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The West End Cultural Centre is excited to bring back the second Play and Record: Summer Rock Band Class for local youth.
The program began two summers ago at the WECC when celebrated singer-songwriter Lindsey White suggested starting a summer rock camp to assist young musicians on the rise.
While the camp wasn’t held last year due to several staff changes tat the WECC, Play and Record is returning this summer with two talented local artists leading the way.
White and Matt Epp are combining their musical know-how and talent to offer a free five-day camp for local youth looking to gain hands-on experience playing, writing and recording music in a collaborative setting.
The camp takes place the week of Aug. 10 to 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, and will provide a light morning snack and lunch for all participants each day. Space is limited with a maximum of 15 spots and applicants are asked to have basic knowledge of music, either instrumental or vocal.
"I was really excited to get a program like this going because I didn’t feel there was anything like it available when I was just starting to make music and learn about recording, performing and writing," White said. "I could have really used a program where there was a little bit more focus on developing all of those aspects of a musical career."
White said the development of the seed of an idea is at the top of her list iof what she enjoys about teaching the camp. On top of helping organize this camp, she also teaches songwriting workshops and music programs around the city, and hosts classes in multiple locations while on tour across the country.
"I learn as much as they do sometimes and I’m really looking forward to us learning together," White said.
Kerri Stephens, community outreach coordinator at the WECC, said she thinks the program is a nice outlet for youth in the area to connect with other young musicians in the neighbourhood who share similar passions.
Stephens has previously worked as a fine art assistant in a high school and recognized theneed for this type of program, as she saw a number of kids were caught between the fine lines of doing musical theatre and playing in high school band.
"There were a lot of kids who loved playing music in a band, doing songwriting and recording," Stephens said.
The WECC camp is for youth aged 10 to 17 and at the end of the week, each participant will receive a CD of their recordings.
On Aug. 20, the Thursday after the camp is over, family, friends and community members are invited to come celebrate the hard work of the participants by listening to the music they recorded and watching some fun videos and photos captured during Play and Record.
For more information visit wecc.ca.
Applications must be submitted by July 20.