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Peter North has been a fan of bluegrass since being introduced to the music in the late sixties. As a teenager, he saw The Dillards at The Hovel folk club in Edmonton, and remembers being drawn to the sound of the banjo when John Hartford was Glen Campbell’s right hand man on his television show. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken recording with Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, Norman Blake, and Jimmy Martin opened up a whole new world for Peter. He’s also learned so much about the music from the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival.

Named after the classic folk song that was given a definitive bluegrass treatment by Bill Monroe in 1941, the radio show In The Pines is much like the life of the song, wrapped up in musical history.



Peter North

For the past thirty years Peter North has been involved on the local regional roots music scene as journalist in print, radio and television and as a promoter of live music on a number of fronts.

As a print journalist North has been a columnist for 22 years with major dailies and for a decade he covered folk, blues, bluegrass, and country music for the Edmonton Journal. His pieces have also appeared in many national and regional magazines and he has written the liner notes for over three dozen albums including Herb Ellis & Duke Robillard’s More Conversations in Swing Guitar, Prairie Oyster’s Greatest Hits, and the recent Grammy nominated world/blues disc Slide To Freedom from Doug Cox and Salil Bhatt.

His work in television has been extensive and included a six-year run co-producing the weekly and nationally broadcast roots music show Country Beat on CBC.

His efforts have been recognized nationally: he was named Music Journalist of the Year in 1996 at the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards, and Media Person of the Year six years in a row, awarded by the Western Canadian Music Association.

After years of booking artists in concert and club venues around Edmonton he continues to stay active on that front, most recently as the new Artistic Director for the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival. He annually organizes the acoustic blues series Front Porch Roots Revue, and Peter and Holger Petersen were executive producers on an album project titled The Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson that, thanks to outstanding performances of Tyson material from the likes of Chris Hillman, Corb Lund, Jennifer Warnes and The McDades, received critical acclaim across the continent.

Peter has hosted the popular program Dead Ends & Detours for a number of years. To that CKUA broadcast work he contributed a series of discussions with those in the music world, a program called Points North that enjoyed a successful five-year run.


2016 Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
BUILDER Award: To recognize individuals who have contributed to the Edmonton Blues Community through their work.

2015 Rhoda Taylor Award
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

2015 Recognition Award
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award
Calgary Blues Music Association

2006 Media Person of the Year
Western Canadian Music Awards

2005 Radio, TV or Print Media Person of the Year
Western Canadian Music Awards

2004 Radio, TV or Print Media Person of the Year
Western Canadian Music Awards

2003 Media Person of the Year
Western Canadian Music Awards

2002 Radio, TV or Print Media Person of the Year
Prairie Music Awards

2001 Radio, TV or Print Media Person of the Year
Prairie Music Awards