Acoustic Guitarist - Vancouver, British Columbia
Acoustic Guitarist Don Alder performs with a passion rarely seen. His guitar magic, soulful singing and storytelling creates jaw dropping performances that continues to “Wow” audiences around the world. His music is a unique combination of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration – some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing.
He has won every major Modern Guitar Competition, received nominations for instrumental artist of the year for both of his CD’s at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Western Canadian Music Awards, and is a recipient of the prestigious Dominic Troiano Award as well as receiving a “Brand Laureate Award” from the country of Malaysia for using his guitar and music to inspire people around the world. Ray Daniels, Manager of Rush says “Don is one of those rare guitar magicians that should be famous around the world.” Lee Ritenour, Jazz Guitar Grammy winner says “Alder is one of the most original guitarists I’ve seen”
Alder, also has a fascinating back story where his music intersects into the key of social responsibility. From 1985-87 Alder put his music career on hold to help his friend Rick Hansen go around the world in a wheelchair. This incredible journey became a catalyst for social change for people around the world living with spinal cord injuries. Upon returning Don continued his journey as a volunteer working with various wheelchair sport organizations, the Vancouver Adapted Music Society in the awareness band Spinal Cord and then representing Canada at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympics as the Equipment Manager/Tech for the Canadian Paralympic Team.
Don has over 4 million views on YouTube, has been featured in all the major acoustic guitar magazines and has performed around the world including TED-X, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Paraympics, Nashville, Ryman Theatre “All Star Guitar Night”, WE DAY at BC Place, performing with Angelique Kidjo, and at the PNE performing a duet with Shayne Koyczen.