Fiddler | Violinist | Electric Violinist • Toronto, ON
Ellen Daly is an acclaimed, versatile professional violinist and fiddler in Toronto. She has performed at countless weddings, events, and venues. She has played with numerous Folk, Country, Rock, Cover, Electronic/DJ, Bluegrass, Classical, Jazz and Fiddle groups. Most recently, Ellen spent seven months playing at Raglan Road Irish Pub at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World, performing six nights a week in the House Band and Show Bands, playing Celtic and cover music. She has also sat in with many bands while visiting Nashville, TN at venues such as Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Rippy's, and The Blue Bar.
In addition to her years of performing, Ellen is an active violin instructor and recording artist, having recorded many genres, and has also composed her own tunes/pieces. Some of these compositions have been featured in her performances - she scored and performed in her high school's rendition of the play Unity (1918), for which she received the Cappie award for Creativity/Musicianship. Ellen was in the pit band for the 2015 production of Brian Doyle's Up To Low, and got to assist with some of the scoring of the play with Canadian folk music singer-songwriter Ian Tamblyn. This play was picked up by the Canadian National Arts Centre and was put on once again at the NAC in May, 2018.
Ellen has traveled and participated in numerous fiddle competitions in Canada, the US and Ireland, and has won prestigious awards. She was the Canadian Open Old Time Junior Fiddle Champion in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2010, she is a five-time Vankleek Hill Fiddle Champion, and she was the Under 16 Eastern North American Irish Fiddle Champion in 2008.