The John Lennon Songwriting Competition sent out a call for submissions for songs of peace, love, political activism and free expression.
Songs were submitted from around the world.

Live How You Live was selected as the WINNER of the John Lennon 70th Birthday Anniversary Contest, and the song “One Life” was selected by Yoko Ono.

Written by: Carm Milioto
Performed by: Live How You Live

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Hamilton Band Wins International John Lennon Songwriting Contest

HAMILTON, CANADA: Local Hamilton band Live How You Live has captured the attention of an international audience with its song “One Life” being personally selected by Yoko Ono to commemorate her late husband John Lennon’s vision for peace and love in the world.

In honour of what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday on October 9, Yoko Ono and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) sent out a call for submissions for songs of peace, love, political activism and free expression. “One Life” was selected from among countless submissions received from across the globe to commemorate Lennon’s 70th birthday anniversary.

“What a great honour it is to not only win this prestigious award which bears John Lennon’s legendary namesake, but to be selected by Yoko Ono herself among such a high calibre of musicians from around the world is truly incredible,” said Carm Milioto, lead singer and principal songwriter, Live How You Live.
As the winner, the band receives a new electric Epiphone “Inspired By” John Lennon Casino guitar. Their song, “One Life” will now go on to compete in Session II of the JLSC where an additional 12 grand prize winners will continue to compete to become one of the final 12 John Lennon Award Winners who then compete for Song of the Year and a chance to tour and perform for a week on Warped Tour 2011. While delighted by the prize, the band is more so thrilled and inspired by the recognition that their song has not only been heard, but selected by Yoko Ono as a testament to the vision for peace that Lennon had for the world.

Live How You Live is nominated for the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards’ “Rock Album of the Year” and will perform on Sunday, November 21 at this year’s awards show at The McIntyre Theatre at Mohawk College.

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For more information, please contact:

John Morley
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John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Live How You Live

Live How You Live. It’s a sentence, a suggestion, an imperative statement. It’s also the name of a band.

For four Canadian musicians, though, Live How You Live isn’t just the name of their band. They’re words to live by, words that describe the attitude that goes into their music and their career. Being unapologetically true to themselves is what Live How You Live are all about.

Live How You Live found their beginnings in a solo career by singer, guitarist and songwriter Carm Milioto. “Scenes from Then and Now” as a solo album, but during the recording he began to build a relationship with the musicians who would eventually evolve into Live How You Live. After a trip to Hollywood (and a gig at the world-famous Whisky a Go-Go), Milioto spent time writing in Venice Beach. The journey had changed his life and altered his perception of music; the new music he had written demanded out for a more muscular, less acoustic approach.

He wanted the power of a full band behind him, and so he enlisted the work of Ryan Boyko (bass), Dylan Panton (guitar) and Todd Hornby (drums). The aptly-titled result, The Venice Sessions, was the vehicle that introduced Live How You Live to local audiences. It was a memorable introduction, too, solidifying a fan base immediately. The enthusiasm for the record excited the band, who decided to expend that energy by hitting the road in early 2009.

Still hungry and bursting with musical ideas, Milioto and crew decided to record a second album in the same year. Don’t Stop Continue was released locally in October 2009. Don’t Stop Continue delves deeper into the group’s spirit, musical influences, and outlook. It features some of the band’s strongest material yet.

In 2009, LHYL did nothing but hit the high notes. They were awarded Local Group of the Year (by Peoples’ Choice) at the 2009 Hamilton Music Awards, which showed how much love and support the group gets from the fans. They also won Musical Event of the Year for the Don’t Stop Continue CD Release. The Venice Sessions was also nominated for the Rock Recording of the Year. It was a perfect cap on a year that saw LHYL perform over 70 shows, release two albums, tour the 401 corridor, one East Coast tour, play CMW and crack the Toronto market with three enormously successful “Party Bus nights” that saw fans from Hamilton packing Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

Taking the old-fashioned, hard-working route, LHYL continue to dig their way into the heart of the Canadian music scene. On April 17th the band played 102.1 the edge – Steam Whistle Indie Club. In May, the band placed second in the Y108 Band Challenge, competing through multiple rounds with over 200 bands, and earning thousands of online votes from Y108 listeners. The band headlined two highly anticipated shows at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, as they continue to tour in support of Don’t Stop Continue. In between, the band remains in their hometown – and hometown proud to be a part of Hamilton’s noteworthy music community – writing material for their next release due in early 2011.

Recent Highlights:

The band’s third release Don’t Stop Continue is nominated for Rock Recording of the Year at the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards

Featured on Explore Music with iconic music critique Alan Cross

Charted in the Earshot Canadian Campus Radio Top 200 Charts

Number One on the INDI 101 charts – Mohawk College Radio Station 101.5 FM (Hamilton, ON)

Performed the opening set for super-group Crash Karma’s first Canadian fall tour date of 2010

Much anticipated headlining show at Lee’s Palace (Toronto, ON) on November 12th

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest: Sept 23-Oct 29.

Win an Epiphone Casino guitar & more!

Deadline extended➝Oct29!

In honor of John Lennon’s 70th Birthday anniversary.

Upload your songs of peace, love, political activism, and free expression!

The winning song will be selected by Yoko Ono herself!

Enter your Lennon inspired song from any genre into the John Lennon Songwriting Contest between September 23rd and October 29th, 2010 and you’ll also be entered for the chance to win a new electric Epiphone “Inspired By” John Lennon Casino guitar and GHS Strings, or one of two Sibelius and Apple iPod Shuffle prize packs as runner up!

This special opportunity also automatically enters your song into the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s open Session II, 2010 at no additional cost! Making you eligible for the biggest prize package to date, totaling over $275,000 in cash and prizes. An international songwriting contest that began in 1997, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC features two Sessions – with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Song of the Year.

Contest Period: Sept 23rd – Oct 29th, 2010
Winner Announced: November 15th, 2010
One Winner And Two Runners Up Awarded.
All Genres are accepted.

Each entry requires the following elements:

• One Song five (5) minutes or less
• A lyric sheet – no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions
• A payment — $30.00 per song
• A completed application

Read the Rules & Regulations carefully before entering.