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The Royal Foundry Win the Canadian Songwriting Competition Grand Prize

May 8th, 2018
The Royal Foundry

The Royal Foundry

The Canadian Songwriting Competition has announced that its grand prize winners are co-writers Jared Salte and Bethany Salte of The Royal Foundry for their song “Running Away.”

The judges say the song “grabs your attention from the very first note, mixing electronic, rock, folk and pop fundamentals. Their lyrics reflect a ‘seize the moment’ and ‘never settle’ attitude that stirs and stimulates through to the end.”

Both Jared and Bethany were born and raised in Alberta and what started as a folk duo quickly evolved into a full throttle alt-pop quartet. The Royal Foundry have gained radio traction across Canada and on August 15, 2017, they released, “Lost in Your Head,” their follow up to their widely successful debut album. Their winning song, “Running Away,” can be found on this latest album.

Across the genre-specific categories, the winning songs are:

Adult Contemporary – “Weight (On My Shoulders)” by Stacey Kay and Justin Forsley and performed by Stacey Kay.

Canadiana – “Anthracite” by Nico Tobias.

Country – “I Can’t Blame Her” by Doug Folkins and Keesy Timmer and performed by Troy Castellano.

Electronic – “Kill My Darlings” by Tatiana Zagorac and Ari Rhodes performed by Talltale.

Singer-songwriter/folk – “Find Your Tribe” by Helen Austin and Paul Otten, performed by Big Little Lions.

Francophone – “Bunker de tes bras” by Nicolas Gémus.

Hip-hop – “Gospels” by Sadia.

Jazz – “Satellite” by Laila Biali

Lyrics Only – “Four Colours” by John Kelly

Pop – “Salt” by Robyn Dell Unto, Kevin Howley, Scarlett Flynn and performed by Running Red Lights

Rock – “If I Gave You One More Day” by Liam Lewis-Sing

Under 18 – “Orange” by Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla and performed by Moscow Apartment

Undiscovered – “Into the West” by Aaron B. Thompson

Live Performance – “Is it Like That?” by Kelsey Hayes

For more information and to hear the winning songs, go to


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