Kitchissippi Times reporter Ted Simpspon came by to meet the group last spring and published a great story about Street of Rock:
From his living room on Carruthers Avenue, David Hartell leads an organized chaos of ukuleles and bongo drums hammered out by a choir of about a dozen elementary school children from grades one to six.
The Street of Rock started after Churchill Alternative School’s School of Rock program didn’t start on schedule due to the recent labor dispute involving the Ontario public school teachers.
After seeing the disappointment in his young neighbours, Hartell – a father of three himself – decided to offer up his home as a make-shift jam space.
“I know Gabby (one of the young rockers) well, and I knew it bummed Gabby out that there wasn’t going to be a school of rock this year,” said Hartell. “So her mom and I started talking and decided, we could do our own school of rock.”
Gabby Mosurjohn-Lockey is a fourth grade student wielding a ukulele and sporting an over-sized plaid shirt. She loves Walk Off The Earth and David Bowie.
The kids have been playing together for the past seven weeks and sound surprisingly tight for a band with the collective age of Keith Richards. The group’s repertoire includes Walk Off The Earth, Taylor Swift, Serena Ryder and a raucous, stomping rendition of I Love Rock and Roll.
Hartell acts as a conductor, leading the group on guitar, his own singing drowned out by the collective of small but powerful lungs."