Programs

We offer a variety of accessible music programs, in a blended format.  You can attend either in-person or over Zoom

Email info@friendsofmusic.ca to sign up & get more info. New learners and experienced musicians are all welcome to collaborate on original tunes & inspirational covers. All programs take place in the Eric Martin Theatre at 2328 Trent Street.  Please use the Fort Street entrance (glass sliding doors).


MUSIC LESSONS:

Ukulele Beginner Lessons: This continuous-entry, 8 week beginner course is led by Avram.  Ukulele is a fun, simple and versatile instrument everyone can enjoy. Some instruments are available to borrow. We meet Tuesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm. Take this 8 week course once, or even 2 or 3 times, then try out the Ukulele Group that meets directly after this.

Guitar Lessons: Sundays at 4:00 to 5:30 pm (except long weekends). Bring your guitar or use one of ours. All levels are welcome.

Beginner Band Lessons:  Wednesday 11 – 11:55. Learn a new Band Instrument. Some instruments are available to borrow.

Skills Band:  Wednesday 12-12:55. This pilot-project begins in September 2018 and will give Beginner Band graduates a place to continue learning their instrument in the “Standard of Excellence” Book 2 level. This band is also suitable for someone who wants to get back to playing an instrument that you played in the past.

PERFORMANCE GROUPS:

Jazz Improv: The Friends of Music week starts off with Jazz Improv on Thursdays from 1-2pm.  This is a free-flowing jam, led by Jonathan Van Ziffle. Feel free to drop in and try it out.

Ukulelians: This group welcomes those who are feeling comfortable on the ukulele and enjoy singing along.  This group will prepare to perform every couple of months, play for the fun of it and receive some  instruction at a higher level.  We meet Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

Moodswing Chorus: A group of 12 to 15 voices who love to sing in a group! Weekly rehearsals are Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm.

The Fundamentals:  This group parties every Wednesday from 1-3 pm. Members socialize, develop musical skills, gain self confidence and enhance their self-esteem in an informal environment. There is room for pianos (provided), bass (provided), drums (kit provided), guitars (provided), instrumental soloists and vocalists. (all lead sheets in concert pitch) Coffee and snacks at 2pm.

The Eclectics: A relaxed group of musicians who develop a varied repertoire that suits the tastes and skills of the various members. They perform several public concerts during the year, and rehearse Wednesdays  3:30 – 5:30 pm.

Moodswing Orchestra: A group of about 15 musicians who enjoy playing the music of the “Big, Band Era”. This partnership-based program provides excellent opportunities for members with or without an illness to enjoy music together, and learn to play with an orchestra. Rehearsals are Thursdays ~ 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  All sections are open: We’re particularly in need of a drummer/percussionist and a Barry Sax player. Drum kit on site. Barry Sax available.

The Haywires: The Haywires is a country inspired group that likes to sing and swing! They rehearse Fridays from 2 – 4 pm.

Minds at Work: A rhythm and blues band, composed of 6 to 10 musicians, rehearses weekly on Fridays from 4 to 6 pm. Openings in Sax, Vocal, Trumpet, Low Brass and percussion.

Recovery Rock Band

This low barrier rock band is for adults recovering from mental illness or addictions along with anyone who wants to play rock music in support of mental health. They rehearse from 2-4pm on Sundays (except long weekends).


COMMUNITY CONCERTS: See the newsletter for a detailed calendar of performers. A great chance to check out our groups to see if you might like to join in.

OPEN MIC 6 to 8 pm.  Bring your own band, perform solo, or sit in with the musicians you’ll meet here. Singers, comedians, poets, spoken word welcome. Our host, Steve Fissel will organize all that. Email us at info@friendsofmusic.ca to let us know you’re planning to perform. Audience members welcome! Invite your friends to join you!

MUSICAL THEATRE: Pretty to the one is a musical about a family who’s teenaged daughter develops an eating disorder. Based on a true story, this off broadway show has changed lives.  We were really happy to put this show on in Dec 2016 and again at a local high school in May 2017.

SUMMER PROGRAMS: Watch for details of programming in the Summer 2021 Newsletter. Email info@friendsofmusic.ca and let us know what kind of music programs you’d like to see this summer. Our rehearsal space has air conditioning!


FOM Music Society Music Directors and Program Leaders

Ben Beaudet directs Moodswing Orchestra, Haywires and Minds at Work

Joe Hatherly conducts the Moodswing Chorus with accompanist Jon Ziffle

Steve Fissel teaches Guitar Lessons, directs the Recovery Rock Band and hosts Open Mic on Sundays

Jon Ziffle facilitates Jazz Improv and is the Accompanist on piano for the Moodswing Chorus

Nick La Riviere directs the Fundamentals, Beginner Band and Skills Band

Avram McCagherty directs the Eclectics, Ukulele Lessons and Ukulele Performance Group