15th Annual – FEB 22-24, 2019

PowerUp

Gospel Music Workshop


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PowerUP 2019 – 15th Anniversary: Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24, 2019

PowerUp 2019


The Toronto Mass Choir is excited to offer a 3-day gospel music workshop for singers, instrumentalists, and gospel music enthusiasts of all skill levels. Top professionals in gospel music host workshops that give attendees a chance to improve their musicianship and learn about gospel music in a variety of settings and also participate in a mass choir. PowerUP is like none other in all of Canada!

Through a balanced offering of interactive activities and group coaching, you can:

  • Develop your musical ear in vocal improvisation and harmonization workshops
  • Learn how to build confidence in your solo vocal performance
  • Discover the ideal setting to encourage your songwriting skills
  • Learn the keyboard techniques and understand the chord structures that create that special “gospel sound”
  • Learn to ‘Play by Ear’ on the keyboard
  • Gain the tools to play guitar chord progressions that can accompany your vocal performance
  • Attend the Drummer’s Question & Answer Masterclass

…and much more!


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Dates & Locations

Workshop


Friday, February 22 – Saturday, February 23, 2019

Location:
York University
Accolade East Building
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
(Keele & Steeles)

Parking:
Note there is only PAID PARKING at York University. On Friday, the cost is $2.50 per 1/2 hr ($20 max) and $8 max after 6 pm. On Saturday, there is a flat rate of $7.

Cost:
Adults – TBD
Students – TBD
Groups of 5+ – TBD
Early Bird – TBD
Early Bird Deadline:
TBD


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Finale Concert


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Location: 
TBD

Time:
TBD

Tickets:
Adults – TBD
Students – TBD



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Power Up 2018 Recap


Ahh…another year of Power Up is officially in the books! It was a great year with over 200 registrants and a full house at the finale concert. If you missed it, no worries! I’m about to give you the quick update on everything, so you know not to miss it next year!

Power Up is such a wonderful resource for vocalists, instrumentalists, the budding songwriter, or for just the Mom who wants to get her dance skills up — everything related to music, you will find a class here and be in a safe and encouraging environment to try things out. Our clinicians are the best of the best in Toronto, and with over 25 different workshops taking place all day Friday and Saturday, there’s something for everyone.

I usually try to hit up the vocal workshops and peek into the instrumental workshops, but I live for the mass choir rehearsals. Gospel choirs have such a unique sound already, can you imagine the sound from a choir of all 200 registrants? It’s unbelievable! And the fact that we go from knowing nothing to performing in a concert not even 2 days later is awesome!

It’s at this finale concert on the Sunday night where we get to show off what we’ve learned — everyone invites their friends and families to see what they’ve been up to. This night is jam-packed with all the best parts of the weekend— the Power Up Youth Choir, the Power Up Chorale and of course, the Workshop Mass Choir. Joining the Mass Choir in performance this year was Toronto’s own Patricia Shirley, Nicole Sinclair-Anderson and Andy Cherry — they blew the roof off the place!! The choir was live, guys — did I mention I loved the choir?! And of course, TMC had our own set, including guest artist and MC for the night, Rob Greene.

After it’s all said and done, It’s amazing to see how much people are impacted by the weekend. For many it’s their first experience being immersed in gospel music and the result is undeniable. For others, it’s a time to refresh the skills they already have — see?? Power Up is for everybody and anybody.

To see what was offered in 2018 (cuz you’re for sure gonna come, right?), go to powerupgospel.ca. Next season will be the 15th anniversary of Power Up (Feb. 22-24, 2019), so you know we’re gonna pull out all the stops! Come out and be blessed! Can’t wait to see you there 🙂

Tara Burke
04/19/2018

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