Former lakecity resident and frequent visitor Don Alder of Vancouver has won the multi-genre category of the 2015 Troiano guitar awards.
Past guitar wins for Alder include the North America Guitar Superstar, Worldwide
Guitar Idol and the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. He
has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Acoustic Guitar, AXE
Magazine and the Guitar Book, Japan.
Alder joins Steve Cowan in the classical category from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Sam Dickinson in the jazz category from Toronto as the three winning guitarists each receiving $5,000 awards.
The awards honour Domenic Troiano (1947 – 2005) who is credited
by many as the catalyst of the ‘Toronto Sound’ in the 1960’s.
He played a principle role in Mandala, The Guess Who, Bush and The
James Gang. Troiano scored multiple movie and television themes
and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1966.
About the winners:
Steve Cowan is an international award-winning classical guitarist. He
has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States and is
currently working on his doctoral studies at McGill University in
Sam Dickinson is a graduate of the Humber College Music Program
and has studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is a
composer and is currently pursuing a master’s in performance at