By popular demand, VIGF 2019 welcomes the return of


Performances /Accolades

"Alder is one of the most original guitarists I’ve seen”
Lee Ritenour, 18 time Grammy Winning Guitarist

"Even though Don stepped onto the Guitar Superstarstage as a solo-acoustic performer, he played with ferocity and charisma, and totally owned the audience and that’s what a guitar star does. You have to deliver something so thrillingthat people can’t help but stand up and cheer. Don nailed it.” 
 Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, GUITAR PLAYER magazine

2017 “Artist of the Year”  Vancouver Island Music Awards
2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards “Instrumental Artist of the Year” Nominee
2016 Western Canadian Music Awards “Instrumental Artist of the Year” Nominee
2015 Domenic Troiano Award (multi-genre category)
2013 International Brand Laureate Recipient (Malaysia)
1st 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol, UK
1st 2010 Guitar Superstar Champion, North America
1st 2007 International Fingerstyle Champion (Winfield)
2016 Western Canadian Music Awards “Instrumental Artist of the Year” Nominee
1st 2006 Winfield Song Showcase Best Instrumental
2015 – Duet with Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield
NAMM All Star Guitar Nights (Nashville Rymon Theatre and Anaheim California)
NAMM Breakfast of Champions
Columnist for Guitar Magazine (five issues)
Over 4 Million youtube views
Advisory Judge for Lee Ritneour’s Six String Theory (handpicked by Lee Ritenour)
Greenfield Signature Guitar G4-DA Fan fret acoustic guitar
Riversong Signature Fan Fret Baritone acoustic guitar

Featured Ad placements in magazines including Yamaha, Seymour Duncan, Santo Angelo Cables, Ernie Ball Strings, Riversong Guitars

Full Features in Guitar Player Magazine , IGuitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar UK, Akustik-Gitarre Germany, Acoustic Guitar Japan, Axe Magazine Italy, Fingerstyle Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Musikkompass,  FRETS magazine, Acusitca Chittara, Vancouver Magazine,  Yamaha All Access, SNAP JR, Vancouver Courier

Top Tier Endorsements: Yamaha International Artist, Seymour Duncan, Santo Angelo Cables, Laney,  Dyer Harp Guitars Sunburst Gear, Ernie Ball Strings,  Riversong Guitars, Guitarhands, Journey Guitars, Emerald Guitars “Amicus”  Tonewood Amps

Wheelchair Tech for the Canadian Paralympic team at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Games