Virtual Shivering Songs 2021 Songwriter's Intensive w/Andrew Sisk
Our Shivering Songwriter's Intensive will be moving forward in a virtual format for 2021. The Songwriter’s Intensive is a professional development opportunity for emerging and intermediate level songwriters in New Brunswick and is made possible by the generous support of the City of Fredericton.

Fresh from releasing his latest album Mr. Miracle, we are thrilled to have Andrew Sisk back this year as our lead songwriter. Andrew uses songwriting whenever he can: to shake off the darkness of winter, or mend a broken heart, to capture a beautiful moment, or to teach children. Songs have always been his work. Through the act of creating music, Sisk has built a life filled with lovely talented friends and collaborators while making joyful memories of recording music. His surreptitious career spanning 20+ years has lead to his songs appearing in Radio, Television, and film, as well as, having songs covered by other artists like songstress Christina Martin with Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor. Perhaps most notably his songs were recorded with the release of a tribute album, “We Have the Same Lights Overhead“(2013), by the Acadian Embassy label which featured many of his celebrated peers recording versions of his songs.

Most recently, Sisk composed the film score for the NFB Documentary short “Paula“. He was commissioned to perform a musical tribute to Canadian Poet Alden Nowlan for the 2020 Shivering Songs Music Festival as a multidisciplinary performance piece.

What to expect...

We will be hosting two sessions one for emerging songwriters and another for intermediate level songwriters.

These sessions will take place virtually over ZOOM in two parts.

Part 1: Day 1: ZOOM Introduction Session:
1) Introduce myself (10 mins)

2) Establish Goals for the program (10 mins)
a) To improve our songwriting practice by learning new creative strategies.
b) To work on developing a personalized creative routine.
c) To use a new strategy to write a new song.

3) Songwriting (Powerpoint Presentation) (30 mins)
A collection of tips, habits, history, perspectives, and strategies for songwriting

4) Q&A and Discussion (20- 45 mins)

Part 2: To be held within the 2 days after the introduction
Follow-Up One-on-one video coaching sessions
(Optional second Coaching session available upon request)
(30-60 mins per participant) - I will ask self-reflection questions and help each participant to develop their own personal creative routine for the week.

Part 3: End of week Resolution
Exit interview- A group zoom call where each participant answers 3 questions
1) What was challenging for me?
2) What did I like about this experience?
3) What will I take away from this experience?

Each participant will be asked to either submit a video recording performance of what they wrote OR they can participate in the Capital Live Stream performance.

Submissions open till February 15th.

Email address *
Artist Name/ Nom de l'artiste *
Contact name/ Nom de la personne-ressource *
Contact phone number/ Numéro de téléphone de la personne-ressource *
Link to your music/ Lien à votre musique *
Do you live in New Brunswick? / Habitez-vous au Nouveau-Brunswick? *
Hometown/ Localité *
What would you like to keep from this experience?/Qu'aimeriez-vous garder de cette expérience? *
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram links/liens *
Genre/ Genre musical *
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