Danny Michel

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Danny Michel
Michel in his studio in 2011
Background information
Born (1970-01-31) January 31, 1970 (age 45) [1]
Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocalist, Guitarist
Labels MapleMusic Recordings/Universal Music Canada, Six Shooter, Cumbancha, Stonetree Records
Website www.dannymichel.com

Danny Michel is a Canadian musician, producer & filmmaker[1][2]

Michel began making solo records in the 1990s after being a member of many bands including the power-pop trio Starling. Soon afterward, 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.

Skeptical of the future of music in a new digital age, Michel purchased the publishing of his entire catalogue back in 2008. Later that year he 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] and was a guest on David's last Blue Dot tour.

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.

Belize & The Garifuna Collective[edit]

In 2011 Michel relocated to Belize to record with one of his favorite bands The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group to record the album Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me. The album landed him a Juno Award nomination 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.

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.

School Night Mondays[edit]

“School Night Mondays” were created & hosted by Danny Michel & his trio at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON, Canada. The night is a very casual, intimate and relaxed early show for no other reason than friends playing music. Each week Danny invites a surprise guest who performs a few songs with the band. The show has been sold out 18 weeks in a row and included guest such as Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Justin Rutledge, Sarah Harmer, Jim Cuddy, Col. Chris Hadfield, Ed Robertson, Jeremy Fisher, Royal Wood, Oh Susanna, Buck 65, Lindy, The Satellites, Kobo Town, Quique Escamilla, Andy Stochansky, Starling, Whitehorse, The Butcher's Wife and more.

Dan's Space Van"[edit]

“Dan’s Space Van” is a mobile web-cast created & hosted by singer Danny Michel. The show takes place in a customized 1978 GMC Vadura “Boogie Van” (airbrushed in a Star Trek theme). The show features interesting people and musical guests who perform IN the van’s diamond quilted, crushed red velvet interior. The show is written, filmed and edited entirely by Danny

S1 Episode 1
“Where No Van Has Gone Before”
12:26 - Starring Danny Michel
Dan lays out the whole story behind the show, talks with the previous owners, family and performers a brand new “spacey” song about an astronaut.

S1 Episode 2
“Let Me Tell You Something About Money”
10:17 - Starring Neil Osborne & Daniel Lapp
Dan talks with 54-40 frontman Neil Osborne and visits Daniel Lapp at the Victoria Conservatory of Music

S1 Episode 3
“Ride Free”
8:05 - Starring Matt Mays
Dan talks with the artist that painted The Space Van 35 years later and wakes Matt Mays up to sing a song

S1 Episode 4
“Kirk My Old friend, You’re Alive!”
15:18 - Starring Shane Koyczan
Dan talks with cartoonist Gareth Gaudin, poet and writer Shane Koyczan and introduces a new segment called space cribs. (Warning: High Star Trek content)

S1 Episode 5
“I Tried To Do A Roll”
9:36 - Starring Barney Bentall
Dan talks with to a man named Carl about his incredible brush with death and Barney Bentall sings a beautiful song

S1 Episode 6
“Beer O'Clock"
13:11 - Starring Dustin Bentall, Kendel Carson & Leeroy Stagger
Dan visits BB Gun Leather and have double performances by Dustin, Kendal and Leeroy

S1 Episode 7
“If Only We Had Flowers"
15:19 - Starring Del Barber & Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen
Dan talks to Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen about the city and tours Del Barbers Manitoba farm.


S2 Episode 1 “Zero G Dingle Balls"
20:38 - Musical Guest Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Dan and Chris cruise around, chat about music, zero gravity & lots more. Chris performs his first ever beat poem and a song written on the international space station

S2 Episode 2
“Staring a whole new life"
14:01 - Musical Guest Alysha Brilla
Dan visits an inspiring young man in British Columbia and goes to buy cookies with Alysha Brilla

S2 Episode 3
“We’re a little bit country & we’re a little bit Star Trek"
19:49 - Musical Guest Hawksley Workman
Dan tours the Town of Vulcan, winds up driving the Space Van in a parade and visits Hawksley Workman. WARNING: High Star Trek content

S2 Episode 4
“It's Gotta Be A Lightning Rod, Man!!"
25:58 - Musical Guest Steve Poltz
Danny & Steve land a helicopter on a glacier, ride around in the Space Van, chat about art, jet fighters, baseball & the time he met Elvis.

S2 Episode 5
Happy & Healthy"
24:06 - Musical Guest Emm Gryner
The Space Van gets a full make-over, a space-call from Gowan, visits the artist who airbrushed the van back in 1980, Pelee Island and the Mayor of St. Marys.


  • 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. 

Dan's Space Van FULL TV guide - http://www.dannymichel.com/newsite/Dan_Space_Van.html

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