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 and earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. Michel is a musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease.
In 2011 Danny relocated to Belize and founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy” to help raise scholarships for a small non-profit community high school. He’s raised over $70,000 for the school and volunteers there whenever he can.
Now, four years after the release of his island vibe CD with Belize’s Garifuna Collective, Michel returns with Matadora, an album that promotes Michel’s particular humanism, a message of peace and love and stardust.
Matadora’s origin is a different sort of island, self-produced, recorded and mixed all by Michel in his home studio in Waterloo. Matadora tempers the tropical escapism of the Juno-nominated Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me with a dose of harsher realities – breaking news, loneliness, laundry – all delivered tenderly with Michel’s signature empathy.
On Matadora, Michel’s red flag waves as an open-ended question posed in the title track: Are we all the bull on beaten days, or are we the matadora in many ways?
“I’m excited to play Sarnia,” Michel said. “By the time I get there, I’ll be warmed up. It will be nice to be on stage playing songs from this brand new album. It’s going to be a sweet, new energy.”
The Sarnia Library Theatre show is part of a tour that takes Danny all across Canada for solo shows and festivals, and with dates selling out and more dates being added, it’s a good time to catch him with his new tunes and signature favourites.
Wednesday May 11
$25 Adv or $30 at the door
Tickets: Cheeky Monkey or Ticketscene.ca