Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of
Ewan Dobson has been under the tutelage of the world-renowned guitarist Dr. Alvin Tung whom he has worked with for over six years. This has been very a fruitful relationship having resulted in being garnered with many distinctions and honours across
In addition to his hectic competition history, Dobson has performed at many prestigious venues across Ontario including Hammerson Hall in Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre, the George Weston Recital Hall in the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts and his recital debut in the Royal Bank Theatre of the Living Arts Centre under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga to name but a few. A versatile artist, he has been featured on the television program Rogers Daytime performing live for the viewing audience and also having graced the stages of the Toronto & the York Region Finger-style Guitar Associations performing his original contemporary acoustic music. Recent corporate functions that he has performed at include Ice Conference 2008 at the Carlu and a Magnotta Winery fundraiser in support of Lymes Disease. Upcoming engagements include another appearance at the Magnotta Winery and the highly anticipated release of his debut album consisting of all his own original contemporary finger-style compositions.
The development of Ewan Dobson into the artist that he is today has been an eclectic journey to say the least. After humble beginnings with his first electric guitar playing heavy metal and hard rock music to the structured discipline of his classical training, Dobson has expanded his repertoire to include bluegrass, Canadian folk and contemporary finger-style music. The culmination of all of these diverse influences has fuelled his creativity to compose his own unique brand of music and resulted in creating the captivating artist that he is today. Ewan Dobson is a young artist of exceptional technical virtuosity and refined artistry that will enthral audiences wherever he performs.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Our good friend Harold Dickert is not only a great guitarist but also an amazing luthier. Harold and his workshop are going to be open to the public as part of the Fine Arts Society of Milton Gallery Tour. Harold's shop is on display along with 40 other artists in the Milton area. The dates for the tours are Saturday October 3 & Sunday October 4 between the hours of 10:00 - 5:00 each day.
Please click here to go to his web site for more information.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The wonderful guitarist/Multi instrumentalist David Barrett will be our featured Performer at the September 21 meeting.
Please learn more about David by visiting him on his web site.
We had a contest at our Wrap-up for the season party back in June. The contest had 3 Categorizes 1.) Ugliest Guitar 2.) Cheapest Guitar and 3.) Best Guitar Story. Many, many thanks to all who participated. It was very difficult to pick just one winner for each category but in the end the winners were: Ugliest Guitar: Carl Small, for his custom made "Les Small" guitar. Best Guitar Story: Russ Burns, for the guitar that he practically sold his soul for and then realized he hated it. Cheapest Guitar: Alfie Smith, for his beutiful Lap Steel that he got totally for free. So there you have it, the winners of the summer of 2009 HGA guitar awards!
L-R: Russ Burns, Alfie Smith & Carl Small.
This was the brain-child of Mark Vanderheyden. Many thanks to him and the incredible staff at St. Peter’s for making this possible. Hopefully we can make this an annual event!
L-R: Mark Vanderheyden, Russ Burns, Alfie Smith,
Liam Trotter and Shawn Trotter