Tony D (Diteodoro), guitarist for Juno award winning band MonkeyJunk, has been laying it down for over thirty years. MonkeyJunk has amassed twenty Maple Blues awards and a Blues Music Award, (formerly known as The Handy Awards).
At the age of thirteen, Tony began his musical journey on the guitar. Learning mostly in the blues, rock jazz stylings. From Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page to Albert King to Wes Montgomery and all the points in between .
At the age of nineteen, Tony was given the opportunity to play rhythm guitar, for three days, for the legendary Buddy Guy. Years later he had the prestigious opening slot for the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan at Ottawa’s NAC.
In the early nineties having taken a trip to Europe and securing a record deal out of Holland, Tony became one of the first Canadian blues musicians to tour Europe.
The Blues and anything that falls under that umbrella being his first love, but Tony D has also explored various forms of music. Flamenco became another obsession and after studying the form for two years he joined a troupe which made him write pseudo-flamenco and Spanish rhythm instrumentals which he still plays today in his solo shows.
From The delta to the desert it all comes from places of devotion, musical devotion.
“Basically, I’m like Lightnin’ Hopkins with an electric guitar"