The finals of the 6th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix included guitar prizes provided by Godin Guitars and a fantastic concert by guitarist Benjamin Woods.
Montreal, Canada- Canadian-based Godin Guitars was once again proud to help present this year’s Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. Now in its 6th year, this free event is open to guitarists of all ages. Finals took place on October 2nd 2011 before a live audience at L'Astral (Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan) in the heart of downtown Montreal.
1st place winners from the four musical categories were each awarded brand new Godin guitars for their inspiring performances over the two-day guitar competition.
Montreal Guitar Grand Prix Winners & Prizes from Godin Guitars:
- Blues/Rock category: T.J. Whitelaw (awarded a Godin Redline 3 Custom Art Series w/gig bag).
- Jazz category: Charles Fréchette (awarded a Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II w/ Tric case).
- Classical category: Francis Brunet Turcotte (awarded a Lapatrie Hybrid CW Nylon QII w/Tric case).
- Acoustic category: Phillipe Turcotte (awarded a Seagull Maritime SWS CW EQ Limited w/gig bag).
Other prizes included musical equipment supplied by Steve’s Music Store, Marshall Amplification, Digitech and Samson audio technology, and also by the Montreal Guitar Show and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
The finale evening also included a fantastic concert by guitarist & Godin endorsee Benjamin Woods, an amazing talent from California and renowned as the inventor of "flametal". Armed with his Godin Multiac Grand Concert Nylon Duet Ambiance, Benjamin wowed all in attendance with his unique style of blending flamenco and… metal!
The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, whose mission it is to encourage music making among the masses, established the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix to promote and develop the talents of local guitarists and allow them to showcase their musical ability on stage in front of a live public audience.
The 6th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix was presented by Godin Guitars in collaboration with Steve’s Music Store, Planète Jazz 91.9 radio station, Montreal Guitar Show and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
For more information on the 2011 Montreal Guitar Grand Prix winners and other prizes,
please visit: www.grandprixdelaguitare.com/gagnants_2011_en.aspx
About Godin Guitars:
With its early beginnings in 1972, the Godin Guitar family now includes 7 lines of guitars. These include the renowned Godin & Richmond electric lines, as well as the finely crafted acoustic lines such as Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, Art & Lutherie and LaPatrie nylon stringed classical guitars. Godin Guitars is also the manufacturer of the revolutionary TRIC acoustic guitar case and is the North American distributor of high-end Italian made SR Technology acoustic amplifiers. Based in Montreal Quebec, this Canadian company has 6 factories, 5 of which are located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and 1 located in Berlin New Hampshire.