Dan Doiron

Dan Doiron


Friends say they don't recognize him without a guitar strapped on, as Dan Doiron has been addicted to the raw energy of the guitar since he formed his first band at age 13 in Port Hood, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A blazing spitfire guitarist, Dan fuses inventive guitar riffs and grooves with unique lyrics reflecting his views on everyday life, ensuring an emotional, thrilling musical ride at every band and solo show.

He’s profoundly committed to the music, crafting his own style that draws upon over forty years of his traditional and modern guitar studies and experiences as a musician, songwriter, music educator,(B.MUS.Ed from Dalhousie University with a major in classical guitar), National guitar clinician, (Roland Canada), and recording engineer. Dan is also dedicated to sharing that passion and knowledge and has developed a diverse variety of workshops and clinics that focus on guitar technique and improvisation, songwriting, and incorporating technology to assist musical growth. He’s experienced in presenting to all ages and levels and especially enjoys the opportunity to inspire the next generation of musicians through “Blues in Schools” presentations.

After many years as a sideman, in 2011 Dan stepped out as a solo recording artist, earning both East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia nominations for his debut CD, “Even My Guitar Is In Love With You”. A torrential body of multi award nominated work has followed and in May 2018 he released his fourth album “Livin’ Centre Stage”. In addition to being nominated for a 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award, “Live Centre Stage,” is also the credo of his initiative to inspire others to live their passion regardless of age or stage in life. At the 2018 Start Up Canada  convention at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Doiron was honoured as one of the WISE 50 Over 50 award recipients and also performed at the event. The award recognizes fifty entrepreneurs from across Canada who started their enterprises after reaching the age of fifty, and celebrates their success.

I’d had a varied 35 year career as an educator, recording engineer, clinician and musical instrument product specialist, but music performance had always been my passion and I finally decided to follow that dream in 2012. I began the Live Centre Stage program in 2017 because I wanted to share the tools that had helped me in this journey and to encourage others to dream big and go for it!”

Find more information about the program at www.LiveCentreStage.com

In October 2017 Dan and his band won the East Coast Blues Society’s “Maritimes to Memphis” competition for a second time, awarding them the honour of representing Atlantic Canada once again at the worlds’ largest Blues competition, the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis.


“Livin’ Centre Stage” nominated for 2018 Music Nova Scotia Blues album of the year

Two time winner of the Maritimes to Memphis Blues Challenge

Three time East Coast Music Award nominee for Blues Album of The Year

Three time Music Nova Scotia Award nominee for Blues Album of The Year

Past Performances:

From playing intimate solo house concerts and blues clubs, to his band’s energetic performances at major festivals, Dan’s priority is to connect with the audience at every opportunity.“At every show I realize that it’s a great honour to meet people, share music and stories and I never take that privilege for granted..”

Calgary International Blues Festival – Calgary Alberta

Halifax Jazz Festival – Halifax N.S.

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival – Fredericton N.B.

Prince Edward Island Jazz and Blues Festival -Charlottetown PEI

Sydney Jazz and Blues Festival – Sydney N.S.

Press Quotes:

"Dan Doiron's Livin' Centre Stage is the next, and best chapter in his already impressive career!From the opening, funky, track "The Next Lifetime Around" through to the beautifully, heart-breaking closing track "The Letter", Livin' Centre Stage showcases his talents as a smooth vocalist, a searing guitarist, and a songwriter capable of shifting effortlessly from the humorous to the poignant.A shoe-in come awards season, this is a must-have for 2018!" Brent Morrison, Host, of The Rockin' Blues Show (Vancouver BC)

 "Dan Doiron's new release, Livin' Centre Stage, is his most outstanding project to date, straight up and hands down. From the searing, funky leads of his electric songs to the plaintive notes of his acoustic material, and from the insightful lyrics to the richness of his vocals, Dan nails it every single time. After decades in the business as writer, performer, music educator and recording artist, Dan truly is 'livin' centre stage." Brant Zwicker At the Crossroad Blues Radio (Kamloops BC)

 "The aptly titled CD combines focused energy with well crafted material, in which he rarely wastes a note in solos that always serve the song. 'Living Centre Stage' puts him squarely in the vanguard of Canadian rock-blues, the rest of the world would do well to quickly catch on!" Pete Feenstra Features Editor and Blues & Rock Editor - The Blues Magazine UK

"Dan Doiron’s musical mastery have him Livin’ Centre Stage. And that’s also the title of his dynamic new cd. It’s electrified blues with lyrics that make you stop and think. But not for long, because Dan’s music gets your toes a tappin’ and you just wanna get your dancing shoes on and go boogie." Ken Wallis Host of Blues Blast on 1015 The Hawk Fm and Blues and Roots Radio

"A perfect balance of talent, imagination and attention to detail, Dan Doiron knows the secret of living centre stage." - Terry Parsons (Blind Lemon Blues) CHMR FM (Newfoundland)


To schedule interviews with Dan, to book Dan, and to get more information about Dan and his many musical offerings, contact:

Email: Dan@DanDoiron.com

Cell: 902-222-2182