Jack Semple

Winning isn't everything, but when you're a guitar virtuoso from a farm north of Regina, it helps to get your name around. Jack Semple was chosen winner of the MuchMusic-sponsored National Guitar Wars competition back in '92, and since then he's also scored a Juno Award for best roots recording. He'll be showing his stuff at the Yale Hotel on Friday and Saturday (August 6 and 7) and at the Maple Ridge Jazz & Blues Festival Saturday (August 7), where he'll give a workshop at 4 p.m. and a mainstage performance at 6 p.m. Oh yeah--the guy can sing like crazy, too.