** NEW IN 2018: Girls Rock Camp **
In partnership with Girls Rock Winnipeg founder Brandi Olenick, the WECC is thrilled to present Winnipeg’s first Girls Rock Camp in the summer of 2018! Girls Rock Winnipeg is part of a global movement dedicated to empowering female, trans, two-spirit, gender non-conforming people through rock music. Girls Rock Winnipeg aims to create supportive accepting spaces where people can come together to explore opportunities, build skills and confidence, alongside strong role models. Stay tuned for more information on the inaugural camp!
Tune In Music Mentorship
This after school drop-in program offers free music instruction on the guitar, bass, drums, voice, and keyboards for youth ages 9-18. Professional musicians provide two hours of instruction and mentorship twice a week with all instruments provided through a grant from Music Counts. In 2016, our Tune In participants were short listed for the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge for their performance of Bobcaygeon by the Tragically Hip and a band formed out of this program, The Rainbow Minotaurs of Jeff, were a featured act at our Ellice Street Festival in 2017.
Seniors Singalong & Concert Series
In 2016, the WECC embarked on a pilot project with Lions Manor (a personal care centre at the corner of Portage and Sherbrook) to provide a three month long series of weekly singalongs with local musicians and residents as well as a monthly concert at their facility. It was such a rousing success – averaging between 40 and 60 attendees each week – that we decided to make it a permanent part of our ongoing programming. Singalongs happen bimonthly with every third week dedicated to a concert performance by a local artist (past artists include Leaf Rapids, Jess Reimer, Raine Hamilton, Jess Rae Ayre, and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner). Seniors are an underserved segment of the population when it comes to the arts and it is extremely gratifying to see the joy on the faces of the participants in this program.
Created by Janel Bortulizzi with help from Spence Neighbourhood Association, this new free tap dancing program for neighbourhood youth ages 6-12 meets once a week with tap shoes provided and no previous dance experience required.
During the spring break of 2016, the WECC began an improv intensive with Jonathan Kornelsen and Parking Lots Improv Troupe. This two full day workshop provides youth aged 12-18 with instruction in the basics of improv comedy, stage presence, and the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. The workshop culminating a presentation for family and friends on the evening of the second day.
Hands-on Arts Workshops
Half-day workshops provide an opportunity for youth to interact with professional artists in hands-on arts based workshops. Specialized workshops are developed by artists as we work with community partners to identify what best suits their group based on interest and demographic. Past workshops include songwriting, rhythm and movement, flamenco dance, and “Weird Instruments,” featuring the Theremin and musical saw.
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Winnipeg Folk Festival
In 2017, instructors from our Tune In Music Mentorship Program were invited to facilitate an Instrument Petting Zoo at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in the Family Area. It was a hit that we hope to make an annual tradition.