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/

Outside I’m a Giant with special guest Kimberly Sunstrum

The Blacksheep Inn and RedLeaf Music presents:

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

 

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

 

Girls to the Front November

Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle
Featuring King Kimbit & Caitlin Dolan
Monday November 6, 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.

King Kimbit: https://kingkimbit.ca/

Nguyễn Anh Thư, better known by her stage name, King Kimbit, is a versatile, devoted and deeply sincere Ottawa-based spoken word artist, singer and instrumentalist. King Kimbit is best known for her ability to blend gritty personal narratives with compassionate social consciousness. She articulates the spectrum of her thoughts and feelings in a way that is consistently poignant, musical and heart-felt.

As a spoken word artist, King is interested in telling stories that are authentic to her experiences and identities. With nearly equal measure, and always with her characteristic grit and musicality, King Kimbit’s poetic work details, with striking honesty, the realities of her upbringing as the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, the truths of her social vantage point as a young woman of colour, and her stance on social issues regarding racism, de/colonization, and gender inequality. Kim’s striking honesty, lyrical acuity, empathy and versatility as a singer and guitar-player have earned her a reputation as a welcomed and necessary voice within the landscape of Canadian spoken word.

Caitlin Dolan: www.theartichokehearts.com

Native to Wakefield Quebec, Caitlin Dolan is the singer-songwriter behind the Ottawa folk-trio The Artichoke Hearts. Since releasing their debut EP “Conquer Then Divide” in Sept. 2016, the trio have been building a name for themselves in the Ottawa music scene. Caitlin’s reflective lyricism and driving guitar lines ask the listener to contemplate their own relationships, vulnerability and independence. She is honoured to be a part of such a special evening of music.

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/

Chris Ronald and Joseph Maviglia

Chris Ronald and Joseph Maviglia in a rare late afternoon double bill!

4:30 pm doors | Music starts at 5 pm

Chris Ronald
Now living in Vancouver, Canada, contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from his native England in 2002. Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots,” and The Province likened it to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.”

Ronald first got hooked on songwriting at age 15 when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his thirties after moving to Canada and self-producing his first two albums: Pacific Time (2004) and Turning Tides (2011). In a glowing review, The Georgia Straight praised Ronald’s songwriting and “beautifully clear tenor voice” and wondered “where his obvious talent has been hiding for so long.” Encouraged, Ronald went one step further on his next project hiring ace producer and multi-instrumentalist, John MacArthur Ellis. The resulting Timeline (2014) album catapulted Ronald to a new level in his career with, among other accolades, a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Chris Ronald is an international touring artist. In live performance, he draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, ukulele) to deliver a show that is captivating and unique. And in 2017, Ronald added another batch of “refreshingly original” songs to his repertoire with hislatest album, Fragments, released on esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis
Records.

http://www.chrisronald.com/

Joseph Maviglia
In the great tradition of spoken word, performance poets and singer-songwriters, Joseph Maviglia is renowned for his energized musical performances, written text and non-fiction essays.

Born in Ottawa, he attended the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts after attending Simon Fraser University. He settled in Toronto where he was part of a group of singer-songwriter and poets in the vanguard of Toronto’s musical and literary circles. His signature style blended the power of song and poem with a powerful on stage delivery.

Joseph’s career has spanned several decades and included tours across Canada, the United States and Europe. Among the highlights are performances at The WOMAD Festival of World Music, the National Gallery of Canada, New York’s Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe, and The International School of Brussels.

Along the way Joseph has supported many social justice causes with his riveting performances. Some of the organizations at whose benefits he has appeared are PEN CANADA , CARITAS, The Villa Charities Foundation, The Daughters for Life Foundation and The Labourer’s International Union.

Joseph’s song, ‘Father, It’s Time’ appeared on the Juno Award-winning CD ‘The Gathering’, and his two successive CDs, ‘Memory to Steel’ and ‘Angel in the Rain’, both received critical acclaim. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commissioned Joseph to write a tribute poem on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ and he was also commissioned to write a libretto for opera which was singled out for strong reviews.

Joseph’s poetry has been published extensively and his books include, ‘A God Hangs Upside Down’ (Guernica Editions) and ‘Freakin’ Palomino Blue’ (Mosaic Press). His latest work of non-fiction ‘Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock and Roll’ (Guernica Editons) delves into critical commentary on the inter-relationships of artistic expression in all mediums on subjects ranging from TV programs, films, song lyrics, social and political trends, both in traditional and social media.

Joseph is also a passionate educator. He has held many innovative workshops with students, assisting them with the written word and performance skills. The list of institutions that have engaged Joseph’s lively and interactive teaching skills include Upper Canada College, Branksome Hall, Brebeuf College, The International School of Brussels and The University of Calabria at Rende, Italy.

Joseph lives in Toronto.

http://www.josephmaviglia.com

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