Girls to the Front featuring Laura Gagnon and Kelsey Hayes with Host Julie Corrigan

Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle
Hosted by Julie Corrigan
Featuring Laura Gagnon & Kelsey Hayes
Monday April 16, 2018
8PM no cover, PWYC event

Laura Gagnon: https://www.facebook.com/Lauragagnonmusic/

Won Best Pop Artist at the London Music Awards. She’s worked with acclaimed vocal coach Elaine Overholt, who has worked with Ray Charles, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick, to name a few. Laura Has worked with Gold and Platinum songwriter/producer Chad Irschik of Inception Sound and played with Juno nominated band Mister E Laura has just finished touring with The top international McCartney Years Tribute band led by the very talented Yuri Pool. Since Laura has rebooted her solo career and is on her way back up the pop charts! She is about embark on an Ontario tour and is finishing her 3rd album. Laura was also nominated for the 2017 Contributor Jack Richardson London Music Awards for her work with the London Music Scene by creating an all female musicians network of some of the top female musicians in South Western Ontario called ” The Doll House” Laura has appeared in “Our London”, Beat Magazine, Fusion Magazine, London Free Press, and is gaining airplay on Texas and Beyond out in Texas and Ireland.

Kelsey Hayes: https://kelseyhayes.ca/

Writing from a position of strength and independence, Kelsey Hayes is an Ottawa based singer-songwriter who takes the listener on a journey of love, longing, and betrayal. Drawing on her own lived experience, she combines heartbreak with her own unique style of indie-pop, creating a genuine and soulful sound.

Beginning as a vocalist, Hayes branched out early on into writing her own material. She released her debut EP to a sold-out crowd at Ottawa’s own Mercury Lounge in Fall 2015. When she is not performing, Kelsey is a prominent member of the student body that comprises Carleton University’s singer-songwriter program through which she was honoured as the 2015 winner of the Musik Ottawa competition. In summer 2016, Kelsey made her international debut, touring multiple cities in China between playing shows at Ottawa’s Bluesfest and Cityfolk Festival.

After spending months songwriting and in-studio, Kelsey has put together an EP that brings raw sound and emotion together with grooves that keep the listener nodding along to her soulful hooks and lyrical stories. Look for Kelsey’s long-awaited second EP, due for release in late October 2017.

Julie Corrigan: http://www.juliecorrigan.com/

Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Julie Corrigan is a soulful, country, roots, singer/songwriter hailing from the small town of Shawville Quebec. Her first full length album The Language, recorded in Ottawa at Little Bullhorn Studios with producer Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards, Howe Gelb) was #1 at CKCU for 2015.

Irenes Pub: http://irenespub.ca/

Sponsored by
CKCU FM 93.1: www.ckcufm.com
RedLeaf Music: www.redleafmusic.ca
Ottawa Gig Posters: https://www.facebook.com/otowngigposters

 

Girls to the Front March 19th

The next Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle, hosted by Julie Corrigan, features Juno Nominated Roxanne Potvin & the Ottawa Valley’s own, Vicki Brittle

Monday March 19th @ Irene’s Pub 8 pm

Roxanne Potvin

https://roxannepotvin.com/

“Can’t stop a bird from singing / Can’t blame a girl for dreaming”

Those words echo throughout Roxanne Potvin’s latest album, a highly personal and deeply affecting return for the Montreal-based singer/songwriter and guitarist after a five-year break from recording. It was a period of experimentation and study for Potvin, resulting in For Dreaming building upon the quiet intensity displayed on several tracks from her 2011 album Play.

“The intimacy of the recording matches the closeness examined in the lyrics, whether its between a couple, or in solitude, the closeness with your thoughts being alone. The beauty, well, that’s the sound of somebody who has learned how to make the sounds in her heart come alive.” Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian singles

“A voice like melted butter on mashed potatoes.” – Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65), CBC Radio 2 Drive

 

Vicki Brittle

http://www.vickibrittle.com/

Proudly sponsored by CKCU-FM, RedLeaf Music & Ottawa Gig Posters

 

Outside I’m a Giant with special guest Kimberly Sunstrum

The Blacksheep Inn and RedLeaf Music present:

An evening of music with Outside I’m a Giant and Kimberly Sunstrum.

Doors at 6:00pm
Show at 8:30pm

10$ tickets at the door and online at:  tickets 

About Outside I’m a Giant:

Floating down from Quebec’s upper Gatineau, the haunting ethereal sounds of Outside I’m a Giant carry poetic homage to Leonard Cohen. Jeremi Pierre Caron, the songwriter of this touring ambient folk band, drew inspiration from his family’s much-loved river hideaway for many of the songs released in their acclaimed 2017 debut album, Point Comfort. Combining acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, violin, mandolin, clarinet and harmonica, this four-piece band creates atmospheric, richly layered, heartfelt songs that transport you to a calm and peaceful place. Lingering contemplation of nature and human nature is in abundance here.

Official video:

Live performance:

 

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About Kimberly Sunstrum:

Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum’s sound is a reflection of her culturally diverse family background and musical upbringing.

She grew up listening to old-time country music, South African pop hits, American folk and classic R&B. Blending powerful vocal ability, heart-felt lyricism and skillful instrumental compositions, Sunstrum’s performances are energetic and accessible while still conveying an intimate and soulful connection to the listener.

Official video:

Website:

www.kimberlysunstrum.com

 

Girls to the Front February 18th

 

Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle featuring Ariana Gillis & Doressa
Hosted by Julie Corrigan
Monday February 19, 2018
8PM
no cover, PWYC event

Ariana Gillis: https://www.arianagillis.com/

Hailing from just outside Toronto, Ariana Gillis began taking singing lessons at the age of six, but she was hardly thrilled. So, her father encouraged her to write her own material and learn to play the guitar. An award-winning songwriter himself, he gave her invaluable insight into the process. However, music’s importance didn’t really become apparent until her final year of high school, when she came down with double pneumonia. She missed three months of school, and couldn’t sing properly for about
a year. “Within that span of time, I realized I needed music. I craved it.”

With renewed focus, Gillis made an immediate impact on the Niagara music scene, winning Songwriter of the Year at the 2009 Niagara Music Awards, followed by Female Vocalist and Album of the Year in 2010. She networked at music conferences, which led to a quick, two-song performance for Dave Marsh in a stairwell in Memphis, following the release of her second album, Forget Me Not. Marsh then played Gillis on his Sirius XM radio show, which caught the attention of Elton John’s songwriting partner.

Doressa: https://www.facebook.com/shesisd/

Doressa is a young composer and performer from Ottawa. She speaks three languages: Creole, English and French. For now, she composes and performs in English and in French. She was born on March 5th, 1996 and was inspired at a young age by her father who is also a musician/producer.
Through multiple genres of music, she associates her musical sound to R&B, Neo-Soul, with a dash of pop. Listening to great acts like India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Musiq SoulChild, and many more, Doressa finds her voice in melodic, catchy, and self-reflective tunes.
Currently, she is working on a Soul Project with two prominent acts in the city of Ottawa, Just Jamaal The Poet, as well as Jay Baskin called the ”The Wize” in hopes to revive classic vibes of the late 90’s and early 2000s, mixed with today’s current musical flavors.
For the moment, Doressa is now participating in café shows and open mic nights around the city of Ottawa trying to get her music out into the public. She hopes to soon be able to release a five-song EP and to continue writing songs and music for herself and aspiring singers.

Julie Corrigan: http://www.juliecorrigan.com/

Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Julie Corrigan is a warm & soulful country singer/songwriter hailing from the small town of Shawville Quebec. Julie’s hometown has been a source of inspiration for many of her songs from her debut album The Language, recorded in Ottawa at Little Bullhorn Studios with producer Dave Draves. Through memories of growing up on a farm along the Ottawa River, her songs tells stories of heartache, loss, tragedy and a longing for going home.

Known for her stunning live performances around the Ottawa Valley and across Canada, Julie’s lifelong songwriting growth culminated in the summer of 2017 when she performed at Ottawa Bluesfest. She has also performed at the National Arts Centre and Blacksheep Inn, as well as other festival performances which include Marvest City Folk, Shawville Fair and Megaphono. Julie has been featured on CBC Radio and CKCU FM, in which “The Language” was the #1 played album of the year in 2015. Julie also hosts a live monthly event at Irene’s Pub in Ottawa called Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle, which showcases women in music locally and beyond.

Julie is currently writing her follow-up album and preparing for a European tour in 2018, continuing to share her songs, stories and warm country glow.

Irenes Pub: http://irenespub.ca/
CKCU FM 93.1: www.ckcufm.com
Ottawa Gig Posters: http://ottawagigposters.blogspot.ca/

Ali McCormick’s Birthday Bash

 

Saturday, January 20th at Irene’s Pub, 9:00 pm

“Ali McCormick is a wordsmith of the wilderness, whose vivid characters reveal the subtle sophistication of rural ethos. A mechanic of the heart, Ali twists all its nuts and bolts; shifting gears rhythmically through a fine-tuned collection of songs…

New Live Video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DHATU6vsDE

Website
https://alimccormick.com/

Opening Act
Aly Marguerite of Old Time Honey,
host of Montreal’s hit show “Chick Pickin’ Mondays”, will be performing to get things started.

“From the streets to the circus, Aly’s style of romance and raw roots music from times forgotten intertwine intricately to create an original sound that is heavily layered with nostalgia…

https://oldtimehoney.bandcamp.com/

Special Guests:
Ottawa’s own Ron Mills!
Ron Mills songs are blend of folk, old country, blues and storytelling music that reflects his Northern Ontario upbringing. An artist not to be missed.https://ronmillsmusic.com/

Jazmyn Wykes of “Champaign Sundays” from Ottawa On!

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St. Ottawa ON

Girls to the Front January 2018

Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle
Featuring Melissa Payne & Jessica Pearson
Monday January 15, 2017
8PM
no cover, PWYC event

Showcasing women in music from Ottawa and beyond each month performing in the round at Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St. Hosted by Julie Corrigan Sponsored by CKCU 93.1 FM, Red Leaf Music, and Ottawa Gig Posters.

Melissa Payne:

Take me away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJkdkaBjm74
https://www.facebook.com/melissapaynemusic/
https://melissa-payne.com/

“Melissa Payne had the Market Hall theater floor shaking with the audience tapping their feet and clapping along…” – Peterborough Examiner

Jessica Pearson: https://www.jessicapearsonmusic.com/

After their first international tour of Ireland, release of their Debut EP ‘Grave and Garden Songs’ in July 2017 and summer tour across Ontario, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind show no sign of slowing down. This Folk Canadiana Trio from Ottawa have since taken the stage at JunoFest, RBC’s Bluesfest and Manitoulin Country Festival as well as played with Hillsburn, the East Pointers, Murder Murder and Ten Strings and a Goat Skin! Jessica Pearson and the East wind’s music infuses Americana and Celtic sounds into their folk roots story telling.

Recently signed with Willow Sound Records, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind’s dynamic live shows take you on a journey with heartwarming melodies, spirited story telling and haunting three part harmonies! The band is known for its strong audience engagement during shows and magnetic personality. They are looking forward to their upcoming Winter Tour!

Think of me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-5NfDtyI6s

Julie Corrigan: http://www.juliecorrigan.com/

Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Julie Corrigan is a soulful, country, roots, singer/songwriter hailing from the small town of Shawville Quebec. Her first full length album The Language, recorded in Ottawa at Little Bullhorn Studios with producer Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards, Howe Gelb) was #1 at CKCU for 2015.

Irenes Pub: http://irenespub.ca/
CKCU FM 93.1: www.ckcufm.com
RedLeaf Music: www.redleafmusic.ca
Ottawa Gig Posters: http://ottawagigposters.blogspot.ca/

Girls to the Front December 2017

Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle December 2017
Featuring Host, Julie Corrigan with Krista Hartman & Sarah Howard
Monday, December 18, 2017
8 PM, no cover, PWYC event

Showcasing women in music from Ottawa and beyond each month performing in the round at Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St. Hosted by Julie Corrigan Sponsored by CKCU 93.1 FM, Red Leaf Music, and Ottawa Gig Posters.

Krista Hartman: http://kristahartman.com/

“Krista Hartman’s voice unique and I quite enjoy her lyrics.” Ron Sexsmith

Canadian songwriter, singer, and guitarist Krista Hartman emerged from the prairies on April 18, 1979 in Peace River, Alberta. An inquisitive world traveler with an alternative vibe, her songs and distinct voice are earthy eclectic gems. Krista was raised in a musical family: Her mother was a pianist in a family of rustic fiddle players while her father, was a lead guitarist that toured the prairies with a vintage Gibson Les Paul in Rock’n Rock bands in the early sixties.

Sarah Howard: https://sarahhoward.bandzoogle.com/home

Sarah Howard is a singer-songwriter based in Ottawa. Originally from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Sarah’s work combines elements of folk with a jazz vocal style and explores themes of travel, love and loss.

Having spent time in France and Québec, Sarah is an avid Francophile. She composes in both English and French. Sarah’s vocal style has been described as rich and subtle, while her poetry has been lauded for its eloquence and timelessness. Sarah was recently selected as a finalist for the MusikOttawa showcase event to be held in November, 2017.

Sarah is currently working towards releasing her first EP as she pursues a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting at Carleton University.

Julie Corrigan: http://www.juliecorrigan.com/

Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Julie Corrigan is a soulful, country, roots, singer/songwriter hailing from the small town of Shawville Quebec. Her first full length album The Language, recorded in Ottawa at Little Bullhorn Studios with producer Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards, Howe Gelb) was #1 at CKCU for 2015.

Irenes Pub: http://irenespub.ca/
CKCU FM 93.1: www.ckcufm.com
Ottawa Gig Posters: https://www.facebook.com/otowngigposters/?fref=ts

 

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