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Only four days left to register!

Twelve of the best new-generation guitarists,

and Jonas and Corey Diabo in an acoustic duo …

A powerhouse guitar-filled evening!

Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. at L’Astral. And it’s free!

Montreal, Monday, September 20, 2010 - If the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix is so well-known to music fans, it’s because it gives homegrown guitarists a perfect platform for showcasing their talents before the general public… and also because of its now-traditional closing evening dedicated exclusively to the guitar! And the 5th edition, presented again this year by Godin Guitars in collaboration with Steve’s Music Store and Planète Jazz, will be no exception! After an audition-packed weekend, we will be lucky to watch the 12 best candidates battle it out in the grand finale on the L’Astral stage at the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, followed by Jonas and Corey Diabo performing in an acoustic duo on the same stage! A “Guitar Special” evening, 100% free, not to be missed, on Sunday, September 26!

Only four days left to register!

Those who want to come out and show the world their guitar talents have just four days left to register for the preliminary auditions, specifically, until September 23, 5 p.m., on the event website at ($25, taxes and fees included), in one or two categories of their choice: classical, acoustic (fingerstyle, fingerpicking and flatpicking), jazz (archtop or gypsy) and blues/rock. Preliminary auditions will take place on Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, at the Savoy du Métropolis, then the grand finale at L’Astral in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto on Sunday, September 26, starting at 8 p.m. Not only can the general public attend these auditions free of charge and offer their support to the upcoming generation, but they will also be able to pick the winner of the People’s Choice Award of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal by identifying the guitarist who impressed them most.

A judges’ panel, made up of professionals and presided over by Jean-François Hamel, will have the pleasure and difficult challenge of choosing the best performances. Isabelle Héroux (in the classical category), Paul Deslauriers (blues/rock), Tim Brady (jazz) and Jason Lang (acoustic) will judge the preliminary auditions, while Jérôme Ducharme, Guillaume Doiron, Richard Ring, Pierre Côté and Daniel Lemay will take over for the final auditions.

The Montreal Guitar Grand Prix is an initiative designed to encourage the new generation by offering them a unique stage experience and a chance to take home thousands of dollars in prizes, courtesy of Godin Guitars and Steve’s Music Store, the official suppliers-Marshall amplifiers, DigiTech guitar effects and Samson audio components-as well as the Montreal Guitar Show and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

The GPGM, presented as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, is proud to participate in the 14th anniversary of Quebec’s Journées de la culture and to offer our talented young musicians a platform for developing and showcasing their art.

Preliminary auditions schedule, by category, at the Savoy du Métropolis

Classical: September 25, 9:30 a.m.

Blues/rock: September 25, 1 p.m.

Jazz: September 26, 9:30 a.m.

Acoustic: September 26, 1 p.m.

Free admission for the public

Closing night schedule for Sunday, September 26, at L’Astral

8 p.m.: performances by our 12 finalists

9:30 p.m.: intermission and audience selection of the People’s Choice Award of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

9:45 p.m.: free concert-Jonas Duo Acoustic Featuring Corey Diabo

10:30 p.m.: prizes awarded

Free admission for the public

Register by 5 p.m. on September 23, at

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