Biography

Dave Gould is a visual and sound artist who borrows from and blends many art mediums. He has performed as a percussionist in various bands from Ottawa, Prince Edward Island and Hamilton, Canada.


Since 1992 he has enjoyed a continuous and celebrated career exhibiting, recording, performing, facilitating, instructing and music directing in numerous venues, festivals, galleries and museums.


For 8 years Gould has presented animated children’s stories and facilitated workshops with percussion from around the world. He keeps a very busy performance schedule averaging 300 shows each year. He recently performed a series of workshops at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Dave began making his own instruments in Prince Edward Island (1998) where he developed his own process for building bodhran folk drums.

 

In Hamilton (2010) he started creating more exotic instruments out of unique rare things like whalebones, caribou antlers and antique toilets. He can be seen performing solo on his handmade instruments or as a singer/songwriter on his guitar. He still enjoys drumming with a plethora of artists and bands. 

 

Dave Gould was invited to tour the Yukon (2013) to demonstrate his DIY approach to playing with sounds throughout the territory’s schools. He was an artist on board VIA Rail to feature his Electric Caribou Antler Harp in Vancouver (2014). He was recently featured on his instruments at NAISA (New Adventures in Sound Art) in Toronto (2015). 


He is a regular sound exhibitor at the Hamilton Children’s museum and Imagine in the Park Children’s Festival. His mobile percussion machines were featured at Hamilton’s Super Crawl (2014). He is a program writer and instructs with the Culture for Kids program at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. He has hosted a weekly open mike for over 3 years and has co-founded a Hamilton community samba band. Gould is featured on over 30 recordings as a session drummer and percussionist. All three of his independent albums were nominated for Hamilton Music Awards. Dave received the 2013 Hamilton Arts Award for performance. He has been nominated for 13 Hamilton Music Awards. 


Gould was chosen to receive the provincial Crime Prevention Award in Prince Edward Island for his work with youth (2003). He was awarded the Judge K. Warrender Award (1992) for most promising music student. Dave Gould proudly resides in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Gould is featured on over 30 recordings as a session drummer and percussionist. All three of his independent albums were nominated for Hamilton Music Awards. Dave received the 2013 Hamilton Arts Award for performance. He has been nominated for 13 Hamilton Music Awards. 


Gould was chosen to receive the provincial Crime Prevention Award in Prince Edward Island for his work with youth (2003). He was awarded the Judge K. Warrender Award (1992) for most promising music student. Gould was awarded Canada Council for the Arts grant to build an urban drum corps with Big Brothers and Sisters of Canada. Dave Gould proudly resides in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Artist Statement

Much of my art explores boundaries of style, high and low. I love the participatory nature of organizing objects and sound. I am inspired to repurpose objects into unique art whether they become sculpture, wall art or musical instruments. I am addicted to improvising and live moments of discovery. Balancing form and function intrigues me. It is my hope that people will be inspired to perceive their environments in new ways and find art in everyday life. When a person sees and hears something they have never experienced before it can create a sense of wonder and discovery. As an art educator, I believe that it is these suspended moments that expedite learning and development on many levels. I seek a visceral connection with found objects and apply my training as a percussionist and experience as an artist to create spontaneous visual and sonic environments 2015 Hamilton, ON