• Producer of the Year

    Nominated for Record Producer of the Year: 2013 & 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards
    Nominated for Producer of the Year: 2014 BC Country Music Awards, Winner in 2012 & 2009, as well as 2009 BC Interior Music Awards

  • Award Winning player of Steel Guitar/Pedal Steel

    Winner of 2014 BC Country Music Award for Steel Guitar, Five Canadian Country Music Award nominations for Steel Guitar (2010-2013 & 2015)
    Two consecutive BC Country Music Award Nominations for Special Instrument - Pedal Steel (2011-2012)

  • BCCMA Nominee for Guitar Player

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

  • Multi-Instrumentalist

    John plays strings of many kinds (guitars, pedal steel, banjo, dobro, mandolin), keys, bass, drums, woodwind, and even more...

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Ridley Bent Album wins 2015 WCMA

18-09-2015

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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5th CCMA Nomination for Pedal Steel

15-07-2015

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

08-04-2015

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…

20-11-2014

On the Run with Doc Walker, The Roadhammers and Blackjack Billy

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…

18-11-2014

Chris Ronald Nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award

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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John wins BCCMA Award for Steel Guitar

19-10-2014

John wins BCCMA Award for Steel Guitar

John Ellis has won the award for Special Instrument - Steel Guitar.  John is well known for his signature work on pedal steel and his playing can be heard on countless recordings in the Canadian Country genre.  John was also nominated for Producer of the Year.

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Producing Jen Lane

12-10-2014

Producing Jen Lane

John is in session producing critically acclaimed and several time WCMA nominee Jen Lane at the beautiful Bottega Studio in Kelowna.  Surrounded by alpacas and curious wild life, inspiration is in abundance as they record a stunning collection of Jen's songs.

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Two BCCMA Nominations

02-10-2014

Two BCCMA Nominations

John Ellis has been nominated for two BC Country Music Awards: Producer of the Year and Special Instrument - Steel Guitar.  Karen Lee Batten, whose recent album was produced by Ellis, has also received 7 BCCMA nominations including Best Album and Best Single.

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Ridley Bent on JR FM

02-07-2014

Ridley Bent on JR FM

Ridley Bent's highly praised latest single "The Most Beautiful Woman" produced by John Ellis is currently in heaving rotation on JRFM 93!

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Karen Lee Batten wins BCCMA Spotlight

26-06-2014

Karen Lee Batten wins BCCMA Spotlight

Congratularions to Karen Lee Batten who is the winner of the provincial segment of the BCCMA/CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest 2014.  Karen recently released her 2014 album 'Cause a Scene' produced by John Ellis.  Her singles "Life Worth Living" and "Cause a Scene" are being played on nationwide radio stations across...

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Testimonials

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Dana-Marie Battaglia

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

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

Leeroy Stagger

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

Barney Bentall

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