Jowi Taylor

Six String Nation Inc.

Jowi Taylor is a multiple award winning writer, broadcaster, consultant and cultural entrepreneur. His groundbreaking series for CBC Radio, The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music, was the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award, the Prix Italia, a New York Festivals medal and other international awards. Other internationally celebrated content for CBC included The Nerve: Music and the Human Experience, Invisible Cities and the long-running weekly show Global-Village.

Six String Nation, conceived in 1995, took eleven years to bring to life. Centered around a single acoustic guitar – nicknamed Voyageur and built from over sixty pieces of Canadian history representing different cultures, communities and characters from every part of the country – the project combines Jowi’s fascinations with music, media, community engagement, and the dynamics of Canadian history and multicultural identity.

The project came to completion before a crowd of some 80,000 people on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day 2006. Since then, Voyageurhas travelled well over 200,000 km across the country appearing at festivals, conferences, concerts and schools. It’s been played by hundreds of Canada’s best musicians and been held by over 8,000 different Canadians in a series of some 50,000 portraits that ranks as one of Canada’s most ambitious photo projects. The story of the guitar and a selection of those portraits is the subject of Jowi’s 2009 book for publisher Douglas & McIntyre, Six String Nation: 64 Pieces. 6 Strings. 1 Canada. 1 Guitar.


Friday, Feb 24, 2017
12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Lunch & Closing Keynote - The Six String Nation Guitar