The resounding success of the guitar luthier component of last year’s Montreal Musician and Musical Instrument Show made the relevance, and in fact, the need, for such a show crystal clear. And so, still pursuing its mission of promoting music making and driven by the desire to bring music lovers together, the MMMIS and the Festival made the decision to get involved in promoting these artists-artisans, who are true stars in the eyes of guitarists. All this in a brand-new location better suited to such a gathering, where participants can admire, try out and purchase the most magnificent guitars handcrafted by the top luthiers. Guitars from just about everywhere—Canada, Quebec, Argentina, the United States, Hungary, France, Germany—a trip around the world of lutherie!
The guitar in all its forms
Mere mention of veritable works of art by Mario Beauregard, Bill Comins, Rick Davis, Michael Greenfield, Peter Hopkins, Michael Lewis, Linda Manzer, John Monteleone, Tom Ribbecke, Jean Rompré and others, is all it takes for guitarists to rush off to the Show! Add to that mini-concerts by the likes of Mike Doolin, Bruce Sexauer and Michael Dunn, and workshops hosted by none other than Sergei de Jonge, Charles Fox, Oskar Graf and Ervin Somogyi, on everything related to the guitar—the ABCs of lutherie, the best way to choose a guitar, selecting the right wood, putting on strings, etc.—and the waiting becomes even harder to bear!
To top it all off, guitar fans will simply go crazy when they learn that they will be able, for an extremely reasonable fee, to take guitar lessons given by real pros: manouche jazz (Denis Chang), classical (Jean François Hamel), flamenco (Francis Leclerc), acoustic blues (John McGale) and electric (Michael Jerome Browne), fingerstyle (Antoine Dufour), fingerpicking (Jean Luc Thievent) and archtop jazz (Mike Gauthier). It’s what’s called learning from the best! No need to say that the number of places is limited!
Free guitar shows presented by the MGS and the MMMIS also lie in store for guitar aficionados: the four concerts in the Guitare Guitare series—presented at the Salon Jeanne Mance by XM Radio Satellite — with the Ritary Ensemble, the California Guitar Trio, the Lionel Loueke Trio and Brooke Miller, as well as the aptly named Guitarissimo series— presented by General Motors under the SIMMM GM Tent—every evening of the Festival, with David Gogo, Jorge Martinez, John Campbell, Thomas Carbou, Erik Mongrain, Ray Bonneville, Denis Chang, Del Vezeau, Mimi Fox, Don Ross and Jim Weider together with his special guest Mitch Stein, for a total of 15 free, guitar-filled performances that you simply cannot miss!
Also awaiting discovery is the Ste-Cat permanent guitar collection! Luthiers Peter Hopkins (archtop), Jean Rompré (classical) and Rick Davis and Tim McKnight (acoustic) are the first to have crafted exclusive guitars—and what incredible guitars they are!—for this unique permanent collection assembled to lend a helping hand to the most promising young musicians by offering them one-year free instrument loans. At each edition of the MGS, at least two luthiers chosen at random from among those participating in the Show will each be asked to take a turn and make a guitar bearing the Ste-Cat logo, exclusively for this cause. Each year, the new instruments will be exhibited during the MGS.
The ultimate temptation will thus be held from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Salon Alfred Rouleau at the Hyatt Regency Montréal! Admission is $10. To find out all there is to know about the MGS, visit the website.