All-Albertan Song Contest

Considering the quality of entries we received this year, it should come as no surprise the 2014 ATB Financial All-Albertan Song Contest was our closest competition yet. Voting was extremely tight between the top two finalists, with our panel of judges making the final call: Jordan Ostrom of Calgary is the winner of the grand prize of $10,000 cash from ATB and $2,000 from Alberta Music towards a professional recording of her song Heaven in the Pines.

Calgary's T. Buckley finishes in second place, earning $3,000 for his song Alberta, I'm Coming Home Tonight.

And in third place is Edmonton's Brock Tyler, taking home $2,000 for Louise Caroline Alberta.

"I'm kind of in shock, actually," said Ostrom when informed live on CKUA radio that she was the grand prize winner.

"It means a lot. It's such an honour to win the contest and be among such great competitors. All the top six were so deserving this year."

Ostrom's song is about the feeling you get when you've been away from Alberta and are on your way home, in this case, from south of the border. 

"When you're in Montana, you're so close, but you're not quite there," she said.

"That's where that lyric came from. If you're just right outside of it, you can almost taste it, so you're getting really excited. That was a big part of the inspiration for the song."

Listen to the entire CKUA interview here:

 

 

And stay tuned for details on an exciting concert announcement featuring our winner, Jordan Ostrom.

In the meantime, take one more listen to our six amazing finalists below!

2014 All-Albertan Song Contest Rules

2014 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. The song must be written and performed by the entrant.

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

4. Entrants will submit a legible lyrics sheet.

5. Entrants will submit a photo of themselves.

6. Entrants will submit 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. Audio files of each song entered will up uploaded to the wearealberta Sound Cloud account for the duration of the contest.

8. Entrants can not be employees, or family members of employees, or board representatives, or family members of board representatives, of ATB Financial, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, CKUA Radio, or Alberta Music.

9. The winning entrant:

     a. Receives $10,000 from ATB Financial
     b. Receives $2,000 toward the professional recording of a “radio-ready” version of the song, from Alberta Music
     c. Will be considered to have the song included on an upcoming Alberta Music Sampler 
     d. Agrees to record a “radio-ready” version of the song at a professional recording studio arranged by Alberta Music
     e. Agrees that the professionally recorded version of the song will appear on Alberta Music’s Sampler if selected
     f. Is free to negotiate for and decide on any further uses of the song, and retains its copyright
     g. Agrees to be photographed and interviewed for a story on the ATB Financial community website wearealberta.ca
     h. Agrees to allow Alberta Music to use his/her likeness and information about his/her winning entry in its promotional materials
     i. Agrees to perform a live concert for ATB Financial for an additional talent fee at to-be-determined date and location (within Alberta)

10. The second-place entrant receives $3,000 in cash from ATB Financial.

11. The third-place entrant receives $2,000 in cash from ATB Financial.

12. *Entries will be accepted through the entry form found on this page or through conventional mail to:

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

13. Entrants’ materials will not be returned. Due to logistical considerations, the contest administrator will not be able to guarantee acknowledgment that an entry has been received.

14. Deadline for entries is 12:00 pm, September 3, 2014.

15. From the pool of entries, a short-list of three to six entries will be chosen from a panel of judges from Alberta Music, CKUA and ATB Financial.

16. The short-listed entries – both song and lyrics – will be posted on ATB Financial’s community website wearealberta.ca. The short-listed entries will also be made available for download on the website CD Baby. Proceeds from each download will be donated to the charity of ATB’s choice. Entrants agree to this, without qualification.

17. Albertans will be invited to vote on ATB Financial’s Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for their favourite entry from the short-list. Each “like” on Facebook and Instagram and each “favourite” on Twitter count as one vote. Each song download on CD Baby counts as 10 votes.

18. The winning entries – first place, second place and third place – will be chosen from a combination of public voting and a final round of judging.

19. The first-place winner will be revealed live on CKUA radio on September 25, 2014.

20. ATB Financial, Alberta Music and CKUA assume that all entrants – by their submission of songs for this contest – agree to these rules.

*Entry submission details to be updated – check back for further details.

Published
September 25th, 2014



33 comments

tyrone hi there i was wondering if there is an age limit in this contest? also wondering if i could submit three songs all together. one each written by a different band member?

5 months ago

bstrader Hi, Tyrone, Barry from ATB here. If your band would like to submit three songs as a band, that is fine. Or you could each enter individually. There is no limit on the number of entries or age. Thanks for your interest!

5 months ago

bstrader I should add, if you enter a song as a band or group, any prize money won would be shared among the band members as you see fit.

5 months ago

tyrone hello barry, just wondering would it be best if we submitted three songs on three different files but in one email?

5 months ago

Mike Petroff Hi. Sorry, can't find entrance form anywhere... Can you pls. forward. Thanks, Mike

5 months ago

bstrader Hi, Tyrone and Mike, Our entry form is now available on the page. Cheers, Barry

5 months ago

Adele I recorded my `In Alberta` song independently a few years ago, but have not released it to radio, with the exception of a couple feature programs showcasing new artists. I sell the cd as I tour, and in one store locally. Would my song still qualify?

5 months ago

bstrader Hi, Adele, Thanks very much for your interest. Unfortunately, since you have already published the song on a CD for purchase, this particular song would not be eligible for our contest. We would love to hear a new, unpublished song from you about Alberta, so if an inspiration comes to you before September 3, please enter! Cheers, Barry

5 months ago

Adele Please remove my entry, as I found this comment section after I entered. Thanks.

5 months ago

Dick Warkentin How do we know if our song, photos and lyrics have been received properly? I would hate to have done something incorrectly. The reason I ask is, after I uploaded my photos and lyrics i can't read or make out what it is. It's very pixilated. is this normal?

5 months ago

bstrader Hi, Dick, We are working on an email notification for each entry and should have that function shortly. We did receive your entry and all necessary elements. Thanks very much and good luck!

5 months ago

Bill I I am primarily a lyric writer. If I enlist a musician/singer to assist with the song, how much accompanying singing/playing do I need to do to qualify under your performance rules? Thanks

4 months ago

bstrader Hi, Bill, Sorry for the late reply. You can definitely have someone assist you on the song. I would suggest you enter the contest together. If you should win any prize money, you and your collaborators would share as you see fit.

4 months ago

Phyl Hi We played an original song I wrote at a free event and someone recorded it. I have the recording and am wondering if that is ok to upload or do you need a professional quality recording? Thanks

4 months ago

bstrader Hi, Phyl, Live recordings are perfectly acceptable as long as the quality of the recording is good. If you're not confident about the quality of the recording, you might want to record it on your own, but there's no need for a professional studio recording. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to your entry! Cheers, Barry from ATB

4 months ago

PJ Probably not open to ATB employees, eh? Couldn't find anything in the Ts&Cs.

3 months ago

bstrader Hi, PJ, Sorry for the late reply. You're right, the contest is not open to ATB employees, as indicated in the contest rules: 8. Entrants can not be employees, or family members of employees, or board representatives, or family members of board representatives, of ATB Financial, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, CKUA Radio, or Alberta Music. Friends are welcome to enter, though!

3 months ago

Jodi Doidge Hi Barry, I've just submitted my entry form, are artists allowed to post a clip of the song on their own websites to give fans a listen before Sept 8th? Thank you! Jodi

3 months ago

bstrader Hi, Jodi, Absolutely, feel free to share. We will also add your tune to our wearealberta SoundCloud account as soon as we can. Thanks for entering! Cheers, Barry

3 months ago

Brian Walrond just checking to see if my entry Misunderstood lady of the North by Brian Walrond was submitted

3 months ago

bstrader Hi, Brian, No, we haven't received your entry yet. If you're having trouble entering on the site, you can email me your song, photo and lyrics to bstrader@atb.com. Cheers, Barry from ATB

3 months ago

Harry Hanly web pages are o/k, what about Facebook or if one could get some spins on the radio? thanks

3 months ago

Wayne Courchene Did my Last Minute Submission make through? I sent it Sept 3 from the above email address.

3 months ago

bstrader Hi, Wayne. We did receive your entry. Thanks!

3 months ago

ch Hi there! What time will the finalists be posted? : )

3 months ago

bstrader Soon! We'll announce the finalists this afternoon. Stay tuned!

3 months ago

Chris George Can't wait to see who wins!

3 months ago

kevin You guys picked the same genres of music. next time you should have more variety for us to choose from. All sounds the same, although they all sound good. Very disappointed that you guys only chose country-folk. No R&B, Rock, pop or Hip-hop. Seems like you need different types of judges.

3 months ago

bstrader Hi, Kevin, Thanks for your note; we appreciate your feedback. Our judges are open to all genres of music. Last year's winner, Transit, is a hip-hop artist from Calgary and won with his rap 'Alberta Anthem.' In fact, in the three previous years of the All-Albertan Song Contest, we have never had a country winner. The six finalists this year happen to be the six strongest entries, regardless of genre. Cheers, Barry from ATB

3 months ago

Sandy I wish you didn't need to logon to facebook to vote. Not everyone has a facebook page. :(

3 months ago

bstrader Hi, Sandy, Which song is your favourite? I'll make sure your vote gets counted! :) Cheers, Barry from ATB

3 months ago

Erin Hi Barry, I am trying to voye through Facebook but the link isn't working. Can you please make sure my vote for Tim Buckley is counted. Thanks!

3 months ago

bstrader Hi, Erin. You bet! :)

3 months ago