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You learn the tunes, we form the band!!




Ever dreamt about playing in a rock band?
Always wanted to play a show for your family and friends?
Need an excuse to dust off that instrument you've got packed away?

Well, here's your chance!!

Montreal Jams gives recreational adult musicians the opportunity to jam and perform
with others in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

As long as you can play an instrument or sing, you can participate!!




Montreal Jams provides and coordinates:

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  • Weekly rehearsals (2hrs each)

  • Clean, equipped jam space (amps, drums, PA)

  • Fan-favorite song selections

  • Band coach at each rehearsal

  • Instruction on song parts, and guidance on playing together as a band, instrument sounds and effects, arranging songs and set lists, and performing live

  • A live, professional-quality show at a Montreal venue, featuring bands from the current session



How can I be sure whether my playing is good enough to participate?
Simple: if you can learn to play the songs, even in a basic way, then there's a spot for you in the band. Montreal Jams intentionally chooses projects that can accommodate players of various levels. Private lessons are available outside of rehearsal times at an additional cost. Still unsure? Just send us an email and we'll be more than happy to help you out.

I'm interested in joining a project, but my instrument isn't part of the original recordings.
Our goal is to create great versions of great tunes, not perfect-copy tributes. So, if a woman wants to sing a man's part, or vice versa, no problem. If we want to add a keyboard or horn part to songs that don't originally have them, not an issue. The coaches at Montreal Jams will fit you into the band!

What if my friend and I would like to join together?
No worries. You can each fill out your own registration forms, then add a note in the "Additional Comments" section of the form letting us know the name of the person you'd like to be grouped with.

How old do I have to be to participate?
Because the end-of-session shows are held in venues that serve alcohol, the minimum age to register for Montreal Jams is 18.

What if I can't make it to a rehearsal?
Joining a band is a commitment, and so your band will expect you to do your best to attend each rehearsal. However, we realize that life happens sometimes. In such cases, the show must go on! So, if you must miss a rehearsal, just let us know ahead of time so that we can coordinate a substitute if necessary.

Can I join more than one project?
Of course! Participants will receive a reduced rate for every additional project that they join. Just make a note in the "Additional Comments" section of the Registration Form, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What if there are not enough registrants in my preferred project?
Montreal Jams will work to accommodate as many projects as possible, regardless of the number of registrants. However, in certain cases, too few registrants may result in a project not launching. In such cases, and if there isn't an alternate project that you are willing to join, your registration fee will be refunded in full prior to the start of the session, and we will do our best to accommodate you in the next session.

When is the end-of-session show?
Our aim is to host the show on the weekend that follows the final week of rehearsals, providing the venue is available. Official dates and location will be confirmed prior to the start of session.

What if I'd like to participate once the session has already started?
It may be difficult to fit you in once a session has already begun, but don't hesitate to contact us and if there's space we will do our best to get you in the band.




Scott Cook

Having started his first band when he was only 12 years old, Scott has been performing for more than 30 years. He has performed rock, pop, and jazz with many talented musicians. He has recorded full-length albums and EPs, and has toured across Canada.

Holding a PhD in music, Scott is now on faculty in the music department at Vanier College, where he teaches music theory, ear training, and the history of rock n roll. He has also been teaching guitar to students of all levels for over 15 years.

Scott currently performs regularly with his original band, Colonel Sun, as well as part of the cover band, The Sneaks.


JIAK Depaola

Jiak has made the world his stage since the age of 15. After having completed Jazz Guitar studies at Vanier College, Jiak toured in and around North America for well over 10 years with several hybrid rock bands.

His extensive studio, live and recording industry experience landed him a position as multi instrumentalist & producer for a world renowned music house for whom he has composed, performed and produced music world wide, in all genres for various platforms, including advertising and film.

Jiak continues to play an active roll as a session guitar player and voice over actor, as well as to perform in a cover band with fellow Montreal Jams coach Scott Cook.


ben cardilli

At the early age of 4, Ben picked up the violin and put 8 years of classical training under his belt before switching to guitar and starting to write his own rock songs. Ben studied jazz guitar at Vanier College, has played guitar, bass, and/or sang in numerous bands, and has toured across Canada multiple times (including dates at Warped Tour, CMW, NXNE, and other prestigious festivals). He has also produced many of his own records.

Ben most recently gained notoriety in Quebec as quarter-finalist on the popular singing program La Voix (The Voice) on TVA. He is currently working on a brand new Canadian alt-rock record under his artist name Ben Alexander and shredding up a storm in his pop punk trio The Spinoff.


Justin Saladino

Justin is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from the West Island of Montreal. He began taking lessons at the age of 6. By 11 years old, he started performing songs by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Led Zeppelin for large audience. He has fronted a number of blues/rock groups that went on to perform at festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Tremblant International Blues Festival, and others. Justin has also performed on television and radio.

Justin majored in Jazz Guitar at Vanier College and McGill in Jazz Performance. He has an original EP “No Worries” and a full length album “A Fool’s Heart” under his belt with his project the Justin Saladino Band.



(space within individual projects is limited, so register early to ensure your preferred spot)

Don't see your favourite band here? Email us your suggestion and we'll consider it for an upcoming session.



Rehearsals for Winter 2019 Session begin Monday, January 21st • End-of-Session Show is Sat, March 30th

Name *
Please select the level of your principal instrument
Please select the level of your secondary instrument
Preferred Project (choose as many as you like) *
Please select any project(s) that you would like to participate in. Once an appropriate number of participants register, Montreal Jams will organize the groups accordingly.
Available Rehearsal Days (indicate all availability) *
Project rehearsals will begin at 7pm or 9pm and last 2hrs.

RATE for WINTER 2019 SESSION: $449/participant.*

Secure payments can be made via PayPal, sent to

Registration will not be confirmed until payment is received. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

*Registration fee includes participation in 10 guided weekly rehearsals (2hrs/rehearsal), use of rehearsal space and gear, live recording of rehearsal to track progress, and participation in end-of-session show at reputable Montreal venue (including a +1 for each band member to add to guest list; additional guests will be subject to cover charge).

Clients of Montreal Jams receive 10% off MAP on selected products with proof of registration. 

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