Last summer (2016), Girls Rock NL received a tremendous outpouring of support, both financially and in-kind from the community of St. John’s. Over 150 members of the community came out to the final performance in support of Girls Rock Camp and all of the girls in three brand new bands: SWAGWAY, 7 HEARTS, and JUNIPER BLUE. The night of the final performance was remarkably emotional. The campers showcased their new songs written in a week with their new bands full of new friends. Some girls performed covers of their favourite songs with friends made in camp or with their teachers, and two girls actually performed additionally original material they wrote together. After performances were thought to be over, the audience was treated to a performance by GRNL teachers playing Joan Jett’s, ‘I Love Rock and Roll’. Our young campers stormed the stage and screamed, ‘Girls Rock Camp was the best week of my life!’ into the microphone.
Who We Are
Girls Rock NL is an inclusive musical community, mentorship program, and non-profit organization that builds self esteem amongst self-identified girls and female youth in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through its activities and a week long summer camp, Girls Rock NL connects girls to professional women in the arts, offers workshops for their success, and gives girls the opportunity to learn an instrument, write a song, and rock out on stage. Girls Rock NL fosters confidence, leadership, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration through music and performance empowering girls and women and encouraging social change.
At Girls Rock NL's summer camp, young girls aged 8-16 form bands, write songs, and perform at a final showcase. Bands are coached by some of Newfoundland and Labrador's most exciting female musicians who teach girls how to play an instrument. No musical experience is necessary! Complementing the music component, Girls Rock NL offers fun opportunities for girls to speak with and listen to local musicians, take part in leadership workshops, and make new friends in a safe and encouraging environment
MEET OUR TEAM
Girls Rock NL strives towards building a supportive community of self identified girls and women by providing opportunities to learn, explore, and empower themselves and each other through musical expression and education. Our mission is for young girls of Newfoundland and Labrador to rock out in all aspects of their lives.
We aim to create a sustainable, annual project that will foster community building among campers as well as provide mentorship and leadership opportunities for girls and young women in Newfoundland and Labrador. The dream is for Girls Rock NL to grow into a sustainable longterm network of campers, staff, community members, and stakeholders interested in the empowerment and musical leadership of girls throughout our province.
Join the Movement
Girls Rock NL is a volunteer run, non-profit organization based in St.John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Like all Girls Rock Camps around the world, Girls Rock NL is independently operated. Led by a group of professional women and female identifying musicians and artists who believe in fostering activities that empower girls. We seek to build a more supportive environment for women in the arts.
The first immersive Girls Rock camp took place in July 2016 and was a huge success with over 150 supporters coming out to see our final showcase. We are currently working on our program for year two and busily fundraising, spreading the word, and getting ready to rock out round two!
It is well known that Newfoundland and Labrador hosts one of the strongest music communities across the country. In addition, many local musicians are adept networkers, festival organizers, promoters, graphic designers, sound engineers, leaders, and collaborators. Emerging from this idea of community, grew a conversation to start a Girls Rock Camp here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Drawing input from local musicians, feminists, and other Girls Rock initiatives across the country, Girls Rock NL was formed to support young girls wishing to pursue music, break down barriers, and empower themselves. The first immersive Girls Rock NL camp will take place in July 2016 in St. John's, NL. We are currently putting together our program of activities and raising funds for this new and exciting venture from the music community.
Girls Rock NL welcomes participants, volunteers, and coaches who selfidentify as female, trans, and gender nonconforming.
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