Client: Brockton Area Family Health Team
Venue: Harvest Room, Hanover, ON
Program: U Rock
Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver all boast dozens of hotels and convention centres that are perfect for Rock the Stars events. They have professional staff, reliable amenities, and many options for room sizes. But it is really interesting for us when an event takes us someplace new. Last month we were near Hanover Ontario at a beautiful facility called the Harvest Room. This is an event space made up of several new buildings including a small cottage with a large fireplace, high ceilings and an modern kitchen. Our bands rehearsed here and in the “Stable” next door, a stone building with a green roof heated only by fireplace. It was a cool fall day but the staff were quick to get a fire going for us and the stable heated up immediately.
Rock the Stars is an activity that can be completed in any room. We enjoy the challenge of making a space work for us. In this case it meant setting up one of the bands in the kitchen area, even using the counter top as a keyboard stand. Rehearsing two bands in what was essentially one big room was accomplished by learning the songs at a comfortable volume. This allowed excellent communication between band members and facilitators. At performance time the bands cranked up the guitars, hammered the drums and sang with complete abandon and the cottage came alive with the sound of rock.
Big thanks to the great staff at The Harvest Room for all their assistance in making this wonderful event so memorable.