We are so happy to announce that our 2013 year has been a huge success!
This summer, Girls Rock Camp Toronto returned to the TRANZAC for our most expansive programming to date. For three amazing weeks in July and August, 75 girls had the opportunity to try their hand at playing an instrument, forming a band, writing and recording, and performing at one of our three showcases!
Thank you to all of the amazing young women and girls who attended, you created a supportive, warm, and positive space that made it possible to learn musical skills, build self-confidence, learn how to resolve conflicts, and to continue to build and strengthen our community of both peers and mentors. Each and every one of you are truly inspirational!
GRCT would not be possible without the dedication and passion of our inspirational group of women who mentored, guided, befriended and supported our campers throughout camp. These women offered their musical expertise, their compassion, and their many talents and gifts, and mentored our campers, helped us learn a little more about how to love and believe in ourselves and those around us. Because of them, we were able to continue to build our instrument instruction, band coaching, keep energized, and offer a wide range of workshops. These workshops included special guests who taught us how to make band merch during our zine, silkscreening, and button making workshops. We learned about women in rock music history, and how to think critically about the ways in which women are portrayed during our media literacy workshop. And we learnt the importance of taking ownership of our sound during workshops that taught us the parts of our instruments, how our musical gear works, how to work a soundboard, and how to add to our performances and expression using pedals.
Each band also had an official band photo taken by some very talented photographers, and at the end of the each week, gained the valuable experience of recording their original songs.
We all had the opportunity to watch some great performances during our lunch breaks, so a big thank you to all of our lunch time bands!
2013 was also a wildly successful year for our Indiegogo campaign. Friends, families, and community supporters came together to help us reach and exceed our fundraising goal of $10,000! Words can not express how much we appreciate your support, and the support of our sponsors, in making camp happen this year.