Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, now living on Galiano Island, Jack Garton has been making exciting music and theatre professionally for 15 years. Equally at home in the dense rain forest and eclectic West Coast arts scenes, he is sought after as both a collaborator and solo artist. Jack has forged a unique sound on the trumpet, playing as a sideman with many BC roots acts, including most recently Petunia and the Vipers, blending a traditional jazz style with a sense of forward-looking adventure.
With a deep commitment to cross-genre collaboration, Jack has created many successful cabaret and theatre shows that blend politics with spectacle, and poetry with ritual. Whether it’s small-scale publishing or outdoor political theatre, orchestra or film arrangements, mime, dance, or puppetry collaborations, Jack brings an honesty, curiosity, and core belief in the transformational power of beauty to everything he does. Particular theatrical highlights have been working with Public Dreams, Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, Maria in the Shower and Mind of a Snail among many others.
Since 2013 Jack has had a busy career as a touring songwriter, releasing Move The Mess Around in 2016, called “a perfect soundtrack for this generation” by the CBC, and Love You Over Time in 2018, following both with a steady tour schedule across Western Canada and the USA. Whether performing with his touring band, The Demon Squadron, or solo, armed with an accordion, trumpet and drums, his show is dynamic, fluid, and fun. Playing a steady stream of festivals, clubs, house concerts and halls has honed the sound and performance into an impressive and unique experience.
After touring the Canadian prairies extensively in 2019, Jack and his band recorded a new original album in Nanton, AB, yet to be released due to the Coronavirus. During the 2020 lockdown, Jack has been spending time with his family, while remotely recording and releasing new songs such as the rallying fundraiser for indigenous sovereignty, The Frontline Is Everywhere (www.jackgarton.com) and hoping to return to audiences as health and safety allows in 2021.
“The sound is punchy and bright, with the instruments perfectly
coordinated.” -Tony Montague, Georgia Straight
“Jack Garton will save the accordion” – Trevor Nichols, Jasper Fitzhugh
“This is a really catchy, well-written singer/songwriter/accordion record. The musicianship is solid, it’s well recorded. Clever rhymes, an overall point of view about just the absurd difficulty of being alive. I like it a lot.” –Geoff Berner