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Ready to rock out with Girls Rock Camp Guelph on March break

Girls Rock Camp Guelph runs Mar. 13 to 17 and a final performance on Mar. 18
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Participants in a previously held March break camp for Girls Rock Camp Guelph.

A Guelph March break camp for rock music is running again in 2023. “We’re ready to rock,” said Sarafina Bortolon-Vettor, coordinator and band coach for Girls Rock Camp Guelph.

All that is missing are their rock band team members and campers.

Girls Rock Camp Guelph is making the call-out for band leaders, workshop instructors, guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocal coaches to help run the camp’s activities.

As for the campers, applications are open and the camp is looking for 20 female, trans and gender nonconforming folks to form a rock band. Those who are ages eight to 14 can apply. The suggested fee is $300, although there is a sliding scale starting at $150.

The camp runs from Mar. 13 to 17, with a final performance on Saturday 18. 

The camp hasn’t run since March 2019, but fundraising money they made in 2019 is enough to run the camp in 2023. The creators and coordinators of the camp Steph Yates, Alanna Gurr, Emmalia Bortolon-Vettor, Sarafina Bortolon-Vettor, and Emma Howarth-Withers had a cover band called the Frosted Pits prior to the pandemic.

The cover band played songs from Big Shiny Tunes, and the fundraiser shows made it so the camp is fully self-funded.

Campers don’t have to have any prior music experience to join the camp.

“They're in a fun and supportive space to learn from experienced musicians and artists. They get to experiment musically and through songwriting. They can develop a lot of confidence and play in a rock band for the first time,” said Bortolon-Vettor.

Moer information is available here.