PRO

The Circuit PRO

(Ten Wednesdays)

At the kick off event, bands meet the crew and the coaches for the first time. The crew lays down the ground rules, the coaches talk shop and answer questions, and everyone enjoys an immersive night of music exploration. We talk about the next ten weeks, get familiar and discuss music business strategies, live performance, stage craft and recording. Each week bands are coached by some of Canada’s best touring musicians, and pro’s from the business side as well. One of the best aspects of The Circuit is the learning and the networking that happens between bands. There nothing like going through this together with four or five other bands.

Click here to see our Coaches Roster **NEED_LINK**
 
 
Weeks 1 to 4Regular Rehearsals
The first rehearsal is spent zero’ing in on the agenda for the next ten weeks. You may want to focus on one song that will be your single on an upcoming record, and still needs work along with pro level feedback. You might be preparing for an upcoming showcase or you could be in preproduction for an EP release. Coaches will assist in creating your agenda, and tailoring the next ten weeks to ensure maximum benefit. The next three weeks are spent preparing for the Week Five Midway Live Workshop. Each band gets a private rehearsal studio, beverages on ice and a hot pizza every week.
 
 
Week 5Midway Live Workshop
Week five is the first Live Show Workshop where the bands play live on stage and receive coaching in an open group format. It’s a safe environment, it’s forgiving, and it gives bands the chance to safely review stage craft, dynamics, test new songs in a live environment. It’s a great opportunity to watch other bands, listen to feedback other bands receive, and it’s great opportunity network with new musicians, and industry professionals. Bands use these events to meet other musicians and cement relationships with industry contacts.

We also use this Live Venue time to bring in professionals from the business side of the industry. These include Lawyers, Accountants, Public Relations people, label and publishing representatives, and more.
 
 
Week 6Regular Rehearsal
Week six is back at the Rehearsal Studio working through the feedback received from coaches in the week 5 Midway Live Workshop, and working toward your second Live Workshop in week seven.
 
 
Week 7Midway Live Workshop
Week seven is the second Live Performance in the this ten week circuit, where the bands play live on stage. This time the bands receive coaching in a community setting from the front of the stage with a panel of feature coaches!

We also use this Live Venue time to bring in professionals from the gear side of the industry. These include guitar companies, drums makers, high tech gear, effects, microphones and more.
 
 
Week 8Regular Rehearsal
Week eight is back at the Rehearsal Studio for the final rehearsal. Bands put the final touches on their material for the Week 10 Showcase and they select one song for a fully produced recording session at a world class studio. The best song is then readied for a “Best Tracks CD” which is mastered and given to each participant.
 
 
Week 9Midway Live Workshop
Week seven is the second Live Performance in the this ten week circuit, where the bands play live on stage. This time the bands receive coaching in a community setting from the front of the stage with a panel of feature coaches!

We also use this Live Venue time to bring in professionals from the gear side of the industry. These include guitar companies, drums makers, high tech gear, effects, microphones and more.
 
 
Week 10Recording Session
Week nine is the four hour session where you record your song for the Sessions Greatest Hits CD. You will lay down bed tracks, overdub solos, and vocals and then go to final mix, all in four hours! This is a fully produced track recorded at one of Canada’s best recording studios.
 
 

Showcases

Showcases happen on an irregular basis. Bands are selected as schedules permit.