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Biography

Derek R. Audette has been called "one of Canada’s most promising and potentially important young artists." CultureCentric has recently included him in their list of "Prominent Gen-Xer Celebrities" - naming him as a "prominent leader" in the field of art. His musical compositions have appeared in hundreds of films and television, radio and Internet broadcasts and he has performed in front of audiences across the continent. His paintings have been shown all over the globe and his conceptual art pieces have gained him widespread notoriety.

While Audette is primarily known for his unique and imaginative styles of poetry, music and abstract painting, he has also experimented extensively with video, digital art, photography and various forms of conceptual art. It has been said that as an artist "Audette possesses one of the broadest and most diverse ranges of talent among Canadian artists today."

He smokes, he drinks, he's been known to indulge in the occasional consumption of certain psychoactive substances, he collapses wave functions, he's part Mi'kmaq, and he bangs on those damn drums 'till all hours of the morning, playing his crazy "ya-ya" music. To some he is known simply as "Birdy", to others "Hippie" and to others still as "That crazy long-hair with the strange sleeping habits, who only comes out at night and lives in that house where there's never any lights on."

Audette was born in 1971, in Hull, Quebec, but has made his home, throughout most of his life, in Ottawa, Ontario, where he currently resides with his wife Anna. He is available for your wedding or bar-mitzvah. He wont perform or anything, he'll just go there looking for free food.

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