Three-time Maple Blues award nominated Toronto based blues-rock guitarist, singer, and song writer, Chris Antonik, has been wowing live audiences with his incendiary blues-rock guitar playing, and delivering innovative and thoughtfully crafted songs that transcend limitations or expectations of genre.
Chris has toured Canada, the US, and UK extensively, and has played many major blues and rock festivals along the way. His guitar style has drawn comparisons to BB King, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Joe Bonamassa, with one music reviewer even dubbing him “the Canadian Gary Clark Jr.”
Antonik has assembled an impressive, forward-looking body of recorded work that pays deep respect to blues tradition, while forging ahead in exploring new sonic and artistic territory.
Antonik’s fourth studio album, ‘Morningstar,’ released in August 2022, became the #1 album in Canada (all genres), and the #3 album in the U.S. (blues rock), on the Roots Music Report radio charts, shortly after release. Three songs from the album also found support from Joe Bonamassa by being added to the acclaimed guitarist’s “Cutting Edge Blues,” “Ultimate Blues Rock,” and “Epic Guitar Solos” Spotify playlists.
Special guests on ‘Morningstar’ include 2x-Grammy Award-winner Mike Mattison (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Derek Trucks Band), 3x-Blues Music Award-nominee Jarekus Singleton, and multiple-Maple Blues Award-winner Paul Deslauriers.
Reviews for ‘Morningstar’ have been exceptional across-the-board.
-All Music Magazine
“Antonik is clearly focused on making music that advances the state of blues/rock and guitar music in general. He’s got bigger game on his mind and is creating music that will stretch your soul when you hear it. He’s a fully developed artist working on something big. We should all be listening.”
-Rock and Blues Muse
“Brilliance…..countless exceptional guitar solos……..boundary-pushing blues.”
-Blues Rock Review
“Antonik balances his commanding vocals with scorching licks and the kind of big blues band leadership that would make Clapton smile, with plenty of solos for the blues nuts to soak up.”
“Five stars………Antonik has succeeded admirably. Morningstar is unforgettable.”