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January 15, 2022

January 2022 Featured Artist - Tony D of "Monkey Junk"

Tony D (Diteodoro), guitarist for Juno award winning Ottawa band "MonkeyJunk" and "The Tony D Band", has been laying it down for over thirty years. Monkey Junk has amassed twenty Maple Blues awards and a Blues Music Award, (formerly known as The Handy Awards).

At the age of thirteen, Tony began his musical journey on the guitar. Learning mostly in the  blues, rock jazz stylings. From Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page to Albert King to Wes Montgomery and all the points in between.

At the age of nineteen, Tony was given the opportunity to play rhythm guitar, for three days, for the legendary Buddy Guy. Years later he had the prestigious opening slot for the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan at Ottawa’s NAC.

In the early nineties having taken a trip to Europe and securing a record deal out of Holland, Tony became one of the first Canadian blues musicians to tour Europe. In 2019 (during the pandemic) Tony released his latest project, SPEAK NO EVIL, a compilation of instrumentals that span his career.

The Blues and anything that falls under that umbrella being his first love, but Tony D has also explored various forms of music. Flamenco became another obsession and after studying the form for two years he joined a troupe which made him write pseudo-flamenco and Spanish rhythm instrumentals which he still plays today in his solo shows.

From The delta to the desert it all comes from places of devotion, musical devotion. “Basically, I’m like Lightnin’ Hopkins with an electric guitar".

All of the above information was pulled from Tony's own website:, but I wanted to add in a few of my own notes on him. I have personally been seeing Tony play live since I was legally able to be in a bar.  I saw him when he was doing more of an SRV (Stevie Ray Vaughan) style, then much later when he was doing a flamenco/jazz acoustic duo with Jeff Hagerman and finally now with the very successful band "Monkey Junk". He has mastered multiple styles and this is really the key to building a unique sound. I look forward to hearing more phases from him as any master musician continues to grow and learn no matter their skill level.

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