In this exciting program hosted by Russell Broom, visitors will get an intimate glimpse into the world of the guitarist through the lens of legendary players including Reed Shimozawa, Amos Garrett, and Miesha Louie of Miesha and The Spanks as they discuss playing, performing, equipment, techniques, and where life with a guitar in hand has led them.
While you're here, check out the latest exhibitions at Studio Bell including Showcase: Guitars and the recently revamped Canadian Music Hall of Fame honouring 2023 inductees, Nickelback.
About Russell Broom:
Russell Broom is a JUNO/SOCAN/WCMA/AMPIA award-winning producer/writer/musician, who has worked with artists such as Jann Arden, Ian Tyson, Brett Kissel, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, and more. He is also an award-winning film/TV composer and engineer, having worked with Jann Arden on her CTV series “JANN”.
About Amos Garrett:
Amos Garrett should need no introduction to anyone, but just in case, here it goes. Born 1941 in Detroit, he was raised in Toronto, and now resides in Calgary. Since his first professional gig at Carnegie Hall at the age of 22, he’s racked up two Juno Awards and is the only musician ever to receive a gold record from RIAA for an instrumental solo.
About Miesha Louie:
A modern singer/guitarist and beloved fixture on the local scene, frontwoman Miesha Louie is the integral driving force behind Miesha & The Spanks. A mixed-Secwépemc artist living in Treaty 7 Territory, she’s devoted her entire career to inventing and playing instrumentally brilliant melodies that unleash her passions. Miesha’s solos are as quintessentially rock as they come. Her anarchic, femme-powered vibes causing audiences to erupt in devil-horn-raising celebration of razor-sharp hooks delivered with fire and flare.
Backbeat provides regular weekend activations for families, children, and general visitors of all ages, including pop-up music performances, hands-on activities, presentations from community partners, and more.