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DAVID LARONDE

DAVID LARONDE

A rare visit from a Northern Gentleman

Toronto, you are in luck, we have an important visitor coming to the Danforth to play his beautiful style of folk music. His name is David Laronde and he is travelling all the way from Lake Temagami which is situated about 80km north of North Bay. It will take place at CC’s Bar and Grill located at 1564 Danforth and Coxwell Ave. The show is on May 2nd and starts at 7pm, but get there early to make sure you get a seat. This will be an amazing treat with this indigenous artist whose honest lyrics will find its way deep into your soul.  Please read all about him and then go and greet him with your wonderful Toronto charm.

DAVID LARONDE is a Canadian Indigenous singer-songwriter and a proud Teme-Augama Anishnabai (Deep Water People) with roots anchored in the ancient pine forests and deep lakes of homeland territory: Lake Temagami in Northern Ontario, Canada. With equal parts of traditional, folk, rock and blues influence David’s own brand of soothing baritone vocal stylings injects a warmth and honesty to his songs and stories of this land and its people.

     Connecting to ancestral place across time and space grounds David’s music in both physical and spiritual realms. His storytelling is a fresh take on heartbreak, loneliness, love, hope and joy. It can conjure a cool summer breeze or an unforgiving north wind. His music transitions from folk to rock to edgy blues seamlessly and dynamically.

     David’s 2013 debut CD, “Right City Wrong Town” was nominated Best Blues CD by the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Re-rooting personal beliefs inspired David’s 2015 sophomore album, “Under the Raven’s Wing”, a spiritual homecoming that was deeply personal and healing, further defined David as a gifted, contemporary, Indigenous songwriter and performer.With his new album, “I Know I can Fly”, David is compassionate and courageous. The ancestral forces around him compelled David to respond to escalating numbers of teen suicide, relentless struggles of single mothers, and unjust over-incarceration of Indigenous men and women. I Know I Can Fly garnered David a Canadian Folk Music Award 2022 nomination for “Indigenous Songwriter of the Year”.The album is about personal freedom and personal sovereignty: Everyone has power. It presents a matured artistic sensibility that reaches out with the clear purpose of empowering through connection to Earth and Spirit.

A fourth album on the Delaronde Ancestry will explore the Acadian background of David’s paternal ancestors.  The Summer of 2023 tour of the east coast in PEI and Nova Scotia, went walking the grounds to complete the writing of this project.

Testimonials:

“I had the pleasure of hearing David Laronde Trio perform as a regular in our Jazz at the Junction Concert Series.   As a performer David is engaging and has a very warm rapport with his audience. His stories and songs speak of the rich historical ancestral roots of his people, the Teme-Augama.  These songs move me. Joanne Sullivan, North Bay

Career Highlights: 

2023  The Arctic Rose Foundation – Mentoring Youth

2023  Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Award Nomination

2023: Invited to perform with Sultans of String, Northern Ontario Walking Through The Fire Tour

2023: Folk Music Ontario; Official Showcase

Ongoing – Temagami Train Station – Raven’s Nest Gallery – David Laronde helps mentor new musicians.

2022 – Say Magazine article, Interview on Indigenous in Music, with Larry K. NV1.org –https://www.indigenousinmusicandarts.org/past-shows/david-laronde-in-our-spotlight-interview-folk-rock-bluegrass/

2022 – Summer – Performed at 6 festivals, Indigenous Day-Toronto, Northern Lights-Sudbury, Porquis Music-Iroquois Falls, World Fusion-North Bay, 100th Anniversary of Great Fire-Haileybury, Capitol Centre North Bay Bluesfest

2022 – I Know I Can Fly – Indigenous Songwriter of the Year, Nominee – Canadian Folk Music Awards – Songs and Stories SHOWCASE 

2022 – Indigenous Day Celebrations – Yonge/Dundas Square – Shared stage with Tom Wilson, Digging Roots, Crystal Shawanda, Logan Staats, Jace Martin, Brock Stonefish

2021 – Charting #9 – Indigenous Music Countdown – Song – I Need You

2017 – Performing alongside; Digging Roots, Crystal Shawanda, Suzie Vinnick 

2013 – Right City Wrong Town Nomination for Best Blues Album – Indigenous Music Awards (formerly the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards)

2013 – Opened for Buffy Ste. Marie

Live Performance Videos

2023 Folk Music Ontario Official Showcase: Did I Ever Wonder – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XMkfkxGO4E

Sep 2022 – Capitol Centre Bluesfest – North Bay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyAySvvQGgA

Where Are You – I Know I Can Fly album release – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAmrSxdW3Gw 

David Laronde Band Sizzle Reel 2022 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_-RRFKQBD0 

Spotify: Can’t Take You With Me: https://open.spotify.com/track/6FBMKubBAt7HxcpRI89E09?si=9d480720cda04bf7

Interview: https://theborderline.ca/david-laronde-messages-from-the-deep-water/?fbclid=IwAR1zTLFHisMNmfklJwY0OdM8SdgPCNXX1RHq3dg3tqxOR8EVLdp3cdtY-Os

Website: https://www.davidlarondemusic.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100045482693903 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidlaronde/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/davidlaronde 

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/david-laronde 

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/7sS6l29hSoYRa6YYEa2Rkm

Bandcamp: https://davidlaronde1.bandcamp.com/album/i-know-i-can-fly

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