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Gord Grdina

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Juno award winner Gordon Grdina has toured throughout the world most notably in the Dan Mangan band, Haram, and the Gordon Grdina Trio. He is an Oudplayer/Guitarist who combines rock, jazz, free-improv and Arabic music. Having performed for over 15 years as a member of the Blues Berries throughout BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. His educational performances have introduced thousands of students to established genres of popular music through carefully designed programs including The History of the Blues, Jazz in the Gym, A History of Rock and Roll, Jazz, Jive, and Wail, and Blues Rocks!


"We had the pleasure of seeing you live in Powell River today. My grade 1 students would like to share the following with you: I liked... - the Rock n Roll - the guitars and the drums - Gord's song - the Blues! I liked it when... - we did the actions - my teacher did the Twist! - we shouted THUNDER! -AC/DC!! Hope to see you again!" Madame Jessica & James Thomson grade 1s

Performances & Workshops

Gord's Guitars

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 50-60 mins.
Capacity: 500 students
Tech Requirements: Electrical outlet, Powerpoint Projector, Projector Screen
Fee Range: $595 - $840 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

One person, seven guitars and an oud. Juno award winner Gord Grdina takes students on an exciting musical, social and geographic journey through the history of guitar music from Arabic, Classical, Country, Blues, Jazz, Rock and Pop styles. Through looping technology, percussion and projections, Gord will accompany himself on several instruments at once while engaging students through listening games and physical activity. Musically you?ll hear everything from tradition Egyptian music to Johnny Cash, and Muddy Waters to AC/DC. Gord has been touring extensively in B.C. in 2018 with a great response from both elementary and high school audiences, adjusting the show to suit the audience. He is a seasoned educational performer having lead the Blues Berries performing in schools throughout Canada for the past 15 years. Learning through fun! This show is also available as a pre-recorded video with a 15-min Q&A via Zoom, Google Meet or Teams (accessible for the duration of the school year).

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