I am kicking off the new year in style earning a designation of "municipal treasure"  by The Edmonton Journal's Fish Griwkowsky in his year-end review of live music

January 11 - February 17 I will taking a little trip that has me playing shows in Amsterdam, Glasgow, and Brussels as part of an Artist Residency that I will be attending at Rest For The Wicked in Brussels - details to follow



John Guliak is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been performing roots music in Canada for over 20 years.  John's music contrasts the isolation of his prairie upbringing with his later experiences in the urban landscapes of Glasgow, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto. 

The songs that result from this perspective have been compared to those of other uniquely Canadian voices such as Gordon Lightfoot and Leonard Cohen.  His whiskey and cigarettes baritone, described in Nerve Magazine as, "one of those character voices that should almost be trademarked," places him in the company of such singers as Merle Haggard, The Handsome Family's Brent Sparks and Rufus Wainwright.

In 2004, he released 7 Stories and 13 Songs, the second CD for Mint Records that follows his 2002 début, The Black Monk. In 2016 he self-released Fluke or Flounder which was produced by Paul Rigby. You can read reviews of all these recordings here: https://johnguliak.com/press

John's live shows have been applauded for their honesty and intensity whether he performs solo, as part of the duo, Kodiak, with Jason Kodie, or with his band Prairie Flounder with Jason Kodie (keys, accordion), Tom Murray (bass), Darrek Anderson (pedal steel, mandolin), and Marek Tyler (drums).

In 2015 and 2016 he attended the Musician in Residence Program at The Banff Arts Centre and recently attended a 3 week residency at Rest For the Wicked in Brussels, Belgium.


October 2017



Abbc poster all dates final

AB/BC Songwriters in the Round Fall 2017 Tour with Amy Nelson, David P Smith, Carter Felker, and John Guliak

I am very excited to hit the road with this very entertaining and talented collection of performers this Fall starting off in Edmonton and finishing up in Salmon Arm for 20 shows in 20 days. i am going to let David P Smith do the talking here:

It’s 1924 and there’s a party going down at the farmhouse, one of the bigger farms, a hub in the district.  A banjo player, a couple of guitarists, and an accordion player migrate to the kitchen where they begin exchanging songs.  An old mountain ballad, a ribald…

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New Video for Roger Casement

Roger Casement, as performed by myself and Jason Kodie, June 4, 2017 and recorded by Daryl Payne and Jason Gordon at The Empress Ale House in Edmonton Alberta. i wrote this song while on a Banff Centre For The Arts Musician In Residence program and have yet to officially release it

New Video for Sail Away

last Sunday Jason Kodie and i sat down before First Orders at The Empress Ale House in Edmonton, AB and played a couple of tunes. Daryl Payne and Jason Gordon were there to capture the sound and vision and we all figure it turned out pretty good


Prerelease Tease - Serving Time (Alt Version 2 - full band) Podcast

hope you all enjoyed the last blog where i shared an alternative take of Serving Time from my upcoming release, Fluke or Flounder. today i'm sharing another alternative take of the same song - this time it was recorded with a full band (Keith Rose - bass, David MacAnulty - drums, Paul Rigby - electric guitar, Tyler Greentree - backing vocals, and myself on lead vocals and acoustic guitar).

Paul and i quite liked this take too but we were torn between the sparse production of the last version and this one…

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Pre-release treats - Serving Time (Alt Version 1) Podcast

at the bottom of this page is an alternate version of my song a that appears on my upcoming album Fluke or Flounder. i first wrote Serving Time more than 25 years ago after a difficult breakup but the lyrics began to feel whiney and cliched so i dropped it but never really forgot it. a few years back i decided to try to revive it by writing new lyrics and, after kicking it around for a while, i managed to do just that.

when it came time to record Serving Time, Producer Paul Rigby and i talked a fair bit…Read more
  1. 1 Worm Dance 02:55 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Ready 02:35 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Loretta 04:01 Info
  4. 4 Living On Grace 03:40
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  5. 5 Ol' Slew Foot 02:56 Info
  6. 6 Follow Me 03:21 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Hey! Hey! Hey! 02:29 Info
  8. 8 Time and Time Again 03:37 Info
  9. 9 Still Be Around 02:43 Info
  10. 10 The Jig 04:04
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