glen richardson

Instruments: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Banjo, Ukulele

Styles: Gypsy Jazz – Django Style, Jazz, Pop/Rock, Classic Rock, Theory, Composition, Blues, Harmonica.  

**An excellent teacher for special needs students and very young beginners

Glen has been playing guitar since the age of 12.  Throughout high school, he realized that guitar was such a big part of his life, that he enrolled at Humber College to study music.  At Humber, Glen studied Jazz performance and played in a myriad of groups, ensembles and played everything from Jazz to Rock.

Besides Guitar, Glen plays Bass, Piano, Drums, Ukulele, Banjo, working on the Trumpet, accordion and sitar. His collection spans over 17 stringed instruments.  He notes: “I have smashed four guitars in my life.  Two of them on purpose.”

As versatile as his collection of instruments is, Glen is just as versatile in his teaching methods.  He has been teaching private instruction on guitar for over 15 years, teaches a rock band group lesson at night school through the Toronto District School Board, and instructs group guitar lessons at Whitney PS, Allenby PS & Bedford Park PS.  Needless to say, he’s great with young beginners!!

To see Glen perform, he’s always at the Rocky Raccoon’s open stage where he plays Guitar, Bass, Drums and Sings.

Performance & Recording:

Royalty receiving member of SOCAN for live and broadcast performance of original compositions.
Breakfast Television
Released two CDs and performed in numerous Jazz Festivals, Weddings, Restaurants, and Corporate Gigs with Swing de Paris.
Radio airplay on CBC, York University and Ryerson radio stations


The Rex, Grossman’s, Sneaky Dees, Lee’s Palace, Big Bop, Black Swan, Clinton’s, Silver Dollar, C’est What, Tranzac Club, Dominion on Queen, City Hall, Rosewater Supper Club.

Questions & answers

Top four albums

Beatles – White Album
Bob Marley – Exodus
Led Zeppelin – III
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

Best live music experience

Will be next Thursday at Rockies Open Stage Jam.
Second Best: Last Thursday

Favourite Restaurant / Food

Congee Star / Soup

Favourite scale

The Jimi Hendrix Scale

Least favourite scale

The bathroom scale

List all the instruments you can play

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Banjo, Harmonica, Ukulele, Trumpet

First musical experience


Most influential artist


I like to teach because…

I get to play music with people that want to play music.
I learn current songs from students that are “hip.”
I like watching people discover their magic powers.
The more musical people in the world, the better.

Favourite Movies

Gigli (starring Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck)

Why is music important to you?

Beyond important



In this video, Glen performs with his student, Alex, for one of our student jams.  Alex is also accompanied by a few other Snider staff members (Dan, Nick & Evan)