Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2023 Session Dates & New Location

November 28, 2022

Now in its 20th year, Canada-based Guitar Workshop Plus, one of the premier summer music education program in North America, announced their 2023 dates, locations, and some limited time registration incentives including discounts and gear giveaways. Expansion over the past few years now sees Guitar Workshop Plus sessions being offered in five major cities due to popular demand. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

Fort Lauderdale, FL - February 23-26, 2023 (new location)
San Diego, CA - June 25 – 30, 2023
Nashville, TN - July 9 – 14, 2023
Toronto, ON - July 9 – 14, 2023
Seattle, WA - July 16 – 21, 2023

Of note is the addition of a winter session in sunny South Florida. GWP Director Brian Murray says “People have been asking us for years to do some other sessions at other times of the year. It makes sense to give people who need a break from winter a nice location in a warm climate where they can go experience all the Workshop has to offer while taking a little vacation time and enjoy sunny beaches. There is a lot of excitement because it is a slightly different format also. Attendees will spend even more time learning and playing with high profile artists because the artists will actually be teaching the classes. The high level of in-person instruction along with the opportunity to perform and interact with other musicians and like-minded people who want to improve their musical skills is what people love about our program. You just can’t really get what we offer anywhere else…… and you certainly can’t get it playing alone at home with backing tracks or learning online.”

Artists at the Fort Lauderdale session include internationally renowned guitar slingers and multi-award winners Matt Schofield, Gary Hoey, and David Grissom in addition to GWP faculty and pro rhythm section players.

Of the company’s expansion and locations, Murray said, “The response has been so positive in all our summer locations so we’re happy to be returning to these great cities. All our locations offer amazing facilities, classrooms and meeting spaces, performance venues, accommodations, dining facilities, and more. We have events being held at very nice hotels and one at a beautiful University. Attendees of all ages have come to expect a fantastic experience when they attend our program due to the outstanding faculty, guest artists, networking, learning and performance opportunities. Having amazing venues adds that much more to the experience.”

In addition to an outstanding faculty roster of first call musicians and teachers, the list of artists who have worked with the administration is truly astounding. Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Robben Ford, John Scofield, Steve Vai, Rik Emmett, Randy Bachman, Paul Gilbert, Andy Summers (The Police), Billy Sheehan, Pierre Bensusan, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Orianthi, John Abercrombie, Duke Robillard, Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, John Jorgenson, Victor Wooten, Jennifer Batten, Tosin Abasi, Guthrie Govan, Eric Gales, Stu Hamm, and Mark Lettieri are just a few of the world class artists on this list.

Designed for aspiring musicians of all ages including teenagers, adult hobbyists, students pursuing music careers, semi-professional and professional musicians, the program offers students a unique setting for intense musical and personal growth. The program allows for group development (entire bands will sometimes attend) and the family experience (father and son, mother and daughter, brothers and sisters, etc.). The program provides students with the opportunity to study multiple styles, courses, and levels with some of the industry’s leading musicians. Having enjoyed the experience of a lifetime, students leave each session with enough material to work on until the following year. By directing instruction to the student’s personal style, level of experience, and musical goals, the program creates a healthy, non-competitive environment in which to learn. Courses are offered for all levels (Beginner to Advanced), ages (12 through Adult), and styles including blues, jazz, rock, acoustic, and classical. The intensive bass, drum, keyboard, vocal, and songwriting courses cover many styles and afford students with many rhythm section and ensemble performance opportunities. Each day consists of morning and afternoon classes that involve a hands-on approach, late afternoon clinics (songwriting, improvisation, vocal, etc.), ensemble performances, and evening concerts.

For more information, contact GWP: 905-567-8000,,