Montreal, Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - It’s now a tradition for 6-string aficionados: summer arrives, and the Montreal Guitar Show follows soon after! For its 4th edition, the MGS will really be painting the town red with nearly 150 exhibitors all dedicated to our favourite instrument. From July 2 to 4, the MGS will be welcoming over 130 acoustic and electric luthiers, ranked among the world’s best, not to mention manufacturers of high-end accessories (amplifiers, effects, pedals, etc.). What all this means is that in three short days, fans can feast their eyes on more guitars than some will have seen in their whole lifetime! And if that’s not enough to blow you away, the MGS will also be staging concerts-several of them free-featuring knock-out artists who have all taken their art to new heights, not to mention the famous workshops and activities where the guitar is front and centre. And this year, the MGS is back at the Hyatt Regency Montréal, in the newly renovated Grand Salon Ballroom right in the middle of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal site! Tickets for the concerts go on sale this Saturday, March 27, at noon.
In addition to the exhibition itself and the dialogue with luthiers and manufacturers-remembering, of course, that you can even buy your dream instrument right at the Show-the Guitarissimo series will also be back, from now on a must in the eyes of all 6-string junkies. And this year again, make way for an intense program of three concerts each evening for three evenings in a row at the Cinquième Salle in Place des Arts. Lastly, a super closing concert featuring five first-rate guitarists from the CandyRat Records label will top off this year’s enriched edition in the Théâtre Jean‑Duceppe at PdA!
Intense guitar with Guitarissimo
David Reinhardt - July 2, 6 p.m. - The great Django would be proud of his grandson: David Reinhardt’s guitar has rung out all over the world, from the stages of the most prestigious jazz festivals including Liège, Algiers, Turin, Shanghai, New York and Cannes. Reinhardt cut his teeth alongside his father (Babik Reinhardt) onstage at the Django d’Or awards; his play reveals an innate sense of swing, excellent technique, and heartfelt emotion… all before reaching the age of 25! A most promising arrival…
Matt Andersen - July 2, 8 p.m. - There’s a Nor’Easter headed back to our Festival, carrying the blues and folk storm of New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen! The darling of the East Coast, with the chockablock tour itinerary to prove it, he became the first Canadian to win the International Blues Challenge this past January. Batten the hatches and get ready to be swept away by this force of nature whose incredible dexterity is equaled only by his extraordinary voice!
Sylvain Luc - July 2, 10 p.m. - Biréli Lagrène, Michel Portal, Wynton Marsalis, Manu Katché, Jacky Terrasson, Richard Bona, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marcus Miller, to name but a few: artists with whom this jazz guitar prodigy has played at some point or another. For Luc, “music is a shared experience.” Whether solo, in duets, or trios, Sylvain Luc has played his cards beautifully, zooming to the top all over the world, an invincible proponent of his art.
Lionel Loueke - July 3, 6 p.m. - His audition in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz left all-star judges Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard flabbergasted. Lionel Loueke would go on to play on albums by the latter two, who would later return the favour on his own 2008 album Karibu. Voted “Rising Star Guitarist” by Downbeat two years running, the Beninian guitar prodigy returns to the Festival with his latest album, Mwaliko.
Yamandu Costa - July 3, 8 p.m. - Gifted with sensitivity, virtuosity and humour, this outstanding musician won a central role in Brasileirinho, the 2005 film on Brazilian popular music. A legend of Brazilian guitar, Yamandu Costa loves tangos and milongas, of course, but also chorinho and bossa nova, performed with joy and complete mastery on the violao de 7 cordas, the Brazilian seven-string guitar he bends to his musical will.
Andy McKee - July 3, 10 p.m. - Andy McKee is one of the finest acoustic soloists around-just ask his army of internaut fans: he’s had over 78 million YouTube hits! In fact, his videos rank 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the history of the popular site. His smash web success has amply translated into album and ticket sales, making him a popular attraction in over 200 annual concerts around the world. A self-taught maestro with an extensive audience and an eagerly-awaited album due this year, he’s an absolute must-see!
Charlie Hunter - July 4, 6 p.m., Cinquième Salle, PdA - Armed with his eight-string axe, a hybrid between bass and guitar, Charlie Hunter never ceases to amaze us with his eclectic play. The title of his most recent album, Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid, was inspired by a post-show comment from a fellow musician… Deeply influenced by old blues and soul, this innovative auteur consistently dazzles his fans, who never miss the precious opportunity to catch the guitar icon in concert.
Bob Brozman - July 4, 8 p.m. - Bob Brozman isn’t like other guitarists. A prolific artist, performer, producer and writer, he is also a tireless globetrotter and ethnomusicologist. A pioneer in researching a common denominator shared by the different cultures of the world, he has left his indelible imprint on the music scene, working with musicians from everywhere and showcasing his uncommon slide guitar virtuosity. You simply MUST come and hear him perform songs from his most recent gem, Post-Industrial Blues. It’s absolutely worth the trip!
Monte Montgomery - July 4, 10 p.m. - Monte Montgomery has won the prize for best acoustic guitarist seven years running at Austin’s SXSW Festival. He’s broken the neck of his guitar four times thanks to an incredibly intense playing style. “Six Strings Attached to Dynamite”, “The Hendrix of the Acoustic Guitar” and “The Answer to the Fermi Paradox” are just a few of the nicknames he’s earned from flabbergasted fans. His most fanatical followers are called Montiacs. Monte Montgomery, guitar god? You will believe! And tonight, he brings in the “trinity” - his trio!
CandyRat Records Evening - July 4, 7 p.m. - The crème de la crème de la crème of guitarists will be taking the stage by storm at Théâtre Jean-Duceppe for the closing night of the Montreal Guitar Show, devoted to the independent American CandyRat Records label. Craig D’Andrea, Ewan Dobson (winner of the first prize in the Acoustic category at the 2009 Montreal Guitar Grand Prix), Antoine Dufour, Gareth Pearson and Don Ross will each be strutting their stuff, no doubt reserving a few surprises for us… Five top-flight guitarists, back-to-back: THE evening for guitar fans!
Tickets go on sale as of Saturday noon
Tickets for these amazing concerts will go on sale starting Saturday, March 27, at noon. Get yours at Place des Arts (175 Sainte-Catherine Street West), by calling 514 842-2112 or visiting laplacedesarts.com.
See you all there at the 4th edition of the Montreal Guitar Show, from July 2 to 4, at the Hyatt Regency Montreal.