Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, has
been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 35 years.
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.
One of Canada’s most influential
songwriters, Valdy’s composition A Good Song was recorded under the title Just
a Man by the venerable Quincy Jones (he sang lead on the recording!). Play Me a
Rock and Roll Song has been recorded by a few artists, including John Kay of
Along the way, Valdy has taken his music to
a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and been an
often-invited performer at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas.
His recent television appearances include Canada AM and Open Mike with Mike
Bullard. Valdy has also been a panelist on Front Page Challenge, and
played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers original series.
Today, he is based on Salt Spring
Island, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, three dogs and a large cat. All
three children are grown, flown and doing famously living in or near Vancouver