The Great Canadian Bass Bash is the brainchild of Randy Gray, a man who loves the instrument but who is afflicted with “fat fingers.” He has turned his disappointment at not mastering the bass into an annual weekend dedicated to improving the skills of more dexterous musicians.

And it’s only fitting that good things come in fours for the Great Canadian Bass Bash. It’s now in it’s fourth year of celebrating the (mostly) four-stringed instrument. This year’s two-day bash starts on Saturday May 4 at OCL Studios and brings in four professional bass players, including local talent Jory Kinjo (above), to lead workshops and clinics.

Those pros will offer all manner of tips on touring, recording and technical matters. If you’re interested in attending, check out If you’re wondering where you can hear some of the talented bassists who are drawn to the Bass Bash, you might want to check out a few open-stage jams on the weekend of May 4. Gray hints that a field trip might be in order for participants.

To learn more about the Bass Bash check out the website.

To learn more about OCL Studios read Mike Bell’s article in the Calgary Herald.

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