Jake Dudas – the ‘Choices’ performances – summer 2018.

Jake Dudas – the ‘Choices’ performances – summer 2018.

Jun 29, 2018

Biography.

For the past 15 years, Jake has been immersed in the music industry in a variety of roles.

Starting in Vancouver, BC, he began work as an Assistant Recording Engineer at Orca Pacific Recording Studios and Mushroom Studios. Notable projects included Colin James’ National Steel (produced by Colin Linden). He also worked on a number of projects with Colin Nairne (guitarist and producer with Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts).

He has played guitar professionally as an original performer for over 10 years. His most public work to date was with the electric band Monster America. Highlights included an appearance on City TV’s Breakfast Television and two Q107 shows at Toronto’s Sound Academy. His current work continues in the singer/songwriter realm, focused on his recent 2018 release ‘Choices.’

Jake also plays extensively as an event-guitarist. With clients ranging from New York to Australia, he has worked at hundreds of weddings and private events. He has had the honour of performing for HRH The Duke of York, and has played at some of the most prestigious and creative venues in Canada. These have included Malaparte (Oliver & Bonacini Events), The Gardiner Museum, Auberge du Pommier, Canoe, the Berkeley Church, Taboo Muskoka, Graydon Hall, the Thompson Landry Gallery (Distillery Events), Windermere House, Southbrook Vineyards, and many more.

The ‘Choices’ performances – summer 2018.

As an artist, Jake works in a wide range of situations. As such, he brings a unique level of diversity and creativity to the table. His experience as an original performer brings authenticity and craftsmanship. His event experience results in a unique ear and responsiveness to the audience. You’ll hear it in everything he performs—from his 2018 original release ‘Choices,’ to cover material that both reveals his influences, and oftentimes, stands in stark contrast to them.

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 Album review – Electric City Magazine.

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“The blues guitar work of Peterborough/Toronto singer-songwriter Jake Dudas is silky smooth and effortlessly groovy, emotive and evocative – at times playful and effervescent, at times dark and sinister, but always convincing and rich. But Jake Dudas’ mind is unsettled, full of concerns about modern society: how technology alienates us from ourselves and each other, how an abundance of choices paralyses us. On Choices, these two sides of Jake Dudas come to a head, with occasionally mixed results. He’s described the album as being “about bringing some darker hues to light,” and indeed, the lyrics do confront some of the darker topics on his mind. But these complex and conflicted thoughts stand in odd contrast to the flowing and pleasing guitar work. The pairing of modern tech talk and smooth blues is sometimes jarring – but, when talking about the need for a return to basics, perhaps that’s the point.”

– Gabe Pollock, Electric City Magazine, April 2018

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