Hello my name is James Desautels. I am running for Mayor of Calgary on October 18, 2021. I was born and raised in Calgary. It has been my good fortune to be a lifelong professional musician and arts entertainment entrepreneur.
Organizing and public service have been a part of my career from the very beginning. I left Calgary at age 21 to continue my career in the United States. It was a pleasure to live in the U.S. for 20 years and I was lucky to tour the world a number of times as a professional musician.
I moved back to Calgary in 2014. I first felt called to run for public office in 2017. In the end the timing did not feel right – so I shelved it.
I began my official journey to run for Mayor of Calgary earlier this year. Honesty, decency, and transparency are cool – and always have been. With the support of our wonderful community we are reaching out with our campaign to support small businesses, reign in unnecessary spending, and create a culturally vibrant city.
entertainment industry bio:
From concert halls, outdoor festivals, and live music clubs to recording studios, James Desautels has performed on 5 continents and in 37 countries.
Jamie (his nickname) first gained international attention when he was invited to tour with David Byrne and Tosca Strings. Initially hired as a violinist, his role expanded as he started writing string arrangements for the group. Jamie has worked with David Amram, Arcade Fire, Austin Pops Orchestra (Music Director and Conductor), Marcia Ball, Garth Brooks, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Diahann Carroll, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Christopher Cross, Sheena Easton, Falls, Nanci Griffith, Neon Hitch, Diana Krall, Ray LaMontagne, Yo-Yo Ma, Rejane Magloire of Indeep & Technotronic, Kathy Mattea, Bobby McFerrin, Don McLean, Willie Nelson, Jeffrey Osborne, Luciano Pavarotti, Pearl Jam, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Ray Price, Bruce Robison, San Antonio Symphony, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., the Temptations, Thee Phantom, Vast, and Yoshiki.
Jamie is the solo violinist on the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie ‘Badland’. He is first violinist on the soundtrack for the series finale episode of ‘The Office’ (NBC), and a violinist on the soundtrack for Terence Malick’s film ‘To the Wonder’. In the past year, Jamie has performed in China on 3 separate tours, and taught master classes in Jinan, China and Xian, China.
Jamie has recorded music for Audium/Koch, Blue Rock, Disney, Microsoft, Nonesuch, Virgin Classics, Vitamin, and Warner Music Group.