Dan Gillies is a talented musician and producer who is able to execute a creative vision while maintaining the highest level of professional standards. He is truly a champion for the arts in our region and is dedicated to supporting and cultivating the next generation of musicians. Dan is a strong ambassador for the strength and vibrancy of the Wood Buffalo arts community.
Dan Gillies is a rare breed who is making a living through his music…IN FORT MCMURRAY! He has the skills and connections to go almost anywhere and be successful, but he has chosen to put down roots in Wood Buffalo and raise his family here. In many ways, he is breaking new ground, crafting a viable living as an artist effectively mixing songwriting, performing and teaching. In my ideal future for Fort McMurray, I see artists of all disciplines following in Dan’s progressive and courageous footsteps. A talented musician, a consummate professional, and a great human being, Daniel Gillies is a class act who makes me feel incredibly optimistic about our artistic future as a community and region.
Dan Gillies is an excellent musician who is adaptable to any environment. Whether playing sophisticated jazz at our formal Kaos 911 fundraiser of eclectic tunes at our City Centre Urban market, Daniel has continued to please diverse musical audiences with a plethora of musical styles. Warm, funny and approachable, Daniel Gillies will bring you a musical experience from out of this world.
Daniel Gillies is a fantastic musician…We have enjoyed it each and every time that he has performed at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery’s openings and events. Daniel has a fantastic connection with his audience. He brings tremendous energy with his original musical style. He’s truly a musician!
We were very pleased when Daniel Gillies accepted our invitation to play for us, at our Christmas/Holiday Staff Party for Legacy Dodge on January 12, 2013. Daniel was very attentive to all details in the planning, and he prepared well in advance to ensure we had exactly what we were looking for. He communicated throughout the planning process, and we knew everyone would certainly enjoy and appreciate his performance. Our party was one of a “Vegas” theme and the music Daniel selected, matched perfectly to enhance our special evening. Thank you for a job well done!
Daniel Gillies is an amazing local musician, who goes above and beyond for his clients. Daniel’s work ethic and professionalism make him very easy to work with. Following his performance at a fundraising event, I was inundated with calls from the community, asking how they could get in touch with him, as someone with his musical talent is a rarity.
Daniel played at my girlfriend’s 50th birthday. It was a small family gathering and Daniel was the “surprise” of the event. He came, setup, and began to play while we kept my girlfriend distracted outside on the deck. She was floored with the music magically floating out of the house when Daniel started to play. The rest of the evening was absolutely magical. We spent all of it listening to a wide range of music — did I mention Daniel can play anything! By far, it was one of the best presents she had ever gotten. I could not begin to recommend Daniel more … totally professional, totally amazing.
I went to a wine and cheese event put on by a local hotel — and fell in love with the incredible ambience created by a guitar player — Daniel — who played beautiful background music the entire evening. When an opportunity came up through my work to plan an annual formal dinner on behalf of our Board, I immediately thought of Daniel and his music. Daniel was very professional throughout the entire evening — in fact rarely took a break! — and through his brilliant guitar playing skill created this same wonderful ambience for the Board’s guests. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the evening largely due to the fabulous background music. (As an event planner, Daniel really made me look great!) Daniel has now played on two separate occasions for us — each time with huge success — and I plan to continue utilizing his “magic” to help make events memorable and remarkable.