The Vancouver International Guitar Festival, running from June 23-25, 2017, has announced that it will present its inaugural Luthier Industry Builder Award to Jean-Claude Larrivée on Friday June 23 at the Luthier Conference. The award is presented on the 50th Anniversary of Larrivée Guitars in honour of his significant and lasting contribution to the evolution of the guitar building industry. Special tributes from John Larrivee’s proteges include Linda Manzer, David Iannone, Grit Laskin and Sergie De Yonge.
It’s fitting that the award ceremony take place in British Columbia, the province where Jean launched his company to the international market. Larrivée manufactured guitars in B.C. from 1977-2013. Since 1967, Jean Larrivée has been building some of the finest guitars in the world. His legendary craftsmanship can be found on every instrument that bears his name. Jean’s deep passion and lifetime of experience continues to inspire and inform a new generation of talented guitars makers.