In honour of "Music Monday" SCENE brings you the story of a unique inner city music program here in Winnipeg.
I'm much more comfortable singing in front of people since I did the music workshop and recording. I have sung live at the Park Theatre and the Indian and Métis Centre at the CEDA Pathways Winter Solstice, and at my school. I was shy at first, and it's true what they say that you will always have butterflies no matter how many times you perform. Now I sing all the time, I sing in public, at the drop of a hat! - Sean Hunte, 15.
The Winnipeg folk fest pairs local musicians with groups of high-school youth to help them discover and create music. The festival chooses schools that don't have the benefit of enriched music programs. This year a group of students, led by Winnipeg musician Jaxon Haldane, not only wrote and recorded a song, they produced behind-the-scenes video podcasts of the process.
Tomorrow on SCENE, the debut of the music video!
This project was my way of assisting young musicians in overcoming some of the hurdles that I have been helped over through the years. I marvelled at how these youngsters could so easily place themselves within the experience of our character(s) and how easily, with a bit of direction, the elements of our song came together. I could see that we were passing on a new appreciation and love for music. Whether or not any members of our group will choose to pursue further endeavours in music is uncertain and ultimately unimportant. What I am sure of is this: these kids will forever carry with them a new lens through which they can view the music they love, a broader understanding of what their favorite songs really are and how they came to be. - Musical mentor Jaxon Haldane.