Montreal, Thursday, December 13, 2007 — Renowned far and wide as the largest guitar show in Canada, the Montreal Guitar Show takes place next year throughout the first weekend of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, from June 27 to 29, 2008. Guitar lovers, come on down to admire, test-drive and even purchase beautiful guitars hand-made by true artisans of the instrument who often themselves become celebrities to players and collectors. The 2008 edition of the event welcomes one hundred exceptional guitar luthiers hailing from Canada, the United States and France—as well as more concerts, workshops, sound-proof studios and activities to tempt every six-string fanatic! All this in a larger and more accommodating space at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. It’s the must-see rendez-vous for real fans of acoustic, classical, archtop or gypsy guitars, and the world’s greatest luthiers!
A showcase guided by expert hands
The Montreal Guitar Show has become an internationally-renowned event thanks to the establishment of an advisory committee gathering some of the world’s finest luthiers, whose passion for guitar rivals our own! This guitar nirvana would not exist without the support, ideas, judicious input and, simply, the combined expertise and devotion of luthiers Mario Beauregard, Bill Comins, Rick Davis, Sergei de Jonge, Charles Fox, Oskar Graf, Michael Greenfield, Peter Hopkins, Michael Lewis, Linda Manzer, John Monteleone, Tom Ribbecke, Ervin Somogyi and Jeff Traugott. It’s a committee of major figures offering ample indication of the exceptional craftsmen, artisans and artists participating in the event!
Thanks to them, the MGS has been a runaway blockbuster success since its inception. That popularity, illustrated by the long lines of fans on hand to discover these musical and artistic masterpieces, offered ample testimony of the need for a show of this kind. In fact, the MGS welcomed five times as many visitors as expected —and we’re expecting all of them will return, accompanied by first-timers who will experience an expanded and even more exciting summer 2008 edition!
The Montreal Guitar Show, presented in parallel with the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, offers its thanks for the support of its partners: the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, Tourisme Montréal, Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle and Guitarist Acoustic magazines, as well as the Official Luthiers Forum (OLF), Acoustic Voice (AV), laguitare.com and guitarscanada.com.
Make it a date—the first weekend of the Festival, from June 27 to 29, 2008!