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Get creative for All in a Day's Blue Rodeo contest!

The big news is that Jim Cuddy and Blue Rodeo will be joining Alan on stage at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

They'll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album Five Days in July -- examining the places, characters and emotions that inspired the record. And you can win tickets by doing a little re-examining of the songs yourself.

Here's what you need to do:

First: Pick any song from Five Days in July. One thing you'll notice is that the songs usually are told from a pretty clear point of view... and usually feature a narrator talking to someone. YOUR job is to write or create a short piece of any kind: a song, a monologue, a piece of prose, a photograph -- it just has to be told from the point of view of the OTHER character in the song.

For example, maybe it's the person Jim calls up from the restaurant in "Bad Timing"...
or maybe the P.O.V. of the waiter in that restaurant... Or write us something that tells us the side of the story of the titular character in "Cynthia"... Or maybe bring us the voice of the woman with the stolen bags and the camera on her arm in "Photograph"... Or the other half of the couple writing names in the sand in "Five Days In May."


Bring us a different point of view from ANY of the songs on the album. Be imaginative!!

It can be a song, a poem, a photo, a dramatic scene, a (very) short story, a monologue... But please keep it short.


You just have to send us your entry by Friday Oct 18 at 11:59pm to


You could be off to see BLUE RODEO at Writersfest with Alan October 24th!


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