The Canadian Guitar Quartet coming to Sidney

Group of four will come to the Mary Winspear Centre Jan. 22 to perform soft, natural guitar pieces.

The Canadian Guitar Quartet will perform at the Mary Winspear Centre Jan. 22.

Guitar playing — lots of guitar playing — is how one member of the Canadian Guitar Quartet, Louis Trépanier, described the upcoming show at the Mary Winspear Centre.

“I know I find the sound of a plucked string just tremendously beautiful whether it’s guitar or harp …” said Trépanier.

The show, he said, will be a cross between string quartet or orchestral type music — and four guys playing guitar is what it’s all about.

It’s a very pure musical show with almost no amplification, unless absolutely needed.

“In some ways we’re cutting edge and in some ways we’re really old fashioned in the sense that we play un-amplified instruments and you hear exactly what you hear,” said Trépanier.

Trépanier is the last original member left in the group, which began in 1999. The four originals were together for about 10 years.

The Quartet came together with two guitarists, who were active classical guitarists, well into their careers.

One of them wanted to form a serious guitar Quartet as there wasn’t many of them.

They then looked around for others to join in, Trépanier taking the bait.

He was offered a spot in the group a few months before graduating from his Masters degree, studying under Patrick Roux at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Hull.

He said the nice thing about being part of a group with four guys is that you get to talk shop.

“For me not only was I now playing as a colleague with my former teacher but there’s another older player around from whom I learned really a lot,” he said.

Trépanier loved music as far back as he could remember, discovering The Beatles as a pre-teen.

One day in the fifth grade, a friend of his brought in her guitar for show and tell, singing a few tunes. It was after that performance that Trépanier went home and asked his mother for guitar lessons.

The rest is history.

“It’s kind of something looking back that it really feels like I always was going to go there, it’s just you had the spark one day of a friend who played …” he said.

He then proceeded to take guitar lessons at a little music school and studied mainly pop guitar with a few people.

“I look back and I can tell you I wasn’t even all that good really but I didn’t care, I just loved it so much.”

Fast forward to now, Trepanier is currently a classical guitar teacher at the University of Ottawa.

As for the Canadian Guitar Quartet, they have a new CD coming out at the end of this month. It’s also the first CD with the new line up.

The album is called Mappa Mundi, which is latin for world map.

The group will be performing at the Mary Winspear Centre Jan. 22.

For tickets call 250-656-0275.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Quadriplegic Saanich man seeks continuity of home care from Island Health

Island Health took over home care services in November

Panthers wrap up regular season with playoff preview

Peninsula faces off against Westshore Friday night before opening playoffs Monday

Two new hybrid BC Ferries ships christened with new names in Victoria ceremony

Island Aurora and Island Discovery will service Gulf Island and North Island routes

Lawyer says substitute teacher fought sexual urges for 30 years

Former Victoria badminton coach Harry Charles Sadd to be sentenced for sexual abuse of boys

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

POLL: Do you support the proposed changes for ICBC?

Tuesday’s provincial budget predicted a shift from shortfall to surplus in wake… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

Province shows no interest in proposed highway between Alberta and B.C.

Province says it will instead focus on expanding the Kicking Horse Canyon to four lanes

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officer says

Three other cases are symptom-free and expected to test negative soon

Most Read