ABOUT

Josh Gordon is a Toronto based professional guitarist.  He started his music journey on piano at age 7,  completing the Grade 8 level and Grade 2 theory studies via the Royal Conservatory of Music program.  He began guitar  at age 13 and started playing the Toronto bar scene at age 17.  During his 25 plus year career he has opened for Canadian icons such as Jeff Healey, David Wilcox, and Wild T & the Spirit.

Josh has had the pleasure of sharing the stage or recording with many JUNO and Maple Blues Award winners/nominees such as:  Robin Boers (Ugly Ducklings), Travis Colby (Roomful of Blues), Frank Cosentino (Blues Hall of Fame), Jack de Keyzer, Michael Fonfara (Rhinocerous, Downchild Blues Band), Alec Fraser Jr. (Jeff Healey), Mark French (Blue Rodeo), James Gray (Blue Rodeo), Gary Kendall (Downchild Blues Band), Al Lerman (Fathead), Danny Marks (Edward Bear), David McMorrow (Rough Trade), Stan Miczek (Sass Jordan), Peter Nunn (Honeymoon Suite), John Panchyshyn (The Lincolns, Oakland Stroke), Steve Pelletier (Colin James), Gary Storin (The Stampeders), and Roger Williams (Shakura S'Aida) to name but a few.

In 2016, Josh and The Blazers received a Runner Up Award for their song Killing All the Pain that Josh co-wrote

Check out Josh in the March 2018 issue of Guitar World magazine!

Currently, Josh is touring across Canada and the United States with Against the Wind, Canada's ultimate Bob Seger experience.  He also regularly performs with his own Josh Gordon Band all across Toronto and surrounding areas.  When he's not touring, Josh is either writing or doing session work right in his home studio.

Performance Highlights:

 

Opened for Jeff Healey in 2007 (Mississauga Ribfest, Mississauga ON)

Opened for Fathead in 2008 (Mississauga Ribfest, Mississauga ON)

Opened for Wild T & the Spirit in 2009 (The Sound Academy, Toronto ON)

Opened for David Wilcox in 2009 (Cannington Arena, Cannington ON)

 

Accolades:

 

- #18 with The Blazers' RED HOT CD for the Blind Lemon Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums of 2009

 

Festivals Played:

 

Chocolate Fest (Toronto) 2009, 2010

Mississauga Ribfest 2007, 2008, 2010

Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival 2008, 2010

Oshawa Jazz & Blues Festival 2002, 2009

Southside Shuffle (Port Credit) 2005 - 2011

 

Radio Play:

 

CKRL 89.1 FM (Quebec), AM 1430 (Mississauga, ON), CIUT 89.5 FM (Toronto, ON), CKLN 88.1 FM (Toronto, ON), ROCK 94.9 FM (Oshawa, ON), CFMU 93.3 FM (Hamilton, ON), CKUW 95.9 FM (Winnipeg, MB), CFBX 92.5 FM (Kamloops, BC), and Internet stations in Spain, Italy, and Australia

 

Award Winners/Nominees Performed With:

 

Martin Aucoin, Tom Barlow, Maureen Brown, Jim Casson, Jack de Keyzer, Michael Fonfara, Steve Grisbrook, Jerry Johnson, Gary Kendall, Larry Kurtz, Al Lerman, Danny Lockwood, Danny Marks, Johnny Max, Sarina Paris, Rod Phillips, Mike “Shrimpdaddy” Reid

 

Josh has also performed with numerous talented local musicians.  Plus, he has played with such notable musicians such as Travis Colby from Roomful of Blues, James Gray from Blue Rodeo, Mark French from Blue Rodeo, and Gary Storin from The Stampeders.

 

DISCOGRAPHY:

 

2001 - Redbird  'Born To Groove EP'  (all guitars)

 

2005 - The Jukes  'What A Night'  (all guitars, backing vocals)

 

2007 - Blair Franklin  'Blair Franklin'  (lead guitar)

 

2009 - Facebook Pals  'Rock For Sick Kids'  (guitar on the The Blazers track)

 

2009 - The Blazers  'Red Hot'  (lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals)

 

2012 - Frank Cosentino  'Straight No Chaser'  (rhythm guitar)

PRESS:

Toronto Moon article by Gary17 (November 24, 2018)

We mentioned a couple of years ago that Blues-Rock songwriter and ace guitarist Josh Gordon (who tore up the stage with the former Blues band The Blazers for several years and also fronts his own eponymous band) and vivacious and versatile singer Amanda Rose are these days not only a duo but man and wife.

They’ve been pretty busy starting a family for the past nearly two years, however, so they’ve been somewhat quiescent on the music scene.  But it’s now looking like, with the wee one now hitting toddler status, the twosome are looking to get back on the circuit more regularly.

According to Josh’s band’s website they have a couple of shows coming up in the new year with another combo they’re both a part of, the Bob Seger tribute Against The Wind which we also wrote about previously.

In addition, they did a show up at Colonel Mustard’s in Newmarket a couple of weeks ago and have duo dates set for rooms in Brantford, Peterborough and Etobicoke over the next month or so.  Presumably all that travelling away from their west TO home means they have a pretty good babysitter!

Tonight, the babysitter will presumably also be busy as the two venture out to the town of Campbellford on the Trent River in the 705 region about midway between Peterborough and Ottawa, where they assuredly will delight the patrons of Church-key Pub at 26 Bridge Street.

The two Gordons (Amanda has now adopted Josh’s surname on stage as well as in daily life) will present a 9-1 show combining various Blues/Rock and Pop covers with no doubt a few Gordon originals, all for no cover.

http://www.torontomoon.ca/two-gordons-blooming-like-roses-tonight-torontomoon-ca-181124sa-shows-for-saturday-november-24-2018/

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Toronto Moon article by Gary17 (January 28, 2018)

It’s only been a decade since I first became aware of the scintillatingly exciting guitar work of Blues six-string slinger and songwriter Josh Gordon, who is the searing edge of the sound infusing the music of The Blazers “firewagon Blues” band.  I’ve written about this combo and its album, Red Hot on many occasions, including most recently for a gig in Etobicoke last year and a year before that when, after a hiatus of nearly three years, the group finally reassembled for a show.

Gordon, meanwhile hasn’t let any grass grow under him during the considerable gaps between Blazers shows.  He’s been gigging fairly regularly off-and-on with his own eponymous band as well as performing with life partner Amanda Rose in her band as well as appearing as a duo and a couple of years ago the pair also joined the Against The Wind Bob Seger tribute act, as I told you at the time. Confirming my own regard for his talent, btw, Josh was selected as one of three artists to be featured in the “Defenders of The Faith” section in Guitar World‘s just-released March 2018 edition.

Lately Amanda’s been preoccupied with something more important than stage performing, however: last year the couple welcomed their son, a firstborn for both of them.  But with the nipper now about a year old, the sultry, vivacious singer is set to sit in with Josh’s band for the first set tonight as Gordon and his crew make their debut at Linsmore Tavern for its weekly 7-11 no-cover Blues show.

Read the full article here:

 

http://www.torontomoon.ca/a-first-and-last-kind-of-sunday-in-east-to-torontomoon-ca-180128su-shows-for-sunday-january-28-2018/

 

 

 

The Wire MEGAzine review by Deb Draper (October 25, 2017)

 

Kicking off the stellar production by Sean Patrick Armstrong of Ghost In The Machine, was non other than Toronto’s own singer, song-writer, Vincent VL Effects & Mack Amps Guitar Amplifier Endorsee Josh Gordon.

 

Josh brought an incredibly deep and rich experience to the stage with a hint of heavy rock infused blues featuring his snazzy jazzy drumming extraordinaire Chris Chiarelli and special guest bassist, Pop Cherry’s sexy Dave Bachelor.  Josh Gordon’s high voltage lit the stage a blaze with cover after cover of his musical influences like Stevie Ray Vaughn’s ‘Pride and Joy’ into ZZ Top’s ‘Cheap Sunglasses’ right into Jeff Healey’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’

 

 

High octane fuel kicked in as they perfected ‘Cocaine’ by Eric Clapton & ‘Crossroads’ by Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Check out this next music icon on the horizon & stay in tune at www.joshgordonmusic.ca

Full review here:

www.thewiremegazine.com/seeing-shows/esther-widmann-headlines-torontos-rock-pile-oct-19th/

 

 

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