Daniels work as a composer has gradually drawn him into different roles as a musical director and filmmaker. His multi-media stage production The Grubstake Remix toured Canada, and recently presented at the Babylon Theatre in Berlin, Germany. His short film How People Got Fire [NFB, 2009] has received numerous awards, and has screened internationally.
Recent music commissions include: Border Crossing [Wind Quintet International, 2018]; Snow Falls Eventually [NAC Orchestra 2017]; Small Song for Orchestra [Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 2017] and String Quartet No. 1 [Penderecki String Quartet]. Film scores by Daniel Janke include: Mountain of Sgaana [NFB, dir. Chris Auchter. 2017]; and Subconscious Password [NFB, dir. Chris Landreth] which was short-listed for a 2014 Oscar Award in animation.
Daniel performs with violinist Mark Fewer, with his own group Winter Trio, and is artistic director of Problematic Orchestra.
He is currently working on the new opera Elixir.