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