Archive for Ariana Gillis

Ariana Gillis

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 8:30PM

Ariana Gillis CD Release
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Ariana’s soulful talent has taken up elite residency in what constitutes the very best that songwriting has to offer. On the cusp of 20 years old she was composing material that was outrageously original, melodic and passionate. Now under the wing of multi-talented Americana everyman Buddy Miller the stars are aligned and Ariana Gillis will prove through these recordings that she is no flash in the pan flavor of the month but a force to be reckoned with now and for a very long time.”  -Bernie Taupin (Lyricist of Elton John)

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.

Gillis made an immediate impact on the Niagara music scene, and the Canadian Folk music scene, winning Songwriter of the Year at the 2009 Niagara Music Awards, followed by Female Vocalist and Album of the Year in 2010, as well as 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award, Young Performer of the Year. 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 which in turn, led to Buddy Miller.

The Maze

Fast forward a year later — Buddy witnessed Ariana perform at the City Winery in Nashville experiencing first hand the conviction and power of her song writing, singing and stage presence.  This led to further conversations and ultimately brought them together to create the album, “The Maze”. Recorded live-off-the-floor in Nashville at Buddy’s studio – this album features lyrics and performances that feel both natural and strangely unique all at once.

I’ve never seen an unknown performer with more power as when I saw Ariana. I couldn’t stop talking about her. She may be the best new emerging artist anywhere.” – Writer – Rock Critic – Historian, Dave Marsh

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A Tribute to Bob Dylan

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 8:30PM

A Tribute to Bob Dylan
Featuring Paul James, Ariana Gillis, Stephen Stanley, Nefe, Andrea Ramolo, Matthew Greenberg with Paul Martin, with our host Blair Packham
Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00

It’s the night before Bob Dylan’s birthday, and all through the room, singers and songwriters howl at the moon. On May 23, our friend, programmer and fellow singer/songwriter, Blair Packham, will be presenting a tribute to Bob Dylan. As your MC for the night, Blair has invited some of our city’s finest singer/songwriters to join him at Hugh’s Room Live to pay homage to one of the most original and influential voices in American popular music.

Folk rock singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. While attending college, he began performing folk and country songs, taking the name “Bob Dylan.” In 1961 Dylan signed his first recording contract, and the rest – as they say – is history. The legendary singer-songwriter has received Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe awards, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Those set to perform on stage include:

Paul James
Ariana Gillis
Stephen Stanley
Nefe
Andrea Ramolo
Matthew Greenberg with Paul Martin 
Blair Packham

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.