The 18th Canadian Chinese Song-Writers Quest (SQ18) organized by Fairchild Radio was wrapped up on May 23 at Burnaby’s Michael J. Fox Theatre. Erik Chen, an immigrant from Taiwan who works as a videographer, won the title of Champion as well as Best Performance. Best Lyrics and the online People’ Choice went to Yikkiu Tsun and Kappo Ng, while Best Arrangement was awarded to Max Chang and Jimmy Hsu.
Adason Lo, an award-winning singer-songwriter from Hong Kong, flew in to be the special performer of the event and his spell-bounding performance wowed the audience.
Contestants included high school and college students, emerging new artists, a wedding videographer, a teacher and even a lawyer.
Established in 1996, Canadian Chinese Song-Writers Quest (SQ) is a long-running song-writing contest organized by Fairchild Radio. In the past 18 years, the contest has provided a rare platform for talented songwriters to showcase their original work.
For the final of SQ18, Adason Lo sang a mixture of Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean songs accompanied by himself playing the piano.