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