Pre-Festival Workshops

Pre-Festival Workshops

Extend your ArtsWells experience by enrolling in one of the pre-festival workshops. Pre-festival workshops run from August 1 to August 4 and offer something for adults and children. This year’s workshops are:

Songwriting with Oh Susanna, Don Kerr & Paul Linklater

Join these three critically acclaimed songwriters for a four-day intensive workshop. Participants will spend time defining and examining those “fundamental ingredients’ of a song through performance, discussion and hands-on writing. If you play an instrument, bring it along, but the ability to play a musical instrument is not required. Participants will have the opportunity to perform their newly created songs as part of the ArtsWells Festival, which begins on the final day of the workshop.

For more information on this workshop or to register click here

Sing About It

Instructor: Melisa Devost
We sing in the car, in the shower, we hum doing our dishes, we sing with other people and for most, singing is something that can bring joy. This workshop will explore some singing techniques, some basic and useful vocal physiology and how to sing with ease and expand upon your skill base. We will also look at how, when we include the whole body in the process of singing, challenges around pitch, volume, breath and nervousness can greatly improve. We will be playing with different styles of singing with a lean toward gospel and soul.

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Songwriting & Rhythm Day Camp for Ages 6 – 18

Instructors: Corwin Fox, Maiya Robbie and Shawn Stephenson
This course focuses on both writing and performance aimed at facilitating self-expression through music, song and spoken word poetry. Combining elements of musical theory, improvisation techniques, lyric writing, collaboration with peers and working one-on-one with the instructors, students get and incredibly dynamic and transformational experience. This program is suitable for complete beginners, as well as students with prior musical experience. Corwin brings his mobile recording studio to give students an opportunity to record their new tunes and have a CD to take home with them. Students perform their new songs at the ArtsWells Festival. Having taught this course at IMA for the last ten summers, professional BC musician Corwin Fox has developed an incredible program that has been life-changing for many of the young people who have taken part.

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Pre-Fest Workshops

Come early to Wells and take part in a singing or songwriting workshop! More information on the Pre-Fest Workshops page here.

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