Two time Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion (2016, 2011) Daniel Gervais has been playing a variety of fiddle styles and classical violin since the age of five. He has been awarded the Prix Sylvie Van Brabant-Excellence en création artistique (2010) by the Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta and the City of Edmonton Arts and Culture Award (2007).
Daniel has six albums to his credit, including three solo albums, Flying Fiddle (2003) and Endless Possibilities (2005) and Old Red Barn (2013). In 2006, he was nominated for “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Daniel is a founding member of Trad’badour, a French-Canadian duo, with Roger Dallaire and Hot Club Edmonton with guitarist Clinton Pelletier. Hot Club Edmonton was awarded “Instrumental Album of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards (2010). In 2012 he performed as cultural ambassador at the London Olympics. Daniel has also toured with Zéphyr, a French-Canadian dance group, performing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., Mondial des cultures in Drummondville, PQ, the Folkmoot USA Festival in North Carolina, and Festival Interfolk in France.
Daniel has a Master of Music degree in classical violin at the University of Alberta and, in addition to his other performances and projects, he currently teaches as sessional faculty at MacEwan University in the jazz and popular music program.
Daniel will be accompanied on stage by guitarist Don Sawchuk.