ABOUT ROB

BIOGRAPHY

UPDATED: Dec 2019

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 new Latin inspired single “Hope” debuted Spring 2019. His upcoming 7th multi-album release DIVERSITY will be a 4-volume compilation in his various musical styles featuring new material and re-mastered songs from all his past six recordings, due out during each season in Winter 2019 and Spring, Summer, Fall 2020. The album will kickstart with the first single Infinity. Also due are the release of his highly anticipated rock albums for 2020 featuring his reformed band Paradise Alley!

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, and also 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 and 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!

Some of Rob's MUSIC GEAR
  • 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

BELL Guitar

AWARDS

 

Rob has now followed up with his 2nd MARTY in 2018, in the category of Established Solo Instrumental Artist of the Year
Rob has now followed up with his 2nd MARTY in 2018, in the category of Established Solo Instrumental Artist of the Year

 

2007 Mississauga Arts Award - Established Performer of the Year

2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award - Guitarist of the Year

Rob Tardik is honoured to be endorsed by D'Addario Canada
:: manufacturer of fine musical instruments and accessories...
"I have been using their strings for all my nylon and electric guitars forever. Their Hard Tension EXP46 Nylon strings last 3-4 times longer, hold their clarity and intonation and don't turn green on me after a weekend of gigs!"
~ Rob Tardik
...Endorses Rob Tardik
"I can honesty say that the Godin Multiac has been my bread and butter guitar for the last decade. Gig after gig, its reliability, tone, and flexibility of use in so many crossover genres that I perform in has been nothing short of amazing. Having the balance of the nylon strings, synth access, ease of playability and lack of feedback makes it my #1 choice for a gigging instrument and for all my musical needs! Thanks Godin for building such a unique and exciting instrument!"

~ Rob Tardik