Guelph, ON January 7, 2014 – Since dominating the charts in 1972 with his hit song “Play Me a Rock N Roll Song”, singer, songwriter and guitarist Valdy has maintained his status as a living legend in Canada’s folk scene. He’s a vibrant and captivating performer who has toured steadily for the past forty years. His popularity still runs high, as is evident by the limited number of seats available for his show in the Cooperators Hall on Friday, January 17 at 8pm as part of the Borealis Music Series.
Born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Valdy – as he became known – has enjoyed a prolific career. His extensive tours include stops across Canada, the United States, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. He has produced 14 albums, 22 singles, has four Gold Records to his credit and sold nearly half a million albums worldwide. In addition to his two Juno Awards (Country Male Vocalist and Folk Singer), he was named Songwriter of the Year in the folk/bluegrass category for the CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) Awards.
Valdy’s non-music performing credits speak volumes to how deeply he is woven into the fabric of Canadian culture. He played the role of Halibut Stu on the iconic television series Beachcombers, has appeared as a guest on distinctly Canadian talk shows like Open Mic with Mike Bullard and Canada AM, and was twice a panelist on the CBC’s Front Page Challenge.
Valdy’s lyrics capture the small but telling moments of life that resonate deeply with his fans. Songs like ‘Peter and Lou’, ‘Renaissance’ and ‘Sonny’s Dream’ are poignant observations about the small details of daily living, juxtaposed against larger themes of love, longing and regret. His prowess as a songwriter is matched in equal measure by his strength as a live performer. As one Globe and Mail reviewer observed, “few performers are capable of achieving the kind of energy he generates on stage.”
When not on tour, Valdy makes his home on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia where he lives with his wife, Kathleen. The couple’s children are ‘grown and flown’ according to the artist. When asked about his career’s longevity, Valdy observed, “I’ve been lucky.” He continued, “I’ve worked with some amazing people, players, innovative producers, great songwriters. And I married the right woman.”
Tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for students and seniors. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online at riverrun.ca
Ella Pauls | Manager of Cultural Development
Culture & Tourism| Community & Social Services
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2589