Girls Rock Camp Saskatoon takes place tonight, April 17, at Amigos
By now you’ve likely heard of Girls Rock Camp Saskatoon, a day-camp where participants are empowered and inspired to find their voice through creative expression. Those attending the camp, aged 7 to 13, will learn an instrument, form a band, write and practice a song, and perform their original music at a showcase concert at the end of the week.
In advance of the launch, promoters of the camp are throwing a benefit show at Amigos in order to help raise funds and draw attention to their mission, says Alison Whelan.
“Tonight’s show exemplifies how having female leaders in rock music can inspire a new generation of female musicians,” says Whelan, a co-founder of the camp. “We’ll have local female musicians (and their male allies) playing the music of their female idols – the women whose art moved them to start creating their own music.”
The show will see acts like Powder Blue covering Hole, We Were Lovers covering Fleetwood Mac, The Franklins covering Aretha, The Sarah Farthing Band covering Bonnie Raitt and The Maier Sisters covering Nico.
“If Girls Rock Camp’s mission is successful, we’ll see lots more women on the local music scene in the not-too distant future,” adds Whelan.
Proceeds from the show will go towards the launch of the first day camp in August.