“I remember that rush of excitement when I first learned “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and was able to play along with the recording. That was where it all started for me and I haven’t stopped looking for that next thrill since! Bring your playlist and your passion because I want my students to get that same feeling”
- bass, guitar, upright bass
- available Wednesdays and Thursdays at DCMS
John has been performing, writing, and teaching music on guitar and bass across Canada for over 20 years! He started his music career at Vancouver Community College in 1999 where he earned a diploma and then finished his education at McGill University in 2005 where he received a BMus in jazz performance. Since 2008 John has been the bassist in the award-winning groups Brasstronaut, and Dan Mangan and has traveled the world playing music. He has worked in many capacities including being a sideman in countless projects, as a studio session musician, a performer on cruise ships, a film/commercial composer, and as an instructor. John has earned several awards, including a WCMA for “Songwriter(s) of the Year” with Dan Mangan + Blacksmith in 2015, the SOCAN Echo Songwriting prize with Brasstronaut in 2010, and a Juno award for “Best Alternative Album” with Dan Mangan for “Oh, Fortune” in 2011.
John has been a private guitar/bass instructor since 2006. John is also an instructor at Vancouver Community College where he teaches electric bass.