Applications are now open for our first ever after school program!

Girls Rock Camp Toronto's After School Rock Party is an 8-week long after-school program for participants 12-16 years old who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming. It's a space to learn new skills, express yourself and have fun!  Twice a week, from 4:00-6:00pm, and with the guidance of female role models, girls form bands, write an original song, and perform live at a music venue in Toronto. Prior music experience is not required!

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LOCATION & TIMES

The After School Rock Party takes place at the Tranzac: 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. 3 Blocks from Spadina Subway Station (Bloor-Danforth & University Lines). It takes place Mondays & Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 pm with an optional 3:30 pm early drop-in time.

TUITION

Tuition for the After School Rock Party, like all GRCT programs, is sliding scale: $0-$275. We prefer to give our participants the space to decide what amount works best for their budget. Let us know if you have any questions! 

Girls Rock Camp Toronto operates with very limited resources, and we rely heavily on donations and support from the community to sustain our programs. We ask those who can afford to pay full price to do so. That being said, we do realize that not everyone can afford our suggested fees, so we use a sliding scale that includes a range of tuition amounts. Please consider your family income, resources, and dependents in the household when determining your tuition amount. This process is honour-based and confidential. We do not require any supporting documentation for consideration, so we expect you to be honest in your assessment and statement of financial need.

ROCKER SELECTION & NOTIFICATION

Any girl between the ages of 12-16 by the start of the program may apply. Rockers are selected by a committee seeking to establish a balanced and diverse camp population in relation to instrument, age, previous musical experience, economic status, geography and community. We anticipate receiving more applications than spots available, meaning we may not be able to accept every girl who applies. Additional information about camp will be sent with acceptance letters.

INSTRUMENTS

Rockers choose which instrument to learn: guitar, bass guitar, drums, or keyboards. Please indicate first and second choice of instrument on the application. Due to the need to acquire gear in advance, you cannot change your selection after you send in your application, and you cannot change instruments during the program.
Instruments will be provided, but if you have your own guitar or bass, you may bring it. Please note that Girls Rock Camp Toronto does not accept liability for personal instruments.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Girls Rock Camp Toronto does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, tuition assistance, and other camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.

The after school party has arrived!!

Thanks to all of your love and the support received through our indiegogo campaign, we're excited to announce the first ever Girls Rock Camp Toronto after school program!! The schedule will be loosely based on our summer camp, with bands forming, instruments learned, fun and informative workshops and lots of rocking out.

Our program will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00, January 5-February 26. Stay tuned for more information about the showcase concert!

We'll be opening our volunteer and camper applications on October 1, and closing them on November 1. Check our website to fill out an application after October 1. Be sure to connect to our Facebook PageTwitter, andInstagram to stay in the loop on all developments!!

Ellie Goulding picked up a copy of our 2013 GRCT CD when she was in town for TIFF! We were lucky enough to be a part of the Tastemakers Lounge, where media and mega celebs alike got a chance to learn about what we're all about.

Ellie Goulding picked up a copy of our 2013 GRCT CD when she was in town for TIFF! We were lucky enough to be a part of the Tastemakers Lounge, where media and mega celebs alike got a chance to learn about what we're all about.


Reflections on Rock Camp

There are many people and things I can credit for shaping my life. Mainly having to do with music, I can tell you about how I dyed my hair firetruck red in the seventh grade to look more like David Bowie, or how I donned all black and bought a large brimmed fedora when I fell in love with Patti Smith. But there is one place in particular, that I can clearly say has helped me shape my life more than any other place or person.
Girls Rock Camp Toronto is my sanctuary, my saving grace, and my home away from home. The lessons I’ve learned there, like how to be my own person, that doing what you love is cool no matter what anyone else says, and learning that whether or not other people consider this, you are important, talented, and beautiful, have helped me through the most difficult parts of anyone’s life, the most complicated, lonely years.
I started GRC the summer after ninth grade, and the difference I’ve noticed since then in my confidence and belief in myself is monumental. Not to mention, I’ve met some of the most incredible women, and learned about the most incredible alternative art events and artists that make my life richer and fuller than most seventeen year olds.
Because of GRC I am confident in my ability to speak my mind, have my own opinion, and do what I love, whether or not it’s considered “cool”. We decide what “cool” is. We’re all “cool”. Equally. If ever I was to give a piece of advice to any young girl looking for a place to go to express herself, and just have a genuinely amazing time, I would tell them to go to Girls Rock Camp Toronto. You will never regret that decision, and your life, like mine, will never be the same. - Deanna Petcoff, three time rock camper and LIT

THANK YOU

We had such an incredible summer camp season, with two summer camps taking place in downtown Toronto. Thanks to our volunteers, rockers, workshop leaders, and supporters for helping the creation of ATTIC BABIES, CHRYSALLIS, THE ELECTRIC FLAMINGOS, FIVE EVIL QUESTIONS, METEOR SEASON, THE MISC, THE NEW APPROACH, NOT FULLY BROKEN, PANDA BANDITS, SAYDY STELLOU, and TALK! 
Our 2014 CD was recorded at Candle Recording Studio by Heather Kirby and Josh Korody, and is available for pre-order here.

2014 also saw the launch of our first Leaders In Training (LIT) program, which gave three past campers a chance to develop their capacity as mentors through hands-on skills building, leadership training and reflection . LITs  got a chance to assist and lead instrument instruction, facilitate workshops, do sound at the showcase, be the back up band for our camp song and participate in volunteer meetings. We learned about the riot girl movement from our showcase MC Rebecca, Sabrina worked the sound board at our showcase concert and made writing a song a breeze in band practice, and Deanna wrote a beautiful reflection on Rock Camp that will be available soon!


2014 Band Photos by Connie Tsang and Serena McCarroll