VALDY, Born Paul-Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Ontario, is well known for his song Play Me a Rock and Roll Song which launched his recording career of 18 albums, 24 singles, four gold albums and more than half a million copies sold worldwide. Valdy has garnered the 1971 RPM Gold Leaf Award for Folk Singer of the Year, and two Juno Awards (Folk Entertainer of the Year, 1972 and Outstanding Performance of the Year – Folk, 1973).
Valdy received SOCAN’s National Achievement Award in 2005, was awarded the Order of Canada in 2011 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2013, and is in the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame and (ironically) the Victoria Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
Through forty years of recording and touring, Valdy remains at the heart of Canada’s musical landscape. He is a prolific songwriter, singer, musician, and performer, and personifies the original stylings of the folk music idiom. He continues to perform up to two hundred gigs a year, being a perennial favourite at folk festivals.