Grit Laskin wins Estelle Klein Award


The highlight of the annual Ontario Council of Folk Festivals annual conference is the prestigious Estelle Klein Award for outstanding contributions to folk music in Ontario.

This year was no exception, as William “Grit” Laskin received the award for his incredible continuing service to our community Canada wide.

Grit is a one of the world’s foremost acoustic guitar makers – a disciple of the legendary Jean Larrivee – and the acknowledged master of inlay work. His achievements as a luthier are the subject of numerous articles and four of his guitars are in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Laskin guitars are played and admired by the likes of Jesse Cook, James Keelaghan, Rick Emmet, and many others.

Grit is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose work has been recorded by the likes of Pete Seeger. As a guitar player and performer Grit was a member of Friends of Fiddler’s Green (ensemble recipients of the Estelle Klein Award in 2003) and performed extensively with Stan Rogers for whom he also built guitars.

Along with his partner Bill Garrett, Grit runs Borealis Records and is also a driving force behind the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Grit has devoted some of his apparently endless energy to The Woods Music and Dance Camp, of which he is a director with his beloved wife Judith Laskin and Eve Goldberg.

He’s written two guitar books and a novel, and is a tireless advocate for folk music across the country.

Roots Music Canada is particularly proud to have been asked by the OCFF to create this tribute video to our friend, mentor and benefactor Grit Laskin.

Congratulations Grit!

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  1. avatar
    Lillian Newbery 20 October, 2010 at 00:03

    Excellent: you and Judith and his friends and colleagues shone a light on each of his facets. Grit is a Canadian Gem.

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