California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio

Fri. May 3, 2019 at 8:00pm CDT
All Ages
$25.00 - $200.00
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$25.00 - $200.00
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The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio live at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center on Friday May 3rd at 8pm (doors open at 7pm). 

VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $200 per table. (See Seating Chart Below)

Downstairs Seats (First Come, First Served) are $35 each

Balcony Seats (First Come, First Served) are $25 each.

We will have standard Bar and Food Service available from our friends at Rick's Chophouse.

Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and US), California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) fuse over 45 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble’. In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trios fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

Inspired, in 2009, by an impromptu studio session together in Montreal, CGT and MG3 released a live recording in 2011, landed showcases at numerous arts presenter conferences, and sustained co-bill touring throughout North America. Their new studio release in 2018, refreshes the Trios’ touring schedule in the coming seasons.

Like their performances, the members of the ensemble offer a variety of configurations, leading guitar-oriented workshops, school performances, master classes and demonstrations for aspirant and seasoned musicians. CGT/MG3 is the perfect concordance for festivals and performing arts centers.

California Guitar Trio

California Guitar Trio (CGT) is a band of three guitar players founded in 1991. The three—Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan—met at a 1987 Guitar Craft course, in which Robert Fripp instructed them in the New Standard Tuning (NST). After completing several of Fripp's Guitar Craft courses, the three toured as part of Robert Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists. Continuing their collaboration then in Los Angeles, they founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991. They continue to play in the New Standard Tuning.

MG3: Montréal Guitare Trio


Described by the CBC as the "hottest" guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, as well as an interactive force in various musical forms. For over 20 years, the trio's virtuosity, rigour, creativity and impressive stage presence – where humour and interacting with the public go hand in hand – have been winning over audiences around the world. The trio, composed of guitarists Sébastien Dufour, Glenn Lévesque and Marc Morin, has given hundreds of concerts in some of the most prestigious venues across North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, including the legendary Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Rundetårnet in Copenhagen and the BB King Blues Club in New York City.

Winner of the 2011 Opus Award for "concert of the year" in the Jazz & World Music category, MG3 has released six albums, including Der Prinz on Analekta label, which earned him a nomination at ADISQ 2014 for the "Instrumental Album" of the year. In January 2017, the trio launched its 7th album « Danzas » at the Théâtre Outremont in Montreal, which pays tribute to the great composers of Spanish music in the likes of Paco de Lucia and Manuel de Falla. This CD was also nominated for the album of the year at the ADISQ Gala 2017.

Throughout the years, the trio has collaborated and shared the stage with world-renowned ensembles and artists, such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Jorane, Solorazaf and Don Ross. Their most memorable collaboration to date was, without a doubt, with the California Guitar Trio (CGT), when both ensembles joined forces to give an unforgettable concert, brilliantly performing some of the greatest rock classics from The Beatles, Radiohead, David Bowie, a few "spaghetti western" themes by Ennio Morricone, as well as some of their original compositions. Starting in the fall of 2010, the sextet has toured across Canada and the United States, performing in over 100 cities.

+ MG3 plays on Bruno Boutin's guitars.


Considéré par la CBC comme l’ensemble de guitares le plus “hot” au Canada, MG3 s'est rapidement imposé comme un chef de file du renouveau et de l'interaction entre les diverses formes musicales. Depuis plus de 20 ans, leur virtuosité, leur rigueur, leur inventivité et leur époustouflante présence scénique – où s'entremêlent humour et interactions avec le public – ont conquis les publics du monde entier. Formé des guitaristes Sébastien Dufour, Glenn Lévesque et Marc Morin, le Trio a donné des centaines de concerts partout en Amérique du Nord, en Europe, en Nouvelle-Zélande et en Australie dans les salles les plus prestigieuses dont le légendaire Concertgebouw d'Amsterdam, le Rundetårnet de Copenhague et le BB King Blues Club de New York.

Récipiendaire du Prix Opus 2011 pour le concert de l'année «Jazz & Musique du Monde», MG3 a à son actif six albums salués par la critique, dont Der Prinz sur étiquette Analekta, qui lui a valu une nomination à l'ADISQ 2014 pour « l'Album instrumental » de l’année. En janvier 2017, le Trio lançait au Théâtre Outremont à Montréal son 7e opus « Danzas », album qui rend hommage aux grands compositeurs de la musique espagnole dont Paco de Lucia et Manuel de Falla. Ce disque était lui aussi en lice pour un Félix au Gala de l'ADISQ 2017.

Au fil des ans, MG3 a multiplié les collaborations et a partagé la scène avec des ensembles et des artistes de renom tels que l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Jorane, Solorazaf et Don Ross. La collaboration la plus marquante est sans aucun doute celle avec le California Guitar Trio, les deux formations s’unissant pour interpréter avec brio les grands classiques des Beatles, David Bowie, Radiohead, quelques thèmes des "westerns spaghetti” d’Ennio Morricone ainsi que plusieurs compositions originales. Amorcée à l’automne 2010, cette collaboration en sextuor a été applaudie dans plus d’une centaine de villes du Canada et des États-Unis.

+ MG3 joue sur des guitares Bruno Boutin

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The Sanctuary Music & Events 6633 Virginia Parkway
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