Ariana Gillis

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Ariana Gillis
Born 6 November 1990 (1990-11-06) (age 26)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Occupation singer-songwriter
Years active 2009–present

Ariana Gillis (born 6 November 1990) is a Canadian singer-songwriter born in Hamilton, Ontario.

In 2011 Ariana launched 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.

Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist publicly admitted on his radio show, "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."

In March 2012 Ariana Gillis performed on the national NPR syndicated radio program eTown, sharing the co-bill with the British band, Gomez.


Ariana Gillis independently released her debut album titled To Make it Make Sense in 2009. She has played at several festivals including Hillside Festival in Guelph, Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia,[1] Summerfolk located in Owen Sound and Blue Skies.

Ariana has blonde with streaks of purple-pink hair with a signature spike on her head nicknamed an Auggie after her hairdresser, Aimee Augustine.[2]

In April 2009 she won a Niagara Music Award for Songwriter of the Year.[3]

She won the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year.[4]

In June 2009, Ariana played at the Six String Nation Guitar book launch held at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.[5]

She has shared the stage with many artists including Sarah Slean, Ron Sexsmith, Jadea Kelly Eddie Schwartz, and Kevin Breit.[6][7][8][9]

Ariana's song Bridges of Queen Elizabeth HWY was also featured on CBC radio's Remembrance Day Program.[10]



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  10. ^ "Metro Morning". Archived from the original on 14 March 2010. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 

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