From Montreal, guitarist and composer Eric St-Laurent has been an important part of the music scene in Toronto for many years now.

He’s been featured on more than 100 recordings, and his tasteful and inventive playing make any project he works on better. St-Laurent is set to release a new recording this fall, but while we wait, he’ll be part of the Kensington Market Jazz Festival this Friday at 10 pm at the Poetry Jazz Café.

St-Laurent stopped by JAZZ.FM91 to chat about his influences, his approach to composition, his upcoming projects, and how hard work in music leads to magical moments.

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