Musician development and mentorship for local youth singers, songwriters, solo artists, bands and DJs.
Band-Aid is back live and in person for 2022!
Our workshops help young people develop their skills and connect with other local musicians.
Band-Aid 2022 Workshops
Come Together: The Art of the Jam
We're bringing a jam to Band-Aid, and we’re going to rock out! Bring your guitar, bass, drumsticks, horns, fingers or voice. We’ll put together bands of 4-6 members each, and each band will get to play songs and jam out on chord progressions in three to five-minute segments.
This workshop is for aspiring musicians who have never or rarely jammed with others and want to break the ice. We will focus on:
- listening to the groove
- chord progression
- space between instruments
- employing dynamics within the jams to take the audience on an emotional and musical rollercoaster
About the mentor
Sami Ghawi is the director of artist development and entertainment company FUSIONpresents. He works with artists of all ages and has run youth jams, like the Sunday Night Jam at West Beach, for over 10 years! He has mentored hundreds of artists since creating FUSIONpresents in 2002 and will bring his 20+ years of experience to you!
Stage Presence: Speed Control (Jody & Graeme)
Straight out of -40 degrees in Canada’s Yukon comes Speed Control with super tight, riff-heavy, harmony rock. Steeped in a jazz and classical background, they have turned to their true passion: rock n’ roll.
In this workshop, turn up the awesome! The key to a great live show is energy and excitement that connects you with your audience. So come work with the band Speed Control and let their years of experience turn up your awesome!
About the mentors
Brothers Graeme and Jody Peters started the band in 2010, launching their first album The A.D.D. Sides with a 16-date western Canadian tour. 2012 saw the band release FAB and with that came their first national tour with stops from Whitehorse, Yukon to Toronto, Ontario. 2017 saw the release of SPEED CONTROL, an 11-song album with 3 singles: Still Standing, The Deception of Reality and TENT CITY. 2018 and 2019 have seen the band touring upwards of 6 months a year and playing between 150-250 shows per year.
Clayton Community Centre
October 15, 2022 | 10:00am - 7:30pm
Basement 2 Stage
Are you a musician who wants to learn the steps to perform live? Join us for weekly workshops on how to build your skills and confidence. Grow your network of peer musicians and learn how to perform live on stage!
Clayton Community Centre
October 20 - December 2, 2022 | Thursdays | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
$10 per session, register below.
Band-Aid emerged out of the community. Youth musicians want to use their powers for good–to create a positive culture for young bands in Surrey. They want to collaborate, work together and learn together. Band-Aid is presented in partnership with Surrey Civic Theatres, Surrey Youth, and Healthy Communities.
Band-Aid is building a network where everyone is welcome to contribute to a positive and constructive music community by acquiring skills and relationships that benefit their development as musicians.
The Ripple Effect
Band-Aid breaks down barriers and connects people. Attending musicians have continued to work together–planning events, building relationships and cheering each other on. The skills and direction gained at Band-Aid have resulted in more performance opportunities. Bands have since performed at the Youth Talent Showcase, Culture Days, the SASSY Awards, Surrey International Children’s Festival and more.