Jane Collins Academy hosts second SchoolStock
Young musician’s festival sees approximately 40 acts take to the stage in Hare Bay
Following the successful return of SchoolStock last year, organizer Rodney Vokey said there was no doubt Jane Collins Academy, in Hare Bay, would again host the youthbased music festival.
The long-running festival was on a four-year hiatus when staff and students at Jane Collins Academy decided to revive it and provide a musical outlet for central students.
Approximately 40 acts– made up of more than 70 students–attended the March 29 concert.
“Last year people were hungry for it, and this year, once again, we have a really good turnout,” said Vokey. “Which is great to see because Central has always had some highly skilled individuals and they are here today.”
One young musician who enjoys the festival is Hayley Taylor. It was the second time for the Gambo teen taking part in SchoolStock.
Hayley, who released her debut album “Here We Go!” last year, said events like this provide young musicians the chance to have their voices heard and to network.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to play in front of their peers,” said the 16-yearold.
“There are two people on my record label that met at an event like this, and they ended up becoming best friends and forming a duo.
“So, it really is a great chance to form friendships and meet people who share a similar interest.”
As is custom with the festival, the event is also designed with an educational component.
Prominent Newfoundland and Labrador musicians are often invited to take part in workshops–ranging from songwriting to playing styles and exploring the inner workings of the industry.
This year’s guests included Kevin Blackmore of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Glenn Simmons of The Fables, Dean Stairs with recording studio Citadel House, along with husband and wife duo Rob and Krista Gullon.
This marked Blackmore’s first time taking part in SchoolStock. He had heard so many great things about the festival that he decided to check it out for himself.
The Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers band member offered his talents to students by holding songwriting workshops.
“The idea in society is that writing and singing is just another way of getting your message across,” said Blackmore. “As a songwriter I didn’t have any methodology I wanted to impart on them, I just wanted them to feel validated about what they have to write about.”
And having a look at the festival’s lineup, he’s quite pleased with central Newfoundland’s upcoming talent.
“When I look around the rest of the country, I’m astounded by the privilege that people have,” he said.
“When we travel out to Alberta and Ontario, I see these really elaborate music programs everywhere… but still for all that, we are able to celebrate music here in this province on a much less grandiose scale and still turn out an awful lot of really able students.”
Gambo teen Hayley Taylor gets the audience revved up with her original “Crank it up” from her debut album “Here We Go!”
Baie Verte Band Edgedancer, pictured from left, Zachery Parsons, Sam Pope, Ben Pope, music teacher Neil Clarke, and Aiden Parsons preformed two originals—”Mentor” and “Storm Blessed”—during their SchoolStock performance.
Bass player Ty Flynn and drummer Aden Pope with the Twilly B’ys, from Twillingate, were one of 40 acts to take part in the 15th annual SchoolStock in Hare Bay on March 29.
Batman and Catwoman stopped by SchoolStock 2018 to get the daylong music festival underway.
During the workshop sessions set up for the attending performers, jazz musician Rob Gullon talked about various drum techniques.
Glovertown student Olivia Garrett brings forward her version of the Vance Joy song “Riptide” on her Ukulele.