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 in Toronto, ON. 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

Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport West is located 10 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), with a free shuttle both ways. Square One Shopping Centre and downtown Mississauga are within 15 minutes of our door. Our hotel has a garden courtyard, indoor pool, fitness center, and a covered garage with park-and-fly options. Our award-winning restaurant offers casual cuisine and an outdoor terrace. We have room service, sports showing in the bar, and a lobby marketplace. Every stay starts with a warm DoubleTree cookie.

Discover All The Exciting Things To Do Toronto, ON

The Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport West is a short drive from downtown Toronto and minutes from Square One Shopping Mall. Within walking distance from the hotel 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:
  • Square One Shopping 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

2023 Guest Artists TBA

We’re very excited to roll out a great list of guest artists that are joining us this year. Make sure to follow us on social media to get the latest announcements!

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…..

2022 Guest Artists

Antoine Dufour

Antoine Dufour is known colloquially among the best guitar players in the world as a musician’s musician. To fans of popular music, he deftly combines jaw-dropping guitar playing skills and an artistic soul in crafting instrumental compositions. Via his seven albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live performance DVDs, 6 years of global touring and more than 50 million cumulative views on YouTube, Antoine Dufour has emerged as a young star of fingerstyle acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity. Antoine’s records of accomplishment include winning first place at the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Championships, third place at the ultra-prestigious international guitar championships at Winfield, recording for the leading Instrumental music record label Candyrat, plus touring and playing with luminary guitar players such as Andy McKee and Don Ross.

Mark Whitfield

A native New Yorker, Mark Whitfield graduated from Berklee College of Music to embark on a career as a jazz guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor, George Benson.  The New York Times dubbed Whitfield “The Best Young Guitarist in the Business” when his debut album “The Marksman” was released. This led to a recording career that has produced a total of 14 solo recordings and a myriad of collaborative efforts with some of the most important artists in recent years including Sting, Steven Tyler, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Chris Botti, Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton.

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

2023 Toronto Session Fees (CND Dollars)

Commuter Package & Meals $1,775

+ $120 Registration Fee*

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, workshops, presentations, and concerts
  • Two meals daily (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Wi-Fi

This package does not include lodging. Pricing is per person.

*Registration Fee is non-refundable

Shared Room w/ Two Beds $2,380

+ $120 Registration Fee*

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, seminars, workshops, presentations, concerts and entertainment for 6 days and 5 nights.
  • Three amazing meals each day.
  • Hotel accommodation in a standard room with two beds and a roommate. You may request your roommate or one will be assigned based on age and gender. Roommate must also register for the session.
  • Wi-Fi

Pricing is per person.

*Registration Fee is non-refundable

Single Room w/ One Bed $2,820

+ $120 Registration Fee*

Package Includes:

  • Classes, clinics, seminars, workshops, presentations, concerts and entertainment for 6 days and 5 nights.
  • Three amazing meals each day.
  • Hotel accommodation in a private standard room with one bed. 
  • Wi-Fi

Pricing is per person.

*Registration Fee is non-refundable

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sighteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – all attendees must bring your own instruments

Optional Extras

  • Amp Rental: $40
  • Extra Night (Early Arrival): $230
    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.

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Airport West

Address: 5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON L4W 2L2, Canada

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