A virtuoso guitarist and a powerful and expressive singer, Paul DesLauriers has over 27 years of experience in the music industry and has released 9 albums with various projects in which he was the driving artistic force. With a fan base that extends to Europe and the U.S.A., he is considered part of Canada’s guitar elite. In January 2014, at the Maple Blues Awards Paul took home the award for Guitarist of the Year and also Acoustic Act of the Year (the latter for his duo work with Dawn Tyler Watson). He is currently a nominee for the 2015 Maple Blues Awards, once again in the Guitar Player of the Year category. He is also winner of 5 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec. On March 18th, 2014, The Paul DesLauriers Band released their self-titled album to unanimously excellent reviews, reaching the #1 spot on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart within a month!
Paul is also a respected record producer, producing albums such as “Nos Stars Chantent le Blues” for the Montreal International Jazz Festival and “Enter The Gate”, a marriage of Blues and Indian classical music featuring the Paul DesLauriers Band and sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid (Anwar appears on the 2013 Oscar winning soundtrack for the movie Life of Pi). More recently Paul has produced “Big Fire” for French rockers In Volt, recorded in Paris and Montreal.
Once again Paul returns to our Hornby Workshop to share his knowledge, nuture the talent of the guitar students, and provide top-shelf entertainment when called upon.