Do you need to improve your stage craft? Is your show truly compelling? It’s a huge leap from looking like a non-pro band starting out, to looking like a professionally rehearsed pro ready for business. When an artist has a great story, is well-rehearsed and knows how to connect and communicate with an audience, the performance is elevated to a whole new level.
This program comprises 10 days. Five hours per day, one day per week, for ten weeks. This gives you ample time to ingest what the coaches have given you, practice, and implement what you’ve learned.
At the kick off you’ll meet the crew and the coaches. We’ll talk shop and answer questions. It’s a great night of immersive music exploration. We talk about the next ten days of work, get familiar and discuss music business strategies, live performance, stage craft and recording. Each week you’re 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 networking that happens between musicians and bands. There’s nothing like going through this development along with other musicians.
The first rehearsal is spent developing your agenda for the next ten weeks. You may want to focus on one song you think will become the single. You know the song 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 and maximum payoff. In your next four rehearsals we prepare for the Week Five Midway Live Workshop. Whether it’s one song, stagecraft, or the business side, we’ll get you playing and we’ll get the coaches reviewing your approach to live performance.
Midway Live Workshop
Week five is the first Live Show Workshop where you’ll play live on stage and receive coaching in an open format. It’s a safe environment, it’s forgiving, and it gives you the chance to safely review stage craft, dynamics, and test new songs in a live environment. It’s a great opportunity to watch other bands, listen to feedback the other bands receive. It’s a great opportunity to network with new musicians, and industry professionals. Musicians and bands use these events to connect, network, and cement relationships with industry pro’s.
We also use this Live Venue time to bring in professionals from the business side of the industry. These include Lawyers, Social Media Pro’s, Media Relations, Radio Tracking people, and more.
Week six is back at the Rehearsal Studio working through the feedback received from coaches at the week 5 Midway Live Workshop, and working toward your second Live Workshop in week seven.
Midway Live Workshop
Week seven is the second Live Performance in the this ten week circuit. This time you’ll 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 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 Collection” which is mastered and given to each participant.
Week nine is a four hour session where you record your song for the Sessions Best Tracks Collection. You’ll 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 are not guaranteed, but top bands are selected for showcases which occur four times per year.