Danielle Allard, professor at Algonquin College, is known for creating beautiful music, art and videos. Teacher by day, musician by night, thisDanielle Allard performs with her guitar singer/songwriter will perform at this summer’s annual Ottawa Bluesfest at the Barney Danson Theatre on July 5 at 8 p.m.

Allard’s musical style is a mix of jazz, folk, pop and blues. This is her second time on stage at Bluesfest; she previously performed in 2015.

“It’s a good lineup and fun to open for Canadian bands,” she said. “Mia Kelly and The Artichoke Hearts round out the night’s lineup.”

She plays several instruments including piano, guitar, ukulele and percussion.

“I tried to keep my worlds separate,” Allard said. “I taught in the School of Business and the School of Technology and Trades, and also in Learning and Teaching Services, but I didn’t talk about my music. Now that I teach in the music industry and in the arts and visual marketing departments, it doesn’t feel like separate areas of my life. I run a music business and I can share that in the classroom. That real-world experience makes my job easier,” she said.

She said her experience gives her students insight into how to share and promote the things they create.

Danielle performs with guitar

Allard is a household name in Ottawa’s music scene. She was nominated for Music Educator of the Year at the 2024 Capital Music Awards and won Solo Artist of the Year at last year’s ceremony.

She shares her music on her website and performs live online three times a week Twitch.

Allard said she’s looking forward to returning to the Bluesfest stage. “I feel really honoured to have done it before and to be able to do it again,” she said. “It’s incredible that we have a huge Canadian festival here in our city. Years ago, (Ottawa) wasn’t considered a city with fun things to do. Over the last few years, so many people have worked hard to make it a destination. It’s really cool that we have these local places to showcase Ottawa talent.”

Tickets are available at the Bluesfest website. Allard’s followers can visit her Patreon site where she often releases new music, or you can follow her on Instagram.