Desiree Dorion

Desiree Dorion is one of Manitoba’s most celebrated women in country music. She writes “darkly beautiful and introspective songs,” (Bruce Leperre, 730 CKDM). She has had multiple songs reach #1 on the National Indigenous Music Countdown and 3 Top 100 songs on the Canadian Country music charts. Desiree and Chris Burke-Gaffney won “Songwriter of the Year” at the Manitoba Country Music Awards for “Whiskey Knows.” Dorion also received a Songwriter of the Year nomination at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards and an Honourable Mention at the International Songwriting Competition for “Whiskey Knows.” Her follow up single, “Like A Flower,” also charted on the Canadian Country Music Charts and made the top 5 in the Indigenous Music Countdown. Tough Street won Country Album of the Year at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards and was nominated for Indigenous Album of the Year at the 2018 Western Canadian Music Award. Desiree has toured coast to coast, with performances from Prince George, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has completed recording on her next album, “Break the Chain,” that is due out in January, 2020.

Dorion’s previous albums have garnered the following awards and nominations:
• 2018 Manitoba Country Music Award – Female Artist of the Year & Aboriginal Artist of the Year;
• 2018 WCMA Award nomination – Indigenous Artist of the Year;
• 2018 Indigenous Music Award – Country Album of the Year;
• 2017 International Songwriting Competition – honorable mention
• 2017 Songwriter of the Year – Manitoba country Music Awards;
• 2014 JUNO Awards;
• 2014 WCMA Awards’
• 2014 and 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards;
• 2013 Indian Summer Music Awards;
• 2012 International Songwriting Competition;
• Best Country Album and Best Female Artist at the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards;
• Best Country Artist at the 2010 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards;
• Best Country Album at the 2011 North American Indigenous Image Award;
• Best Country Album at the 2011 Indian Summer Music Awards; and
• Best Country Album and Best Female Artist at the 2011 Native American Music Awards.

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Performing Schedule(1)

  • McElhanney
    Minoru Stage

    Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM


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