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Mass Appeal is a con­cert per­formed by, and for, the pub­lic. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is free to any­one who wants to take part — either as a per­former OR an audi­ence member! 

Gui­tar play­ers of all ages and skill lev­els are invit­ed to view the set list and instruc­tion­al videos at www​.mas​s​ap​peal​win​nipeg​.ca. Prac­tice the songs on your own and then show up at the Gas Sta­tion The­atre at noon on Sat­ur­day Sep­tem­ber 28 for a group rehearsal fol­lowed by the per­for­mance. Music selec­tions range from very easy to more chal­leng­ing, so that there is some­thing for every­one from begin­ners to pros!

Rehearsal takes place from noon to 1:00 pm with the con­cert run­ning from 1:302:00. It’s a per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty to dust off your gui­tar and come out to make some new musi­cal friends. Any­one wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in Mass Appeal can vis­it www​.mas​s​ap​peal​win​nipeg​.ca or www​.win​nipegarts​.ca to find out more.

Lead­ing the ensem­ble is Bri­an James. Well-known in Winnipeg’s music scene as a per­former and pro­duc­er, Bri­an has been a pro­fes­sion­al musi­cian and song­writer for over 15 years – he was a found­ing mem­ber and gui­tar play­er of leg­endary Win­nipeg indie pop band Quinzy as well as an award-win­ning ses­sion gui­tar play­er and record pro­duc­er. Music edu­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ty have always been impor­tant to Bri­an – he’s taught a free drop-in music pro­gram in Winnipeg’s West End for the past 6 years and cur­rent­ly teach­es mul­ti­ple instru­ments at the inter­na­tion­al­ly acclaimed School of Rock.

Accom­pa­nied by an all-star group of play­ers to keep things rock­ing along, includ­ing Jess Rae Ayre of The Sweet Ali­bi, Dan Jor­dan of Red Moon Road/​Retro Rhythm Review, Meg Dolovich of the Joey Lan­dreth Band and Liam Dun­can of The Mid­dle Coast, Bri­an will guide the group through a selec­tion of rock, pop and folk tunes to cel­e­brate music and community.

The Win­nipeg Arts Coun­cil Inc. is a not-for-prof­it cor­po­ra­tion with char­i­ta­ble sta­tus, charged by the City of Win­nipeg to dis­trib­ute fund­ing to arts orga­ni­za­tions and artists, to man­age the City’s Pub­lic Art Pol­i­cy, and to cham­pi­on devel­op­ment of the arts for the peo­ple of Win­nipeg. The Win­nipeg Arts Coun­cil is a city-build­ing orga­ni­za­tion focused on the rela­tion­ship between the arts and qual­i­ty of life in the city, and build­ing Winnipeg’s rep­u­ta­tion as a City of the Arts, nation­al­ly and internationally.