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Short Bio

 Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty five years as an artist, producer, festival director, and activist – thus brings experience and expertise from all sides of the stage. Growing up during the late 60’s roots revival helped to shape his morals and perspective on life. Gladstone has written and recorded four albums all of which have garnered global acclaim and worldwide airplay, with a fifth to be released in late 2010. Brian has toured for several years through Canada and UK – and has a passion for touring the Canadian Maritimes during the summer. Brian founded the nonprofit organization ‘The Association of Artists for A Better World’ which encourages artists to use their voices to change the world. . Brian has produced eight CDs under the ‘Better World’ label, as well as presented numerous concerts for various social causes and charities. He is the founder and active festival director of the OCFF member festival, ‘Winterfolk’, now going into the nignth year, which has served as a template for other indoor off-season festivals. As a semi-retired engineer, Brian now spends his time touring, writing and recording, teaching guitar, and remaining involved in the Canadian roots community.  

Another Short Bio

Since picking up the guitar at the age of 14 after being inspired by the music of Peter, Paul and Mary and others in the early 60s roots revolution, Brian Gladstone has continued to develop a unique and captivating finger-style guitar technique that he combines with lyrics, changes, and melodies that some regard as quirky but which have led many to compare him to giants of folk music such as Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs.

After becoming serious about his music in the late 90s, Gladstone went on to release four highly successful and critically acclaimed albums of originals between 1999 and 2005. and A Time For New Beginnings in Sept 2005.

In 2004, Brian Gladstone founded the Association of Artists For A Better world non-profit organization to produce compilation cds of tunes by artists across the world whose songs speak of peace, love and understanding.

International Recognition

  •  2006 – Certificate of Achievement from ICMA – Top 5 Downloaded Song, Two Years in a Row! (International Country Music Association)Signed by president Mary Watson, president.

  • 2006 – BBC TV prime time TV series 'ITS NOT EASY BEING GREEN' used the music of Brian Gladstone in the episode aired on May 16, 2006.

  • PRIME TIME ROTATION on FM 97.4 Country FM in Australia and New Zealand, where Brian was the FEATURE ARTIST OF THE MONTH IN AUGUST 2004, resulting in distribution in both countries.

  • In December 2001, Brian was featured in a ONE-HOUR RADIO SPECIAL IN LYON, FRANCE.

  • PSYCHEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS was listed in TOP ALBUMS OF 2001 by Joe Vincent, Pirate Radio, Ireland, Jan. 2002

  • PSYCHEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS was listed on Gary Tate’s TOP TEN CANADIAN ALBUMS as printed in to-nite magazine, Jan. 2002

  • Brian’s tune CAR SONG gets 50,000 (fifty thousand) PLAYS AWARD from Colonel Patterson, President of ICMA (International Country Music Association), Feb. 2002

  • PSYCHEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS was rated as FIVE STARS by the International Country Music Association in March 2002.

  • PSYCHEDEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS was listed on FIVE major European charts based on radio plays, including Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, and Germany


  • PSYCHEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS signs with SILVERWOLF RECORDS Vermont (label of Josh White Jr., Odetta, Kingston Trio, etc.)


  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK by STARDUST RECORDS (world’s largest independent record label) by COLONEL BUSTER DOSS

Alternate Bio

Brian Gladstone, a veteran Toronto folk musician, inspired by the 60s peace movement, and cofounder and organizer of numerous events and charities that have encouraged peace activism and environmental and social awareness. In recent years, Gladstone has received airplay and awards on as wide-ranging stations as the Australian and New Zealand “Prime Time Rotation” where Brian was designated the “Feature Artist of the Month in August 2004,” to his music being used in an episode of the BBC’s 2006 prime time TV series “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Gladstone’s other achievements include being president for the “Association of Artists for a Better World,” and having organized projects such as the “Concerts for Earth Day Canada” and the “Concert for Tsunami victims.”

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