Considered one of Canada’s most acclaimed blues artists since being nominated for the “Best New Artist” award in 2011 at the Maple Blues Awards, guitar-playing and songwriting bluesman Chris Antonik (pronounced “AN-tah-nick,” not “tonic”) is out and about promoting a new record titled Monarch. Called “big R&B filtered through a Canadian cloth captured with perfect sonics” by “All About Jazz,” the recent album was recorded by multiple Grammy-nominated engineer Jeremy Darby (U2, Pink Floyd) and contains some of Antonik’s most personal songwriting and most intense guitar work of his career. In 2010 he was called the “future of the blues” by Canada’s “Blues Underground Network,” and his 2013 release, Better for You, was credited by critics as one of the best blues albums in Canada that year. All in all, this guy is on the move, making waves as a brilliant and innovative blues songwriter while turning on the tunes with his personal brand of searing electric blues guitar, adding a richness to the lyrical content that transcends the average blues to a world of sonorous beauty.
Monday, May 22, 8pm
ICBC Blue Monday