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DANNY MICHEL THE COUNTRY’S MOST INTERESTING/INVISIBLE MAN There are lots of great reasons to be a Danny Michel fan. He’s a prolific songwriter, multiinstrumentalist, clever lyricist, charismatic performer, multitalented creative super force and compassionate humanist. Here are a couple of short interesting tidbits to help you discover (if you haven’t already) the man behind the music.

KHELEBNIKOV Hand-picked by Canadian Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, Danny Michel embarked on an 18 day expedition in 2016 through the Northwest Passage aboard the infamous Kapitan Khlebnikov (the 24,000 horsepower Soviet icebreaker and first ship to circumnavigate both the Arctic and Antarctic). He set up a make-shift studio in his cabin to record the album Khlebnikov which captured “the indescribable beauty and magnitude of this adventure through song.” Michel, Hadfield and composer (and childhood pal) Rob Carli went on to perform the haunting atmospheric suite live with symphony orchestras across Canada.

GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE After years of travel in Belize, Danny Michel found this unique AfroAmerindian cultural group and convinced them to make an album together. Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time” by Billboard and landed Michel his third JUNO nomination and a coveted Polaris Prize nomination.

OCEAN ACADEMY Education is not free in Danny Michel’s adopted second home of Belize. Ocean Academy high school provides academic and job skills programs that enable children to break free from systemic poverty. Michel motivates and works alongside students in everything from school repairs to talent showcases to scholarships. To date, over $90,000 has been raised by Michel and his friends and fans.

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2019 CentreStage Spring Issue  

The 2019 spring issue of CentreStage, the in-house program for the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The content covers the final shows a...

2019 CentreStage Spring Issue  

The 2019 spring issue of CentreStage, the in-house program for the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The content covers the final shows a...

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