• Awards for Producer of the Year

    Winner of BC Country Music Award 2012 & 2009, Nominated: 2015 & 2014
    Winner of BC Interior Music Award: 2009.
    Nominated for Canadian Country Music Award: 2013 & 2008

  • Award Winning Pedal Steel Player

    Winner of BC Country Music Award: 2014 & 2015 & Five Canadian Country Music Award nominations: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015.

  • BCCMA Nominee for Guitar Player

    Nominated for the 2012 BC Country Music Award for session work on guitar

  • Multi-Instrumentalist

    Player of keys, bass, drums, percussion, woodwind, and strings of many kinds: guitars, pedal steel, banjo, dobro, mandolin and more.

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Nominated for CCMA!


John is pleased to announce he has been nominated for the 2016 Canadian Country Music Award for Steel Gutiar Player of the Year!

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John Wins Consecutive Steel Guitar Award…


John Ellis wins another BC Country Music Award for Pedal Steel!

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Karen Lee Batten Wins BCCMA


Congratularions to Karen Lee Batten for winning the 2015 BCCMA for Female Vocalist of the Year!

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John becomes a father!


John would like to announce his greatest release yet!  His first child Macarthur Tomaso Fry Ellis was born October 16, 2015.

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Ridley Bent Album wins 2015 WCMA


Congratulations to Ridley Bent whose album "Wildcard" Produced by John MacArthur Ellis won the Award for Country Recording of the Year at the 2015 West Coast Music Awards!

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2 New BCCMA Nominations


John has been nominated for two BC Country Music Awards: Producer of the Year and Steel Guitar!

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5th CCMA Nomination for Pedal Steel


John has once again been nominated for the All Star Band Award for Steel Guitar at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards!

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Touring Holland with Chris Ronald


For the month of April, with his dobro and guitar in tow, John is enjoying the beautiful Dutch countryside while touring Holland with 2014 Candian Folk Music Award Nominee Chris Ronald.

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On the Run with Doc Walker, The Roadhamm…


John's hittin the road once again with Doc Walker as they tour with fellow chart topping Country music bands The Road Hammers and Blackjack Billy.  They're saddling in for the long haul with 19 cities in just over 3 weeks.  Find a show near you at www.bandsontherun.ca

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Chris Ronald Nominated for Canadian Folk…


Congratulations to Chris Ronald who has been nomated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for Songwriter of the Year with respect to his album "Timeline" produced by John Ellis.  Chris has also been selected to showcase at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City.

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Dana-Marie Battaglia

"I can't even imagine a more dedicated, detailed oriented, good natured, creative, talented and skilled producer.  Brilliant musicality aside, John has an amazing ability to blend his style seamlessly into any song and to intuit the artist's wants and needs perfectly.  Working with John was such a positive, inspiring experience and to top it off I have a wicked debut album to show for it." ~ Dana-Marie Battaglia

Jeremy Fisher

"Johnny really understands the nuances of a live performance and has a keen ability to translate that from a controlled studio environment onto tape. He’s always trying to reach for those sounds that are not in the stock modern music vocabulary. I can remember a lot of happy accidents coming from him saying, "Let’s not go there, it sounds too normal." If one word could sum up everything he brought to my album it would have to be texture; in a few short sessions he found the contrast that was necessary to bring context to the songs and stories I was trying to tell." ~ Jeremy Fisher

Barney Bentall

"John is a very gifted producer. Not only is he world-class in his engineering, arranging & production skills, he is an extremely talented & versatile musician, able to add the "right part" to a song, be it a tambourine or pedal steel (& everything in between). But the thing that’s most important to me, as an artist who has been recording for over 25 years, is Johnny’s ability to truly listen to the person who is making the record. Then try to help them achieve and enhance their vision for the music in a true partnership. That’s what I think making records is all about." ~ Barney Bentall

Leeroy Stagger

"Every time I work with John I am constantly impressed and surprised at his ability to lead me in the right direction with each song we are working on. He has a classic palette but can also think outside the box when it is needed. I trust him 100% with what I need done. He rocks harder than most people I play with as well." ~ Leeroy Stagger