Chris Velan

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Chris Velan
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Guitar

Chris Velan is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter and guitarist.


While in college, he studied law.[1][2] After passing the bar, he traveled to West Africa where he was the music producer of a documentary film about a group of refugee musicians from Sierra Leone.[2][3]

In 2003 Velan returned from West Africa, releasing his debut solo album It's Not What You Think, which incorporated a mix of his old and new influences ranging from folk, pop and rock to world music and reggae.

Live, Velan uses a loop pedal which thickens and layers the music, as he performs live as a one-man band.[2] His last album Solidago was released on NewSong Recordings.[4] This is his third solo album and some of the artists featured on this album include San Francisco artists The Mother Hips, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Jackie Greene and Adam Topol (Culver City Dub Collective, Jack Johnson (musician).[5]


Velan's influences include Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Robbie Robertson, Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler

Velan has been compared to artists including Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Jack Johnson.[4][6] Due to his use of the loop pedal at his live performances, he has also been compared to KT Tunstall.[7]


Velan has performed with well-known acts across North America including:

Artist Venue - Location
Duffy Metropolis - Montreal, QC
ALO Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
Brett Dennen Cafe Campus - Montreal, QC
Johnny Clegg Metropolis - Montreal, QC
Corrine Bailey Rae Mod Club - Toronto, ON



  • Fables for Fighters - June 7, 2011
  • Solidago - Released April 7, 2009
  • Twitter, Buzz, Howl (2005) - Fontana North
  • It's Not What You Think (2003) - Barefoot Music
With Equalizer
  • Rise (1998) - Peter UnPlugged
As Producer


  1. ^ Corlija, Melvin (2009-05-07). "Reggae sounds flavor new CD as Chris Velan visits the Artisan - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Go! Magazine". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "Concert: Chris Velan - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal". 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  4. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Chris Velan: Solidago on JamBase". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Chris Velan : Chris Velan: A Shiver of Gladness : Soul Shine Magazine". 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Staff Blogs | Burlington Free Press". 2014-04-13. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  8. ^ "About Chris Velan". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Living Like a Refugee: Liner Notes: NOTE FROM PRODUCERS/FILMMAKERS". Anti-. Archived from the original on 14 April 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011.