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.



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Fluke or Flounder - Promo Video

i am one week away from releasing my new recording, Fluke or Flounder, and will mark the occasion (with a FREE SHOW at The Empress Ale House in Edmonton on Thursday night, September 22, starting at 9:00 pm) by sharing a wee promotional video with you today.

one of the suprises i had while putting this record together was on the visual end of things. despite having great difficulty drawing even the most rudimentary stick figure, i have a passion for the visual arts. i am particularly fond of portraiture and…Read more

Fancy T-Shirts Now With Bonus


well, i'm gearing up for my big release date and ready to drop some teasers for you all in the meantime.   

i had some great t-shirts made with the help of Bob Yiannakoulias and Travis Sargent and i think they turned out pretty darn nicely - a good pile of them sold on my recent tour but i have some left. 

if you are figuring on coming down to my release party - Sept 22, at 9:00 at The Empress Ale House - i will include a download code for the new record in the already reasonable price of $20 for these…

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September 12, 2016 - 'Naturally, love's the most distant possibility'

this quote from George Bataille sure resonates with me!
after 12 years and many trials i am ready to release a new recording entitled Fluke or Flounder and will hold a wee party to celebrate at:
The Empress Ale House on Thursday, September 22, 2016, 9:00 - No Cover
there were times that i was pretty sure i wasn't going to make it:

1. i abandoned performing and recording for 7 years in order to focus on a career in Community Supports. I moved to Glasgow and earned a Scottish National Qualification in Management…Read more
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August 15, 2016 - Perspective

I am feeling much more the Edmontonian these days: as the disappointment of the Scottish Referendum begins to fade, the early, hopeful days of a new government here in Alberta begins to inform and lead my consciousness. It's not that I no longer care about the passions of my Glaswegian pals, but that the hearts and minds that I encounter these days are engaged in other conditions. With that said, those 'other conditions' are rooted in the same struggle in Scotland. If you watch the play, The Cheviot, theRead more
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August 14, 2016 - Write, Record, Perform

So that’s cancer kicked for now – time to get on with it. Since returning to Canada, I have been determined to spend as much time as possible writing, recording, and performing. I’ve hit a few bumps in the road but my tires are still in pretty good shape – so here I go: 


I have just returned from touring and while I’ve been home for a couple of days now my body and brain still feel like they are speeding through BC’s rainforests – I’ve had a very rewarding 18 days with 20 performances in 18…

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  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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