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Ontario’s IMC Rock Returns to Camp Manitou this August

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Phil X working out a guitar lick with one of the guitarists at IMC Rock

Phil X working out a guitar lick with one of the guitarists at IMC Rock

The IMC Rock camp is back for the summer 2017 at Camp Manitou. It’ll be taking place from August 20th to 25th. 

IMC Rock is part of the Interprovincial Music Camp program and sees young musicians performing with their band every evening after great rehearsals with professional musicians preparing for each concert. There are daily technique classes on their chosen instrument and a daily performance by the faculty with lots of performance tips and stories about the rock world.

Campers may take advantage of the sports and recreation facilities, which include a complete waterfront of sailing, swimming, water-skiing, and canoeing, as well as tennis courts, baseball and basketball, and more. Evening programs will include campfires, a talent show, movie night, and other traditional camp activities.

Last year’s teaching faculty included Bon Jovi’s guitarist Phil X, Lady Gaga’s guitarist Ricky Tillo, Big Wreck drummer Chuck Keeping, and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s drummer Michel Bruyere. As well, Bernard Fowler, who has been the lead back-up singer for the Rolling Stones for the past 25 years, teaches vocals to all the participants. All of IMC Rock’s other teaching faculty are also professional musicians and great teachers.

John Tilden's guitar masterclas

John Tilden’s guitar masterclass

IMC has calls Camp Manitou home. For over 55 years, Camp Manitou has provided IMC with the finest facilities that are perfect for the IMC ROCK program. It’s located on Lake Manitouwabing just 20 minutes north of Parry Sound, ON.

The facilities include:

– A well equipped theatre for concerts and shows

– Large and small rehearsal spaces – many of which were designed and built with IMC’s needs in mind

– Large performance spaces

– Beautiful spacious camper cabins with electricity and bathrooms with showers and built in bunk beds

– Fully-equipped health centre with health care staff available 24 hours a day

In addition to IMC Rock, there are other programs for songwriting, band and orchestra, musical theatre, sound engineering, choir, jazz, and more.

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