Press release for immediate distibution


Only four days left to register!

Genesis guitarist Daryl Stuermer

performs in our closing concert

Grand finale and free concert, Sunday, beginning at 8 p.m. in Club Soda

Montreal, Monday, September 22, 2008 - It’s last call for guitarists of all ages to register for auditions and join in the 3rd Montreal Guitar Grand Prix presented as part of the SIMM (Montreal Musical Instrument Show)! Fans have only a few days to wait until they hear the six-strings ringing out, on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, first in the Savoy du Métropolis, then at Club Soda for the grand finale. After enjoying tomorrow’s crop of fresh young talent-and even voting for their favourite guitarists-fans will be treated to a free concert by major-league guitarist Daryl Stuermer, a veteran performer with Genesis and Phil Collins, as well as a solo artist.

Preliminary auditions will be held over two days, in respective categories, on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, in the Savoy du Métropolis. First come, first served. Registration (until September 25, at 5 p.m.) and information are available at

Classical - Saturday, September 27, 9:30 a.m.

Jazz - Sunday, September 28, 9:30 a.m.

Blues / rock - Saturday, September 27, 1 p.m.

Acoustic - Sunday, September 28, 1 p.m.

FInal auditions will be held at Club Soda-once again, before a live audience-on Sunday, September 28, beginning at 8 p.m., featuring those three candidates who excelled in their respective categories during the preliminary auditions.

Closing night schedule for Sunday, September 28 at Club Soda

8 p.m.: performances from our 12 finalists

9:30 p.m.: intermission and audience selection of the Prix du public du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

9:45 p.m.: performance by Daryl Stuermer

10:30 p.m.: prizes awarded

Along with recognizing the talents of our finest guitarists and offering them onstage performance experience, the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix-presented by Godin Guitars in collaboration with Steve’s Music Store and Planète Jazz-offers them the chance to take home thousands of dollars in prizes courtesy of our official presenters, Godin Guitars and Steve’s Music Store, our official suppliers, Marshall amplifiers, DigiTech guitar effects and Samson audio components, as well as the SIMM, the Montreal Guitar Show and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

The SIMM, presented by General Motors du Canada as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, proudly joins the 12th annual Journées de la culture program with this 3rd edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. This event shares the SIMM philosophy of promoting hands-on musicianship in the greater public, and is designed to offer that crucial first onstage experience to up-and-coming talent.

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