Jeremy Stewart began performing his own songs live in 1996 at the age of 14 and never stopped. He taught himself to play guitar after he saw Nirvana’s Live & Loud concert on television at the end of 1993, which inspired him to buy a electric guitar with his paper route money in early 1994.
Stewart taught guitar for nine years, starting in 2003, including as a faculty member of the Prince George Conservatory of Music, and was the owner-operator of Dreamland School of the Arts from 2014-2017. These efforts included twice being recognized as Prince George’s Best Music Teacher in the Prince George Free Press, and Dreamland was recognized as Prince George’s Best Music School in the Prince George Citizen. He is currently teaching his children guitar and ukulele.
Performing highlights include:
• Performing as part of the Young Performers’ Program at the 2002 Winnipeg Folk Festival, which included a showcase on Manitoba CBC for the Young Performers’ stage, and a daylong songwriting workshop with John Mann of Spirit of the West.
• With Raghu Lokanathan as The Cottonweeds, along with bassist Lloyd Larsen and drummer Justin Arding, with guest appearances by many others, performing a two-year residency as the house band at Cimo Mediterranean Grill in Prince George.
• In 2008, touring Canada leading Jeremy Stewart & the Rest, playing 30 shows in 35 days from Prince George, BC, to Montreal QC, to Ucluelet, BC, and concluding at the ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art. This tour was co-planned and executed with The Arbitrarys (Naomi Kavka and Josh Sandu).
• Performing at the 2015 Sled Island Festival in Calgary, AB in his improvisational metallic noise duo Christians with drummer Miguel Mori; the show was opening before American avant-metal artists Oxbow and Lightning Bolt.
• In 2017, touring northern BC on a double bill with Vancouver’s Geoff Berner, accordionist, songwriter, and infamous “whiskey Rabbi.”
• Over 10 performing appearances over the years at the ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art, including playing the mainstage at the Community Hall with the Cottonweeds and the Transfiguration Goods News Band, as well as being a fixture for over a decade of the Highway 16 West festival scene, from the Prince George Folk Festival/Coldsnap to the Smithers Midsummer Festival to Kispiox Valley to the Music and Friends Festival in Kitamaat Village and more.