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Genre: Folk / Folk Rock / Pop
Location Toronto, Ontario, Ca
Profile Views: 92677
Last Login: 10/3/2012
Member Since 10/4/2006
Record Label INDIE
Type of Label Indie
Bio.. ........ Ariana Gillis has been touring extensively for the last 3 years, playing at major festivals, clubs, coffee houses as well as the house concert circuit, all with amazing results and response. In her travel's she has shared the stage with the likes of Kathleen Edwards, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Sleen, David Francey and Kevin Briet to name a few. Ariana writes deep songs probably due to the several Life threatening situations she has encountered. Like weeks of intensive care at birth, or a near drowning from being caught in a riptide or double pneumonia where Ariana lay bed ridden for months, gasping and fighting for her every breath. These soul defining experiences are the catalyst that affects the skewed stories she is compelled to tell. Perhaps this is where Ariana realized there's so much to live for and so much to make everything count. This intensity has become her sound. With a musical message that is a fusion of everything in between the old and the new, the profound, the sad and the joyful. Join brilliant songwriting with intelligent and exciting arrangements accompanied by a group of vibrant and seasoned musicians and you've got a show that is poised to save the world – even if it's only one power ballad at a time...... ..Ariana’s latest industry awards:...... - 2009 Canadian Folk Award for Young Performer of the Year.. - 2009 The Niagara Music Song-writing Award.. - Nominated for three 2009 Hamilton Music Awards.... ..Ariana’s debut CD, To Make It Make Sense, showcases her fascinating and evolving talent....... .... ..Quotes:...... .."She's a brilliant player, songwriter, singer, lovely to look at and the fact that she is just in her mid teens underlines the fact she has a great future ahead of her. Highly recommended.".... – Don Bird.... .."To tell you the truth, I’m totally smitten with this teenage artist, who writes amazing songs and, live, delivers them with confidence and panache. She radiates assurance and really seems to live inside the lyrics she’s written... Ariana plays rhythm guitar; occasionally – to underscore a lyric — she stops playing and her hands flutter in the air emphasizing the words. And the words? People: 17-year-olds should not know this much about life yet. .. All I’ll say now is that Ariana is way ahead of the place Serena Ryder was when I first heard her eight years ago, when she was 18 or 19. And Ariana is as focused and smart as Serena was then. I see a terrific future for her, just as I did for Serena all those years ago. .... - Richard Flohil.... .."Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to hear and observe Ariana Gillis perform her music in several varied venues. A showcase of young artists at the OCFF conference, an intimate night club, a folk festival workshop stage and I've even had the honour of sharing the stage with her. I've been in this business for well over 35 years and consider myself a pretty good judge of talent. From what I've seen of Ariana Gillis...she's got it all! .. A beautiful voice that she can really control. A lovely style of accompanying herself on her guitar. Original songs that truly are 'original'. She's writing and saying what she wants to say in her own 'voice'. Something that performers 3 times her age are still searching for. We haven't even touched on the fact that she's young and beautiful and already an engaging performer. .. She's extremely talented and it will be just a matter of time before the rest of the world finds out.".... – Wendell Ferguson.... .."Incredible poise, musical depth, skillful singing and relevant material. Ariana is truly blessed with a rare talent!".... – Jason Fowler.... .."Ariana is the best young singer/songwriter that I have ever heard!".... – Rob Lamothe.... .."Beautiful, dynamic vocals; strong songs and stage presence – this gal's going places!".... – Suzie Vinnick.......... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ..Ariana performing her original song ..Simon Brook .. at the Gladstone in Toronto - May 2009. David Gillis on Banjo, Rob McBride on bass and Sean Felice on drums. ...... .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ..Ariana performing her original song ..Project Man .. at the Gladstone in Toronto - May 2009. David Gillis on Banjo, Rob McBride on bass and Sean Felice on drums. ...... .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ..Ariana performing .. The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea .. at the Meto Toronto Convention Centre - April 2009. David Gillis on acoustic guitar, Jason Fowler on electric guitar, Rob McBride on upright bass, and Gary Craig on drums. ...... .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ..Ariana's video for her original song ..Blueberry Ocean. .. Video produced by ..Tim Dashwood and song produced by David Gillis. ...... .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
MembersAriana - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Accordion.. David Gillis - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Banjo.. Rob McBride - Acoustic and Electric Bass.. Gary Craig - Drums.. Kevin Breit - Electric Guitar on Bridges of QEW.. Rob Gusevs - Organ.... Zander Lamothe - Drums.. Mark McIntyre - Electric Bass.. Rob Lamothe - Engineer.. .. Produced by David Gillis.. Mixed and Mastered by David Travers-Smith
Influences"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid." -Jack Handey
Sounds LikeI wish I had a dollar for every time I spent a dollar, because then, yahoo!, I'd have all my money back. -Jack Handey
Not every young Canadian singer-songwriter gets to launch her CD with a live appearance on the US satellite station Sirius XM. The show was hosted by Dave Marsh, author of more than 25 books on rock and roll and known as the “dean of American rock writers” who admits to being her biggest fan.
But that’s how Ariana Gillis , from St. Catharines, Ontario — who turned 21 earlier this month — began to premiere her second album, Forget Me Not. Earlier, Marsh had played a track — “John and the Monster” — from an advance copy of the CD; one response was a phone call from an enthusiastic listener who wanted to know more about the unusual song, and the singer. The mystery caller was Elton John’s lyricist and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.
Later, he wrote to the young singer’s father, musician and producer David Gillis: “I’m staggered by how good she is. There is not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her available tracks I can honestly say she’s the single most exciting thing I’ve heard in a very long time.”
Forget Me Not, like her first CD, To Make It Make Sense, is a collection of Ariana’s original songs. “Original” not only indicates that she wrote or co-wrote all the songs, but that the subjects are unusual. Not many artists (regardless of their age) write songs about creatures in a lake with healing powers, people in adjacent graves chatting with each other, the annual slaughter of dolphins in a cove in Japan, or young sailors forced to walk the plank.
Chosen as Young Performer of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, she is fulfilling the promise many people have seen since she put out her first EP when she was 17.
Unusually, her chief collaborator is her father, David Gillis, himself an award-winning guitarist with his own solo career. He produced the new CD, co-wrote several of the songs, and plays banjo and/or guitar on every track.
Ariana’s latest industry awards:
- 2009 Canadian Folk Award for Young Performer of the Year
- 2009 The Niagara Music Song-writing Award
- Nominated for three 2009 Hamilton Music Awards
Ariana’s debut CD, To Make It Make Sense, showcases her fascinating and evolving talent.
"Ariana Gillis may be the best new emerging artist anywhere, PERIOD!"
– Dave Marsh, best selling author, former music critic of __Rolling Stone Magazine & Creem Magazine
"I'm staggered by how good she is. There is not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her available tracks I can honestly say she's the single most exciting thing I've heard in a very long time."
– Bernie Taupin
"Some singers have a great voice and great music and sing their songs a thousand times. I myself like music that has some connection to my life and values and beliefs. I usually need to feel a genuine connection between the singer/performers and the songs as they sing them. Ariana is 2 people in one. She is a normal nice demur 21-year old. But when she starts singing her entire body is taken over by the most powerful force and the songs become a lot more than just words or music. I did not know this about her performances until I saw her. I was stunned and agape at the intense connection between herself and what she was singing. Her stage presence is the most visually grabbing one I have ever seen. It parallels the videos I've seen of some Michael Jackson performances. Throughout, I thought of the strength of character that embodied Janis Joplin performances.
Something about Ariana is superhuman. For the sake of genuineness, she writes and composes almost all of her material. She has a wide variety of styles in her songs. Even her solo performance will be remembered by millions once she is on TV. I can't get her arrangement of All Along The Watchtower out of my head. Ariana started out so soft for the first verse and finished with her band sounding like Neil Young's rendition of this song, which I couldn't help but scream along with for the words."
- Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers
"A blast of energy and fearless confidence, Ariana Gillis sings and strums and stomps and leaves ripples behind her wherever she goes. With an impressive vocal range and a firm grasp on the craft of songwriting, Ariana is unstoppable. In 2009, she won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year and she has received multiple Niagara Music Awards. There is an intense, driving force behind her folk/pop sound, and a deeper story behind every song."
– Andy Frank, Roots Music Canada
"An insanely young and talented songwriter and singer, Gillis is just 21, but has already wowed everyone who has heard her, and continues to amaze on her new and second album...".
– Bob Mersereau, Veteran Canadian Broadcaster - CBC
"Beautiful, dynamic vocals; strong songs and stage presence – this gal's going places!"
– Suzie Vinnick
.Ariana performing her original song Dream Street at eTown in Boulder, CO - March 2012. David Gillis on Guitar, backed up by the eTones.
..Ariana performing All Along The Watchtower at Hugh's Room - November 2011. David Gillis on electric guitar, Warren Stirtzinger on electric guitar, Mark McIntyre on bass, Denis Keldie on Organ and Ben Rollo on drums.
Ariana performing her original song From the Start. Filmed by Mitchell Reilly Pictures.
Ariana performing Metric's song Eclipse (All Yours) . Recorded live with only one microphone with no overdubs or fixes, just a touch of reverb added.
Member Since:October 04, 2006
Members:Ariana - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Accordion
David Gillis - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Banjo
Bill Dillon - Electric Bass
Gary Craig - Drums
Bryden Baird - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keys
Kevin Breit - Electric Guitar on Bridges of QEW
Kevin Fox- Strings
Denis Keldie- Organ
Zander Lamothe - Drums
Mark McIntyre - Electric Bass
Rob Lamothe - Engineer
Produced by David Gillis
Mixed by Cory Barnes
Mastered by Phil Demetro
Influences:"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid." -Jack Handey
Sounds Like:I wish I had a dollar for every time I spent a dollar, because then, yahoo!, I'd have all my money back. -Jack Handey
New Gig announced in Hamilton, ON at The Baltimore House on 6/18/2013 http://lnk.ms/f9tQ2
New Gig announced in Breadalbane, PE at Nils Half Truth Hideaway Concert Hall and Hot Dog Emporioum on 5/17/2013 http://lnk.ms/f9qTV
New Gig announced in New York, NY at The Living Room, NYC on 5/23/2013 http://lnk.ms/f1s8T
New Gig announced in Saratoga Springs NY at Cafe Lena on 5/25/2013 http://lnk.ms/dzXR1
New Gig announced in Breadalbane, PE at The Dunk on 5/19/2013 http://lnk.ms/dsm6x
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