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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2023 Session Dates & New Location
Now in its 20 th year , Canada-based Guitar Workshop Plus , one of the premier summer music education programs in North America , announced their 2023 dates , locations , and some limited time registration incentives including discounts and gear giveaways . Expansion over the past few years now sees Guitar Workshop Plus sessions being offered in five major cities due to popular demand . Confirmed session dates are as follows : Fort Lauderdale , FL - February 23-26 , 2023 ( new location ) San Diego , CA - June 25 – 30 , 2023 Nashville , TN - July 9 – 14 , 2023 Toronto , ON - July 9 – 14 , 2023 Seattle , WA - July 16 – 21 , 2023 Designed for aspiring musicians of all ages including teenagers , adult hobbyists , students pursuing music careers , semi-professional and professional musicians , the program offers students a unique setting for intense musical and personal growth . The program allows for group development ( entire bands will sometimes attend ) and the family experience ( father and son , mother and daughter , brothers and sisters , etc .). The program provides students with the opportunity to study multiple styles , courses , and levels with some of the industry ’ s leading musicians . Having enjoyed the experience of a lifetime , students leave each session with enough material to work on until the following year .
By directing instruction to the student ’ s personal style , level of experience , and musical goals , the program creates a healthy , non-competitive environment in which to learn . Courses are offered for all levels ( beginner to advanced ), ages ( 12 through adult ), and styles including blues , jazz , rock , acoustic , and classical . The intensive bass , drum , keyboard , vocal , and songwriting courses cover many styles and afford students with many rhythm section and ensemble performance opportunities . Each day consists of morning and afternoon classes that involve a handson approach , late afternoon clinics ( songwriting , improvisation , vocal , etc .), ensemble performances , and evening concerts .
For more information , contact GWP : 905-567-8000 , info @ guitarworkshopplus . com , www . guitarworkshopplus . com .
Ron Sakamoto to Receive the prestigious Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2023 Juno Awards
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences ( CARAS ) has announced that Ron Sakamoto , one of the most prominent names in Canada ’ s live music industry , will be awarded the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award . Sakamoto ’ s half-century-long career has earned him high regard in the country music space , having closely worked with some of the most recognizable names in Canada , including Shania Twain , Johnny Reid , and The Washboard Union .
The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose work has significantly impacted the growth and development of the Canadian music industry . The award is named after
RON SAKAMOTO legendary Canadian publisher and co-founder of the Juno Awards . It will be presented at the 2023 Juno Opening Night Awards on Saturday , March 11 . Canadians can tune into the event livestream at 8 p . m . ET / 5 p . m . PT / 6 p . m . MT on Saturday , March 11 via CBCMusic . ca / junos , CBC Gem and CBC Music ’ s Facebook , Twitter , TikTok and Youtube pages .
Born and raised in Coaldale , AB , Sakamoto ’ s lasting career as an accomplished concert promoter , manager , mentor and philanthropist within Canada ’ s country music landscape and beyond , has earned him close to 50 national and international accolades . Having worked with top recording artists like The Guess Who , Bryan Adams , Bee Gees , KISS , Keith Urban and so many more , Sakamoto ’ s success can be attributed to his continued drive and dedication to elevating Canadian entertainment .
The 52nd Annual Juno Awards and Juno Week will be hosted in Edmonton from March 9-13 , culminating in The Juno Awards Broadcast , produced by Insight Productions , at Rogers Place . The show will broadcast and stream live across Canada on all CBC platforms and globally at CBCMusic . ca / junos and CBC Music ’ s Facebook , YouTube and Twitter pages .
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