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.

Playing in a Montreal punk club in 1983, at the Grey Cup in Toronto in 2007, and at a party studio, 2020.

I played in a number of local bands through the 2000s.

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 a collection of tunes on my YouTube channel.

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

Playing a virtual gig, January 2022, and a yacht club gig September 2019

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.

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.

A fundraiser, August 2022.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @stevepguitarist or drop me a line here:

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

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