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Oshawa and Whitby area songwriters have the opportunity to be the voice of Durham Tourism, thanks to a new contest by the regional department.

Songwriters--professional or amateur--can submit a one-minute jingle about Durham for a chance to win $500 and perform their jingle live at the Songwriters Music Festival.

Jingles will be judged by representatives from The Regional Municipality of Durham, Economic Development and Tourism Department, and Ron Beer of the Durham Regional Songwriters Group. The winner will be announced at the Songwriters Music Festival at the Whitby Centennial Building in Whitby on Jan. 29, where the winning jingle will be performed during the opening ceremony.

"Durham Region has many sights and attractions that may serve as creative inspiration, from peaceful waterfronts and the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, to busy festivals and a thriving arts and culture scene," says Kerri King, Tourism Manager. "We are excited to hear how songwriters will capture the spirit of Durham in song."

• Write your jingle and videotape it being performed.
• Upload the video to YouTube.
• Go to to submit your video before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24.

• A $500 grand prize ($250 for the songwriter and $250 for the performer).
• National exposure with the opportunity to perform their winning jingle at the Songwriters Music Festival in Whitby on Jan. 29, where songwriters from across Canada will be on hand.
• The jingle may be recorded for use in Durham Tourism marketing campaigns, including "Durham Destinations" segments on Rogers TV Durham.
• An artist profile in an upcoming issue of Transitions magazine.

Jingles should be one minute in length, be original compositions and must not infringe on any copyright. Songwriters may opt to use the Durham Tourism "Good Natured, Good Times" slogan or create a new catch phrase.