A 100%-free music day camp!
Designed for aspiring young musicians ages 13 to 17, the Blues Camp offers teens an exceptional opportunity to take part in a week of high-level musical training devoted entirely to the blues and absolutely free! The highlight is the final concert on the main stage of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, where our teens will interpret an existing piece of music and perform an original composition (music and lyrics) produced by the band they formed just a few days before.
How to participate
Registration is open until Wednesday, March 21, 11:59 p.m.: campdeblues.com/registration
Based on the auditions, approximately 50 musicians are selected—including keyboard players, trumpeters, trombonists, drummers, guitarists, bass players, singers and harmonica players—to experience this intense week of musical dreams. Each audition lasts about 10 minutes.
How to prepare
There are no set pieces of music you have to play and you don’t require an in-depth knowledge of the blues genre to be accepted. Check out the “How to prepare” tab of the website for explanatory videos and tips:
Important dates to remember
Auditions: Saturday, March 24, at École Marguerite‑De Lajemmerais (5555 Sherbrooke St. East, corner of L’Assomption)
Blues Camp: from June 30 to July 6
Show at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: July 6 at 6 p.m. on the TD Stage
About the Blues Camp
The Blues Camp is presented by TD as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. In tune with The Festival’s mission of promoting music making, the Blues Camp offers some 50 young people a unique lifetime opportunity to live their musical passion for seven straight days and learn the ropes, all with the help of professionals from the world of music who will accompany them to the final show. Some 3,400 youngsters have auditioned for the camp in the past twelve years, and of them, 600 have been chosen to experience this incredible adventure. This once-in-a-lifetime Camp brings together music fans from all across Quebec and even Ontario.
View our Life in Blues Camp video: