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Maple Blues Award-Nominated Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter
Toronto-based Chris Antonik was nominated for Best New Artist in 2011 at Canada's Maple Blues Awards after the release of his debut album, and has since become one of Canada’s fastest-rising blues artists.
Blending innovative, thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton. In its 2010 year-end review, Chris was named the "future of the blues" by Canada's Blues Underground Network. In 2013, Chris’ sophomore album Better for You was hailed by critics as “a masterpiece,” “the best Canadian blues-rock album of 2013,” and “the sound of someone taking the blues to a new place.
 
” The album spent three weeks at #1 on DAWG FM (Canada's only all blues FM station), attained significant airplay across Canada, the US and Europe, including on Sirius XM Bluesville, and was nominated for Best Blues Album by the German Record Critics’ Association. Oregon’s Cascade Blues Association called it “one of the finest releases from the Great White North in many a year.”
 
Guests on Better For You included two-time Grammy award-winner Mike Mattison (The Derek Trucks Band, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band), Blues Music award-nominee Shakura S’Aida, and Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk).
Chris has performed at major blues festivals across Canada, and has toured the US extensively, including performances at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago (for the 2015 Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Festival), and Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco. In 2016, Chris returned to Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and also undertook his first UK tour. Chris released his third studio record "Monarch" in April 2017, which was nominated for Recording of the Year (and Chris as producer) at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards. Chris was also nominated for Songwriter of the Year.
 
Chris completed his second UK tour in April 2018, including a sold-out appearance at the O2 Academy in Sheffield (in 2016, Chris headlined the UK's Upton Blues Festival).
REVIEWS FOR MONARCH

“One of the best artists we’ve heard from the Great White North.” (American Blues Scene)
"The Canadian Gary Clark Jr.....this is how modern blues should sound." (Concert Monkey)
"Monarch is a classic modern blues album made with wisdom and style. Antonik has a transcendent understanding of modern electric blues.” (Indie Folk Americana)
"Definitely Chris Antonik’s best release to date and is proof positive that he is one of the fast-rising stars in the blues world." (Blues Bytes)
"Antonik's guitar playing is masterful." (Toronto Blues Society)
"With consistent rhythms that demand that you clap along, an awe-inspiring mastery of the guitar, and a vocal range that will make your jaw drop to your toes, Monarch is certainly not an album to skip out on." (Canadian Beats)
"Guitar somewhere between B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore and Mike Bloomfield.....Antonik delivers a musical firework of the finest sort." (Wasser Prawda)
"Antonik has poured his heart and soul into this work and his fine vocals, masterful guitar playing and superb band have produced an excellent album." (Blues Matters UK)