CHANGES AND THE WINNER IS... Halifax’s Aquakultre Wins CBC Searchlight 2018 Halifax rapper and singer- songwriter Aquakultre is the winner of CBC Music’s 2018 Searchlight competition. Four finalists were chosen from over 2,000 entries from every province and territory by a combination of public votes, a Canadian music industry panel, and three celebrity judges. The 25-year-old self-taught musician also known by his given name, Lance Sampson, earned the 2018 Searchlight title with his song “Sure.” His prize includes a spot in the Allan Slaight Juno Mas- ter Class, a performance during Juno Week 2019, a one-week residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, and a slot at this year’s CBC Music Festival at Toronto’s Echo Beach. For more information, go to www.cbcmusic.ca/ searchlight. The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2017 winners, chosen from over 16,000 entries from nearly 140 countries. Once again, Canadian artists did very well, with four first place wins, three third place, and 39 honourable mentions. The Canadian first place winners are Carman, MB’s Faouzia Ouihya for the song “Knock On My Door” in the Teen category; Toron- to’s Darrelle London with the song “Sheep” in the Children’s Music category; Winnipeg’s Jaylene John- son for the song “This Little Light” in the Christian music category; and Calgary’s Dylan Edward for the video “Untouchable” in the music video category. For more information, go to www.songwritingcompetition.com. Canadians Score Four First Place Wins in International Songwriting Competition BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE RECEIVING THE JUNO FOR INDIGENOUS ALBUM OF THE YEAR SOCAN Foundation Announces Launch of Indigenous Songwriter Award The SOCAN Foundation has launched the Indigenous Songwriter Award in partner- ship with TD Bank Group. The annual award recognizes the best music of any genre created by songwriters and composers of Indigenous descent. The inaugural award will be presented at the Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg on May 18, 2018, with the winner receiving a $10,000 prize plus airfare and accommodations to attend the Indigenous Music Awards. For more information, go to www.socanfoundation.ca/awards/. Creative INSPIRATION SURVEY Canadian Musician surveyed musicians across the country to find out about their experiences and preferences when it comes to inspiring creativity and fighting writer’s block. 76% say they’ve experience prolonged writer’s block or a lack of creative inspiration… If you have experienced writer’s block or a lack of inspiration, how did it affect you? 19% 53% It worried and/or frustrated me greatly 35% Only have a routine or regimen they follow when creating/writing songs 41% prefer working alone on creative projects, while 51% prefer a combination of working alone & with others It was annoying, but I knew it would pass 20% It wasn’t too concerning 8% Didn’t really bother me at all 51% say their physical wellbeing (rest, diet, exercise, etc.) has a definite, noticeable impact on their creativity SPEAKING OUT What methods and/or activities do you find are helpful to inspire musical creativity? "Discipline. I simply put my butt in a chair with a note pad, pencil, and my instrument and begin writing whatever comes without concerning myself with the quality or quantity. Waiting for inspiration is not an option; dedication to the craft is how to be a prolific writer." 16 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N "Attending writers' groups, writing regularly with others, and not writing with a specific goal other than creating a song ... Speedwriting with short set time limits and no editing, then going back and wordsmithing for long periods." "Get stubborn and write a song, even if it's crap- py and uninspired. Then write another trite dud. Yet again if you have to. I find this helps flush the mind, can reveal nuggets of lyrics or tunes that are worth hanging onto, and still beats doing laundry or watching bad TV to pass the time!"