leave for too long.”

Calgary’s Brock Geiger finished in second place, earning $3,000, with Fade To Red. Canmore’s Seth Anderson won both third place from the judges worth $2,000 and another $2,000 by winning the Fan Choice Award for his tune Rocky Mountain Town. Anderson topped the Facebook fan voting with 699 votes.

Thanks to all who entered and voted in the 2016 All-Albertan Song Contest. Congratulations to our winners!

2016 All-Albertan Song Contest Rules

1. Entrants must be Albertan and living in Alberta at the time of entry.

2. Entrants will record and submit an original, new, non-released song about Alberta. For clarity, the song must not have been sold or distributed to the public for public use (this includes being played on the radio or on television). If the song has been uploaded to YouTube or posted through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat (“Social Media”), the song is eligible to be submitted for this contest. The song must be written and performed by the entrant. 

3. Entrants must submit the song in a commonly used electronic audio format (i.e.: MP3), or on a CD.

4. Entrants must submit a legible lyrics sheet.

5. Entrants must submit a photo of themselves.

6. Entrants must submit their contact information in a separate document, including song title, home phone number and e-mail address; that information won’t be disclosed to parties outside the contest.

7. Employees or family members of employees, or board representatives or family members of board representatives, of ATB Financial and its subsidiaries, the National Music Centre or CKUA Radio are not eligible to participate in this contest.

8. The grand prize winner:

a. Receives $10,000 CAD from ATB Financial (in the form of a bank draft);

b. Is free to negotiate for and decide on any further uses of the song, and retains its copyright;

c. Agrees to be photographed and interviewed for a story on the ATB Financial community website wearealberta.ca (the “Website”);

d. Agrees to perform a live concert (within Alberta) for ATB Financial for an additional talent fee (fee to be agreed upon between ATB Financial and the grand prize winner); the date and location of the concert will be determined and agreed upon between ATB Financial and the grand prize winner

9. The second-place winner receives $3,000 CAD in cash from ATB Financial.

10. The third-place winner receives $2,000 CAD in cash from ATB Financial.

11. The winner of the Fan Choice Award receives $2,000 CAD in cash from ATB Financial.

12. Entries may be submitted through the entry form found on this page or through regular mail to:

Barry Strader
ATB Place
21st FL 10020 - 100 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0N3

13. All entries become the property of ATB Financial, and entrants’ materials will not be returned. ATB Financial assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries. The contest administrator will not be able to acknowledge that an entry has been received.

14. Deadline for entries is 12:00 pm local time, November 28, 2016.

15. A panel of judges from the National Music Centre, CKUA and ATB Financial (the “Panel”), in their sole discretion, will select a short-list of three to six entries (the “Finalists”) from the pool of eligible entries.

16. The song, photo and lyrics of each of the Finalists will be posted on the Website. Entrants agree to this, without qualification.

17. The song and lyrics of each of the Finalists will also be posted on ATB Financial’s Facebook page, where users are able to vote for their favourite Finalist. Users may vote only once. Facebook voting will commence at 8:30am local time, December 2, 2016 and will close at 8:30am local time, December 9, 2016. The Finalist with the most votes at the conclusion of online voting will win the Fan Choice Award ($2,000 CAD). In the event of a tie, the $2,000 prize money will be split equally amongst the Finalists that tied for the most votes.

18. The Panel will choose the grand prize, second-place and third-place winners. The songs will be judged on their musical merit and their connection to Alberta. The decision of the Panel will be final and binding in all matters relating to the selection of the winners.

19. The Finalist that wins the Fan Choice Award is eligible to win the grand prize, second-place and third-place prizes.

20. The grand prize winner will be revealed live on CKUA radio on December 9, 2016.

21. Any income taxes are each winner’s sole responsibility.

22. ATB Financial reserves the right, in ATB Financial’s sole discretion, to disqualify any entry or entrant, and to modify, terminate or suspend this contest. ATB Financial is the sole and final arbitrator of any disputes regarding this contest, any entry, entrant, and any official rule or eligibility requirement.

23. Entrants may be required to provide reasonable proof that they meet the requirements of the contest.

24. By participating, entrants and winners agree:

a. to be bound by these official rules;

b. ATB Financial, ATB Financial’s subsidiaries, agents and sponsors, shall have the right and permission to use their name, voice, place of residence, photograph and or/likeness, and any statements he/she may make regarding the prize, for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose worldwide in perpetuity and in any other media or format now or hereafter known without any form of compensation, permission, or notification;

c. ATB Financial, and ATB Financial’s subsidiaries and agents, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, successors and assigns shall have no liability and will be held harmless by entrants and winners for any liability, loss, injury, claim, or damage to themselves or any other person or entity, including but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to personal or real property, to entrant, winners or any other person or entity due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize or participation in this contest;

d. the submitted song and lyrics is an original work created by the entrant, that the song and lyrics does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the song or lyrics;

e. to grant to ATB Financial a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to post, display, share, publish, print or otherwise use the submitted song or lyrics for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose worldwide in perpetuity and in any other media or format now or hereafter known, including without limitation on ATB Financial’s web page located at www.atb.com and on Social Media, without any form of compensation, permission, or notification;

f. to permit ATB Financial to retain the song or lyrics that may be archived in ATB Financial’s records and accessible to ATB Financial, and ATB Financial’s subsidiaries and agents, and all of their respective officers, directors and employees;

g. any information submitted as part of this contest will be used in accordance with ATB Financial’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at www.atb.com under the heading “Privacy and Security”, and solely for the purposes of administering this contest and shall not be used for any other purpose without the express consent of the entrants and winners. By providing the information, the entrants and winners consent to the information being used for the stated purposes. Where this contest can be entered via a third party service, the entrants and winners understand that any personal information they share with such third party service may also be used on that third party service and as set out in that third party service’s own privacy policy; and

h. this contest is not sponsored, endorsed by or administered by Facebook. By entering this contest, all entrants and winners release Facebook from any liability in connection with this contest.

Published
March 8th, 2017



68 comments

Bill Will you accept co-written songs, if one of the co-writers perform it?

10 months ago

bstrader Hi, Bill. Barry from ATB here. Yes, absolutely!

10 months ago

Brian Hey! I've been working on some ideas and I've kinda written 2 separate songs! Are multiple entries allowed!?

10 months ago

bstrader Hi, Brian! Yes, you can enter as many times as you wish. Cheers, Barry.

10 months ago

Bill Thanks Barry

10 months ago

Natasha Hi Barry! Can you please clarify the following? "24. By participating, entrants and winners agree: e. to grant to ATB Financial a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to post, display, share, publish, print or otherwise use the submitted song or lyrics for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose worldwide in perpetuity and in any other media or format now or hereafter known, including without limitation on ATB Financial’s web page located at www.atb.com and on Social Media, without any form of compensation, permission, or notification;" So Question about that: Is this only in reference to advertising for this specific contest and all promotion around it? IF not can you please be more specific to what that means? Because the rules say here: "8. The grand prize winner: b. Is free to negotiate for and decide on any further uses of the song, and retains its copyright;" So what about the entrants, do they retain the copyright of their songs? OR by entering, entrants do not retain copyright any more and ATB Financial can still use any of the songs entered however they please with out the artist permission? Thanks!

10 months ago

bstrader Hi, Natasha. Thanks for your question. All entrants/winners retain the copyright of their song and are free to publish or use the song in any way that they wish. However, by entering the contest, entrants/winners also agree that ATB may use the song as they wish, whether this is to promote the contest (either this year or in future years) or other services and products, to be used in advertising, and so forth. To use the song, ATB does not need to obtain permission from the artist or compensate the artist. If you have any other questions, please let me know! Cheers, Barry.

10 months ago

Tenise Hi! I was born in BC, but I currently live in Alberta. Am I eligible to enter?

10 months ago

bstrader Hi, Tenise. You are indeed!

10 months ago

Amorel Lerner hi- is there a page to listen to entries submitted so far?? thx Amorel

9 months ago

bstrader Hi, Amorel. Thanks for your note. We don't have a page to hear all of the entries so far, but we'll post the finalists' songs right here on December 2. Cheers, Barry.

9 months ago

Bob Does the sound quality of the recording influence the judging ? For example, if I were to record a demo of the song on Garageband will it be judged the same as a professional recording from a studio ? Thanks

9 months ago

bstrader Hi, Bob. Judges do consider sound quality, but if you put down a good quality recording on Garageband, you will not hurt your chances. You don't have to professionally record your song in a studio. In fact, one of our previous winners recorded her vocals in a closet! We look forward to hearing your entry. Cheers, Barry

9 months ago

Anonymous Hello! Just wanted to clarify that having multiple singers on the song being submitted is okay? Thank you!

9 months ago

bstrader That's totally fine!

9 months ago

Susan Is it allright if the songwriter is not singing the lead vocal?

9 months ago

Mack Hey just curious do the judges listen to the whole song through or just over the first 20 seconds kinda thing?

9 months ago

bstrader Hi, Susan. Yes, you'd just have to enter as a team.

9 months ago

bstrader Hi, Mack. We listen to the whole song!

9 months ago

Brendan Hello, I wonder if any singer-songwriters with just their voice, their guitar and little recording equipment really have a chance to become a finalist...I know recording quality makes a difference and it's up to the artists to sort that out themselves. I've noticed that the winning entries from previous years are mainly by professional artists using professional recording equipment and professional songwriting with professional back-up bands, etc. How could we even compete with amazing artists with superior production quality (Colleen Brown and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, etc)? Thank you for your time.

9 months ago

Aaron A. Lehman Why do you allow only 16 megabytes. I have a short song and it is 22 mgb so it won't load on the form. What can I do? Can I mail you a jump drive with it on?

9 months ago

Tom ATB: Sounds like a great opportunity for Alberta artists. I'm hoping it's OK to submit a song, which I've written and recorded the individual parts, as if it was a live band? Thanks,

9 months ago

bstrader HI, Brendan. Absolutely, singer-songwriters with just a guitar have every chance to become a finalist and/or win the contest. Every song that is entered gets consideration.

9 months ago

bstrader Hi, Aaron. I believe 16 MB is all our website can handle. Please email me your photo and lyrics and a drop-box (or other file sharing platform) link with your audio file to bstrader@atb.com.

9 months ago

bstrader Hi, Tom. That sounds great to me. Thanks!

9 months ago

Chris When I hit the "Upload" button on the online form, I receive an error message. How can I confirm my entry was received?

9 months ago

bstrader Hi, Chris. Just to make sure we got your entry, please email it to me at bstrader@atb.com. Thanks!

9 months ago

Brendan Thank you, Barry. It's a great chance for little-known singer-songwriters and is much appreciated!

9 months ago

bstrader Our pleasure!

8 months ago

Jim In regards to rule 7, how does it apply for people who have family members that work for ATB? Are they not permitted to play on a submission, or not be the primary songwriter?

8 months ago

Anonymous I'm just wondering, approximately how many entries do you receive per year?

8 months ago

bstrader Hi, Jim. Family members of ATB employees are not permitted to enter the contest, including playing or writing the submission. Cheers, Barry

8 months ago

bstrader Hi, and thanks for the question. We usually get between 100 and 150 entries each year.

8 months ago

Steve Hi, I submitted my song without hitting the upload button (foolishly) so re submitted correctly. But how do I know that you guys received it? Additionally, for the fan voting, will all submissions be available to vote or just the finalists that the panel of judges choose? Thanks

8 months ago

bstrader Hi Steve. Just to be 100% sure we got your entry, please email it to me directly at bstrader@atb.com. Also, only the finalists' songs will advance to the fan voting. Cheers, Barry.

8 months ago

Dave Can I upload more than 1 song?

8 months ago

bstrader Hi, Dave. Yes, multiple entries are permitted.

8 months ago

David Glass Hi Barry, I just submitted my song, and want to make sure you received all the file as I initially encountered a couple of error messages. (The 2nd time I submitted it seemed to work) Please confirm. Many thanks, David Glass Calgary

8 months ago

bstrader Hi, David. Got it! Thanks for your entry.

8 months ago

Matt Mason Rule #6 requires a contact sheet--there was no place to upload this on the submission. Is this submitted at a later date? Thanks!

8 months ago

bstrader Hi, Matt. The contact sheet just refers to the first few fields in the entry form for your contact info (address, phone, email, etc.).

8 months ago

Ellen Braun Hello. I believe I successfully uploaded my submission. Please confirm. Thank you for the opportunity.

8 months ago

bstrader Got it, thank you!

8 months ago

Dani Hi there, I just entered your contest but it directed me to a page where I needed to log in, but I don't have an atb user account. I got no confirmation that the submission was received, it just directed me to this page. How do I know that my submission made it through?

8 months ago

John Wort Hannam Hi Barry, I'm trying to upload my entry before the midnight deadline and can't find the form. Any suggestions?

8 months ago

bstrader Hi, John. The entry deadline was at noon today, as mentioned in our contest rules (seen below). Sorry! 14. Deadline for entries is 12:00 pm local time, November 28, 2016.

8 months ago

bstrader Hi, Dani. Can you tell me what name the submission is under?

8 months ago

Clinton Richardson Hello! Can you please confirm that my submission went through? Thanks!

8 months ago

Natasia Hi Barry! I submitted my song yesterday and today I'd like to share it for some of my friends on Facebook. Can I upload this to my soundcloud account. Is that considered a social media platform I can use like youtube to make the song still eligible? Thanks! ~Natasia D

8 months ago

bstrader Hi, Clinton. We did. Thanks for your entry!

8 months ago

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