ole Hosts Canadian POP/URBAN Songcamp
TORONTO: For the first time in Canada ole hosted a five day POP/URBAN songwriting camp at Phase One Studios. Running from July 30 to August 3, the event brought together 24 of the top pop and urban writers from Canada the U.S. and around the world.
This landmark event, organized by ole Creative Manager Jennifer Hyland, was financially supported by ole, the OMDC Music Fund an initiative of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and SOCAN. The Songcamp was designed to create hit songs, expand the network for Canadian songwriters and develop access to the key U.S. market.
According to Jeff King, SOCAN’s VP of Membership, they are always looking at ways to create new opportunities for their members and adds, “SOCAN is proud to be a sponsor of the ole pop/urban Songcamp. We’re anxious to hear the results form the collaboration between our members and other world-class songwriters."
According to Jen Hyland there is no lack of talent in Canada. Says Hyland, “The writing talent in Canada is tremendous but we need to build bridges between writers based here and those in the rest of the world to help Canadians build the network that will take their careers to the next level.”
She adds, “What I’ve heard this week is the creation of 30 or 40 world class songs. It’s very exciting to hear hits in the making and it’s just the beginning of great things to come. This is certainly something ole is going to want to make an annual event.”
Enthusiasm for the event is echoed by Producer Manager of Relentless Management in NY, Mo’Jointz. “My hat is off to ole for putting together a camp like this that gives these talented writers, producers and vocalists a chance to work together. At the end of the day, connecting creative people together is the most genuine way to make hit records.”
Relentless Management has three of their writer/producers at this year’s camp including KUYA, Tone Mason Inc. and BeatMerchant. Tone Mason recently had the first single “Hood Boy” on American Idol winner Fantasia’s sophomore album and continues to work with artists such as Busta Rhymes and Yummy Bingham. KUYA’s credits include Nelly, Ginuwine and Mase.
ole writers, which accounted for just a third of the writers at the camp include David Kopatz (Corbin Blue, Westlife, O-Town); Derek Brin (Che’nelle, In essence, Keisha Chante); Haydain Neale (Jacksoul, Fefe Dobson); Dru (In Essence); Ben Dunk (Eva Avila, Melissa O’Neil, Hipjoint); Alonzo (Eva Avila, Melissa O’Neil, Rex Goudie); Alex Tsisserev (Kevin Lyttle, Xiao Xiao, Tarkan); and, Rebecca Everett.
Other writers attending included Shawn Desman, Divine Brown, Rupert Gayle, Jeff Dalziel, Tebey Ottoh, Aileen de la Cruz, Max Preece, Boi 1da, D10, Robbie Patterson, Natasha Waterman and Levi. They all bring the experience gained from having written for artists such as Trey Songz, Jaheim, Method Man, Joe Budden, Nelly, Backstreet Boys, Corbin Blue, Eden’s Crush and Matt Dusk to name just a few.
According to ole Managing Partner Robert Ott, “ole is very excited about this 1st annual ole Songcamp focused on urban and pop. We have amazing song writing talent in Canada and that talent requires a network and market access to flourish.” He adds, “Jennifer Hyland has done a stellar job in founding this forum for songwriters and we thank Phase One Audio, our U.S. and foreign guests, the OMDC and SOCAN for their support.”
ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio and TV producer and finance executive). ole boasts an experienced team of 23 industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration worldwide. ole has staff in Toronto, Nashville, and LA.
The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed new acquisitions over the past two years including purchases of the Balmur, Logrhythm's Matt Morris, Encore, Keith Follese, Dream Warriors, Frank Myers, David Tyson, Lighthouse and Marsfilm Music catalogs. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and their forthcoming 3D animated series Rollbots.
Recent cuts include the lead-off single “Headspin” by Rockstar Supernova, “Once In A While” by Akon, “Shoes” by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Jaheim’s “Daddy Thing”, Sean Paul’s “Change the Game”, “He Ain’t Even Cold Yet” by Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Milsap’s “My Life”, and Trace Adkins' “High”.
ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada, Shaftesbury Films, PorchLight Entertainment, Arcadia Entertainment, Devine Entertainment, Lenz Entertainment, CCI, Breakthrough Films, Amberwood Entertainment, Slanted Wheel, Summerhill Television, Storm Entertainment, Sound Venture Productions, and Mona Lisa and Suman out of Europe.
ole is the Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Otis Rush. ole also serves as the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the prominent Bucks Music Group, home of the James Blunt smash “You’re Beautiful” and Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar" and for TV, animation giant DiC Entertainment.
The company has signed songwriters Gerald O'Brien, Derek Brin, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, Rebecca Everett, Gilles Godard, James Huff, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile, Mladen, Scarlett and Dr. Alex Tsisserev. and struck a co-venture deal with Last Gang Publishing -- a division of Last Gang Entertainment -- bringing artists Panurge and Mother Mother, Let's Go To War and O’Luge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), Kinnie Starr, Rides Again and Steven Dall to the roster. ole also has co-ventures with Roots Three Music, which includes songwriters Bruce Wallace, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw (of Doc Walker), Steven Lee Olsen and Denny Carr (The Road Hammers and Doc Walker) -- IB Entertainment and their first signings Dru and Alonzo, and Nashville executive Tim DuBois for Steve Mandile.
ole also signed administration deals with Sound Of Pop, a Toronto-based music publishing company, label, and management firm whose clients include Cadence Grace, The London Apartments, Brandon Jones and Chris Labelle; Treasure Music Island Inc., whose catalogue features The Merrymen, David Kirton and Spice and Company and, L.A. songwriter David Kopatz.
ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world class songwriters, composers and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.
The ole website can be found at www.majorlyindie.com .