Dale Ladouceur

Dale Ladouceur is a very interesting person. She has worn many hats in her long and varied career. In addition to her music career, which is vast, you can add; investigative journalist, interviewer, environmental/social justice activist, actor, film maker, leather craft artist and mother. Her critically acclaimed original project "Dale Ladouceur and the Broke Ensemble" have two releases, Brimstone and Clover and Do Ya Think. Prior to that, her first original group was The Mavens with whom she had one release; To You (1997). Dale has performed with legendary Edmonton group Tacoy Ryde  since 1992. The Carol Project, a popular Christmas show which ran for 20 years and toured western Canada featured Dale as the "Ghost of Christmas Future". Dale was a proud member of the Devil's Robato Band in the internationally award winning Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs show The Black Rider which toured for over a decade, even garnering top prize at the NYC Fringe Festival.

 

She has written scores for a number of Canadian theatre companies: (Workshop West's Language of Angels, Theatre Yes's Enchantment), and scored and performed for Azimuth Theatre's acclaimed Freeman on the Land. She has provided music for a documentary for the American Kidney Foundation of New York. and she of course, provides her talents as a music producer with Crowtown Productions.

 

Branching into film, in 2011 Ladouceur co-produced the independent film,  Honest You Won't Get Hooked for Ben Babchishen's Hired Gun Films. Dale is a political writer and activist who has written a number of comprehensive articles that have been published internationally. Her articles have covered such topics as; the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, climate change, ozone depletion, water privatization as well as expose's on ethical misconduct in the media. She is quoted in the liner notes of Peter C. Newman's book, Titans.

 

Featured interviews include such Canadian icons as Peter C. Newman, Gwynne Dyer and David Suzuki. She had to cancel her interview with Ralph Nader to give birth to her daughter, Ramsay. Dale also actively promotes and works with a number of environmental non-profits. In 1999 Ladouceur landed the first interview in over a decade with Hip Hop pioneer Gil Scott Heron, (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised). Ladouceur also went head to head with interviewing the cast of the Canadian cult hit show "Trailer Park Boys" and has been "long distance jamming" with maverick American author Tom Robbins.

 

One of Dale's career highlights was performing at the world class Winspear Centre alongside Ed Mann and Ike Willis, alumni of one of her musical heroes Frank Zappa when the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performed The Music of Frank Zappa in March 2011, also writing the accompanying cover story for a local magazine.

 

January 2013 saw Dale reprise her role as Musical Director and cast member Kriquet in Azimuth Theatre's Freeman On The Land; a unique, multi·media political comedy utilizing her live music performance as well as her talent as an actor, weaving through the fast paced storyline. Freeman garnered much critical praise from numerous print, television and internet media outlets.

 

Currently, Dale is busy making leather/vegan leather goods, (everything but clothing & saddles) and working on her next studio album at Crowtown Productions.

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Dale Ladouceur and the Broke Ensemble