Rik to Appear at Guitar Workshop Plus Program 2014

Mar 27, 2014 | news


The 2014 Guitar Workshop Plus program has announced another incredible artist line-up for this year. This top ranked summer music program continues to provide the ultimate experience in music education and has scholarships available.

Guitar Workshop Plus has announced three sessions at two locations for its 2014 summer schedule. Confirmed session dates are as follows:
(Rik is scheduled for July 16 in Toronto   –Ed)

Toronto (Session 1)           July 13-18, 2014
Toronto (Session 2)           July 20-25, 2014
Vancouver Session           August 10-15, 2014.

2014 guest artists include: one of the brightest new stars in the rock guitar galaxy, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), guitarist/songwriter extraordinaire and Hall of Fame member Rik Emmett (Triumph, solo), bass legends Dave LaRue (Steve Morse, Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, solo) and Alain Caron (Uzeb, Mike Stern, Billy Cobham, solo), Nashville country session guru and Grammy winner Brent Mason, one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists, Muriel Anderson, shred king Dave Martone, acoustic and Celtic master Tony McManus, the rock professor himself Jon Finn, drummer Vito Rezza, Canadian acoustic hero Don Alder, and more!

Special Seminars including Songwriting, Hot Country Guitar, Art of Solo Guitar, Rock Guitar Mastery, and the Bass Summit have also been added to the course options.

Designed for aspiring musicians of all ages including teenagers, adult hobbyists, students pursuing music careers, semi-professional and professional musicians, Guitar Workshop Plus offers students a unique setting for intense musical and personal growth. As well, this 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. The program’s administration has been organizing and directing summer music workshops across North America for fourteen years. This unique Canadian program has been sold out the last few years running. Musicians of all ages and levels have been attending from across Canada, the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Considered by many to be the premier summer music education program in North America, the program has been offering workshops in Toronto and Vancouver for the past several years and plans for expansion are in the works.

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. Furthermore, in addition to an outstanding faculty roster, the list of artists who have worked and continue to work with the administration is truly astounding. Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Robben Ford, John Scofield, Steve Vai, Guthrie Govan, Randy Bachman, Paul Gilbert, Andy Summers (The Police), Pierre Bensusan, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Orianthi, John Abercrombie, Duke Robillard, Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, John Jorgenson, Sue Foley, Jennifer Batten, Paul DeLong, and Billy Sheehan are just a few of the world class artists on this list. 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, and vocal 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 hands-on approach, late afternoon clinics (songwriting, improvisation, vocal, etc.), ensemble performances, and evening concerts.

Both Toronto sessions will once again be held at Appleby College in Oakville just west of Toronto. This location has undergone extensive renovations and will be providing outstanding facilities including new classrooms, new dorm rooms, and a new dining hall.  The grounds, as always, remain immaculate and picturesque overlooking the lake.  The Vancouver session will once again take place at Quest University, which is located just north of Vancouver in Squamish, BC.  Quest is located along the Pacific Ocean offering breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean.  The facilities and accommodations are pristine and provide fantastic accommodations, modern classrooms, performance space, and exceptional dining facilities.

Resident and non-resident tuitions are available and registration has already begun for the 2014 sessions.

For more information on the Guitar Workshop Plus program, contact:

Guitar Workshop Plus
99 Queen Street South, 2nd Floor
Mississauga, ON
L5M 1K7

(905) 567-8000