MICHEL SIMARD

Known as the figurehead of electronic music in Canada, Michel Simard transcended all times, through Disco to Dance, but finally he found his niche in House music where he has excelled like no other. Self-taught artist, he is a DJ/producer since 1975.

This artist, son of the famous Montreal Jazz percussionist, has been producing great music for over 41 years, as thousands of music lovers across the province have been dancing to his music. His production skills were acknowledged many times by the tops of the industry: he was honored with a prestigious Billboard Award in 1979 (given by the legendary Gloria Gaynor) and a second one in 1980 (given by Dan Hartman), and he also received several gold record awards and Golden Reel awards.

This star has been shining in the most prestigious nightclubs across the province: he played in Montreal nightclubs such as Limelight, Studio 1, l'Horison, l'Arnaque, la Clef Disco, la Folie, Penthouse, Metropolis, Cocktail Cyber Club, MP3 Afterhours and (((Stereo Nightclub))); and then in Laval nightclubs such as Tops and Red Lite, as well as le Bureau (in Sorel), Studio 54 (in Brossard) and the very popular Beachclub in Pointe-Calumet. In the early 1980s, Michel and his music partner Louis-Georges Cazabon have achieved great success by attracting more than 10,000 people at the former velodrome, one of the buildings of the Montreal Olympic complex back in the days.

Back in the studio, this turntable mixmaster is unrivalled in Quebec. He had the opportunity to work closely with well-known artists such as Lime, Carol Jiani, Geraldine Hunt, Freddy James, Kat Mandu, Kebekelectrik, Direct Input, Alma Fay Brooks, Goldy Alexander, Eve, Fussy Cussy, Cheri, the Flirt, Costanza, Pierre Perpall, Martin Stevens, France Jolie, Nancy Martinez, and Earth Wind and Fire, and many more. This talented artist cannot go unnoticed – he is well-known in Montreal studios such as at the Ultra Sound and Montreal Sound, and also at the very renowned Studio André Pery in Morin Heights and, of course, at Sigma Sound in New York.

This artist had also a brillant career in the radio industry: he worked closely with Guy Aubry and the late Alain Montpetit at CKMF, a Montreal popular radio station, and at the time, he also held the position of Director in broadcast production for a radio show called Le 5 à 8 at CIEL FM, hosted by Michel Jasmin, a great radio show host in Quebec. Today even if he has the greatest respect from the most popular DJs and producers of the industry, Michel Simard is not one to rest on his laurels. This businessman manages with success his music production and DJ school The Michel Simard Music Academy, where he passes on his 4 decades of DJing experience.

This workaholic honors a monthly residency at Circus Afterhours, and spends countless hours working in the studio every week, to fine-tune productions and remixes, in addition to building many business partnerships and successes.
But the best is yet to come for this young turntable mixmaster?

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