The only good thing about not shopping in record stores anymore is you won’t have to figure out what genre to look for Danny under. If that were the case, you could try looking under, rock, pop, folk, world or (recently) even classical.
His own self-described musical A.D.D. has kept his music fresh for decades. His thoughtful lyrics & charming performances have earned a devoted fan base, multiple nominations for Junos, The Polaris Prize, CBC’s "Heart Of Gold", and most recently winning the CFMA's "Producer of the year" and "Oliver Schroder Pushing the Boundaries" Awards.
But Danny considers his career highlights to be the unique real life moments like performing for Jane Goodall’s 85th birthday party, touring with Stuart Mclean and working with charities close to his heart.
“When I was eleven, I spent a month living in Khartoum, Sudan. It was there I was exposed to a very different world…and music beyond Rock & Roll”
In 2015, his adventurous spirit took him to the country of Belize where he tracked down one of his favourite Belizean bands; The Garifuna Collective (a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group) and convinced them to create an album together. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was called “One of the finest musical works of our time” by Billboard's Larry Leblanc, landed Danny’s 3rd Juno nomination (World Music Album Of The Year), and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective.
While in Belize, Danny also founded the DM Ocean Academy Fund that helps raise scholarships for a small non-profit community high school. To date, Danny & his fans have raised over $90k for the school.
In 2016, Danny returned to Canada to record "Matadora," his most deeply humanist album to date. This ten-song collection explores the environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist, archivist, and space enthusiast in Danny.
Then it was off to the Canadian high Arctic where Danny recorded “Khlebnikov” (possibly the most northern album ever recorded/above 80°) aboard the legendary Soviet-era Russian ice-breaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov during an 18-day arctic expedition curated by Col. Chris Hadfield. Once home, Danny’s recordings were arranged for brass and strings by film composer Rob Carli. The result is a suite of atmospheric and haunting songs about the Arctic, our planet, and our place in it.
When he’s not performing he’s fighting for musicians’ rights, the environment, making short films, producing, running his studio or filming “Dan’s Space Van”
Danny is currently staring at a blank white board pondering his next musical adventure.
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”By this point, singer/songwriter Danny Michel must be a bit weary of being ranked as one of this country's undiscovered musical treasures. But it's true" THE TORONTO STAR
“When you need to restore your faith in humanity, just go to a Danny Michel show. Who else gets you to sing along to a song about what your meaningful purpose is on this earth? STICKY MAG, TORONTO
Michel is too old now to care about being cool, and more power to him. Not an ounce of his talent or curiosity or songwriting has faded in the least.
THE KW RECORD
“What sets Danny Michel’s music apart is the way he’s able to shake off the malaise of his subject matter - of today - and replace it with an overwhelming sense of emotional possibility. “White & Gold” is medicine”
"Danny Michel has reached a point where his musical vocabulary is so broad,
his songwriting/arranging chops so sharp, his guitar playing so distinctive
and his taste for the right sonic touch so impeccable that he can do whatever he wants and make it compelling" EYE MAGAZINE 5/5 STAR REVIEW
”Mr. Michel’s phrasing is raw and raspy; the rhythm of his lyric is greatly dramatized by this. He sings with a burnished glow inflecting the odd, emphasised word; his lines—featuring inner rhymes—are long and loping, always underscoring the epic nature of the story he is telling” THE WORLD MUSIC REPORT.COM
”In this remarkable collection of songs to give voice to the beautiful and the mundane, to thereal and the ideal. Matadora is vital and should be required
listening for anyone in need of a bit of hope” EXCLAIM MAGAZINE
”Poetic gold” THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
“Blackbirds Are Dancing Over Me” is one of the finest musical works of our time. LARRY LeBLANC / BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
(Speaking on Danny’s cover of Young Americans) “The maracas are a beautiful thing, out of nowhere they come and the backup voices are really moving and intimate. This is a good, good cover - db" DAVID BOWIE
"Wicked singer. Wicked songs. Wicked kisser" ALAN DOYLE
"Just fabulous. He's kind of like Paul Simon in the Rhymin' Simon days" STUART MCLEAN
"I really fell in love with his records." ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, HARP MAGAZINE
"Criminally overlooked” THE WINNIPEG SUN