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24 Apr, 2014

A bit about Bluesfest School of Music and Art, plus a giveaway!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro|Easy ways to make kids happy|Giveaways and product reviews

We have a winner! Thank you everyone!

Transparency alert: the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (it’s brand new in Westboro!) is giving each of my kids the chance to try one of their classes, gratis. My thoughts, as always, remain my own. 

I can’t tell you how excited I am that the Bluesfest School of Music and Art is opening just around the corner from us. It’s been in the works for a long time (you can get a bit of background on it right here) and the day has FINALLY ARRIVED. Founded by Mark Monahan, the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA) is “dedicated to supporting cultural development within the greater Ottawa community by creating opportunities through education that will allow students to discover, explore and deepen a relationship with the arts.” It’s running in partnership with Dovercourt, so you know it’s going to be top notch.

There is an open house from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. this Saturday (April 26), and I think it’s worth checking out. It will be your chance to (a) check out the new digs (b) meet the instructors and talk to some of the folks behind BSOMA. Apparently there will be mini-workshops too, which promises to be fun.

The first slate of classes looks fabulous. You may find a few pleasant surprises in there too, such as:

Would you like the opportunity to take a workshop at BSOMA? Maybe you know a kid who’s always wanted to learn the art of being a DJ. Or maybe you’ve had a secret desire to take up the blues harmonica? Well here’s you chance to WIN one $99 gift certificate and try something awesome. (Note: the courses I’ve seen on the website are all $99 and run about 6 weeks.)

Interested? Please read the following carefully:

  • In order for your entry to qualify leave a comment below telling me what course you’d take if you won. Check the current schedule right here. That’s it!
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.

This giveaway has a quickie turnaround. I will draw one name using Random.org at 9:00 p.m. EST on April 27, 2014. I’ll contact the winner via email at that time as the first batch of courses start on the 28th.

That’s it! Over to you. Good luck! And may the arts be with you, always.

21 Responses to "A bit about Bluesfest School of Music and Art, plus a giveaway!"

1 | Chantal

April 24th, 2014 at 2:17 pm


My boys would love this! I think my 12yo would love the guitar classes (he is already teaching himself to play base guitar). And my 9yo would love the DJ class. I actually found a DJ turn table that plugs into our ipad and got it for him as a christmas gift.

2 | Nikki

April 24th, 2014 at 2:22 pm


Ohhh! Guitar for adults. I’ve always wanted to learn.

3 | Andrea

April 24th, 2014 at 2:25 pm


amazing! i would pick a couple of 2 month passes for our girls to go to the preschool art making drop ins (or learn to play the ukulele myself!)

4 | Sonya

April 24th, 2014 at 2:55 pm


I think I’d put my preschoolers in the Music and Motion or Pre-school Mess drop-ins. Sounds like a fantastic place!

5 | Karen

April 24th, 2014 at 3:05 pm


What a great giveaway ! Would definitely go for the Family Guitar Class :)

6 | kaitlin

April 24th, 2014 at 3:10 pm


I would let me 14-year old niece pick. I suspect she would pick the brilliant “Be in the Band” initiative and lend her amazing vocal skills.

7 | KL

April 24th, 2014 at 3:11 pm


I think my daughter would love the Rock-n-Roll choir although I’m wondering if Family Guitar would be fun for her and dad.

8 | Jennifer D

April 24th, 2014 at 3:16 pm


Music in Motion 1 looks like a lot of fun!

9 | Brenda A

April 24th, 2014 at 3:25 pm


Rock n Roll choir sounds like such a great time and my girls would love this course. I wish much success to the Bluesfest School!

10 | Bonnie

April 24th, 2014 at 3:50 pm


Music in Motion 1 for my eldest daughter. What fun!

11 | Tracey

April 24th, 2014 at 4:28 pm


Our family would sign up for family guitar – amazing!! I wish we could sign up for ‘family’ stuff everywhere, especially at the gym!!

12 | Carolyn

April 24th, 2014 at 9:27 pm


It would likely be Family Art or Family Djembe. Any one of our kids would totally be into those if only because then their parent would have to finally do it with them! I think we’d all get a kick out of the drumming.

13 | Christine

April 24th, 2014 at 9:59 pm


i would try the ukelele class!!

14 | HollyStar

April 24th, 2014 at 11:21 pm


Amazing! So excited to welcome this school to our community. I’d love to take the “Family Ukelele” class with my son.

15 | Tricia

April 25th, 2014 at 7:22 am


Ooh, guitar for adults for sure. I have a guitar that was gifted to me just gathering dust!

16 | Sarah

April 25th, 2014 at 11:49 pm


We would like the family art making class.

17 | Jacquie Poitras

April 26th, 2014 at 7:20 am


Family art sounds like so much fun…I would probably try to bring all the kids and see what we put together!

18 | Mark

April 26th, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Blues Harmonica? Sign my monkey up! She’s been ready for a while…

19 | Jennifer Bennett

April 27th, 2014 at 11:00 am


How cool does this school sound???
If I won, I think my gorgeous step son would want to try his hand at deejay school. Or animation. Toss up, really.

20 | andrea tomkins

April 27th, 2014 at 12:03 pm


Comments are closed to new entries! Stay tuned for the winner!

21 | andrea tomkins

April 27th, 2014 at 12:04 pm


The winner is commenter #10 – Bonnie – who wrote:

“Music in Motion 1 for my eldest daughter. What fun!”

Congratulations Bonnie! Check your inbox!

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