Shane Simpson has been a professional guitarist since the age of seventeen. He has played with some of Canada's favourite artists including 3-time Juno winner David Francey, 2-time Juno winner Lynn Miles, 2-time Juno winner Sue Foley and Juno nominee Kelly Lee Evans. Shane has toured extensively through Australia, the UK, Canada, and the USA.
"Shane has three CDs to his credit, with a fourth on the way and has played on many other artists recordings.
“Virtuoso guitar playing helps deliver the well-crafted songs … the tunes are melodic with a drive that promises you will listen to the end.”
As well as a busy solo career, Shane teaches guitar and runs a recording studio from his home in Ottawa, Canada. Group classes are in high demand at local hi-tech companies such as RIM, Nortel, Mitel, General Dynamics, and Alcatel. The program is called 'Guitar At Work' and was started by Shane in 1997.
Shane received a Juno statuette in 2008 for his work on David Francey's CD 'Right of Passage'which won Roots/Traditional album of the year.
Shane’s music has been compared to artists like Lyle Lovett and Blue Rodeo. The song
“Not Talking At All” off his first CD “Sketches” caught the attention of Blue Rodeo staff, and was ultimately chosen by members of Blue Rodeo to be included in a Best of the New Music Network compilation CD.
Shane has played at festivals around the world and here at home. Highlights in Canada include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, and the Mariposa Folkfest.
In March 2002 Shane was included in Ottawa Life Magazine's Top 50 people in the nation's capital.