Rosie and the Riveters teach girls how to harmonize with confidence

Saskatchewan's Rosie and the Riveters taught a group of 30 girls how to harmonize and perform at a workshop held at The Refinery in Saskatoon on Saturday.

Quartet of 1940s-inspired songstresses hold harmony workshop for 30 girls

For decades, the image of Rosie the Riveter has been a symbol of the strength and power of women.

The iconic image is the inspiration behind Saskatchewan's own retro, gospel-folk group Rosie and the Riveters. This weekend the singing quartet worked to instill the same confidence she had into a group of 30 girls.

Thirty girls ages eight to 15 participated in Saturday's harmony workshop. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC News)

The musicians taught the budding singers, ages eight to 15, how to harmonize together and perform.

Rosie and the Riveters' Alexis Normand said they wanted to create a safe space for the group to learn in.

"I think performing anything and just getting up in front of people, takes confidence," Normand said. "We wanted to provide an opportunity for girls to have to have that experience."

The harmony workshop combined vocal exercises with dance choreography and confidence-building exercises to encourage a fearless attitude towards performing.

"Being not too afraid to be a little bit silly in front of other people, and for it to be OK, or just to be confident and be yourself," explained Normand.

A the end of the workshop on Saturday afternoon, the girls got a chance to show off their harmonizing skills during a performance with Rosie and the Riveters. The band said it hopes to hold more similar events for kids in the future.