• Awards for Producer of the Year

    Winner of BC Country Music Award 2012 & 2009, Nominated: 2015 & 2014
    Winner of BC Interior Music Award: 2009.
    Nominated for Canadian Country Music Award: 2013 & 2008

  • Award Winning Pedal Steel Player

    Winner of BC Country Music Award: 2014 & 2015 & Five Canadian Country Music Award nominations: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015.

  • BCCMA Nominee for Guitar Player

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

  • Multi-Instrumentalist

    Player of keys, bass, drums, percussion, woodwind, and strings of many kinds: guitars, pedal steel, banjo, dobro, mandolin and more.

Nominated for CCMA!

John is pleased to announce he has been nominated for the 2016 Canadian Country Music Award for Steel Gutiar Player of the Year!

John Wins Consecutive Steel Guitar Awards


John Ellis wins another BC Country Music Award for Pedal Steel!

Karen Lee Batten Wins BCCMA


Congratularions to Karen Lee Batten for winning the 2015 BCCMA for Female Vocalist of the Year!

John becomes a father!


John would like to announce his greatest release yet!  His first child Macarthur Tomaso Fry Ellis was born October 16, 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!

2 New BCCMA Nominations


John has been nominated for two BC Country Music Awards: Producer of the Year and Steel Guitar!

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ridley Bent on JR FM

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

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 Canada.

Celebrating Canada Day with Doc Walker

John is heading to Alberta with Doc Walker for the long weekend.  They'll have Bud Country Fever on Sunday June 29th at Evergreen Park in Grand Prairie, and patriotic ferver while headlining the Canada Day Celebrations at the Canadian Forces Base in Wainwright.

Maritime Countryfest

John is kickin it with Doc Walker in Fredericton, NB where they're headlining the Maritime Countryfest for Friday June 13th.  Afterward, they'll be heading to Saskatchewan where they'll raise the roof at the Grand Opening of the Horizon Credit Union Centre in Melville on June 21.

Touring with John Wort Hannam

John Ellis and Tyler Maiko (Leeroy Stagger, Gob) are currently on tour supporing award winning, critically aclaimed Canadian folk singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam.  Over the next 2 weeks the trio will find themselves all over Alberta, Northern BC and Vancouver Island.

Radio Tour with Karen Lee Batten

John is accompanying Karen Lee Batten on an Alberta radio station tour to promote her highly anticpated studio album produced by John Ellis.

Ridley Bent CD Release

When you're surrounded by a multitude of awards, accolades, and industry buzz, you don't mess with the formula.  It has arrived:  Ridley Bent's fourth studio album produced by John Ellis is being released tonight at the Fan Club.  Find the classic crew at his side: John Ellis, Pat Steward, Rob Becker, Simon Kendall, Chris Dunn with a special appearance by Kendel Carson.