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Panel 2 - Documentary - Girls Rock and the Ripple Effect: Disrupting Gendered Norms in Regina’s Local Music Scenes - Charity Marsh, University of Regina

1:30 PM, Friday 24 May 2019 (2 hours)
Coffee break   03:30 PM to 04:00 PM (30 minutes)

In this documentary I explore how, after only 2 years, the Girls Rock Regina crew is already having both subtle and overt impacts on the Regina’s local music scenes. The research on girls rock camps, and other similar grass roots initiatives are often focused on the youth the camps seek to empower and serve. Drawing on the stories shared with me by the artists, organizers, mentors, band coaches, and volunteers from the first and second Girls Rock Regina Camp held in July 2017 and July 2018, I turn my research lens towards the adult women, trans, non-binary folks who are at the heart of this grass roots activism. With this approach my aim is to explicate how through their experiences of, and participation within a supportive, collaborative, and empowering space for girls, non-binary, and female-identified young people, the GRR crew are carrying this work into their everyday throughout the year, demanding the musical scenes they each have a stake in shift in tangible ways (i.e. more inclusive line-ups at shows, engaging in individual practices of taking up more space, turning up their amps, explicitly calling out sexism, etc.). In this documentary I think critically about the ways in which the Girls Rock Regina crew have the potential to subvert the status quo of Regina’s music scenes and make revolutionary change.

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