Press release for immediate distibution

Heaven is back for young blues fans!

5th edition of the free Blues Camp:

It’s time to register for the auditions

Montreal, Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - The time has come to register for the auditions for the 5th edition of the popular Blues Camp presented by TD! Starting today, through to April 23, all young Québec musicians ages 13 to 17 can register online for an audition and try to qualify as one of the lucky few chosen to participate in a week of musical magic (which, by the way, is 100% free!) This day camp, presented as part of the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal, will again welcome some 50 teens to a unique opportunity to live their musical passion, accompanied by well-known music pros. To register, log on to campdeblues.com, before Friday, April 23, 2010, at 5 p.m. The auditions will follow on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at École Marguerite‑De Lajemmerais, in Montréal.

Bluesmen and blueswomen of all stripes are welcome

We often associate blues music with the guitar, but it’s important to know that the camp is not dedicated to this instrument alone. Vocalists, saxophonists, trombone players, trumpet players, bass players, pianists, harmonica players and guitarists can all try their luck at being chosen for this unique experience, which, if we may say so ourselves, is also pretty hot! And for those young people wanting to prepare for the audition by doing a few extra warm-up exercises, be sure to check out the “how to prepare” section of the campsdeblues.com website, which has been expanded to include tips and pointers.

How to participate

Simply register before 5 p.m. on April 23, 2010 on the Blues Camp website at campdeblues.com. Fifty lucky young people will be selected at the auditions. The Blues Camp, scheduled for June 28 to July 4, will be held again this year at the CÉGEP du Vieux Montréal right near the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal site.

Important dates to remember

Registration period: from now until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2010

Auditions: May 1 and 2, at École Marguerite‑De Lajemmerais (5555 Sherbrooke Street East, corner of De L’Assomption)

Blues Camp: June 28 to July 4

Show at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: July 4 on the TD stage

Montreal Guitar Show: Grand Salon, Hyatt Regency Montréal, Friday, July 2, to Sunday, July 4

A 100%-free music day camp!

In tune with The Festival international de Jazz de Montréal’s mission of promoting music making, the Blues Camp presented by TD offers some 50 young people a unique lifetime opportunity to live their musical passion for seven straight days and learn the ropes, all with the help of professionals from the world of music who will accompany them at the final show on the TD stage before a live audience, at the wind-up to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

The Blues Camp offers its warmest thanks to TD, whose continued proud sponsorship and presentation hit just the right note, making this musical dream camp possible. Our sincere thanks also go out to partners Steve’s Music Store, Mel Bay, Vox, Aebersold, Pearl, Marshall, Hartke, Korg, Phonic and Markbass, and the Cégep du Vieux Montréal, and CIBL Radio‑Montréal 101.5.

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