Dan Gillies is a Guitarist and Freelance Musician from Northern Alberta who performs, composes and teaches in jazz, blues and country styles; as well as contemporary music and rock n’ roll.
As an established musician, Dan has participated in a number of rock/country bands and jazz ensembles throughout his career; and has collaborated with a variety of musicians and artists in Alberta. He has performed throughout the Province — including the Winspear Centre in Edmonton — with these diverse musical groups. Dan’s groups have opened for artists such as: The Trews, George Canyon, One More Girl, Bachman & Turner and Diamond Rio. Also, Dan’s groups have performed at many high profile musical events, including: the Northern Classic, SummersEND Country Music Jubilee, CanadaROCKS and the Arctic Winter Games (2004). Most notably, Dan Gillies performed throughout the Western Canada Summer Games in August of 2015 – including an epic performance of his song “Turning the Page” at the Opening Ceremonies. If you live in Fort McMurray, you’ve likely heard Dan at one of these events – or a community festival, an Urban Market – and especially the local pubs!
Dan is a regular and his groups are a first choice for many corporate companies and event coordinators in Fort McMurray. He’s performed at numerous social events, private functions and weddings – working both as a soloist and in ensembles. Specifically, you’ve heard Dan at: A Taste of Fort McMurray, the Oilsands Banquet, the MacDonald Island Art Gallery and the Keyano Gala; or at a hotel for a Christmas Party, Awards Ceremony or another “black tie” event where there was live music. In the Fort McMurray corporate scene, Dan also performs with the Jazz Group A Touch of Class.
Dan continues to play regularly at city-wide Church Services & Events – and has for the past 17 years! He is one of the Guitarists featured on the record “Do Justly;” a live worship album released by The Bridge 91.1. Also, Dan is a sought after Instructor for ‘Guitar in Worship’ and is currently involved with the Music Ministry at Fort City Church in Fort McMurray.
He is a sought after Instructor with many years of experience in teaching private lessons; running workshops, camps, recitals, and building curriculums. He was employed by the Keyano College Conservatory as a Guitar Instructor for a number of years, and now operates his lessons privately from his studio in their Theatre and Arts Centre. Dan has also written Guitar Columns for Canadian Musician Magazine (May/June Issues – 2016, 2017).
In the fall of 2014, Dan released his Instrumental album; Dan Gillies. With everything from Classic Rock to Modal Jazz; Latin & Country Guitar to a Celtic Mandolin piece — Dan’s album is a brilliant fusion of styles – that he anticipates will further his career in session work and performing.
In the spring of 2015, Dan Produced the Western Canada Summer Games theme song, “Alive” – written by Sarah Canning; and laid down all guitar tracks on the single.
Dan holds a Diploma from Grant MacEwan University in Music Performance, with a Major in Jazz and Contemporary Music; as well as a Music Diploma from Keyano College, with a Major in Classical and Jazz Guitar.
Dan Gillies currently works as a Freelance Musician, Performer, Clinician and Guitar Instructor – as well as a Music Director (Fort McMurray Community Jazz Band), and as a Guitar Tech (Campbell’s Music) – in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.