New Solo guitar album LONely Astronaut available Here:





Vancouver Jazz Festival June 23 - July2

Check under the shows section of my site to see when I'm playing.


Debut album available now

"Impeccable musicianship, cleverly layered compositions, and a lot of heart make Wherrett’s music both adventurous and accessible—never the easiest thing to accomplish, but it’s done with aplomb in ElkHorn’s impressive first offering." - The Georgia Straight



December 16: elkhorn

Our last show of 2017. Happy to be playing at The Heatley for the first time. 9pm free!

December 13: Star System

Star System will playing the music of Sun Ra at the China Cloud. 9:30 $10


November 29: Lonely Astronaut, Skim Milk, Pink Mountaintops

Sharing the bill and playing in Skim Milk with these fine gents. Plus Pink Mountaintops! 

@the China Cloud 9pm $15

November 19: Tom Wherrett Trio 

We'll be playing my fav tunes at Tangent Cafe 6-9

November 17: Lonely Astronaut + Adam BASALT Small Movements

Sharing the bill with my longtime friend Adam Basanta. At Merge, 9pm $10

October 14: Lonely Astronaut album Release!

this is the release show for my solo guitar record, along with Skim Milk's album release too! 

@The Juniper Room 9pm $10


Vancouver International Jazz Festival Starts This Friday June, 23!

These are the shows I'll be playing:

Evil Three plus Skye Brooks - July 1st, 6pm and 7pm Roundhouse - Exhibition Hall

Dubly Sound System - June 30th, 8:30pm, Tangent Cafe

Star System plays the music of Sun Ra - June 25th, 12:30pm Georgia St. Stage, Downtown Van


Previous Shows:


ElkHorn Album Release with The End Tree @ China Cloud  February 3rd, 2017

Snakebark + Cowtrance @ Merge                       January 6th, 2017

Debra Jean-Creelman Band - Live Concert Stream

For Light Organ Records                             November 11, 2016

ElkHorn and Elizabeth Lima

(NOW Series Montreal Meets Vancouver)               October 28, 2016

Skim Milk, Only A Visitor, Red Moon             October 10, 2016

@ the Fox Theatre

Chad Makela Sextet                                  October 8, 2016

Skim Milk 

Past Performances

ElkHorn - Vancouver International Jazz Festival 

Evil Three - Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Cole Birney-Stewart Band - Vancouver Jazz Fest

Skim Milk - Music Waste Festival, The Lido

Chad Makela Sextet - Pat's Pub


July 26, 2016

July 25th, 2016

July 26th, 2016

June 4th, 2016

May 14, 2016

News & Updates



Check out the Georgia Straight's review of our new album here:


ElkHorn's new album is finished! You can get it here:

Stay tuned for the album release show soon!


I'm also finishing up my solo guitar project: Lonely Astronaut. Getting ready to start mixing the album with Dave Sikula! 

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My name is Tom Wherrett. I'm a guitarist, composer and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. I lead several groups including ElkHorn, Evil Three, and Lonely Astronaut - a solo guitar project. I can also be found playing in other local bands including Skim Milk and the Cole Birney-Stewart Band. 

As a composer I strive to write unique and creative music that defies boundaries. I have been composer in residence at L.O.B.O.T. (Oakland,CA 2009) and the Kimmel Nelson Harding Centre for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE 2015). My work has been described as "anything but anodyne," and "expansive". (Georgia Straight)

As a guitarist I have studied with Lage Lund, Ben Monder, Rory Stuart, Steve Cardenas, and Scott Amendola.

As a teacher I have taught at the Walnut Grove and White Rock School of Music and Dance since 2007. I also teach privately out of my own studio.

I am a founding member of the musician/artist run performance space Merge, where we present exciting and challenging music of all kinds.