Augy G. first burst onto the music scene in Sudbury Ontario at the tender age of 14 playing in the band “Angus Morton”.
He honed his skills by studying professionally at the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T., now called Musicians Institute) in California. There he studied under such greats as Howard Roberts, Joe Diorio, Ron Eschete and many others, becoming adept with all aspects of the instrument including jazz, country and classical.
In 1990 he found success as guitarist for the rock band Manteye. Their debut album was nationally embraced with the song “Belts Boots” (cowritten by Augy) being featured at the Calgary stampede. It also received considerable airplay on Toronto’s iconic Much Music program. Another single, Seven Minutes to Midnight rose to number 17 on the charts.
In 1994 Augy and his brother Ernie came together and released the album Art’s Jukebox under the band name Big Blue Bus. The album included three singles supported by CHUM FM and Mix 99.9. “Waiting For More” was a success across Canada, and their cover of the classic Blue Moon was showcased in the David Cronenberg movie Blood and Donuts. Their song Gonna Live Long was, for many years, the theme for Rick Hodge’s Sunday Night Funnies on CHUM FM.
Augy and his brother also provided music for the trailer for the novel “Between Land and Sea”, by author Joanne Guidoccio.
Augy performed with Canadian Idol winner Theo Tams at the Toronto International Film festival in 2014.
These days Augy stills writes music and teaches guitar in the Durham area. His gigs include pub dates, legions, corporate gigs and private functions across the GTA.