About Me

I have been playing guitar since I was 12 years old. I am now in my mid 50’s but I still feel 25. OK, maybe some days 35. I have been in bands, studios and jazz orchestras all my life, and I love everything about live music. In the early 1980s, when The Police and U2 were still new acts, I was playing punk and new-wave in the clubs of Montreal.

Me playing my 1983 Fender Strat in a Montreal punk club in 1983, at the Grey Cup in Toronto in 2007, and at a rehearsal studio, 2020.

I am now keeping busy playing guitar and doing lead vocals for my 1970s soft rock retrospective solo act.

Playing a summer party with a full band.

I have been performing all my professional life, but most of it is as a keynote speaker, talking to corporate audiences about technology and people. But there’s still a stage, an audience, and a sound crew, and it’s great fun in its own way. My speaking website is steveprentice.com.

Music from the 1970’s is my thing, especially those that are difficult to play, yet have a degree of art and poetry in the solos, like Peter Frampton, Steely Dan, and Dire Straits. Here’s one of my favourite solos: “Do You Feel Like We Do” blended into April Wine’s Could Have Been a Lady.

My occasional blogs on this website are about music and the showbiz industry. An index of them is available here.

The solid bodies: Ernie Ball Music Man (Left), Westone Thunder II-A (Right)

My biggest audience (to date) was approximately 5,000, when I played with a group of bands during the Grey Cup festivities in Toronto, headlined by April Wine and Great Big Sea.

(Left) My Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, Toronto, 2011, (Centre) my 5420, virtual gig, 2022, (Right) sound check at outdoor festival, 2018.

I am passionate about music and music history and I read or listen to every biography I can get my hands on. Ultimately, music is always about the audience. Making them feel great, and letting them enjoy the pleasure of experiencing music together.

(Left) My Martin SPOM-45 at a private function, (Right) my Ovation 12, preparing for a virtual gig from my RV! (2022)

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Appearing with my band of the time, The RetroGreats, on CITY-TV’s Breakfast Television, with Jennifer Valentyne, 2011.

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