Harley Card is a Toronto based guitarist and composer. Well versed in jazz and popular music, Harley has been a collaborator in Toronto’s diverse music scene since 2003. He has released three albums of his original music; ‘The Greatest Invention (2017), Hedgerow (2013), and Non-Fiction (2008). In addition to leading his own projects, Harley is a member of the the innovative Toronto groups; Stoptime, Hobson’s Choice, and God’s Gift To Yoda.
As a sideman, Harley has played with a wide array of bands including; Carlie Howell and The Deharms, Harrington, Karl Silveira Quintet, Heavy On The Willie, and The Dan Jam Orchestra. As a freelance guitarist he has worked with; Richard Underhill, Alex Dean, Alex Samaras, Dave Clark, David Virelles, Mike Malone, William Carn, Bernie Senensky, Michael Herring, and Michael Davidson among others.
In 2017 Harley was awarded a Chalmers Professional Development Grant from The Ontario Arts Council to study with master jazz guitarist; Peter Bernstein. Harley spent the summer living in New York City to have private lessons with Peter as well as other mentors including guitarists; Lage Lund and Rez Abassi.
In 2008 Card travelled to Switzerland to compete as a semi-finalist in the Montreaux Jazz Festival’s Guitar Competition. Harley is a graduate of Applied Music at Mohawk College and Jazz Performance at The University Of Toronto.
Card’s musical sensibility is fully formed and urbane. His writing reflects a sense of history and is therefore worldly wise. - Raul d’Gama Rose- All About Jazz
“Card's sophisticated but accessible writing and the committed, well-measured playing from all hands are a potent combination.
- Peter Hum- The Ottawa Citizen
One of Canada's best kept secrets, guitarist Harley Card's Hedgerow is a spatial exploration of modern jazz
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Harley Card has taught at Humber Community Music School, Bay View Glen Day School, and continues to run his own teaching practice. Harley is also currently on faculty at The Sterling Hall School, and is a frequent guest instructor at Humber College and The University Of Toronto. Over the years he has enjoyed teaching all levels and ages of students, specializing in rock, jazz, folk, and pop. Harley has taught as a guest clinician at the Thousand Islands Jazz Festival, been an adjudicator at Funfest Music Competition, a guest instructor at York University, and an examiner for the Ontario Teachers Guild.