Last month I had the extreme pleasure of working with Rebel Girl Rock Camp. I grew up in the old Halifax County, but I remember some of my friends trekking into “town” to attend a super cool camp where they got to start their own band. I’m not sure when that ceased happening, but last summer some awesome women of the Halifax art scene got it going again. Since I never attended as a teenager I’m not sure if it was this comprehensive back then, but I would have just died of joy to be able to do all of the things that are now offered by Rebel Girl. There were the usual musical parts of being in a band; learning instruments, jamming, writing songs. In addition to all that they also made zines, printed band t-shirts, recorded and designed their own tapes. I came in on the last day to help them create an original music video. While it was hectic (anyone in film-making knows that four videos in one day is insane!), it was so much fun. Most importantly, it instilled in these vibrant young women the idea that they can do anything. Being in such a safe, creative environment actually really inspired me. It reminded me that I don’t need to be afraid to experiment or even to fail. And women are strong in numbers! I got to work with the campers as well as other artists, and such a collaborative atmosphere felt so good. Something really neat about this new incarnation of rock camp is that it uses the term “Rebel Girl” to encompass not just cisgender youth, but anyone who feels marginalized and left out by traditional platforms because of their gender identity.
Check out the Rebel Girl Facebook Page for more info and updates. Look for my videos coming out later in the fall! (AFTER the craziness of the festival dies down, of course). And please consider donating. Financial support is obviously amazing, but there are a variety of ways in which you can contribute so think about what you may have to offer if you feel so inclined. We have a Rebel Girl component as part of the festival conference this year where we will be presenting speakers and workshops in partnership with the camp leadership.
ALSO, I am very excited to announce that one of the bands from camp, The Pretty Nihilist, will be having a show next week at Radstorm. I guess I have the insider scoop because it’s not posted on the website yet, but stay tuned at DIY Halifax for the announcement.
Here’s a little video I put together while I was at camp.
27-year old New Glasgow teacher Scott Jones was paralyzed when stabbed last month, allegedly because of his sexuality. A benefit for Scott will take place on Thursday, Nov. 28th in venues on Gottingen Street. A great line up of bands and comedians will perform throughout the night. See the link for details and to buy tickets!