Monday, May 6, 2019 | 8:30PM
Born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and 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 more than half a million copies of his eighteen albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.
In 2011, Valdy was appointed the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honours available in Canada. Long as his career has been, Valdy continues to tour across North America, performing at various folk festivals and stages to continuing acclaim.
It is with great joy that Hugh’s Room Live welcomes Valdy back to the stage this spring. This will be a particularly special performance as he will be playing alongside fellow musician, Doris Mason, whose long list of accolades speak for themselves.
This Pictou County native is a well known performer on the East Coast music scene, and has successfully juggled a busy solo career, work as Musical Director for the hit touring show “DRUM!”, and starred in Denny Doherty’s “Dream a Little Dream”- the nearly true story of the Mamas and Papas.
Doris grew up in a big musical family and was playing piano before her feet could touch the pedals. She wrote her first song at seven . Her training with the Royal Conservatory of Music garnered her many awards in Music Festivals in New Glasgow and Halifax. She formed a Pop/Jazz band and recorded a self-titled album “The Mason Chapman Band”. “Photograph” is her solo CD which garnered Doris an ECMA nomination. She was MD and Co-Producer of the Dutch Mason Blues Bash CD and Concert, honouring the “Prime Minister of the Blues” 60th Birthday. Ms. Mason has been a featured Artist with Symphony Nova Scotia as part of their Pops Concert Series along with singer/songwriters Ron Hynes, Terry Kelly, Gordie Sampson and Ian Janes. She paid tribute to Dutchy, Denny and John Allan Cameron on the 2008 ECMAs with J.P. Cormier, Charlie Acourt , George Canyon, Gordie and Shea.
Doris has been fortunate to have a multi-faceted background of celtic, folk ,blues and jazz which has afforded her a rich and diverse career throughout Nova Scotia, Canada, Europe and the United States.
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