Canadian Guitar Festival Competition 1st place Winner 2016

Congratulations to Jamie Dupuis from Sudbury, Ontario (right) for winning 1st place at the Canadian Fingerstyle Competition (2016). He took home a brand new G20CM-C from Furch Guitars / Stonebridge Guitars International and a recording/travel package from FRETMONKEY RECORDS.

2015 Mayors Awards Article from The Sudbury Star

Connor Pringle

It was a sense of achievement for three local artists this week. Jamie Dupuis, Stef Paquette and Ann Suzuki were honoured at the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts.

Sudbury-based Dupuis won the Outstanding Emerging Artist Award, Paquette won Outstanding Mid-Career Artist and Suzuki won Exceptional Achievement in the Arts.

"I was pretty excited and very honoured to be amongst such great artists," Dupuis said, "and very honoured to win the Outstanding Emerging Artist award."

Dupuis is a musician who released his debut studio album, Inspired by a Dream, in 2011.

He said after winning the award, he is encouraged to continue playing music.

Mayor of Brian Bigger and Jamie Dupuis 

Mayor of Brian Bigger and Jamie Dupuis 

Musicians Institute Full Ride Scholarship (article) 2011

After submitting a performance video, he was flown to the school to compete against 10 other finalists before securing a spot in the institute. 

The guitarist will have all tuition fees waived while he earns an associates' degree in music performance. 

“This is an amazing opportunity to fulfil my dream — to keep playing music, be creative, and work in the field,” Dupuis stated in a press release from Cambrian. 

The third-year music student from Temiskaming Shores said his professors at Cambrian opened his eyes to new ideas, develop a repertoire and taught him to look at original pieces for rhythm and tone. 

“Moving to Sudbury and attending Cambrian College also gave me the opportunity to perform in master classes and at festivals,” he said.

Dupuis will begin studying in California next October. Along with tuition, he has also been awarded $10,000 for living expenses, increasing the value of his prize to about $80,000.