Bob Shields, Guitar, Composer, Educator
Born in Montreal, Canada, Bob lives in Hamilton Ontario performing, recording, and teaching music in the Greater Toronto area. Over his career he has performed throughout Canada as well as internationally, including tours in Europe and Japan.
Guitar and composition have been his main focus as an artist. Bob is first and foremost a jazz guitarist whose playing style is augmented by decades of Brazilian, Rock, R&B, etc . As a composer and improviser Bob draws inspiration from music across the globe: Jazz, American popular forms, Brazilian genres, South Indian, and many other forms of classical and traditional music. Bob is a lifelong student of music, his compositions and playing reveal a deep commitment to exploration beyond formal musical frameworks towards continual original expressions.
Bob performs with countless of Canada's finest jazz artists and has spent almost twenty years as a dedicated educator of guitar, ensembles, theory, composition, and musicology courses at Mohawk College, McMaster University, and York University, and also serves as a festival adjudicator and clinician.
Bob's education consists of a B.A in Jazz performance from U.O.T, a Masters in Composition from York University. He is currently completing a PhD focused on creativity and wellbeing. Bob is committed to helping individuals and groups manage their creative processes towards the goal of wellbeing, which he believes is the greatest intrinsic value of the creative process. Over the last two years Bob has been invited to give clinics/retreats focused on sharing the knowledge he has acquired over many years of study in creativity and wellbeing.
Testimonials from Creativity Retreats/Classes
"I wouldn't be as aware as I am if it wasn't for you're teaching and guidance, so thank you again for donating you're time back to the community. It really has an affect on all of us, as I will continue to carry on with this information in mind. Because of these classes over the summer, it has really given me much more importance as a musician to give back to the community. Ultimately "saving" music for me at some point last year. I will always encourage others to be apart of something like this in the future, as many student are very interested.."
"This summer I took Bob Shield’s class as I wanted to expand my musical
knowledge and creativity. I got much more than this from the class, as his focus
on wellbeing in musicianship changed the way I approach music. Bob
encouraged us to use music to express who we truly are. The outcome of Bob’s
method of teaching was a class of students willing to express themselves and put
to practice challenging musical concepts without holding back. It was great to
work in a group dynamic where we all learned from each other and
communicated together through music.
Although the class was only a few weeks long, I feel I have improved
greatly from applying concepts we were taught and by realizing the importance of
wellbeing and how it affects our musicianship. It would be refreshing to see post-
secondary schools teaching these concepts as I feel it is practical and creates
more authentic musicians".
"Bob Shields' summer class was one of the most musical educational experiences I've ever had. I have been a part of the class for both years it has been going on and was taught many harmonic, melodic and rhythmic concepts I would have never been taught at my school (Mohawk College). Bob does an excellent job of teaching new musical ideas and giving us a safe and encouraging place to experiment with playing these new ideas. But he also teaches more than just musical concepts, we speak quite extensively on topics related to the culture our music comes from, how our brains work and react to music and culture, what the music scene is like today, among many other topics. I've never heard of any of these topics being taught in school and I feel the musical and non-musical concepts taught by Bob are essential to becoming a professional musician and should definitely be taught in school."
"...I’m looking forward to taking this course again and continuing on my journey of personal growth". -J. M
Clark Johnston, Bass
Adam Fielding, Drums
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario his music has taken him from rural Southern Ontario to India, Alaska, Panama and Hawaii. Adam plays with a fire and sensitivity that makes him one of the most in demand drummers in the area.
Adam is a product of the Mohawk College and the University of Toronto Jazz programs where he was awarded scholarships and spent many years studying under legendary Jim Blackley.
Adam works with many of North America's finest musicians, some of whom include Mike Malone, Pat Collins, John Sherwood, Gary Smulyan, Billy Martin, Dave McMurdo, Tara Davidson and Brian Griffith.
Currently he maintains a busy teaching schedule for private instruction and within the Hamilton Wentworth School Board.
Solo guitar performance
"Aparecida" (H. Mann)
Clark Johnston started his professional career as a jazz bassist in 1994 and has since has worked with the likes of Diana Panton, Peter Appleyard, Gene DiNovi, Reg Schwager, Don Thompson, John Sherwood, Mike Malone Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra--just to name a few.
Clark holds a master's degree in music composition and a bachelor of education from York University and is currently on faculty at Mohawk College and McMaster University.