Toronto

About Guitar Workshop Plus
The Ultimate in Music Education

Guitar Workshop Plus is much more than just a guitar camp or summer music camp. We offer week long workshops in a musical environment at superb facilities. Our faculty members are professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in summer music programs, workshops, private settings, and post secondary institutions. Along with receiving visits from world famous guest artists, our top ranked summer music program allows students to participate in daily classes, clinics, ensemble and student performances, and evening concerts. World famous guest artists such as Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), John Scofield, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Robben Ford, Billy Sheehan, and many more teach and perform for our participants.

General Course Info

Currently instruction is provided for:

  • guitar
  • bass
  • drums
  • keyboard
  • vocals
  • songwriting

Students elect to study a class or seminar each session. The guitar program is extensive and unique in that students elect to study the style that they enjoy most.

Guitar styles include:

  • rock
  • blues
  • jazz
  • acoustic
  • classical
  • country

 

We offer comprehensive classes covering:

  • hands-on technique
  • theory
  • performance
  • musicianship skills
  • ear training
  • rhythm studies
  • and more!

In addition, most of these classes include a one-hour per day rhythm section class in which students are given the opportunity to play with the faculty rhythm section and apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in class to a performance setting. Attendees also rehearse with ensembles throughout the week which will perform at the end of the session.

Classes:

Classes are offered for varying skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. On the first day of the session, all students are evaluated to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate class level thereby maximizing their learning potential. Class sizes are small to promote individualized attention for each student as well as to facilitate ensemble arrangements.

Seminars:

Seminars are courses which concentrate on specific topics and will sometimes feature guest instructors. Generally, seminars are designed for the intermediate to advanced player although some may be open to all levels. Students are evaluated to ensure that they are at an appropriate level for the course. Seminar students meet with the instructor all day and, because there is no restriction to class size, do not take part in rhythm section classes. Faculty led ensembles for seminars depend upon class size and format.

Clinics:

In addition, all students may attend clinics. Each day, two or three clinics are offered covering topics such as improvisation, songwriting, vocals, scales and modes, building technique, slide, percussion, hand drumming and more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on campus.

Concerts:

Each day at the workshop concludes with an evening concert. These include faculty performances, student jams, ensemble concerts, and performances by our amazing guest artists. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s finest musicians in an intimate setting. In addition to the student jams and concerts, many of the artists will invite attendees up to play with them as well so the fun never ends!!

Location & Facilities

Toronto Location

The Residence & Conference Centre – Toronto is located on the Seneca College Newnham Campus. This location boasts modern suite-style accommodations, conference centre facilities which offer 20,000 square feet of event space with audio-visual and on-site food services. Residence & Conference Centre – Toronto at Seneca College Newnham is conveniently located 20 minutes from Downtown Toronto with easy access to both Hwy # 401 and Hwy # 404. Other fun attractions nearby include the Ontario Science Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium, Toronto Zoo, Hockey Hall of Fame, Canada’s Wonderland, and Fairview Mall. Even without a vehicle, making your way around the city from this location is a breeze as it is located on a main bus route and a short distance to the Finchsubway station.

Excellent Accommodations

Each Air Conditioned suite includes:

  • Two separate bedrooms (one double-size bed in each room)
  • Kitchenette (full-size refrigerator, microwave)
  • 3-piece bathroom (towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap)
  • Complimentary high speed internet, cable television, telephone service
  • Full housekeeping services

On-Site:

  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Subway restaurant
  • Convenience store
  • M&M food market
  • Games room & movie lounge
  • 24-Hour Laundry Rooms available
  • On-site parking available

Discover All The Exciting Things To Do Toronto, ON

The Residence Conference Centre – Seneca is a short drive from downtown Toronto and minutes from the Ontario Science Centre and Fairview Mall. Within walking distance from the residence you will find a variety of restaurants and other conveniences including banks, pharmacy and grocery stores. A variety of nearby transport options are available such as buses and subway lines to ensure quick, convenient access to Toronto’s greatest landmarks and shopping districts.

  • Nearby Attractions:
  • Fairview Mall
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • CN Tower
  • Rogers Centre
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • Niagara Falls

Faculty and Artists

2019 Guest Artists

Our guest artists share their knowledge and experiences with our students while visiting classes, conducting clinics, and performing concerts. Past Guest Artists include: Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Robben Ford, John Scofield, Steve Vai, Randy Bachman, Paul Gilbert, Andy Summers (The Police), Billy Sheehan, Pierre Bensusan, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), John Abercrombie, Duke Robillard, Andy Timmons, Mike Stern, John Knowles, Rik Emmett, John Jorgenson, Sue Foley, Jennifer Batten, Andy McKee, Orianthi, Paul DeLong, Tommy Emmanuel, Rhonda Smith, Guthrie Govan and more…..

Gary Hoey

World renowned blues/rock guitarist Gary Hoey’s first break came in 1987 when Ozzy Osbourne liked Hoey’s tape enough to fly him to LA for an audition. Zakk Wylde eventually wound up with the gig, however Ozzy recommended Hoey move to LA where he was certain he would get noticed, and so he did! In 1992 Gary’s cover of “Hocus Pocus” rocketed into Billboard’s Top 5. With a collection of 19 albums it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. In 1994 Hoey scored the successful “Endless Summer II” soundtrack. In 2012, he produced and co-wrote Lita Ford’s release “Living Like Runaway” to rave reviews. He’s worked with legends like Joe Perry, Roger Daltrey, blues icon Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, and Leslie West to name just a few. He has toured and traded licks with the likes of Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, and Dick Dale. Hoey has explored many styles of music in his career, but in 2013, came home to the Blues with his release of “Deja Blues.” His latest, 2016’s “Dust & Bones,” is an exuberant fusion of blues and rock. Whatever style he plays, Gary Hoey is a fiery, charismatic player. Whether he’s playing scorching bluesy originals or blues/rock covers, his solos are thrilling and, one thing that remains consistent is Hoey’s impassioned command of the guitar. He can attack his instrument with feral intensity and then play something very soft and achingly beautiful. This ability to mix feeling, phrasing, technique and tone is the true mark of a master guitarist.

Mark Lettieri

Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer and producer from Fort Worth, TX. Proficient in a multitude of styles, he records and performs in virtually every genre of popular music with both independent and major-label artists. He also composes and produces original instrumental music under his own name. Working in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex’s gospel and R&B scene led Lettieri to join jazz/world group Snarky Puppy in 2008. The now three-time GRAMMY Award-winning band tours and records constantly, having performed on all continents except Antarctica. Aside from Snarky Puppy, Lettieri has spent time on the road with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu, gospel singer/actress Tamela Mann, and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. He’s also performed with a myriad of other artists, including Anthony Evans, Chrisette Michele, Myron Butler, N’dambi, Bilal, and Pat Boone. An in-demand session guitarist, recent work includes David Crosby, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Adam Levine, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Eric Roberson, LeCrae, Lupe Fiasco, Keyshia Cole, Xzibit, as well as numerous radio and television jingles. 

Greg Koch

Milwaukee native Greg Koch has forged a successful career as a guitar player’s guitarist. He has been called “fiendishly talented” by author and former editor- in-chief of Guitar Player Magazine Tom Wheeler and “scary good” by guitar phenom Joe Bonamassa. In addition to his 15 releases on multiple record labels which feature his unique take on a variety of American guitar styles and his versatile compositions, Koch is widely known for his lengthy tenure as an international ambassador for Fender Guitars which listed him in their “Top Ten Unsung Guitarists.” He is also a best-selling author and video instructor for music publisher Hal Leonard. Greg is a contributing columnist for a variety of guitar magazines including Guitar Player Magazine which listed Greg’s “Chief’s Blues” in their “40 Badass Blues Solos You Must Hear” and Premier Guitar. For the last few years Greg is renowned for his wildly popular internet videos (which number in the thousands with views exceeding 50 million).

Paul DeLong

Past and present artists that Paul has played with include: Kim Mitchell, Tom Scott, Domenic Troiano, David Blamires (Pat Metheny), Lawrence Gowan (Styx), Carol Welsman, Colm Wilkinson, Doug Riley, Hilario Duran, David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), FM, and Rik Emmett (Triumph). As a Juno award winner and respected session player Paul has performed at P.I.T. and the N.A.M.M. shows in L.A., twice at the Montreal Drumfest, at the Cape Breton Drumfest, and at the Quebec Drumfest. Extensive theatre experience, playing for major productions of Tommy, Joseph, RENT, Lion King, Hairspray and Hair. Paul has written several articles for Modern Drummer magazine. He has also taught at numerous highly ranked music programs and has done online video lessons. His books “DeLong Way” To Polyrhythmic Creativity OnThe Drumset, and “DeLong Way” To Musical Phrasing On The Drumset, are now being distributed worldwide.

Faculty

Our faculty is carefully selected and comprised of professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in workshops, private settings, and post secondary institutions. These talented educators have considerable recording backgrounds, perform around the world, author instructional books and write articles for music magazines.

Sample Daily Schedule:*

Breakfast
Classes & Seminars
Lunch
Classes & Seminars
Ensemble Rehearsals
Clinics/Free Time
Dinner
Clinics
Concert
8am – 9am
9am – 1pm
1pm – 2pm
2pm – 3pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 8pm
8:30pm

*Times may vary according to course selection, facilities, etc. The first and last day of the session follow a different schedule to accommodate registration and check-out.

Pricing

2019 Toronto Session Fees (CND Dollars)

Registration Fee (non-refundable): $60

Tuition (Per Session): $970

On-campus Room & Board (Per Session): $600

Students attending multiple sessions receive a $100 discount.

Amp Rental (optional): $40
For those students who do not have a small portable amplifier for use in the classroom or dorm.

 

Meal Package (optional): $265
For off-campus students requiring lunch and dinner.

Extra Night: Early Arrival (optional): $145
For students arriving from out of town who require accommodation the night before the start of the session. Meals are not provided until the session begins.

Private Room (optional): $350

Travel Information

Toronto Travel

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the campus. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is the nearest airport located 20 minutes away. Taxi and limousine services are available from the airport.

The Residence & Conference Centre

Address: 1760 Finch Ave E, Toronto, ON M2J 5G3

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