. annual Vancouver International Guitar Festival has just wrapped for 2019 and by all measures an enormous success. Kudos to Producers Meredith Coloma, Shaw Saltzberg and their crew for this two-day event that brought together a prodigious mix of artistic talent, artisans, industry pundits and participants from around the globe that make this festival truly worthy of International status. The festival is certain to continue as an event that everyone in the guitar, music and arts community will look forward to every year.
For our part at Graph Tech Guitar Labs, we were pleased to sponsor the performance stage in the Time Out Bar where festival guests relaxed and enjoyed the virtuosity of internationally renowned guitarists scheduled over the two-day event. It was truly a transcended experience for all who attended.
Owner and founder of Canadian manufacturer Godin Guitars (now the largest guitar manufacturer in North America), Mr. Robert Godin was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the festival, presented by our own Head Honcho, Dave Dunwoodie. The two briefly reminisced for the attending media about the early days when both companies were just beginning to emerge as major players internationally and the synergy between them that benefitted both companies. A great tribute to an icon of the industry in Canada.
A full schedule of Luthier workshops and Master Classes conducted by acclaimed industry professionals as well as the tradeshow floor with over 50 exhibitors constantly buzzing with the chatter and enthusiasm between festival attendees and guitar builders, artisans and suppliers was a tribute to the vitality of the industry.
All-in-all a complete and robust mix of amazing talent and integrated events made the 2019 edition of the Vancouver International Guitar Festival a great success and a huge addition to the industry that will no doubt grow larger and more prestigious in the future.
Thank you to everyone who participated of this wonderful festival and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.