In conjunction with Phoenix Rising, the Six Shooter Records x West End Phoenix fundraising event and in recognition of the simple truth that a vibrant independent music ecosystem needs music writers - Six Shooter Records and West End Phoenix announce the New Voices Award for young music writers.
Any individual 18 and under living in Toronto is encouraged to submit a short personal essay (no more than 400 words) on the song that changed their life. Application due March 23rd at 5 p.m. The winner, to be announced during the event, will receive $500 and will be published in the May Issue of the West End Phoenix.


Click on Dave for a listen to the West End Phoenix song written, performed and recorded by the amazing Don Kerr.


Slow print, small run, mighty and true, the non-profit West End Phoenix is a community newspaper dreamed up by writer and Rheostatic Dave Bidini, giving voice to the swirl of neighbourhoods that make up one of North America’s fastest evolving catchments. 

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