Dan Kanter

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Dan Kanter
Birth name Daniel Joseph Kanter
Born Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Origin Canada
Occupation(s) Producer, songwriter, musical director, musician,
Instruments Guitar, piano, keyboard, drums, bass, harmonica [1]
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Justin Bieber
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Bob Weir
Grateful Dead
Website twitter.com/dankanter

Daniel Joseph "Dan" Kanter (born 1981) is a musician and multi-platinum songwriter/producer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[2][3]. He is the musical director and former lead guitarist for Justin Bieber. Kanter co-wrote and co-produced the song "Be Alright" on Bieber's album Believe, and co-produced his My Worlds Acoustic and "Believe Acoustic". Kanter has also directed and performed with Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes,[4] Drake, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Ariana Grande, and Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman of Phish. He was a judge on the YTV singing competition TV show "The Next Star" [1] and the CBC music competition TV show "Searchlight". [5]. Kanter hosts the CBC show "Guitar In Hand with Dan Kanter". [6].

Early years[edit]

Kanter was born in Ottawa, Ontario. At a young age, Kanter learned piano, drums, and guitar.[1] When he was 13, he co-starred on the television show Leaps And Bounds which aired on the CTV network in Canada. Kanter began playing clubs with his band Hubris in his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario at the young age of 14. He was considered a musical prodigy writing lengthy originals with extended guitar solos. While attending Sir Robert Borden High School, Dan co-wrote a full-length musical titled "Destiny: The Musical” which was performed at the school. Kanter turned down acceptance to Berklee College of Music and headed to Toronto to study classical composition and analysis at York University. While at York University, Kanter played bass in local Toronto band, Avenue Road. He graduated in 2007 from York University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in music and is pursuing a Master's in Musicology at York University's Graduate school under the supervision of Professor Rob Bowman. He has written numerous papers examining the music and social impact of Bob Dylan.[7]


In 2010, Kanter co-produced Bieber's album My Worlds Acoustic. [8]

In 2011 Kanter starred in the 3-D concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.[9] The film's gross holds the record for the most successful concert film of all-time [10] and the 3rd most successful documentary of all all-time.[11]

Kanter co-wrote and produced the song "Be Alright" on Bieber's albums Believe (2012) and Believe Acoustic (2013).

Kanter co-produced Bieber's album Believe Acoustic (2013).[12]

In 2013 Kanter was featured in the biographical concert film Justin Bieber's Believe.[9]

Kanter co-produced and performed on "What Do You Mean?" (Acoustic) on Bieber's album "Purpose (Justin Bieber album)" (bonus track).[13]

He was a judge on the hit YTV singing competition TV show "The Next Star".[1]

Kanter has performed on 2 episodes of Saturday Night Live.


Kanter grew up in a musical family. His father - an avid Bob Dylan fan - directed Canadian productions of musicals including The Who's Tommy, Les Miserables, Chicago (musical) and Little Shop Of Horrors.[14] Kanter cites Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Metallica as his biggest influences. He is a fan of grunge era bands including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the Smashing Pumpkins. Kanter’s guitar influences include Jimi Hendrix, Zakk Wylde, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and Trey Anastasio of Phish.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Kanter currently resides in the Forest Hill community of Toronto. In October 2010 Kanter married Fashion Director Yael Latner; at the wedding, Bieber performed.[15][16] Kanter is a foodie.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d "York University Magazine". York University. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Notable YP Dan Kanter". Notable.com. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Recording Industry in Numbers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-09. 
  4. ^ "Thornhill rock star part of Canadian Music Week". 
  5. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/18218/meet-dan-kanter-searchlight-justin-bieber
  6. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/18935/dan-kanter-colin-james-guitars-in-hand
  7. ^ "The Next Star Season 7 to feature new judge, Dan Kanter". newswire.ca. April 8, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/justin-biebers-guitarist-dan-kanter-speaks-about-working-with-the-teen-phenom-20110217.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3558720/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=musicconcert.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=documentary.htm/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/believe-acoustic-mw0002476550.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ http://www.teenvogue.com/story/justin-bieber-purpose-album-review.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ http://www.vancouversun.com/Cappies+Review+Nepean+nails+production/9744834/story.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ a b Doyle, Patrick (February 17, 2011). "Justin Bieber's Guitarist Dan Kanter Speaks About Working With the Teen Phenom". Rolling Stone. 
  16. ^ https://www.thestar.com/life/fashion_style/2012/02/17/generations_fashionable_grandmother_advises_her_daughter_granddaughters.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ http://www.canadianbusiness.com/lists-and-rankings/best-jobs/dan-kanter-justin-biebers-guitarist-talks-about-his-typical-day-on-tour/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)