Devin Johnstone

Devin Johnstone


Above all, he's a storyteller whose candid vocals and affable sense of humour draw you in, taking you along on a trip through the panorama of human experience. Along the way, you'll be moved by the depth and groove of his guitar work, warmed by the richness of his voice, and inspired by his poetry.


A passionate recording artist and performer for over 15 years, Devin has toured and played with instrumental acts and world music bands like the Celtic beat group Pangur Ban and the flamenco/gypsy-jazz fusion James Cohen Caravan. Some top performance venues include the Ottawa Jazz, Blues, and Folk festivals, the Montreal Jazz festival, the B.C. Festival of the Arts, the Tulip Festival, and the Acoustic Waves series among countless others. He has had the great honor to perform with such celebrated artists as Murray McLauchlan, Sue Foley, the Wailin' Jennys, Bill Frisell, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Devin launched his solo career with the debut album “Stretching Glass," a limited release which has had tremendous appeal and continues to generate a groundswell of enthusiastic fans. His unique style of acoustic folk/groove, fingerstyle flamenco-inspired guitar, and heartfelt vocals has earned him a place in the Ottawa singer-songwriter scene. He's also a favored performer at local summer festivals such as Kaleidoscope and Music in the Pines, and has recently showcased at the 2009 OCFF conference in Ottawa.

His new 5-track EP “Stand-in for the Victory” represents a huge step forward artistically and sets the stage for his 2010 summer tour and the launch of his next full length CD planned for fall 2010.


2005 - Stretching Glass (independent release)
2009 - Stand-in for the Victory (EP)
fall 2010 - TBA

Set List

Typical sets are 45 minutes, about 9 tunes each set with a break. I mostly perform orginal tunes, but I usually throw in a couple of covers which lately have included some of the following artists:
- Bruce Cockburn
- David Sylvian
- Bjork
- Postal Service
- Sufjan Stevens
- Juluka