William "Grit" Laskin wears many hats. His primary one is that of guitar-maker, a profession he has pursued since 1971. His steel-string, classical and flamenco guitars are known and coveted around the world. Players of his instruments include k.d.lang, Ben Mink, Rik Emmett, Tom Cochrane, Jesse Cook, Wayne Johnson, Tom Chapin, Garnet Rogers, Stan Rogers, Ottmar Liebert, Christine Lavin, Ken Whiteley, Cathy Fink, and Marcy Marxer, James Keelaghan, Kobukuro (Japan).
An additional, but related, hat Laskin wears is that of musician/songwriter/singer. For 40 years, he has been a multi-instrumentalist performer of music, playing guitar, mandolin, Northumbrian smallpipes, and concertina. He continues to give the rare concert at clubs and music festivals across Canada and the northern United States. Laskin is the co-founder of the folk label, Borealis Records, which has released 125 titles to-date and represents over 40 artists.