SPOTLIGHT on Chad VanGaalen
Self-recording and playing almost every instrument – including many hand-crafted ones – Chad VanGaalen has become one of Canada’s most celebrated and unpredictable artists. In addition to being a twice Juno-nominated and Polaris Prize shortlisted musician, Chad is also a celebrated illustrator and animator who has shown across Canada and in Europe. He has animated videos for his own music, Yo Gabba Gabba!, J. Mascis and Holy Fuck, and his animated work and drawings have been shown in galleries and festivals worldwide. Chad built a cult following with his first three albums, and the 2011 album Diaper Island is his most resolved and confident album to date. Chad lives with his girlfriend and their two daughters in a rickety house in Calgary, and doesn’t like to leave home more than he absolutely has to. He is also 6.7".