July 1st 2016: Rik Emmett

Special thanks to Carl Cederman for providing photography of this event:

Rik Emmett gained international recognition as the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist with Triumph from 1975 to 1988. Five gold & platinum decades in the music biz have provided entry into the Canadian Rock Hall of Fame, the Music Industry Hall of Fame and the Junos Hall of Fame, with a few ‘Best Guitarist’ awards in various categories garnered along the way. A morphing, moving target, Rik followed up Smooth Jazz awards in ’05 and ’06, with the worldwide release of a prog rock project called Airtime in ‘07, and a Latin / Mediterranean guitar trio project called ‘Trifecta‘ in 2009. Based out of www.rikemmett.com, his latest releases (the 18th and 19th of his independent career) have been “Marco’s Secret Songbook”, [2012] a concept album with 15 music tracks, a spoken word narrative & symphonic underscore: and “Then Again”, [also 2012] an acoustic duo revisiting the most popular Triumph repertoire with new arrangements. In 2011 “reCOVERy Room 9“ was released, an acoustic duo with Dave Dunlop, featuring nine cover songs from a wildly eclectic range of pop music. Continuing his commitment to prolific and conscientious music-making, Rik remains an innovative music educator of long standing with Humber College in Toronto, and is the Artistic Director of the annual Songstudio Songwriting Workshop.