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Time forRock ‘n’ Roll …and so much more than that


By FRANCIE HEALY Okay, so you’re older. You’ve done


most of the things you were supposed to do. You packed up your adolescent dreams and shoved them to the back of your closet. You grew up. You worked, maybe had a family, bought a house, paid the bills. If one of your dreams from way back


then was being a rock star, guess what. It’s time to take that dream out of the closet, dust it off, and rock it right out into the daylight. Your dream is just around the corner. It’s coming to Ottawa in the form of


The League of Rock. Already a big success in other Canadian cities, it’s a brilliant program that promises you will be playing in a rock band and recording your first CD in 10 weeks. The League of Rock is a high-end


musical course, workshop, and camp all rolled into one. And it can have profound benefits. “For a lot of folks, it’s a serious


54 BOUNDER MAGAZINE catharsis,” says Terry Moshenberg, The


League of Rock’s founder. It’s about finding yourself, learning to work in a team, rediscovering your innate creativity. Students of The League of Rock


typically have some musical background. They played in basement and garage bands when they were kids or spent hours on their guitars. They might have been singers who perhaps weren’t taken seriously, especially by themselves. Their average age is 47, but the range is wide. They’re not kids – except, of course, in spirit. Here’s what happens: They sign up for


a 10-week session. They answer questions about themselves: about their musical interests, the instrument they play, their level of ability – even which member of The Beatles is their favourite. They commit to paying $98 a week for the 10 weeks. Back behind the scenes at the League of


Rock, the sign-up forms are assessed and collated. People are assigned, based on the information they have sent, to a band. When they all come together at that first session, each person is in a band, and no one knows anyone. Each band decides on its name and


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