Press release for immediate distibution

12 star players at the 5th edition of the

Montreal Guitar Grand Prix

Montreal, Monday, September 27, 2010 - Last night saw the grand finale of the 5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix, presented by Godin Guitars in collaboration with Steve’s Music Store. After two days of preliminary auditions at the Savoy du Métropolis, we were able to watch the 12 finalists as they opened the gala closing event at L’Astral and went all out in the battle for first prize in their respective categories. Already spoiled by this stellar performance by the crème of the up-and-coming guitar generation, the public was then treated to a spectacular concert by the acoustic duo Jonas and Corey Diabo. In short, guitar fans of all stripes were thrilled to the hilt!

The judges’ panel, made up of professionals and presided by Jean-François Hamel, faced the difficult task of choosing from among no fewer than 80 performances: Isabelle Héroux (in the classical category), Paul Deslauriers (blues/rock), Tim Brady (jazz) and Jason Lang (acoustic) judged the preliminary auditions, while Jérôme Ducharme, Guillaume Doiron, Richard Ring, Pierre Côté and Daniel Lemay took over for the final auditions. The public also got to pick its favourite by choosing which of the finalists would walk away with the People’s Choice Award of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by La Presse journalist Daniel Lemay. This year, the award went to the talented guitarist Arturo Parra.

The winners of this 5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix are:


Blues/rock:

1st prize: Jean-Philippe Guy

2nd prize: Louis Guérard

3rd prize: Justin Saladino

Jazz (archtop or gypsy):

1st prize: Damien Levasseur

2nd prize: Steven Bilodeau

3rd prize: Charles Fréchette

Classical:

1st prize: Karl Marino

2nd prize: Arturo Parra

3rd prize: Charles Hobson

Acoustic (fingerstyle, fingerpicking, flatpicking):

1st prize: Vincent Gauchot

2nd prize: Jean-Paul Bataille

3rd prize: Philippe Turcotte

Several thousands of dollars in prizes were handed to the winners, thanks to the participation of Godin Guitars, 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 offer our talented young musicians a platform for developing and showcasing their art.

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