Ministers Gotta Get First Place

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Winnipeg band Ministers of Cool recently took first prize in the Winterlights Song Contest with their track “Gotta Get This Place”. The funky submission successfully interwove themes of Canadian winter, love, light, community and celebration, a basic requirement all entries were required to meet.

The song was plucked from a pool of over 100 entries before being chosen as the winner by a panel of judges made up of industry executives and musicians. Ministers of Cool guitarist Greg Lowe chalks the win up to lucky timing and an appreciation for his home climate.

“Most Manitobans enjoy the winter... other than that, MARIA sent me an email with the info, and at the time the Ministers were working on an original composition that fit the contest guidelines, so bing bang bong, the cards fell into place. Hallelujah.”

“Gotta Get This Place” is currently available in the download section of Ministers member Greg Lowe’s website at

Other Manitoba artists recognized by the contest include Sandra Mae Reimer, who placed in the top ten with her song “Northern Lights” and Ray Martin and Christine Fellows, who both received special honourable mentions for their songs “Thank You, Lord, For The Sun” and “Forever” (Martin) and “Face Down, Feet First” (Fellows).

The Winterlights Songwriting Contest was developed as an initiative to encourage and foster the growth of musicians within the Canadian music scene. The contest is designed to show the world that Canadians can celebrate their chilly climate and write beautiful music while doing it.

As the winners of the contest, the Ministers of Cool received $1500 cash, a Digitech effects processor, a Levy’s leather guitar case and matching strap, a Big Deal Casings music case, and a website courtesy of Mass Productions.

For more information on the Winterlights Songwriting Contest, visit

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