Bio //

Toronto bassist Daniel Fortin was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. His eclectic tastes and stylistic flexibility have led to work with a wide variety of artists in the jazz, rock and pop worlds, including Bernice, The Allison Au Quartet, Queer Songbook Orchestra, John Southworth, Serena Ryder, July Talk, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Devon Sproule, Mike O’Neill, Bryn Roberts, Tara Davidson, Harley Card, Michael Davidson, David Occhipinti, Alex Goodman, and many others

Dan is a co-leader of the Juno nominated trio MYRIAD3, along with pianist Chris Donnelly and drummer Ernesto Cervini. Together, they’ve released five albums for Alma Records: Tell (2012), The Where (2014), Tell((Chip)) (2015 – Donnelly’s electronic reimagining of their debut record), Moons, (2016), and Vera (2018.) They have undertaken several tours of Canada, the USA, Europe, and Japan, including performances at the Tokyo Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival (London, UK.)

In 2015, Dan released BRINKS, his debut album as a leader on Fresh Sound/New Talent Records. The critically acclaimed record features his long time collaborators David French, Michael Davidson, and Fabio Ragnelli, and includes 10 of his songs.

His most recent release is ‘Clock Radio,’ a duo recording with vibraphonist Michael Davidson, released on their Elastic Recordings imprint. He’s currently working on an album of music for solo bass to be released in 2020.

Dan is on faculty at the University of Toronto, where he teaches bass in the Jazz Studies department.

In 2001, Dan scored 996,000 points in a single trick combo in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (Sony Playstation, no cheat codes.)

His email address is dan.fortin [at] gmail [dot] com.

Dan would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council (Chalmers Family Fund) and the Toronto Arts Council (Music Composers and Creators Program.)


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