- Education & Outreach
Musical Mentors Program
The Musical Mentors Program pairs mentors with groups of high-school age youth to explore music in different ways. The goal is to bring music to youth who do not have access to sophisticated music programs. Some of the participants attend classes at schools with no music programs whatsoever.
The eight groups participating in the program are this fall are from Gilbert Park Boys and Girls Club, Children of the Earth, Gordon Bell High School, RB Russell Vocational High School, Wayfinders Community Group, Community Education Development Association (CEDA), Freight House Boys & Girls Club and Niji Mahkwa who we are happy to have involved in the program for the first time.
These groups meet weekly to work collaboratively on songwriting, instrumentation, and development of live performance skills. Veteran mentors Aaron Burnett, Jason Burnstick, Leonard Sumner, Keri Latimer and Lindsey White have returned this fall to work with a few of the groups and we are pleased to welcome first-time mentors Scott Nolan, Rusty Matyas and Sheena Grobb to the program.
Each group will work towards a final project which could be a live performance, a recorded song or another original project decided upon by the group.
A smaller group of students who participated in Phase I then participated in an eight-week program, where they spent a few hours each week working with Keri Latimer and Damon Mitchell of the band Nathan to write a song that was recorded at Winnipeg’s CBC Studios on May 1, 2013.
Watch them working on the song:
Check out the complete song: