Stick Camp Canada has 2 main objectives: performance and sharing, and our schedule each day is driven by these objectives.  “Free” time is available get together in small groups and discuss Stick-related ideas.

A Musical Conversation – Share Your Ideas

Time is set aside each day for our Musical Conversation – an ongoing discussion on this year’s topics. Everyone attending is encouraged to share their musical ideas, experiences, and techniques. And we don’t have to be in a classroom, either!

Musical Conversation Topics for Vancouver Stick Weekend:

• Getting Started with the Stick

• Developing Technique

• Bass Rudiments

• (un)Crossing the Great Divide

• Arrangement Ideas

• Alternative Chord Voicings

• Drumming on the Stick

• Preparing for Live Performance

• Using Effects

• Amps and Speakers

Daily Schedule


This is our travel day to get to Gabriola Island. We’ll take the ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo, then a short 20-minute ferry to Gabriola Island.

6:00 Dinner

7-??? Open Mic at the Surf Lodge

Instrument tweaks – tuning, truss rod adjustments, etc.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

8:00 Breakfast

10:00-12:00 Session in the Swallow Room

12:00 Lunch

1:30-4:30 Group work with Bob and Steve

5:00 Dinner

7:30 Performance



8::00 Breakfast

Time to head back to Vancouver.  There are several ferries throughout the day, and we can explore Gabriola a bit, but we must leave the grounds by noon.

Need a little time to yourself?

Stick Camp Canada is about spending time with other Stick players! Open hours are scheduled for reflecting, relaxing and rehearsing.  But Gabriola Island is beautiful and you may want to explore. We’ll have suggestions and make sure free time is available.