UPDATED: Apr 2021
Canadian-born, Toronto-native Rob Tardik is multi-award winning guitarist and contemporary pop/jazz/world/fusion instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues all across North America including the prestigious Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Vine in Wisconsin, The Catalina Island Jazz Festival, Flato Markahm Theatre, Markham Jazz Festival, The Rose Theatre in Brampton, The Burlington Centre for the Arts, The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Oakville Centre, WreckHouse Jazz Festival, and the Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto.
His last 6 CD’s have spawned 5 U.S Billboard charting singles, two of which went to the Top 10. His 5th album Moments had two radio singles, “Sip and Salsa” and “Rite of Passage” that debuted as Billboards most added tracks in the fall of 2015 and the first months of 2016. His summer single “Hang Time” and fall single “Eros” both made the most added new songs on the U.S Billboard charts for 2016! His holiday single “Christmas Moments” was also a top added Billboard track. Rob’s 6th album SYNERGY released in January 2018 had his first single Synergy debut as one of the most added on the U.S Billboard Smooth Jazz charts and spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Wave.FM charts in Toronto. His second radio single titled “Perseverance”, in the summer of 2018 posted on several of the U.S smooth jazz charts! His Latin inspired single “Hope” debuted Spring 2019. His 7th multi-album release DIVERSITY is a 4-volume compilation in his various musical styles featuring all new material and re-mastered songs from all his past six recordings. His first Diversity volume Smooth and Chill debuted in Feb 2020, with Volume 2 Contemporary Funky / Jazz out since Mar 2021 including the debut single, B Positive featuring Dave Koz. Volumes 3 and 4 are scheduled for release in the very near future. Also released in summer 2020 was the first of his two highly anticipated rock albums featuring his reformed band Paradise Alley, with the upcoming five song EP due out this Summer 2021.
His recent awards include being a finalist and honorary mention in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition, winning the 2018 Established Solo Music Instrumental Mississauga Arts Award, placing 1st overall in the prestigious 2017 IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), 2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year, the #1 spot on the U.S.-based, Music Choice Contemporary Jazz charts for 4 weeks, being named Mississauga’s “Established Performer of the Year” in 2007, and nominated again in 2016 and 2017 for his musical contributions, an award won previously by Oscar Peterson and Rik Emmett!
- Custom Godin Multiac Acoustics/ Passion Series Electric Guitars/ MultiUke
- Andalusian Flamenco Guitar
- T.C Electronic G Natural/ Yamaha AG- Stomp Multi Effects Acoustic pre-amp / Radial Acoustic Pre-Amp/DI
- Custom made pedal boards with various pedals from Wampler, Strymon, Boss, Radial, Dunlop, EP Booster
- Roland VG-88 guitar processor
- Roland KC-350 monitors for acoustic tone, Roland Cube 60 practice amp
- 91 Fender Strat Plus
- Crate VFX 212 Tube 50 watt combo amp
- Evidence Audio cables
- D'Addario EXP46 hard tension nylon guitar strings
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~ Rob Tardik
~ Rob Tardik