John Gilliat’s Flamenco & Latin Jazz guitar style is performed with an unusual flair and firery passion!
Performance highlights include representing Canada at Japan’s 2005 Expo, performing at Canada’s 2010 Winter Olympics and performing for Canada’s former Prime Minister Jean Chretien. John’s recordings have been used for radio, documentaries, TV and film in North America, Japan, Ireland and the UK.
In 1995, John won “Best Acoustic Guitar Performance” in the Music West Star Frets Competition. He won Vancouver’s Unplugged Competition in 1996, in 1997 he became a finalist in Vancouver’s Global Star Quest and in 2009 competed at the Montreal Jazz Festival winning the Grand Prize at the BOSS Loop Station 2009 Championship National Finals.
As a ‘guitar for hire’, John performed with the Vancouver Playhouse, Hinder, Jimmy D.Lane, Tomas Michaud, Michael Barabas, Radio Europe, Alyssa Nielsen, Gypsalero and opened for such notable artists as Cirque du Soleil, Mae Moore, and acoustic guitar masters Strunz and Farah.