The Band Boot Camp Diaries

The Band Boot Camp Diaries

The Band Boot Camp Diaries

Week 1

“As we come to the end of Creative Catalyst “Band Bootcamp” week 1, it has been awesome to see this group of musicians engage in every aspect of the professional development sessions.

Arts Whistler’s executive director, Mo Douglas, kicked us off, taking the artists though what to expect and how to get the most from this rare opportunity to rub shoulders (from 6ft apart) with so many expert music industry professionals. In the second session, Jess Robson showered us with knowledge on copywriting and provided some insight into the difficult, but essential, task of writing about yourself (and all on her birthday no less!). We rounded off the week with local performer and performance coach, Ira Pettle, who guided the musicians through an interactive session aimed at improving their performance skills. Ira’s session was a great, dynamic way to end the week.

We look forward to another busy week of workshops ahead!”

– Amelia Browne, Creative Catalyst Program Lead

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Week 2

“Week Two of Band Bootcamp was jam-packed with an incredible line up of industry professionals. We kicked off with local dynamic duo, Kristen ‘KR’ Robinson and Scott McPhee. With almost 60 years of combined industry experience, they had so much wisdom to impart to the artists. They shared what they expect from artists when they turn up for a professional gig; how booking agents and the tech teams integrate in the process; provided a better understanding of how these important parts are all interconnected; and learned ultimately what will “get you the gig”. This session was so informative and dynamic with lots of dialogue – sparks of inspiration and learning were flying everywhere! Memorable quote, “Sound checks are NOT rehearsal!”

“From there we took the sessions online, connecting with professionals from further afield. Toronto-based band manager and publicist, Joanne Setterington took the artists through the benefits of working with a publicist, drawing on her own experiences working with an array of incredible musicians throughout her career.  Then Michelle Leroux (Pembertonian and marketing manager for Scandinave Spa) took the artists on a journey to better understand social media, the importance of authenticity and the benefits of planning and scheduling your posts in advance.”

“Finally, we had the pleasure of introducing the bands to Dear Rouge (also over Zoom), a ‘synth rock’ duo from Vancouver who are currently recording their new album in Toronto. Drew shared the pair’s journey to where they are today and assured the bands that if they put in the work, good things will happen for them. Danielle took over and eloquently broke down the key elements of being a lead singer, drawing on her own experience in connecting with the audience  – even when sometimes things go wrong, it can often turn out great! She shared a story of when they lost all power mid-show and Danielle entered the audience, hugging people in the crowd to find many of the audience report back to say how great the show was. That moment of connection was the part that made it so memorable! Hearing these stories and relating to two successful artists who have been down the road that our local bands want to travel was inspiring for everyone. It was an excellent way to round off week two of Band Bootcamp.”

– Amelia Browne, Creative Catalyst Program Lead

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