Rock Camp Alberta gave a group of teens the chance to become rock stars after a week of learning and rehearsing that culminated in a concert.
The camp took place in Saint-Albert, the 16 participants were divided into six groups, each student being part of two groups.
“Our intention behind this is to re-energize live performances and bring students together in a group format,” said Shannon Kolotyluk, Director of Rock Camp Alberta.
“A lot of the students here have many years of experience on their instruments…but they haven’t had the full band experience.”
The camp helps students hone their skills as musicians while introducing them to others who share their passions.
“The people at this camp who I first met seven days ago…now they are some of my closest friends,” said Darragh McManus, one of the camp attendees. “Music brings your soul to life, it’s just…it can get you through the good times, it can get you through the bad times, it can help bring people together.
In addition to learning about music, students learned about everything that goes into live performance, including doing a professional photoshoot and handing out concert flyers to local businesses.
“It’s exhausting, it’s exhausting, everyone is so tired at the end of the day, but it’s also an amazing opportunity, you can play with a group of kids who have the same interests, everyone everyone is dedicated and it’s been a really fun experience”, adds Winnith Olivier, singer and guitarist.
The show was billed as a single day, but some students plan to keep their bands together to practice and perform.
“When you listen to music it’s like you feel it, so when I play I try to make other people feel what I feel and I think that’s the beauty of music. It brings people together. people,” Olivier said.
“When we sing these songs and it’s just our voices and the guitar…it’s so beautiful and everything else in the world just fades away…it’s amazing,” McManus added.
The students had to learn eight to ten songs for the concert that was taking place at the Morinville Community Cultural Center on Saturday.
“Anyone who really loves music, loves making music and listening to music and jamming with people should definitely consider doing this camp because it’s 100% worth it,” McManus said.
With files from Amanda Anderson of CTV News Edmonton