The Free’s “Freedom Island” wins inaugural Canadian Songwriting Competition

The Free
May 17, 2017

The tropical/reggae/hip-hop/house song “Freedom Island” by The Free (a.k.a. Hisham Abu-Nura) has won the very first edition of the annual Canadian Songwriting Competition, with a grand prize that includes $5,000 CDN in cash, and one week of accommodations at SOCAN House (Los Angeles or Nashville, location to be chosen by The Free).

The Grand Prize also includes a round-trip flight to anywhere in Canada, a Noize Faktory prize pack to record, mix, master, and package a three-song EP; an artist website refresh from NWC Marketing Services; a marketing and social media consultation from NWC Marketing Services; an accounting consultation session from This is the Deal Inc.; and a photo shoot from Ryan Nolan Photography.

The Free, now based in Toronto, says his eclectic-global sound comes from his experience growing up in the Middle East, especially his mother country of Sudan.

In its first-ever contest, the Canadian Songwriting Competition gave away a total of more than $35,000 CDN in cash and prizes to winners in 14 categories. Proceeds from the Canadian Songwriting Competition went towards the Foundation for After School Talent, a Canadian charitable organization with a mandate to provide grants to low-income families for their children’s extra-curricular activities.

For more information and a complete list of winners, click here.