Press release for immediate distibution

Concert featuring the graduates of the 7th edition of the Blues Camp

The bluesmen of tomorrow
on the Place des Festivals

TD Stage, Place des Festivals, tonight at 6 p.m.

Montreal, Friday, July 6, 2012 - After a week of musical discovery and apprenticeship, the graduates of the 7th edition of the Blues Camp presented by TD take the TD Stage on the Place des Festivals today at 6 p.m. to showcase their talents. For this highly anticipated concert in the Gammes TD series presented as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, we invite fans to gather and watch in amazement as our 50 youths, aged 13-17, pick up bass, guitar, drums, piano, violin, harmonica or brass and transform themselves into the next blues generation!

From June 30 to July 6, these young musicians-chosen for their talent and passion during auditions held this past April-had the opportunity to deepen their technical knowledge, explore the history of the blues, discover the backstage world of the Festival, meet many musicians and plunge into the frenzy of preparing a concert, consisting of cover songs in the purest blues tradition as well as their own musical creations. In addition to this incredibly enriching program, our lucky participants were able to rub elbows with a number of major musicians, including Greg Morency, Paul Deslauriers, Dawn Tyler Watson, Bob Harrisson, Gaëtan Daigneault, Richard Gagnon, Ivanhoe Jolicoeur, Billy Bouffard, the Stephen Barry Band and Jim Zeller, in a series of informal workshops.

Our budding young musicians also benefited from a peerless training regimen under the artistic direction of voice teacher Vincent Beaulne. The ranks of instructors charged with passing on their invaluable know-how included Serge Arsenault (trombone), Alain Bertrand (guitar), Daniel Bonin (bass), Samuel Harrisson (drums), Jean‑Pierre Lambert (piano), Dominic Léveillé (trumpet), Christian Malette (guitar), Mario Hébert (guitar) and Laurent Trudel (harmonica). And it was all free, thanks to the support of the TD Bank Group and the Festival. As this unique experience draws to a close, all that remains is for our young musical heroes to show us the depth and breadth of their blues!

“One of TD’s priorities in terms of our community involvement is to create opportunities for young people and facilitate access to education,” explains Christine Marchildon, Senior Vice President, Quebec Region, TD Canada Trust and Chair, Team Quebec, TD Bank Group. “We want to encourage young Quebecers to participate in this festival in order to experience the power of music, and benefit from the positive long-term effects of music education.”

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 our partner Steve’s Music Store.

To find out all there is to know about the Blues Camp, visit the website at campdeblues.com.

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