Paul Valdemar Horsdal, ), commonly known as Valdy, is a Canadian folk and country musician whose solo career began in the early 1970s. He is known for "Rock and Roll Song", his first mainstream single. Valdy is the winner of two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, and has received seven additional Juno nominations. His fourteen albums, including four which are certified gold, have achieved sales of nearly half a million copies.(born 1 September 1945
|Birth name||Paul Valdemar Horsdal|
|Born||1 September 1945|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Early life and educationEdit
Valdy was born and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, the third child of Danish portrait photographer Paul Horsdal and Lillian Horsdal (née West), an English nurse and writer. He studied guitar and piano, and attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute.
Valdy was a member of The London Towne Criers during the 1960s and subsequently joined Montreal band The Prodigal Sons. He then moved to Victoria, where he worked with various rock and country musicians, including Blake Emmons.
When he was 25 Valdy bought several acres of land in Sooke and began farming. He began performing as a solo artist, and in 1972 recorded his "Rock and Roll Song" on Haida/A&M; it became a hit. His music was featured in the 1972 Steve McQueen film The Getaway. In 1973 he won a Juno Award for Outstanding Folk Performance.
Valdy appeared on the CBC TV show The Beachcombers as the environmental activist "Halibut" Stu. He also secured a part in the reunion production of The New Beachcombers performing a song he wrote, "It's The Water," as part of a jug band.
In 1986, Valdy made a guest appearance as himself in the popular 1980's Canadian children's television show, Today's Special (episode entitled: "trash"). He also guest appeared as himself on Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show in the third season episode titled "Growing Up".
In 2013 Valdy toured in Canada with New Zealand guitarist Graham Wardrop. In 2014 he continued to perform at folk festivals, including Kingsville Folk with jazz pianist Karel Roessingh and Nadina Mackie-Jackson on bassoon.
As of 2018, Valdy continues to regularly tour across Canada, including a performance on the main stage at the Mariposa Folk Festival.
Married (1986) to Kathleen Fraser Horsdal, a teacher, hospice worker and song cowriter. His daughter Chelah Horsdal is an actress.
|1975||See How the Years Have Gone By||—|
|1976||Valdy and the Hometown Band||40|
|1980||Passport: Best of Valdy||—|
|1981||Valdy's Kids Record||—|
|1986||Notes from Places||—|
|1993||Heart at Work||—|
|1999||Contenders (with Gary Fjellgaard)||—|
|2001||Valdy: Millennium Collection||—|
|2003||Viva Valdy: Live at Last||—|
|2007||Contenders Two: Still in the Running
(with Gary Fjellgaard)
|2012||Read Between The Lines||—|
|CAN AC||CAN||CAN Country|
|1972||"Rock and Roll Song"||31||17||—||Country Man|
|1973||"A Good Song"||9||9||—|
|1976||"Yes I Can"||12||63||—||Valdy and the Hometown Band|
|"Peter and Lou"||15||58||—|
|1978||"Dirty Old Man"||38||—||—||singles only|
|"Thank God He's a Stranger"||28||—||—|
|1985||"Sonny's Dream"||—||—||17||Notes from Places|
|1993||"Link in a Chain"||—||—||36||Heart at Work|
|1994||"Dreams About You"||—||—||48|
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