Friday Live: Chris Antonik
Celebrated Toronto-based blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Antonik's upcoming 'Monarch' UK tour follows hot on the heels of his latest album 'Monarch'. Monarch, which was nominated in Canada's prestigious 2018 Maple Blues Awards (Recording/Producer of the Year; Songwriter of the Year), confirmed Chris as one of the country's top performers, alongside artists such as Matt Andersen, Steve Hill, and Colin James.
Monarch won recognition from both sides of the Atlantic: in the US, Indie Folk Americana exclaimed, "Monarch is a classic modern blues album made with wisdom and style. Antonik has a transcendent understanding of modern electric blues.” In the UK, Blues Matters Magazine said, "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."
In 2010, Chris's self-titled debut album made its debut at #4 on the Roots Music Report for Canadian roots music radio play, and at #35 for international blues radio play. It remained in the top 100 on these airplay charts for over a year. Plaudits for the album included this from US-based Vintage Guitar Magazine, "This debut demonstrates Antonik is one to watch in the blues. He writes well and plays wonderfully."
Chris, already named 'The Future of the Blues' by Canada’s Blues Underground Network, has been compared to Eric Clapton for his stunning guitar work and innovative, sensitive songwriting. His second album, 'Better For You' (2013), was described as “a masterpiece,”