Press release for immediate distibution

The winners of the 6th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix

Montreal, Monday, October 3, 2011 - Last night saw the grand finale of the 6th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix, presented by Godin Guitars in collaboration with Steve’s Music Store and Planète Jazz. 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, more than 300 people were then treated to a spectacular concert by American guitarist Benjamin Woods. 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: Denis Poliquin (in the classical category), Guillaume Doiron (blues/rock), Sylvain Provost (jazz) and Jason Lang (acoustic) judged the preliminary auditions, while Jérôme Ducharme, David Laflèche, Michael Alexander Gauthier and Erik Mongrain 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. The award was given to the talented guitarist Denis Viel. The Jury has also awarded Arturo Parra with a special mention of best composition.

The winners of this 6th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix are:


1st prize: T.J. Whitelaw

2nd prize: Juan Coronado

3rd prize: Michael Martino

Jazz (archtop or gypsy):

1st prize: Charles Fréchette

2nd prize: Maxime Tremblay-Rhéault

3rd prize: Jeff Moseley


1st prize: Francis Brunet Turcotte

2nd prize: Thomas Bégin

3rd prize: Kerry Bursey Durivage

Acoustic (fingerstyle, fingerpicking, flatpicking):

1st prize: Philippe Turcotte

2nd prize: Denis Viel

3rd prize: Ryan Luxenberg

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. In addition, the winner of each category will have the opportunity to perform onstage during the next edition of the MGS, presented as part of the Festival.

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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