37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ON L4M 3M2
BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring folk’s long-standing troubadour back to Barrie on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the MacLaren Arts Centre.
“I’ve been lucky,” Valdy suggests. Born Paul Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Valdy was an inner city kid. His mother Lillian was a social worker/psychiatric nurse who ran condoms into Quebec as a family planning advocate. His father Paul Horsdal was a portrait photographer/outdoorsman who became a mentor to many of Canada’s photographers.
When asked about his career’s longevity (38 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) Valdy said, “I’ve worked with some amazing people.” This list includes 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).
Valdy adds that he “married the right woman,” Kathleen Mary Fraser Horsdal, Valdy’s creative advisor and wife of 22 years They sharing a lakefront home with three dogs and a cat, on Saltspring Island off Canada’s west coast.
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 13 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.
Valdy’s recent CDs include Contenders, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, Viva Valdy: Live at Last, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.
Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Don’t forget to bring your Repeat Attender card.
Tickets can be purchased online now. They are also available from the MacLaren Arts Centre. You can call them at 705.721.9696 to purchase by credit card. If buying online, remember to print your tickets after purchasing. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.