In addition to being an award winning multi-instrumentalist (acoustic/electric guitars, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin and keys) and songwriter, John MacArthur Ellis, is also one of Canada's top record producers known for capturing the hottest sounds in the Americana, Alt Country, Folk, Singer/Songwriter and Roots Rock genres.
From playing $25 gigs at the age of twelve, to touring auditorium shows and major festivals around the world with artists such as Aaron Pritchett, Ridley Bent, Bruce Cockburn, Tom Jackson, Doc Walker, George Canyon, Charlie Major, John Wort Hannam, Doug & The Slugs, Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall, Chris Ronald, Ferron, Leeroy Stagger and Colin James, John has made a name for himself both on the stage and in the studio as a session player.
With a focus on authenticity, John's approach to producing records involves intuitively capitalizing on the unique musical qualities of the artists that he works with, bringing their sound recordings to a point of cutting through the noise. This is evident in the work he did for The Be Good Tanyas (Chinatown, 2003), Jeremy Fisher (High School, 2004), Ridley Bent (2009 Buckles & Boots), Barney Bentall (2006 Gift Horse & 2011 The Inside Passage) and Dustin Bentall (2007 Streets With No Lights & 2009 Six Shooter) as well as his most recent productions with Taylor James (2018 Backbone) and Angela Harris (2018 A Woman Like Me).
Over the last fifteen years, John’s productions have appeared in the top ten on Canadian charts and his playing can be heard on award-winning television and films including the hit series Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Handler, and Intelligence.
John can always be found on a stage or in a studio surrounded by the best musicians and engineers in the land.