Combating Covid-19 Cantonese Lyrics Competition 抗疫時代 粵語填詞比賽

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the UBC Cantonese program and boost student creativity in the time of quarantine, the UBC Cantonese, UBC School of Music, and 3721 Productions organized the “Combating COVID-19 Cantonese Lyrics Competition” in mid – March 2020.

The competition aimed to inspire students interested in Music, Cantonese, and Asian cultures to keep up their good works in the quarantine.

“We are organizing this competition because we are tired of all the cancellations happening everywhere. We want UBC students to process their experiences of COVID-19 through writing lyrics for a Cantopop song.” — Dr. Hedy Law⁠

The winner’s song will be produced and released on iTunes and Spotify in June this year.

Ms. Mini Choi, Mr. Chris Shum, Mr. Yi-Hing Ong, were invited to join as the adjudicators for this competition. All the adjudicators are the top industry professionals in Hong Kong, familiar with Cantonese pop culture and provide professional opinions to UBC student participants. They also have joined UBC advanced Cantonese class CNTO 451 as guest speakers during their visit to Vancouver.

UBC Cantonese had received many amazing works from students from Cantonese and Music classes. In May 2020, 5 outstanding works had been selected, including Winner Emily Liang, Co-runner-ups Kristy Chan and Natalie Kwok, and two honourable mentions Cindy Chow and Vinci Fong.

This competition is a unique first-ever collaboration between all the organizing institutions. It provides a fantastic opportunity for students to blossom in such a difficult time. As this competition brought a marvellous experience, more and more wonderful events would be happened soon.