Edmonton native Jordan Hart was barely 20 years when he left home with just a guitar, a backpack and a simple plan to busk the streets of Vancouver. On his first night playing in the new city, a local restaurateur offered him a weekly gig, an opportunity which led to subsequent guest spots at the Fairmont and Shangri-la hotels. This past year, Hart signed with Watchdog Management, the Vancouver team responsible for producing Canadian pop all stars Hedley, Mother Mother, and Matthew Koma, to release his first full-length self-titled EP coming later this year.
Although just 23, Hart has played nearly 1,000 live performances in the past few years, from the lobbies of luxury hotels to storied music venues to street corners across the country. It’s his tender blend of acoustic soul and pop, mixed with his easygoing stage presence, that makes people stop in the street to watch him move seamlessly between hits by John Legend, Sam Smith, or John Mayer, and his own original tracks, “Letting Go”, “Skin”, and “Show Me Yours”. For Hart, there was never a doubt that music would be at the centre of his life. “My family is extremely musical, especially my extended family. Every time we would go to see my grandparents or my uncles and aunts, there was always a guitar out, no matter what we were doing,” the formally-trained guitarist and pianist has said. “By the time I figured out I could pursue it as a career it was already so embedded into who I am that there wasn’t really another option for me.”
Catch Jordan Hart perform at the First Canadian Place Waterfall Stage on October 12 for our lunchtime concert.