Bob McAlpine has been an in-demand session player and "go-to" guitar man on the Toronto music scene since the mid-1980s. His guitar work has been heard on scores of albums, television shows and jingles, and most recently on the 2015 Adam Sandler major motion picture,"Pixels". He has actively conducted guitar workshops and clinics, and has written guitar columns for Canadian Musician magazine. Bob's versatility and sight-reading skills have landed him work with such diverse artists as David Clayton-Thomas (guitar sub 2005-present), Richard Page (lead vocalist of Mr. Mister), Roger Whittaker (2005 tour), Lawrence Gowan (Strange Animal/Criminal Mind tour 1985-86, reunion tours 2017-2019), Neil Donell (current lead vocalist of Chicago), Rik Emmett, Jim Cuddy,Suzie McNeil, The Canadian Idol House Band, A Foot In Coldwater, Rich Little, Joan Rivers, Shirley MacLaine, and a host of R&B stars including Ben E. King, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, The Chambers Brothers, Freda Payne, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. He also filled in as a regular sub guitar player for the Toronto productions of "Come From Away", "Hairspray", "Kinky Boots", "Rock Of Ages", "Grease" and the Queen musical "We Will Rock You", where he subbed for both guitar players and thereby had the honour of playing every Brian May solo and harmony part in the show.
Amidst all his freelance gigs and session work, Bob has managed to perform regularly with a few notable Toronto bands: Nightfly (corporate and clubs)(1990-2000), Pretzel Logic (10-piece Steely Dan tribute)(1993-present), and Brass Transit (Chicago tribute)(2008-present).
2014 CANADIAN FINGERSTYLE GUITAR CHAMPION:
Bob McAlpine was awarded a first place finish at the 2014 Canadian Guitar Festival, where he was one of 25 competitors from the United States, Canada, Europe, Uruguay, Thailand and New Zealand. He performed 3 songs from his solo acoustic album "Energy Over Distance", and was chosen as the winner by judges Don Ross, Ed Gerhard, Calum Graham, and Maneli Jamal.
Bob began playing guitar at age 8, and by age 11 had begun studying with legendary Canadian guitar teacher Tony Bradan. He completed Tony's guitar course through 6 years of private study, and then went on to become a graduate of the Humber College Music Program in Toronto.
Bob McAlpine is an endorsing artist for Stonebridge/Furch acoustic guitars.