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To see it is to believe it! For over 20 years, members and some amazing musical guests have been bringing the house down with this almost famous weekly open stage
Our highly successful Music Program has been a feature at PARC for several decades now. The Music Program began with the open stage Jam Band that runs every Wednesday.
Music Program offers an opportunity for new and experienced musicians to express themselves creatively and emotionally, connect with others, develop their craft, and entertain audiences.
The Music Program is a means for members to engage with the arts in a meaningful way and can potentially lead into employment opportunities. For many people, music is an escape, but for our members’ music is part of a journey involving healing, growth, self-determination and empowerment
Jam Band is an open stage performance program that allows members to perform live in the PARC Drop-in on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm. Members have the opportunity to perform original or cover songs solo or in groups. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have – the point is to have fun! Gear and instruments are provided (key board, bass and electric guitar, drum kit, djembe drums, microphones and amplifiers). Staff can print lyrics and chords, find backup musicians, and play ‘karaoke style’ backing tracks for just about any song out there. Come check us out – whether you play or not!
Drumming Group is offered Monday 1:30 to 3 pm. Participants meet in the Drop-in. The group focuses on mindfulness and healing through the study and performance of traditional African rhythms. African ‘djembe’ drums are provided. Participants meet in the Drop-in as it closes at 1pm. If you arrive after 1 pm just knock on the door!
Women’s Music Group is facilitated and designed by women who are musicians. This group meets on a weekly basis at 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Wednesdays. This vision here is to support women to connect, create, develop musical skills, practice, and perform. The goals of this group are self-determined by individual members and focuses on self-expression and building specific musical skills from songwriting to group performances. New musicians are welcome!
If you arrive after 1 pm just knock on the door!
Music Discussion Group is for members who are both non-musicians and musicians alike. Members share the stories and emotions associated with their memories in response to the songs that are played. Members that are musicians share their knowledge about writing and playing music. This group meets on a weekly basis on Fridays from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Just knock on the Drop-in Door around 11:15 am Fridays. Coffee is provided.
Rehearsal time is available in the Music Room four times each week – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11am and 11 – 12:30 pm. Resources available include a drum kit, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, a keyboard, amplifiers, microphones, and a laptop.
The DJ project builds wellness through social connections, and enriches the cultural content of the Drop-In environment. This program allows individual members to create playlists and share them with the community at PARC. DJ’s build social and digital skills and allows members to hear new artists and music genres. In addition, members may make requests for music throughout the day. This serves to offer more diverse types of music, and is an opportunity for non-musicians to enjoy the project as well.
Musician Volunteer program engages member musicians to assist in the Music Program as sound, recording, and/or video technicians, as well as teaching members to play instruments. This program creates opportunity for skill development, as well as positive role modeling, mentoring, and peer support.
The current facilitator of the Music Program is David Price. You can reach him at 416-537-2262 ext. 240 or contact him through email.