Press release for immediate distibution

Dazzling young prospects!

Hundreds of young talents
flock to the Blues Camp auditions!

Montreal, Monday, April 27, 2009 - Emotions were running high in École Marguerite‑De Lajemmerais last weekend during auditions for the 4th edition of the Blues Camp presented by TD Canada Trust! Hundreds of young music fanatics turned out, hoping to be a part of the 2009 vintage of this original, unique and entirely free musical camp, held this year from July 6 to 12 as part of the SIMM presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

A brilliant crop of new recruits

Once again this year, our teens gave themselves body and soul to qualify as one of the fifty lucky candidates with the opportunity to perfect their technique and musical knowledge as part of this already renowned Blues Camp. No fewer than 350 music fanatics filed before the judges, the public and the media last weekend, gleefully showcasing their passion and enthusiasm. Our budding musicians, ranged according to age (13 to 17) and their level of musical knowledge, offered performances in every instrumental category-guitar, drums, piano, bass, brass, harmonica, vocals-for a committee of professionals and music teachers. The most talented among them were then interviewed about themselves, their interests and their passions. Enthusiasm was palpable and contagious among our bright-eyed teens, some of whom turned out to be genuine prodigies! Organizers, judges and audience members attending this 4th edition of Blues Camp auditions were transported by the talent, freshness and energy of these exceptional young prospects. And we’re betting there will be just as much excitement and emotion on display when our winners perform in the Blues Camp finale!

From July 6 to 12, some fifty young people will live out their musical dreams and passions, sharing their love of the blues and showcasing their instrumental talents over the course of seven days, all completely free of charge. In close proximity to the Festival site, cégep du Vieux Montréal will witness their discoveries, their apprenticeship, and their journey to expertise. And on July 12, as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, get ready for an incredible concert on the TD Canada Trust stage! Our young candidates will strut their stuff for a live audience in the Blues Camp closing concert, just like the pros!

The Blues Camp offers its warmest thanks to TD Canada Trust, 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, Aebersold, Vox, Korg, Pearl, Marshall, Samson and Hartke, the cégep du Vieux Montréal, CIBL Radio‑Montréal 101,5 and Planète Jazz 91,9.

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