Bio - With nominations for three Juno awards, The Polaris Prize, The CBC’s "Heart Of Gold" AND a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say" without coming off preachy. An environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist and space enthusiast, Danny’s hopeful songs find a home in everyone's heart.
In 2011 Danny relocated to Belize and founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund” to help raise scholarships for a small non-profit community high school. To date he's raised over $70,000.00 for the school and continues to help whenever he can.
It was long before Danny was wooed by the music of Belize which led to him tracking down one of his favorite Belizean bands; The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group, and convincing them to make an album together. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time” By Billboard's Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the “World Music” category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective.
Danny’s most recent project “Khlebnikov” was written & recorded with film composer Rob Carli aboard the Russian ice-breaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov during an 18 day arctic expedition through the northwest passage with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield and a collection of artists from around the world. It is possibly the most northern recorded album ever recorded (above 80°), Danny timed the album to drop on January 20, Donald Trumps's inauguration day. It felt appropriate for this Russian-based project. Danny and Rob will be performing Khlebnikov with orchestras from Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, London and more in 2017