John MacDonald doesn’t let many people enter his guitar workshop. It’s small and messy, but it’s also everything you’d expect from a room where guitars are built – filled with all types of wood and tools.

Since assembling his first guitar about twelve years ago, he’s provided some of Ottawa’s finest musicians with a unique look and sound.

But apart from constantly searching for ways to improve his craft, what makes John’s guitars ever more interesting is the fact that he, himself, is an accomplished guitar player and songwriter. There’s no doubt he knows what to look for in a great sounding guitar.

He recently received a Canadian Folk Music Award for Amanda Rheaume’s latest album Keep A Fire, which they co-wrote. That album was also nominated for a Juno.

I interviewed John at his shop a few weeks before the CFMAs. The music in the background is John’s own instrumental song played on one of his guitars.



To find out more about John MacDonald and his guitars:

Facebook: John MacDonald Guitars

Upcoming shows:

John regularly hosts the open mic at the Royal Oak on the Canal. For more info, check out the open mic’s Facebook page.



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