A lifelong musician, there are very few roles Ariel Posen hasn’t played.
Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the roots-rock band, The Bros. Landreth. The group built its audience on the road, opening for Bonnie Raitt one minute and performing with John Oates the next. Not long after winning a Juno Award for their debut album, Let it Lie, they began working on a follow-up record. Coincidentally, they chose the same studio in which a young Posen used to watch his parents record their own albums.
“The guitar is a tool to get the music out,” he says. “Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you’re just playing an instrument.”