It's time to decide the song that defines the Canadian summer of 2013.

We've all heard "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky," but CBC Music wants to find Canada's indie song of the summer. We're looking for artists to submit their songs for consideration, starting today. All you have to do is sign up for a CBC Music artist page (if you don't have one already) and upload one original song performed by you/your band. You can also submit a song that already exists on your page (we are, however, looking for songs written in the last calendar year). We will then present all the submissions and let public voting begin! 

You may be wondering: what makes a song a summer song? Lyrics about surfing? A melody that makes you feel happiness and joy? Maracas? We consulted our in-house expert Tariq Hussain, who is a Juno-nominated songwriter, professor of music and sometime Radio 3 host. He wrote up a handy description of the six key elements of a summer song for us, which you can see in the photo gallery above.

The winning band will receive a guitar and amp prize package worth more than $1,100 from Yamaha Canada as well as airplay on Radio 3. On top of all of that, of course, the winning artist or band will have the glory of their song joining the ranks of "Patio Lantern," "Summer of '69," "Life is a Highway" and other great Canadian songs of summer.

If you are a music fan with a favourite summer song, you should make sure to lobby the band to enter their song in the contest!


The submission period is from now until Aug. 5. Voting starts the next day, on Aug. 6. For full prize and contest details and to enter, visit CBC Music's Song of the Summer.

Hosts Alanna Stuart, Lana Gay and Graham Wright will be talking about their favourite summer songs all day today on CBC Radio 3. What Canadian song do you think should be in this contest? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @cbcradio3.

posted by Radio 3 Staff on Jul 29, 2013