Daniel Gervais & Zephyr
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I am writing in regards to Daniel Gervais. As an entertainment agent, I am called upon to make artist selections for a wide array of clients, from small offices to major corporations, festivals, and fairs. In the artists that I select I look for people who are talented, of course. But they also need to have other qualities, among them adaptability, resourcefulness,
energy, and creativity.

Daniel has all of those qualities and then some. He embraces life with a sense of “joie de vivre” that is not often seen these days. He truly loves to perform and we get wonderful comments from clients.

We often ask Daniel to perform at events that have a French-Canadian component to them, and he has always been willing to go the extra mile to be authentic - both educational and entertaining. Daniel has a bright future
ahead of him and I can highly recommend him.
- Margie Zahn


Daniel’s ability as a musician is extraordinary. I have witnessed him take this mastery of music to other areas of leadership and facilitation now. His precision and intensity is contagious, he brings out the potential in any group or individual. He's very professional, always distinguishing himself with his dress code, his manners, his organization and charm. Anybody who is fortunate enough to spend time with Daniel will be blessed with an unforgettable experience and a reminder of the lost arts of oral tradition, music, call-and-response, story-telling, choreography and physical theatre. - Ian Porteous


Dynamique, spontané et souriant, Daniel joue avec dextérité de ses nombreux violons. Ce jeune virtuose jongle avec les styles autant qu’avec les instruments. Violoneux de racine et de cœur, il s’intéresse aux différentes facettes et techniques du violon selon les pays et les continents. En deux ans, la carrière de Daniel a pris un envol impressionnant. Il a acquis une visibilité et un professionnalisme important sur la scène folklorique canadienne française.


- Cécile Haeffelé


I’ve known Daniel Gervais for around 12 years now and have watched him grow into a world class musician. He has learned many styles of music and excels in all of them. He has grown a passion for teaching as well. In 2007, I hired him to teach at the “Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Camp” and he was terrific. His students varied in age from 6 years to 80 years and they all loved him. He has a way of getting his point across that folks understand and they have fun learning from him. Daniel will be back teaching at my Fiddle Camp again this year and I hope for many years to come. - Calvin Vollrath


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"Aux rythmes de nos vies"

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ABOUT DANIEL

Daniel has been playing the violin since the age of five. He plays a variety of fiddle styles and classical violin. Some of Daniel’s instruments include a Zeta (electric fiddle), a 5-string fiddle and a nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed-fiddle). Daniel is currently working towards a B.Mus at the University of Alberta as well as performing, recording and teaching. Daniel has had the opportunity to tour with Clinton Pelletier throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. He 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, and Folkmoot USA Festival in North Carolina. Daniel has appeared on countless television and radio programs such as “Good Morning Canada” and various CBC broadcasts. In November 2002, he travelled to London, Ontario to receive the Conservatory Canada Speake Medal of Excellence for Grade 8 Strings for having attained the highest mark in Canada for that particular discipline. Daniel was honoured to have competed at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in August of 2003, representing Alberta. In 2004 and 2008, Daniel returned to this competition and was a top eleven finalist each time. In the spring of 2003, Daniel released his debut album Flying Fiddle. Daniel's second album entitled Endless Possibilities was released in April 2005. In 2006, Daniel was selected by the Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta for a provincial tour under the title of “COUP DE FOUDRE”. He was also nominated for “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Daniel has released a debut album with his band, eclecTrip, which features an array of musical styles. He is also collaborating with a well-known French-Canadian storyteller/accordionist named Roger Dallaire. Their duo is known as “Trad’badour”. They explore the roots of French-Canadian culture through stories and music. Their debut, self-titled album was released in the spring of 2008. Trad’badour is also in high demand in France, having already finished successful tours in 2007 and 2008. Daniel is also very excited to be working with Les Bûcherons. They provide “Artist-in-residency” programs to schools all around Canada. Teaching is very important to Daniel seeing as though he comes from a family of teachers. Daniel has taught and presented workshops for many schools and organizations including Calvin Vollrath’s Annual Fiddle Camp, Kenosee Kitchen Party and John Arcand’s Fiddle Fest. Music is a gift that Daniel wishes to share with everyone.

ABOUT ZÉPHYR

A light Western breeze

Zéphyr was created in the fall of 2002 and became the Association's
first Edmonton based performing troupe. Under the direction of Isabelle
Laurin, dancers aged sixteen and older are offered the possibility to
further develop their artistic potential while regularly presenting
themselves on stage.

Mainly basing it's repertoire on French-Canadian dance and advanced
step dance, Zéphyr presents a dynamic and authentic image of the
Franco-Albertan culture. The dancers also receive training in ethnic
dance, modern, hip-hop, as well as classical ballet and theatre.