"Rik Emmett" (born July 10 1953 in Toronto, Ontario) is a founding member of the Canadian rock band Triumph. Emmett left Triumph in 1988 to pursue a solo career. His first solo album, ''Absolutely'', was released in 1990 and became a massive hit across Canada thanks to the smash hits "When A Heart Breaks" and "Saved By Love". He is also a writer for ''Guitar Player'' magazine and teaches a music business course at Humber College.
For a time during the 1980s, Rik Emmett also contributed cartoons satirising the music industry to Hit Parader magazine.
Among his peers, Rik Emmett is widely considered to be one of the most proficient and versatile guitarists of his generation. Although he is best known as a premier rock guitarist, his playing style incorporates rock, blues, jazz, classical, and flamenco techniques. Similarly, his songwriting and discography demonstrate his ability to employ and blend multiple genres. In April 2005, Emmett was lauded with the http://www.smoothjazznow.com/ Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year.