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. Our next eight week session runs Tuesday, April 2nd to Thursday, May 23rd, 2019.
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 four special concert performances through the year (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.
Hands-on Arts Workshops
Workshops provide an opportunity for community members of all ages 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, beginner ukulele, African percussion and dance, flamenco dance, “Weird Instruments,” featuring the Theremin and musical saw, improv, and tap dancing.
Girls Rock Camp
In partnership with Girls Rock Winnipeg founder Brandi Olenick, the WECC is thrilled to present our second Girls Rock Camp this August 19th-24th! 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. Registrations for this year’s camp will be open from March 29th to April 12th. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/girlsrockwinnipeg/.
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Winnipeg Folk Festival
For the past two years, instructors from our Tune In Music Mentorship Program have been invited to facilitate an Instrument Petting Zoo at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in the Family Area with a variety of instruments for kids of all ages!