Danny Michel

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Danny Michel
Born (1970-01-31) January 31, 1970 (age 44) [1]
Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocalist, Guitarist
Labels MapleMusic Recordings/Universal Music Canada, Six Shooter, Cumbancha, Stonetree Records
Associated acts David Suzuki Foundation Gold Medal Plates
Website www.dannymichel.com

Danny Michel is a Multi-Juno and Polaris Music Prize nominated songwriter from Ontario, Canada.[1][2]

Michel in his studio in 2011

Michel began making solo records in the 1990s after being a member of many bands including the power-pop trio Starling. Soon after he signed a deal with MapleMusic Recordings/Universal Music Canada in 2003 and released Tales From The Invisible Man. In 2004, he was nominated as 'New Artist of the Year at the Canadian Juno Awards.[3] and later released "Valhalla"

Sceptical of the future of music in a new digital age, Danny purchased the published of his entire catalogue back in 2008. Later that year he and independently released the album "Feather, Fur & Fin". The title track quickly landed on the Playlist for the Planet released by the David Suzuki Foundation.[4]

In 2010 Michel released "Sunset Sea" with Minniapolis producer Mark Stockert featuring a series of short videos that showed the process of writing, recording and producing the album.


In 2011 Danny relocated to Belize, Central America to record with one of his favorite bands The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group. 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. In June 2013, the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize and released world wide on world music label Cumbancha records.

School Night Mondays[edit]

In the spring of 2014 Danny created “School Night Mondays” with Davide Direnzo & Mark McIntyre at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON, Canada. For 14 sold out weeks in a row a surprise guest would perform with the band, including Sarah Harmer, Jim Cuddy, Buck 65, Ed Robertson, Jian Ghomeshi, Col. Chris Hadfield, The Butcher’s Wife, Royal Wood, Starling, Andy Stochansky, The Satellites, Kobo Town, Quique Escamilla, Whitehorse, Oh Susanna & Joe Nolan

The Ocean Academy Fund[edit]

In 2011, Michel created "The Ocean Academy Fund" helping raise scholarships for the Caye Caulker Community School, a small non-profit community high school in Belize. To date, he's raised over $70,000.00 for the school and volunteers there when he can. His fund is currently on the CBC's Music short list for the "Heart of Gold" Award. Danny also donates his time to "The David Suzuki Blue Dot Tour", "The Gold Medal Plates", "The Issac foundation" and more


  • Fibsville (1999)
  • In the Belly of a Whale (2001)
  • Tales from the Invisible Man (2003)
  • Loving the Alien" (2004)
  • Valhalla (2006)
  • Welcome Home + Danny Michel and the Black Tornados Live DVD (2007)
  • Feather, Fur & Fin (2008)
  • Live in Winnipeg (2010)
  • Sunset Sea (2010)
  • Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me (2012)


  1. ^ a b Eisner, Ken (October 5, 2011). "Danny Michel finds a cause and Sunset Sea in Belize". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (March 28, 2013). "Great album’s music doesn’t suffer despite stripped-back approach". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Artist summary: Danny Michel". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Playlist for the Planet". davidsuzuki.org. David Suzuki Foundation. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 

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