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The 4th Montreal Guitar Grand Prix reveals the names of the 12 prizewinners

Montreal, Monday, September 28, 2009 - Last Saturday and Sunday, the Savoy du Métropolis and L’Astral saw dozens of guitarists of all ages grace their stages as they showcased their technical talents and stage abilities during the 4th Montreal Guitar Grand Prix, presented by Godin Guitars in collaboration with Steve’s Music Store. Marked by high-calibre performances, both days wound up with the appearance of Montrealer Jordan Officer, who treated fans gathered at L’Astral for the grand finale to cuts from his debut solo album, scheduled for imminent release.

Made of up guitar pros and aficionados-Jean-François Hamel, Isabelle Héroux, Jean Millaire, Jason Lang and Tim Brady for the preliminary auditions; and Jean-François Hamel, Jérôme Ducharme, Danny Ranallo, Antoine Dufour and Michel Cusson for the finals-the judges’ panel had the pleasant but difficult task of selecting, after attending to almost 80 auditions, the best guitarists entered in the four categories (classical, acoustic, blues/rock and jazz). The audience also had its word to say when it was faced with choosing which of the 12 finalists would win the People’s Choice Award of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented this year by La Presse journalist Daniel Lemay. For the second consecutive year, the award was given to the impressive and talented guitarist Jean-Philippe Guy.

The winners of this 4th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix are:

Blues/rock:

1st prize: Jean-Philippe Guy

2nd prize: Carl Bastien

3rd prize: Max Henri Clark

Jazz:

1st prize: Ivan Garzon

2nd prize: Jean-Philippe Guy

3rd prize: Dustin Good

Classic:

1st prize: Miodrag Zerdoner

2nd prize: Arturo Parra

3rd prize: Shon Boublil

Acoustic:

1st prize: Ewan Dobson

2nd prize: Lucas Haneman

3rd prize: Leonid Nassyrov

These 12 winners took home thousands of dollars in prizes courtesy of Godin Guitars and Steve’s Music Store, our 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 Montreal Guitar Show, presented as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, is proud to help promote musicianship through the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix, and to offer our talented young up-and-coming musicians a platform for developing and showcasing their art.

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