Mr. H Presents, in partnership with MusicNL, is holding the fourth Make Music Happen songwriting conference, an annual event during which aspiring songwriters develop their ideas with well-established artists. Through a variety of workshop sessions, students will work with professionals to hone their craft, receive guidance on writing and performing, and have a chance to showcase their talents with their peers.

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Mr. H Presents…Make Music Happen Conference (4) at Corner Brook Regional High

Contact: Paul Heppleston B.A., B.Ed.
Company: Mr. H Presents
Phone: 709-640-7625

Location: Corner Brook Regional High
Date: Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th

This year’s conference will take place over two days, with a songwriters circle capping off day one, and a student showcase finishing day two. Saturday night’s songwriters circle performance is open to the public and will feature this year’s four widely-acclaimed professional songwriters: Gary & Whit, Joanna Barker, Kelly McMichael, and Steve Maloney.

In addition to the songwriting workshops, students will also attend live-performance workshops lead by three highly-respected local artists, Dave Connors, Louise Gauthier, and Nick Hamlyn. This year, for the first time, Make Music Happen will include a keynote address: Susan Lemessieur Quinn, Music Therapist at the Janeway Children’s Hospital, will be speaking to attendees on the ways creating and performing music benefit positive mental health.

The cost for the conference is $60, and space is limited. Students interested can contact Mr. H through his email: This event is open to musicians aged 12-18. For more information, visit

The songwriters circle concert – this year, at Swirsky’s – is open to all. Tickets are $10, they will be available at both Brewed Awakening locations by May 10th; they’re also available online right now, at Swirsky’s Yapsody page:

Mr. H Presents…is a volunteer project of high school teacher, Paul Heppleston.  A musician and life-long music lover, Mr. H started hosting and promoting all-ages shows in June 2010 as a way to create more opportunities for young people to experience live music, whether at performers or observers.  Mr. H has put on over a hundred concerts and open mic events in Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Pasadena, and Stephenville.