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Danny Michel @ The Belleville Club with Matt Smith
December 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST$35
We’re pleased to welcome the Multi-Juno Nominated Danny Michel to the Belleville Club! Opening for Danny will be local treasure Matt Smith.
-Proof of double vaccination will be required for entry
-Masks must be worn at all times (unless seated eating/drinking)
-As a safety precaution, capacity at the venue will be reduced by 50%
Whether roots, blues, or world music, his fingerstyle and flat-picking have earned him a lot of fans. And, rightfully so. It’s not just his playing that catches your ear, it’s also his unique singing voice in a wide range of genres including rock, country, bluegrass, ragtime, traditional blues, roots and contemporary songs.
His sincerity and purity of tone cut to the core of the lyrics. And let’s not forget to mention, he also plays harmonica and a Greek instrument called a baglamas. He sings and plays traditional tunes, his own original music and has shared the stage with Canadian musical icons such as Ken Whiteley, Downchild Blues Band, Suzie Vinnick and Fred Eaglesmith, to name a few. Memorable musical moments include playing mandolin & slide guitar with world music group Galitcha, and opening for Tower of Power, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Eric Burden and the Animals.
With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC “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. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. An adventurous & fearless artist. A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over.
In 2011 he relocated to Belize. There he founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund” to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school. To date he’s raised over $70,000.00 for the school and volunteers there when he can.
Later he tracked down one of his favorite bands; The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group and convinced them they should 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 Billboards 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 as his band.
Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say” without coming off preachy. Topics range from the environment (“Feather, Fur & Fin”) to big questions (“If Gods’ on your side, then who’s on mine”). Others ask “Who’s Gonna Miss You when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right?/did you live it wrong?”.
At the moment Danny is sitting in front of a blank canvas contemplating where his next album is going to take him. It could go anywhere from here. Knowing Danny, wherever it goes – it will be an adventure”