A Star In Canada - Ready For The US
Toronto-based Chris Antonik was nominated for Best New Artist in 2011 at Canada's Maple Blues Awards after the release of his debut album, and has since become one of Canada’s fastest-rising blues artists; blending innovative, thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton.
In its 2010 year-end review, Chris was named the "future of the blues" by Canada's Blues Underground Network.
In 2013, Chris’ sophomore album Better for You was hailed by critics.
Chris has performed at major blues festivals across Canada, and has toured the US extensively,
including performances at the 2015 Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Festival and the Mt. Baker Blues Fest.
Chris released his third studio record Monarch in April 2017.
In 2018, Chris undertook his second successful UK tour,
which included a sold-out appearance at the O2 Academy in Sheffield.
MORE THAN A PERFORMANCE
Chris is available to lead workshops on the following subjects:
Teaching Blues Guitar Techniques
Examination of Blues Songwriting
WHAT THEY HAVE SAID
LLOYD PETERSEN - Mt Baker Blues Fest
Top-Shelf Canadian Bluesman! Sophisticated, mesmerizing guitar work, complimented by stellar vocals.
Chris Antonik is the future of Canadian Blues
BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE - John Mitchell
This is a mature album with thoughtful lyrics and plenty of fine playing – excellent stuff and highly recommended!
A Cross Between BB King and Eric Clapton
The Canadian Gary Clark Jr......this is how modern blues should sound
2011 - Nominee Maple Blues Award - Best New Artist
2016 - Headlined UK's Upton Blues Festival
2018 - Nominee Maple Blues Award - Recording Of The Year
2018 - Nominee Maple Blues Award - Producer Of The Year
2018 - Nominee Maple Blues Award - Songwriter Of The Year
2018 - UK Tour - HRH Festival at O2 Academy - Sold-Out show
US Festivals Played:
Mount Baker R&B Festival, Washington
BBQ Blues and Bikes Festival, Kentucky
Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Festival, Illinois
Blue Ribbon Blues Festival, Iowa
Canadian Festivals Played:
Calabogie Blues Festival, Ontario
Festivale d’ete de Quebec, Quebec
Lighthouse Blues Festival, Ontario
Orangeville Blues & Jazz, Ontario
Canal Bank Shuffle, Ontario
Great Woods Music Festival, Manitoba
Beaches International Jazz Festival, Ontario