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Marie-Josee Dandeneau


  • Awarded On The Rise Award from the Winnipeg Art Council: recognizes the demonstrated promise of an emerging professional artist in 2009

  • Awarded best francophone recording at the Prairie Music Awards for my composition, Elle off of my self entitled album in 2003.

  • Awarded best francophone recording at the Prairie Music Awards for Le Studio in the album for the band Belle Folie, entitle Meduse in 2002
  • Nominated for Elle, a short film that I produced, directed and created for the finalist festival Silence, On Court; organised by the CBC and the National Office of Canadian film. The film was then shown throughout Canada as well as in Winnipeg at the Cinémental Theatre.


"Marie-Josee Dandeneau is the artist we all seek: eclectic, energetic, with a fresh approach to performing. On stage, one is immediately struck by her brilliant technique, (so rarely) accompanied by intuitive, musical sensitivity. A super-talented musician and all-round nice girl. Five stars!". Canada should be proud.” (Adele-Marina Wilding, Award-winning singer/songwriter/pianist, UK, 2009)

"Her unique combination of fretless, fretted and upright bass has allowed her to carve a unique identity in a competitive market. I highly recommend Marie-Josee to you as a brilliant and creative professional musician who inspires artists and audiences whenever she plays!" (Rik Leaf, singer/songwriter/Producer, Winnipeg, 2009)

“…The Canadian, MJ Dandeneau provides a wonderful and sensitive pocket groove with her bass-playing and makes the whole into something very extraordinary. With her fretless bass playing, she produces characteristic sounds on stage that would leaves you an unforgettable impression…“ (Holland Newspaper Nausikaä de Blaauw, De Groene Zwaan, Holland, Dec 2008)

Marie-Josee is a one of a kind musician - multi talented that has the ability to learn other people’s songs precisely and quickly and she knows how to entertain a crowd, with high energy and movement. Her bass skills out-do any other bass player I have personally played with or seen and heard.“ (Toby, singer/songwriter, Award-winning WA Blues & Roots, Australia, Nov 2008)

“I was particularly impressed with bassist, Marie-Josée Dandeneau. The most physically striking member of the band is the de facto musical leader, boldly outlining the song’s strong melody lines with some hard-grooving bass licks…Marie-Josée Dandeneau’s dazzling display on the introspective “The Angels Tell Her” were easily worth the bargain admission price alone.” (journalist John Jane, Vancouver Festival, July 2008)

“It was a love at first sound when the audience was introduced to Toby Beard joined by top Canadian upright bass player, Marie-Josée Dandeneau, who delivered a high-energy performances during The Big Time Out Festival.”(Jules S. Xavier Editor, Cumberland, BC, Aug 2007)

Discography (selected)

Bonnie St-CroixAcross Canada(2010), Burnt Project 1  - Black List (2010), Don AmeroThe Long way home (2010), Sheena Grobb  - Grow (2010), Oh my Darling  - In the Lonesome Hours (2009), Rik Leaf & Tribe Of One  - Tribe Of One (2009), Toby Beard(AUS)- Love Underground (2008), Julie Cote - Water off a duck’s back (2008), Vanessa Kuzina– Peony (2007), Toby Beard(AUS)- Tu Es Belle (2007), Suss - Just ride my bike (2007), Toby Beard(AUS)- Red Rooster (2006), Rik Leaf- now is the winter of our discontent (2006), The Wyrd Sisters– Wholly  (2006), Jacob & Lily- The cathedrale (2006), Nine Mile- The Almanac (2005), Solutions for Dreamers. Oniric Records (2005)

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