Folk Music Canada is happy to announce that Daniel Lapp is the recipient of the 2013 Innovator Award for his work as a teacher, leader and song collector.
Launched in 2012, the Innovator Award is dedicated to recognizing a new and innovative approach that has had a significant impact on Canadian Folk Music. The award was handed out at the annual Canadian Folk Music Awards’ Gala on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Calgary, AB.
Growing up in Prince George, Daniel was surrounded by music. Inspired by his mother and aunts who played the accordion, and his grandfather and uncles who played the fiddle, Daniel found his love for traditional music at a very early age.
Daniel is an exceptional performer, best known for his work as a fiddler and trumpet player. What is less known about Daniel is his work as a gifted teacher, known for his commitment to teach a broad range of music, and unbridled enthusiasm for music. In 1994, he married his passion with an innovative idea: he founded a youth fiddle orchestra. Now celebrating its twentieth year, based in Victoria, the BC Fiddle Orchestra has helped thousands of young people connect build a wealth of musical skills and traditions. Daniel’s unique ability to share his passion for music has inspired a generation of new performers steeped in the traditions and wonders of folk music. In addition to this work, Daniel has worked steadily to help record, collect and preserve more than one thousand traditional BC fiddle tunes, helping to ensure they are a permanent part of Canadian culture.
In his groundbreaking work with the BC Fiddle Orchestra, Daniel has created a new model for engaging musicians and communities. And through his song-collecting, Daniel has ensured that a vital part of our Canadian folk music fabric is preserved for generations to come. Folk Music Canada is proud to honour Daniel, and his important work, as the 2013 recipient of the Innovator Award.