Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest presents: Acoustic Blues Showcase
Calgary International Blues Festival have somethin’ special for, blues fans: two of Canada’s leading guitarists on the Eddy’s legendary blues stage.
Suzie Vinnick is one of Canada’s true stand-out roots and blues artists, a shape-shifting maverick who continues to blaze her own trail. Tony D (Diteodoro), perhaps best known as the guitarist for Juno award-winning band MonkeyJunk, has been laying it down for over thirty years.
About Suzie Vinnick Music:
A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.
Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama. Suzie achieved finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; received the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 22 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.
Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl CafÃ© and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.
Suzie has just released her latest album, a full-band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.
Tony D (Diteodoro), guitarist for Juno award winning band MonkeyJunk, has been laying it down for over thirty years. MonkeyJunk has amassed twenty Maple Blues awards and a Blues Music Award, (formerly known as The Handy Awards).
At the age of thirteen, Tony began his musical journey on the guitar. Learning mostly in the blues, rock and jazz stylings. From Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page to Albert King to Wes Montgomery and all the points in between .
At the age of nineteen, Tony was given the opportunity to play rhythm guitar, for three days, for the legendary Buddy Guy. Years later he had the prestigious opening slot for the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan at Ottawa’s NAC.
In the early nineties, having taken a trip to Europe and securing a record deal out of Holland, Tony became one of the first Canadian blues musicians to tour Europe.
The Blues and anything that falls under that umbrella are his first love, but Tony D has also explored various forms of music. Flamenco became another obsession and after studying the form for two years he joined a troupe which made him write pseudo-flamenco and Spanish rhythm instrumentals which he still plays today in his solo shows.