Event type: Ages 19+
Join us as the Road to Riverfest continues with one of this year's most anticipated performers, Ariana Gillis!
Dave Marsh Author/Music Critic/Radio Host/Historian:
“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.”
Bernie Taupin Elton John/Grammy-award winning songwriter:
“I'm staggered by how good she is. There's not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her available tracks, I can honestly say she's the single most exciting artist I've heard in a long time.”
The above quotes are typical of the excitement Canada’s Ariana Gillis was creating from the earliest stages of her career. But after sustaining a serious concussion in 2015, Ariana believed that she would never be able to write & perform music again. Well, she’s proving herself wrong, as after an extended period of recovery she's back with some exceptional new music.
Freedom, the first song released from her most recent sessions, presents a timely statement surrounding the repression of human rights around the globe. “At its core, it touches on equity & the important value of human kindness ". – Ariana.
January shows in Nashville have led to producer, musician, singer, songwriter Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris/Robert Plant/
Patti Griffin/Elvis Costello/Steve Earle) offering to produce Ariana’s album at his Nashville studio in June. Now loaded with a wealth of new originals, the results will be amazing!
Born and raised in small town Fergus, Ontario, 18-year old Madison Galloway is a driven and dynamic musician and singer-songwriter with a unique approach to her blend of folk, rock, and blues.
At 15, Madison set out to translate her youthfulness and energy into fresh hooks and appealing melodies with her debut EP “Who Knows Where” featuring five of her original songs that flirt with country influences, while retaining Madison’s signature style and direct attitude.
Madison takes the stage with guitar, harmonica, and ukulele performing solo, as part of the duo Fork n’ Harp, or accompanied by her band, The Mud Guppies. She has over 160 shows under her belt, having shared the stage with renowned Canadian artists such as 54-40, The Sadies, Alysha Brilla, and Coco Love Alcorn. She captures the ears and hearts of her audience with a performance that is riveting for its energy; imagine Janis Joplin jamming with Neil Young while Joni Mitchell looks over proudly.
19+ • Tickets are GA • Standing room only • For pre-show dinner reservations, please call ahead to the brewery.
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