Rock Camp 2018!

  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Dan Drysdale | Uncategorized

Registration for our award winning summer rock camp is now open! 

We still have some room in all three camps, but it is best to register soon to reserve your spot. 

Our award winning Rock Camp is a week long immersive boot camp for musicians of all abilities aged 8-14


See below:

JamSchool – ROCK-CAMP $295

Students will love these interactive camps designed to expand their musical creativity, build confidence and create life-long friendships.

Rock Camp Weeks

July 16th-20th 

July 23rd-27th 

August 13th-17th

  • Play guitar, bass, keyboards, drums or sing for your band
  • Learn classic and contemporary rock songs as a band
  • Name and promote your band by designing and creating posters and CD covers
  • Get instruction in your chosen instrument from professional musicians and experienced teachers
  • Perform and record your songs in an end-of-week live concert
  • Receive a CD of your recording!
  • Not just music! Have fun with art, movies and sports activities

Registration can be dropped off to our south end location, 225 Hanlon Creek Boulevard in Guelph. Store hours are:

Monday 2pm-9pm

Tuesday 10am-9pm

Wednesday 10am-9pm

Thursday 10am-9pm

Friday 10am-8pm

Follow the link below for the registration form: camps/summer-camps/

Upcoming JamSchool Shows

  Friday, February 9, 2018 by Tyler Bridge | Uncategorized

Upcoming Shows

Talk to your teacher today if you are interested in performing with your band or as a soloist.

All shows are free to watch with the exception of the JamBoree in June which is a ticketed event.

March 10th Gainfest at Van Goghs Ear downtown Guelph 2pm

March 24th Hanlon Creek Theatre  2pm

April 21stHanlon Creek Theatre  2pm

April 28thHanlon Creek Theatre  2pm

May 12th Hanlon Creek Theatre 19+ adult student showcase

May 26th Hanlon Creek Theatre  2pm

June 10th Multicultural Festival at Riverside Park Guelph (performers by invite only)

June 22, 23, 24 11th Annual JamSchool JamBoree at Guelph Little Theatre (registration online, ticketed event $25/ea, performers get in free)


We are recruiting students for our band program!

  Friday, February 2, 2018 by Dan Drysdale | Uncategorized

The JamSchool Band Program is busier than ever with shows every month including a showcase at Hillside Inside on February 10 at Planet Bean downtown. We would like to get even more musicians involved in this program!

We have openings for guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboard in a few of our bands and we are building new bands that we would like to start in February

If you are ready for the next step in your development, please let us try to find a good band for you to join. 

Call 519-763-8526 or email

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Here are some details that band attendees and parents will need to know:


  • The JamSchool Band Program costs $100/month for a weekly hour long band session unless multi-lesson discounts apply
  • After you have joined a band, please try to commit until at least the end of June (think of a hockey team losing their goalie before a big tournament)

Band Class Attendance

  • Please do your best to attend every week, especially when preparing for a show
  • You are able to cancel your attendance to a band class but no makeup credit will be issued unless the class is cancelled by the school (bad weather) or by the teacher
  • The band members need to make themselves available for some performances throughout the year, typically Saturdays

Be Prepared

  • It is expected that every player in the band learn their parts independently
  • The band leader is there to teach the group as a whole, so there will be less one on one attention than you would receive in a private class
  • After the parts have been assigned, it is expected that each player work on their part at home
  • Don’t let your team down, practice your parts!
  • It is recommended that the student continue with private lessons when joining a band class. Group experience and live performance is supplemental to individual skills acquired through private lessons and will reinforce lessons learned.


  • JamSchool runs shows every month
  • All JamSchool shows are free to attend with two exceptions
    • JamSchool Holiday JamBoree (December): Please bring a donation for the Guelph Food bank
    • JamSchool JamBoree (June) - this is a ticketed event held at the Guelph Little Theatre and Hanlon Creek Cafe
  • Band classes tend to play at 3 or more shows in a school year
  • Venues include: Van Gogh’s Ear, Guelph Little Theatre, Hanlon Creek Cafe, Gainfest, Guelph Multicultural Festival, Hillside Festival and some others
  • Please make yourself available for the shows that the band commits to
  • Please make sure to show up at the correct call time

  • Keep up to date with performance opportunities and other events by accessing your online portal


  • Talk to your band leader once a month
  • Call the desk with any questions 519-763-8526

JamSchool Bands and teachers backstage at the Hillside Festival

Looking for Volunteer Rock Camp Counsellors!

Monday, March 19, 2018 by Dan Drysdale | Uncategorized

JamSchool students!

Are you looking to

  • Gain resume building,  leadership and teaching experience
  • Meet new music friends
  • Keep busy with music over the summer months

As you may already be aware, JamSchool has hosted an award winning Rock Camp in the summer since 2008. This is an intensive week long camp where kids aged 7 through 14 make a band, record an album and put on a concert.

This year, we are looking for volunteer Rock Camp counselors to help run the camps.

Camp counselors must be:

  • Outgoing
  • At least 14 years of age
  • Be relatively proficient on at least one of the following

    • Drums
    • Guitar
    • Keyboard
  • Energetic
  • Good with kids
  • Responsible

We have open opportunities for  counsellors for the following weeks:

Week 1

July 16th through July 20  - 8:20 am until 4 pm

Week 2

July 23 through 27 - 8:20 am until 4 pm

Week 3

August 13 through 17 - 8:20 am until 4 pm

Please apply for this position by phone or email.


Van Gogh's shows moving to Hanlon Creek Theatre

Friday, March 9, 2018 by Dan Drysdale | Uncategorized

Hi all,

Van Gogh's Ear will be doing renovations for the next few months so we will be running the next few shows at the Hanlon Creek theatre. Gainfest will be our last show at Van Gogh's Ear until their renovations are complete.

Here is a list of shows and locations:


  • Gainfest March 10 2pm - Van Gogh's Ear (our last show at VGE for a while)
  • March 24 2pm - Student showcase at Hanlon Creek Theatre 
  • April 21 2pm -  Student showcase at Hanlon Creek Theatre 
  • April 28 2pm - 2pm -  Student showcase at Hanlon Creek Theatre 
  • May 12 - 7pm - Adult Student Showcase - Hanlon Creek Theatre 
  • May 26 2pm -  Student showcase *probably at Hanlon Creek Theatre unless renovations are finished at VGE
  • June 10 - Guelph Multicultural Festival - ask Dan or Tyler for more details regarding this show
  • June 22, 23 and 24 - JamBoree - Guelph Little Theatre