John MacArthur at Victoria International JazzFest John MacArthur is better known for his masterful performances at jazz venues in and around his hometown - Victoria, British Columbia and is also recognized in local music history as a key member of several iconic musical groups.


At thirteen, John joined the Esquires -one of Victoria’s first rock and roll bands. They won ”Vancouver Island Battle of the Bands” -a popular event during the 60s.


Teen Beats

By age sixteen, he was playing in David Foster’s first rock & roll band, Teen Beats.


In 2008, John MacArthur was inducted to the Victoria Music Hall of Fame!


The MotifsThroughout the 60s and 70s John MacArthur played in a succession of groups including: The Motifs, Amor de Cosmos, and Velvet Brass.

John toured the South Pacific Islands with Party of Four.

Other musical bands that include him are: Twango, Karmel Sutra, Hot Rod Lincoln, Davey’s Gang, and The Weeds.

In 2008, John MacArthur was inducted into the Victoria Music Hall of Fame for "Most Influential Band (1960-1965)" as a member of the Motifs.


Click here to watch a video of John MacArthur performing during his years with the Motifs.


John and Melinda in Costa Rica


John's guitar stylings are appreciated around the globe. Each year, John performs with Melinda Whittaker in Costa Rica.

Presently, John MacArthur performs at several local venues as a soloist and with other top musicians. (Click here for his upcoming gigs)

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