Juneyt Yetkiner

Judge, Flamenco Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

Since moving to Canada from Turkey in 1999, Juneyt has built a large, dedicated following through his regular, electric performances across Canada and beyond.

Juneyt’s peers recognize him as a highly talented, professional musician whose passionate performances have earned him nominations and awards for Toronto Independent Music Awards (2015, 2016 & 2017; won Best Instrumental and Classic Artist in 2017), Waterloo Region Arts Awards (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), Record Readers Choice Awards (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017).

He has performed at numerous festivals representing Canada in Europe, Asia, South & North America such as: Mexico International Guitar Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Riverside Festival, Millrace Festival, Red Gorilla Festival Texas, Richmond International Music Festival, Guelph Latin Festival, Toronto Latin Festival, Cambridge Latin Festival, Waterloo Latin Festival, Kultrun International Music Festival, Summers End Festival, Summer Lights Festival, Fresh Ayr Festival, Hamilton Turkish Festival, Toronto Turkish Festival, London Turkish Festival, Kitchener/Waterloo Turkish Festival, Waterloo Streets Festival, Bestival Festival, and Canada Music Week to mention a few.

In recognition of his amazing musical talent, Juneyt has been chosen for numerous honors throughout his career including serving as a judge for the Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR, Turkish Culture Language Olympiads, and working as a campaign musician for the Mayor of Waterloo.

Juneyt has composed music for two television documentaries and won Record Readers Choice Awards in 3 different categories for a total of 9 Diamond Readers Choice Awards 4 years in a row in 2014-2015-2016 & 2017.

Juneyt also represented Canada in the Mexico International Guitar Festival, Red Gorilla Festival Texas and Richmond International Music Festival.

He has had the honor to open for and work with many well-known musicians such as: Liona Boyd, Alex Cuba (Juno & Grammy winner), John McDermott.  In 2015 & 2016 he had the honor of playing guitar for some of Turkey’s most well-known musicians: Guler Duman, Zelal Gokce, Ali Kemal.

Juneyt is a very active member of the community. He is a Musical Ambassador between Turkish and Canadian Governments, a role that involves performing many times throughout the year for political and cultural events organized by Canadian and Turkish Governments in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and across Canada.