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Updated Sept. 16, 2016 - Gary Fjellgaard and I are in year FIFTEEN in October/November, the George Ryga Tour

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Saltspring Island, BC, Sun., Sept. 18, Fall Fair @ 12:05pm

Kenora, ON, Fri. Sept. 30, Dinner Show, Sold Out

Bayfield, ON, Thur., Oct. 20, My First Time in Bayfield!! We have a Bayfield 25' sailboat!! venue TBA

London, ON, Fri., Oct. 21, Aeolian Hall

Dundas, ON, Sat. Oct. 22, fundraiser @ Dundas Little Theatre

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Armstrong, BC, Fri., Oct. 28 @ 7:30pm, Club Zion, Zion United Church w/ Gary Fjellgaard

Lake Country (Winfield), BC, Sat., Oct. 29 @ 7:30pm, Creekside Theatre w/ Gary Fjellgaard

Ashton Creek, BC, east of Enderby, Sun., Oct. 30 @ 7:30pm, Lorenzo's Cafe w/ Gary Fjellgaard

Penticton, BC, Tue., Nov. 1 @ 7:30pm, the Barking Parrot w/ Gary Fjellgaard

Summerland, BC, Wed., Nov. 2 @ 7:30pm, Centre Stage Theatre w/ Gary Fjellgaard

Tappen, BC, Thurs., Nov. 3 @ 7:30pm, Carlin Hall w/ Gary Fjellgaard

Vernon, BC, Fri., Nov. 4 @ 7:30pm, O.K. Campus Theatre, w/ Gary Fjellgaard, Kelly and Blu Hopkins

Kamloops, BC, Sat., Nov. 5 @ 7:30pm, Sagebrush Theatre, w/ Gary Fjellgaard

Barrie, ON, Wed., Nov. 9, Barrie Folk Society, w/ Lynn Miles, and Garnet Rogers

Wilno, ON, Thurs., Nov. 10, the Wilno Tavern

Sydenham, ON, Sat., Nov. 12, The Grace Centre

Haliburton, ON, Sun., Nov. 13, Northern Lights Arts Pavillion

Toronto, ON, Mon., Nov. 14, Heliconian Hall w/ Nadina Mackie Jackson and Karel Roessingh: Valdy to Vivaldi, happily remounted after a two year haitus. This trio is fiercely fun, as Nadina and Karel are both cut-ups, and both brilliant players. The Heliconian Hall is at 35 Hazelton Avenue (in Yorkville), Toronto.

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Elkford, BC, Fri., Nov. 18, Mountain Meadows Golf Course

Lethbridge, AB, Sat., Nov. 19, CASA

Calgary, AB, Sun., Nov. 20, Ironwood Grill

Sherwood Park, AB, Mon., Nov. 21, Spark Centre

Canmore, AB, Wed., Nov. 23, the Creekside Villa, Canmore's newest venue

Merrville, BC, Sat., Nov. 26, Merrville Hall

White Rock, BC, Fri./Sat., Dec. 9/10, Blue Frog Studios Christmas Show

2017

Chilliwack, BC, Fri., Feb. 10, likely the Arts Centre Studio Theatre. I'll check on this....

Olds, AB, Thur., Feb. 16, back at 'er with Gary Fjellgaard

Okotoks, AB, Fri., Oct. 17, also w/ Gary, likely at the Arts Centre, a delightful, repurposed church. I shall confirm...

Swift Current, SK, Sun., Feb. 19, TBA.

Gibson's, BC, Sat., Feb. 25, Heritage Theatre

Aurora, ON, Sat., Apr. 8, Aurora Cultural Centre

Tweed, ON, Sun., Apr. 9, The Tweedsmuir Tavern

Toronto, ON, Mon., Apr. 10, a return to the Heliconian Hall w/ Nadina Mackie Jackson and Karel Roessingh: Valdy to Vivaldi. The Heliconian Hall is at 35 Hazelton Avenue (in Yorkville), Toronto.

 

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--------- Here is my Discography --------

 

Contenders Three: Off The Floor - Gary Fjellgaard and Valdy's October 2015 release. Two originals spice up a collection of covers that both of us have liked for years. This is our third recording together, and we're doing the Okanagan tour this fall for the fifteenth year !!

 

 

READ BETWEEN THE LINES: Fourteen tunes recorded from August 'til November 2011, a varied and surprising recording
Rack-0n-Tour
recorded.....Duncan, Burnaby, Victoria BC, and Toronto, Port Hope, ON
'12

CONTENDER TWO: Still in the Running - ( Gary Fjellgaard and I, live off the floor, with double bass and an enigmatic percussionist )

Stony Plain Records
Vancouver, mixed at Homestead Recorders in Edmonton, mastered at the E-Room in Toronto
'08
Viva Valdy: Live at Last - a 2 CD setin a sweet package; Norman MacPherson co-produced this with me
Rack-On-Tour
Studio CD was done in Windsor and various Ontario studios; Live was taken from 22 tour dates
'04
VALDY: MILLENIUM COLLECTION
Universal Music Canada
a second CD compilation
'01
CONTENDERS -This is the first CD with Gary Fjellgaard and myself, and some fine players
Stony Plain Records
Saltspring Island/Edmonton
'99
SMORGASBARD (CD only) - an eclectic collection of songs , rcorded in a number of studios over 4 years.
Rack-On-Tour
Regina/Saltspring Island/ Vancouver/Sechelt/
'96
HEART @ WORK - out of print - the record company has rescinded the masters; too bad, it's such a luscious recording.
Peg Music
Vancouver/Winnipeg - produced half by Dan Donahue, and half by the two Bills (Bill Henderson & Bill Buckingham).
'93
CLASSIC COLLECTION a Best Of CD
A&M Records
compilation, my first CD, and still available
'88
NOTES FROM PLACES
Duke Street Records
Vancouver/Morin Heights
'86
VALDY'S KIDS' RECORD CD
Rack-On-Tour
Vancouver
'81
Of the recordings listed below, just 1001 is available, and only on LP
and that's a pity,
but there's lots more to come,
eh?
PASSPORT: BEST OF VALDY
A&M Records
compilation
'80
1001
Sloth Records
Vancouver
'79
HOT ROCKS
A&M Records
San Francisco
'78
VALDY & the HOMETOWN BAND
A&M Records
Vancouver
'76
SEE HOW THE YEARS HAVE GONE BY - A&M in the US, the parent company, had Paul Rothchild produce this for the American Market
A&M Records USA (US only)
Hollywood
'75
FAMILY GATHERING - One side live at Massey Hall, one side studio with Ontario players
A&M Records
Toronto
'74
LANDSCAPES - This was a masterfully engineered record; thanks Claire Lawrence
Haida Records
Hollywood
'73
COUNTRY MAN - this one, my first, almost went platinum, selling 97,000
Haida Records
Hollywood, California

'71/'72

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and now for some Press Kit Stuff -

-- some quotations --

"Few performers are capable of achieving the kind of energy he generates on stage." - Globe and Mail

 ".....name probably doesn't ring a bell with most Americans, but in Canada this singer and guitarist is a legend." - Anchorage Times

 ".....unquestionably the most public performer in Canada today, and the most loved." - Macleans

 "Valdy is regarded as one of Canada's most distinctive and successful minstrels." - Humber Log

 "Valdy elicited a genuinely warm standing ovation, the real kind, where the applause continues long after the encore is assured." - Winnipeg Free Press

 

 -- some more quotations --

 "...judging by last night's performance, Valdy's musical magic is alive and well." Beacon Herald

 "One of the best evenings of entertainment Confederation Centre has ever seen....a man of formidable talents." Charlottetown Evening Patriot

 "Valdy remains one of the country's purest and most credible storytellers." Toronto Star

 "He's a master of country, folk, rock and blues, and the catch is that whatever the sound, people know that Valdy is sincere." Saskatoon Star Phoenix

 "Valdy's show is a disarming and practical blend of respect for the audience and show business expertise." Edmonton Journal

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This is the thinnest train I've never been on

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I actually was on board, that steam engine pulling us from Cranbrook to Invermere in BC

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Career Bits

* 15 albums, 22 singles, 4 Gold Records, nearly half a million units sold worldwide.

* 2 Juno awards, 7 Juno nominations (Country Male Vocalist & Folksinger).

* "Songwriter of the Year"

* CARAS awards in Folk/Bluegrass categories.

*Valdy has toured, and still does tour, in America, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Valdy is an oft-invited performer at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

* CBC simulcast (TV w/ Radio 2 stereo), an hour-long TV special "Folksinger Deluxe with a Side of Fries".

* Host of "BC Music Project" music video show, winner of the 1989 Gold Ribbon Talent Development Award.

* TV talk show guest, and host on occasion, CTV's Open Mic w/ Mike Bullard, Canada AM, and occasional YouTube viewings

*Twice Valdy was a panelist on the popular Front Page Challenge

*Lead role on "The Beachcombers", minor roles in 2 movie features.

*Song writing workshops, movie sound tracks, TV and film scores, CD music production, omelettes.

 

 

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Kathleen and I at home; am I a lucky man or what?

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Valdy - a Brief Bio

Valdy, Paul Valdemar Horsdal, born in Ottawa in 1945, has been part of the fabric of Canadian music for four decades and counting, over 34 years, a man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand. Valdy is a singer, guitarist and bassist songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

He shares his life with Kathleen, who has aided and abetted, accompanied and ably helped steer Valdy through the last thirty-three years of harsh and mellow weather.

Valdy's recent CDs, the last two of which are available on iTunes, include:

"Contenders 3", the third collaboration with Gary Fjellgaard, an awarded cowboy songwriter.

"Read Between the Lines", a 2012 release that has a broad selection of genres.

"Viva Valdy: Live at Last", a two-CD package, one live and one studio, with a total of 25 tunes and lyric booklet,

Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 15 albums, and is remembered for "Play Me a Rock and Roll Song", his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, , has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), seven Juno nominations, and four Gold albums to his credit..

Valdy is one of Canada's influential songwriters. His own tune "A Good Song" was recorded by Quincy Jones, who actually sang lead vocal on the recording, retitled "Just a Man". "Play Me a Rock and Roll Song" has been covered by a few artists, including John Kay of Steppenwolf.

Along the way, Valdy has taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and recently New Zealand. He has been an often-invited performer at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. His man television appearances include Canada AM. Open Mike with Mike Bullard, Front Page Challenge, and he played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers original series.

Home page of this website is http://www.valdy.com

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Valdy on Valdy

SHORT

"I've been lucky," Valdy suggests, when asked about his career's longevity. "I've worked with some amazing people, players, innovative producers, great songwriters." He pauses, pulls his whitening beard. "And I married the right woman."

Another pause, then "Is that luck? Or is that moving at God's speed? I mean, it's more than strategy that puts these folks along my path. Sure I'm good at what I do, and I'm getting better, I'm paying attention, and I'm learning, but I've lived a charmed life, with a supportive partner, a glorious daughter, two vibrant sons, my health pretty well in tact; I am a really lucky man."

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LONG

"I've been lucky," Valdy suggests, (born Paul Valdemar Horsdal in September of 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, an inner city kid, mother Lillian, social worker / psychiatric nurse whtaught family planning to Quebecers as a volunteer advocate, and Paul Horsdal, portrait photographer/outdoorsman who became a mentor to many of Canada's photographers, including Yosef Karsh. (("When Karsh asked Dad how he took such great pictures, he replied, "I take a lot of pictures." Karsh left with a used Graflex 5 by 7 that Dad received $500 for six months later." - Valdy)) Parliament Hill was nearby, and Valdy's father had Prime Ministers' portraits on display), when asked about his career's longevity (49 years of recording and performing, with tours in Mexico, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and annually Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean from Nunuvit to Texas). "I've worked with some amazing people, players, (like Norm MacPherson, session/touring guitarist with Skylark & Sample Stearns Band; Connie Kaldor; Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt from Elvis' band; Larry Carlton; Ben Benay; Nicky Hopkins; Jay Dee Manus; Jim Keltner; Gerry Adolphe; Kat Hendrikse; Michael Creber; Doug Edwards; Connie Lebeau; George Koller, session/touring bassist with Holly Cole, Joe Sealy, Shuffle Demons, Loreena McKinnett, pianist Karel Roessingh, bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson, guitarist and singer Graham Wardrop), innovative producers, (like Claire Lawrence, resulting in 3 of his 4 gold records; Eliot Mazer, who has worked with Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young; Paul Rothchild, who's recorded Bonnie Raitt & the Doors; Rob Bryanton; Bill Henderson; Dan Donahue), great songwriters." (like Bob Ruzicka, Lynn Miles, Ron Hynes, Jon Ims, Graham Shaw, Tom Paxton, Mike Williams). He pauses, pulls his whitening beard. (Valdy just turned 70) "And I married the right woman." (Kathleen Mary Fraser Horsdal, Valdy's creative partner and wife of 29 years, sharing a lake front home with him and three dogs on Saltspring Island, off Canada's west coast).

Another pause, then "Is that luck? Or is that moving at God's speed? ("Valdy elicited a genuinely warm standing ovation, the real kind, where the audience continues long after the encore is assured" - Winnipeg Free Press) "I mean, it's more than strategy that puts these folks along my path." ("Few performers are capable of achieving the kind of energy Valdy generates on stage" - Mcleans) "Sure I'm good at what I do, and I'm getting better, I'm paying attention, and I'm learning," (two Juno Awards, SOCAN's Song of the Year Award, four gold records, sixteen CDs/albums/8-tracks), "but I have lived a charmed life, (200 gigs a year, fundraising and advocacy for Literacy, recipient of the Order of Canada, music producer, husband, father), with a supportive partner (Kathlee is an artist, hospice counsellor, soul-mate), a glorious daughter, (Chelah Phoebe Horsdal, actor, www.chelah.com), two vibrant sons, (Theo Koumontaros Horsdal, IT buyer for a major Western Canadian retail chain, and Yani Koumontaros Christie, music-variety promoter); I am a really lucky man."

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Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard

Valdy meet Gary Fjellgaard; Gary Fjellgaard, this is Valdy.

Of course, introductions are unnecessary - these two guys have known each other far too long for any kind of formality. Now, with their first album together, Contenders, on the leading Canadian roots music record label, Stony Plain, and with a national tour underway, they make the most logical duo in Canadian music.

Consider, if you will, what they share. They're both family men. They both live on small islands off the coast of British Columbia. They are both singer-songwriters with an eye for memorable tunes and finely-honed images. They're both road warriors who tour, and tour, and tour.

They are also both committed Canadians, more particularly, committed Western Canadians. And their music draws on all the aspects of life in the west. "Western roots" they call it. It's music that, in every note, echoes the mountains and the sea, the cowboys and the fishermen, the oil well roustabouts and the loggers, the sunsets and the rain, the streak of rugged independence and contrariness that so many display, and the generosity and warmth that make Westerners so welcoming to all.

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Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he's a songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 16 CDs, albums and 8-tracks, and has received two Juno Awards (from a total of seven Juno nominations), and four Gold albums to his credit.

Along the way, he's taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia, and recently New Zealand, been an invited performer on many oxccasions at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas, and even played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers.

Today, he's based on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, two dogs and two large cats (the three grown-up "kids" are all now living in the southern mainland of British Columbia and Colorado).

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Gary Fjellgaard has been described as a "national treasure" and one writer summed up his music this way: "It is so rich that his art is free of bitterness, whining, self-pity, and manufactured pathos. He is the poet of the extravagantly good side of the human spirit; breathtakingly humane and compassionate."

Like Valdy, Fjellgaard came to the Gulf Islands (he lives with his wife on Gabriola Island) well into his 25-year career. The island's peaceful calm (not to mention the view from his living room window) can make it difficult for him to leave. It is not only a haven from the road, and a different geography than the one he knew growing up in Saskatchewan, but a place to write the sort of songs that lovingly recall the past, take an affectionate view of the present and look optimistically into the future.

He has a stubborn streak, which is why he's never changed his Norwegian name so people who don't know him could spell and pronounce it properly; now nearly everyone knows it's pronounced Fell-Gard. As a songwriter, he's a storyteller - and the stories he tells come from his two decades in the logging industry, his annual stints as a trail-riding cowboy, and his travels back and forth across Canada.

His reputation has been earned in the country music field, and if his songs bear little resemblance to the "hot new country" that fills the airwaves today, he has had more than his share of successes - and has a shelf-full of awards to prove it.

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Together, Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard are a near-perfect team. The songs they've written for Contenders touch their common ground with the familiarity and warmth only old friends can share. They are both experienced entertainers who know how to earn the respect of their audiences, and deliver shows, night after night, that send people home with smiles and the feeling that they've experienced something special and heartwarming.

The pair are in the midst of a national tour to support Contenders, and to bring the songs to audiences across the country. No spotlights. No stacks of heavy-duty speakers and power amplifiers. No all-star backup band. Just two guys, two guitars, and two dozen songs or more that tell where they've been, where they are and where they're going.

A new decade really needs the old verities more than ever before, and these contenders prove the point.

Valdy W/ Doug 'n' Doug

30 Years ago, I played in a trio called Sweet Honey Mead, with Douglas K. Rhodes and Douglas E. Rhodes.

We did a weekend at Moby's, our first trio gig in nearly 30 years. Doug the Elder is one of the respected drummers on Saltspring Island, and one of the island's best carpenters as well (accolade). Doug the Younger is playing these days with Victoria's big band, the Belvedere Broadcasters, as well as several jazz configurations on sax, bass, and keyboards; he sings very well, and is restoring and repairing some of the Victoria area's aging and abused pianos. We boogied, and will probably do it again.

Moby's was, in this local's opinion, the music bar on Saltspring Island.

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