"Colin Slack's guitar was consistently astounding. He plays rhythm and lead with equal astuteness."
- Bill Shepherd/Tony Evans, The Arthur
"Clearly one of Canada's best undiscovered talents (so far)."
- Carter Brown, Q107 Radio
"Slack's album a wonderful discovery. I wish I'd heard him as a teenager. I'll certainly be listening now."
- David Reed, Belleville Intelligencer, 2018
Colin Slack is a singer/songwriter who resides in Gananoque, Ontario, an area known Internationally as the "Gateway to the 1000 Islands." Colin began writing and performing original material while in secondary school, crafting songs based on a combination of his personal experiences, observations of others as well as the rich geography of the St. Lawrence River.
After completing an Honours Degree at Trent University, Colin accepted a position at a secure custody and detention centre for young offenders in the Toronto area. He remained with the organization for six years, returning to his home town of Gananoque and accepting a position in the region as the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association for Leeds and Grenville, a position he continued in for twenty one years before accepting an early retirement package.
Colin's musical journey as a solo performer, a band leader and a recording studio musician has spanned over thirty years. He has recorded with independent artists including Doug Reansbury, Jeff Callery, Duncan Holt, Rob Watkins and Larry Stafford to name but a few. He has opened for artists including Bruce Cockburn, Stephen Fearing of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Doc Walker, Tim McNary, Jeff Orson, Rick Fines and many others. Colin has done session work at Summit Sound in Westport, Concept Audio in Kingston and Trent Radio in Peterborough.
Colin's acoustic work is evocative of both James Taylor and Bruce Cockburn. His advanced and self taught finger picking style provides an excellent backdrop to his confessional lyrics, drawing the listener in while supporting the personal themes and characters of his original compositions. Colin's electric stylings are often compared to Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughan, all heroes of his from his work with former bands including Fusion Far Between, Heckle and Jive and Seventh House.
Audiences who experience Colin's live performances of original material consistently comment on the poetic depth of his lyrics. "He has an uncanny ability to frame lyrics as confessional, while leaving you wondering at the same time if the story character is actually him, someone he has encountered or potentially a construct. Writers of that caliber are few and far between" reports a recent showcase attendee. You too will attest to that once you're seen him play or purchased his first CD Release.