Desiree Dorion grew up a mile and a half from the grounds of Dauphin Country Fest, one of the biggest outdoor music festivals in Canada. As a little girl she would ride her bike there when the festival wasn’t on, climb up on the stage, and pretend to play to the thousands of fans that come to watch big country music acts. In 2014 her dream of playing the mainstage came true when she shared the stage with The Band Perry.
The JUNO Nominee has had multiple songs chart in the top 100 on the Canadian country music charts (TRAX), along with numerous reach the top spot on the Indigenous Music Countdown. February 24th, 2023 will mark the release of her sixth studio album, “That’s How I Know,” was produced Chris Burke-Gaffney (with the exception of one track). The album will include the very personal "I Can't Love You to Death," which was inspired by her real-life experience of setting boundaries between herself and a loved one struggling with addiction. "I wasn't going to release this song. Until I heard Charles Kelley's personal song about being an addict. For me, music is most touching when its honest. His honesty compelled me to share this story" she says.
Desiree’s most recent releases, “Your Last Name,” “Wouldn’t That be Fun,” and “Sometimes I Drink,” each reached the top spot on the Indigenous Music Countdown and have amassed total global streams of over 160,000. “Sometimes I Drink,” which was co-written with Crystal Shawanda, reached the #12 position on the country iTunes charts in its first week of release and stayed in the top 100 on the Canadian country music charts (TRAX) for 16 weeks.
Desiree is a proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She recently hosted the Achimotak series with the Canadian Country Music Association and is an artist ambassador with the Downie Wenjack Foundation. She has toured from coast to coast in Canada as well as performed in Las Vegas and Nashville.
Manitoba Country Music Awards - Video of the Year (Wouldn't That be Fun?)
Manitoba Country Music Awards - Female Artist of the Year (Winner)
Manitoba Country Music Awards - Indigenous Artist of the Year (Winner)
Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards - Country Album of the Year (nominee)
Manitoba Country Music Awards - Indigenous Artist of the Year
Indigenous Music Award - nom
Western Canadian Muisc Award - nom
Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year - Canadian Folk Music Awards (nomination)
Manitoba Country Music Awards (5 nominations, 1 win for Songwriter of the Year)
Aboriginal Album of the Year - JUNO - NOM
Aboriginal Album of the Year - WCMA - NOM
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards - NOM (X2)
Best Country Album (SMALL TOWN STORIES) - APCMA - NOM
Best Country Album (Small Town Stories) - Indian Summer Music Awards - NOM
Honourable Mention for "Turn to Me" - Int. Songwriting Competition
Best country cd - North American Indigenous Image Awards - WIN
Best country cd - Indian Summer Music Awards - NOM
Best country album - Native American Music Awards - NOM
Best female artist - Native American Music Awards - NOM
Best country album - CAMA - WIN
Best female artist - CAMA - NOM
Best country album - APCMA - NOM
February 24th, 2023 will mark the release of Desiree's sixth studio album. “That’s How I Know,” was produced Chris Burke-Gaffney (with the exception of one track). The album will include the very personal "I Can't Love You to Death," which was inspired by her real-life experience of setting boundaries between herself and a loved one struggling with addiction. "I wasn't going to release this song. Until I heard Charles Kelley's personal song about being an addict. For me, music is most touching when its honest. His honesty compelled me to share this story" she says.
Desiree is heading out on tour, starting in Winnipeg and going as far west as Invermere, BC. She will finish the tour in her hometown of Dauphin, Manitoba on September 14th, 2022 before heading out to Nashville to perform at Americanafest. Follow along on her social media for all the details!!
The official music video for Wouldn't That be Fun? surpasses 13,000 views!
"Wouldn't That be Fun?" is a fun, uplifting duet featuring Dave Wasyliw (who is one half of the multi JUNO & CCMA award winning duo Doc Walker).
Desiree will be releasing her first Christmas single, "Hillbilly Christmas" on November 12th, 2021. The tune pays homage to the craziness that finds its way into families at Christmas time.
Desiree Dorion took home two awards at the Manitoba Country Music Awards: one for Best Female Artist of the Year and another for Indigenous Artist of the Year!
"Sometimes I Drink," was co-written by Desiree Dorion & Crystal Shawanda and produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney. It is an anthem for women who unapologetically take time for themselves to let loose and have some fun.
Have you ever eaten one chip, thinking that'll be the only one, but you keep eating?
Have you ever said, "I'll only have one glass," but you keep drinking?
Have you ever told a white lie that turned into a bigger lie?
These are some of the questions that inspired this song that Desiree co-wrote with Chris Burke-Gaffney. It is available now whereever you get your music!
Desiree Dorion's fifth studio album is out now and available online on all streaming services. Break the Chain is also available for download on iTunes. If you'd prefer a physical copy of the CD, email email@example.com to order your copy today.
"Beautiful People," is hitting Canadian country airwaves on January 24th, 2020 and Desiree will be in New Orleans attending Folk Alliance International when the track drops.
Pretty Poor Pretty Proud is a song about growing up with less of the finer things in life but holding onto a willingness to work hard along with a sense of pride. This song was co-written by Desiree Dorion and Chris Burke-Gaffney.
The mixes are starting to roll in. Chris Burke-Gaffney is producing Desiree's 5th studio album! "Break the Chain" is a marked departure from anything Desiree has ever done before. A hint of pop yes staying true to Desiree's country roots. We can't wait to share her new music with you!
17 is available on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music!
Desiree took home Best Country Album at the Indigenous Music Awards on May 18th, 2018.
Desiree's 3rd single, "This Side of the Ground," from her award-winning album, "Tough Street" hits country radio across Canada today!
Desiree Dorion is nominated for Indigenous Artist of the Year
Desiree Dorion is nominated for Country Album of the Year at the Indigenous Music Awards. The Award show is scheduled to take place in Winnipeg on May 18th, 2018 in Winnipeg
Desiree is releasing the follow up single to "Whiskey Knows", entitled, "Like a Flower."
Desiree Dorion's fourth studio album will hit all digital media outlets on April 3rd, 2017.
Desiree Dorion is releasing her fourth studio album in spring, 2017. Check back frequently for updates!
"Whiskey Knows" is Desiree's lead single off her new album "Tough Street".
Whiskey Knows will be released to country radio across Canada on March 6th, 2017. The album, "Tough Street" will be available on all digital media outlets on April 3rd, 2017.
My song, "Good in Goodbye," which was written by Arun Chaturvedi and Heather Longstaffe is at Canadian country radio now! Please keep sending in your requests! Thank you to the following stations for the adds:
CFRY in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
CFWE in Edmonton, Alberta
CIFA in Comeauville, NS
CJQC in Liverpool, NS
CJGX in Yorkton, SK
CFIS in Prince George, BC
CKJM in Cheticamp, NS
CFID in Acton Vale, QC
CKBN in Becancour, QC
CJBB in Englehart, ON
CKDM in Dauphin, MB
CKLQ in Brandon, MB
CHMM in Mackenzie, BC
CFBS in Lourdes de Blanc Sablon, QC
Trans Radio Canada in St Catharines, ON
CJLR in La Ronge, SK
CFLX in Sherbrooke, QC
CJDL in Tillsonburg, ON
CJFN in Peguis, MB
CFBW in Hanover, ON
CIWS in Stouffville, ON
CKTI in Kettle Point, ON
CKCI in Sarnia, ON
CKLB in Yellowknife, NT
Desiree is nominated for Songwriter of the Year and her single, "Turn to Me" is nominated for Single of the Year. The APCMA's take place in Winnipeg on September 12, 2014
Small Town Stories is nominated for "Aboriginal Album of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards which take place on October 5, 2014.
"Turn to Me" is a touching tribute to Desiree's daughter Grace. Co-written by Desiree Dorion, Arun Chaturvedi, and Bart Dupas, the song won an Honorable mention in the 2012 International Songwriting Contest.
I am so incredibly excited and honored that "Small Town Stories," has been nominated for Aboriginal Album of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards. Being a JUNO nominee has been a long time dream of mine and I cannot believe that it has actually happened. Congratulations to all of the nominees. I cannot wait to take in every ounce of this experience with you!
My Christmas single, "I Believe in Santa Clause," which I did as a duet with my buddy Don Amero is at radio today!! THANK YOU to the following radio stations for adding our new tune:
CHIP - Fort Coulonge, QC
CJSE - Shediac, NB
CJBB - Englehart, ON
CKDM - Dauphin, MB
CFIS - Prince George, BC
CFWE - Edmonton, AB
NCI - Winnipeg, MB
CJLR - Laronge, SK
CFRY - Portage La Prairie, MB
CKSW - Swift Current, SK
CJSN - Shaunavon, SK
CFSX - Stephenville, NL
CFCB - Corner Brook, NL
"Mama Got a Shotgun" is now playing at the following stations across Canada. Thank you country radio for giving this one a chance!
CIFA in Comeauville, NS;
CHON in Whitehorse, YK;
CFIS in Prince George, BC;
CKTI in Kettle Point, ON;
CKCI in Sarnia, ON;
CHRQ in Listuguj, QC
CJBB in Englehart, ON
CKSW in Swift Current, SK
CJSN in Shaunavon, SK
CFBS in Lourdes de Blanc Sablon, QC
CKDM in Dauphin, MB
CHMM in Mackenzie, BC
CKLB in Yellowknife, NT
CFRY in Portage La Prairie, MB
NCI FM in Winnipeg, MB
CJLR in La Ronge, SK
CFWE in Edmonton, AB
CKYC in Owen Sound, ON
Keep sending in your requests!!!
"Mama Got a Shotgun" is released to Canadian Country radio on July 8, 2013. Send in your requests wherever you are in Canada! xoxoxo
"Mama Got a Shotgun," is #1 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown!!! Keep sending your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
My brand new album, "Small Town Stories," is now available at the following stores:
HMV - Portage Place shopping centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Dauphin Music & Electronics - Dauphin, Manitoba
Cree-Ations Artist Showcase - 1346 Main street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The new album, "Small Town Stories," has JUST been nominated for Best Country Album at this years Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (which take place on August 18, 2013). I am soooooo excited!!!
My latest single, "Mama Got a Shotgun," is currently #6 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown. You can help it climb by sending in your vote to email@example.com I will also be releasing this song to radio across Canada on July 8, 2013. Please send in your requests wherever you are in Canada.
And don't forget to check 'SHOW' page for more info on upcoming dates....
Hello everyone, just posting some dates in June... I'll add more info on them when I get it.
June 5 - Hollow Water
June 5 - House Concert
June 11 - Norway House
COME OUT AND SEE ME & MY BAND AT THE FOLLOWING SHOWS...
June 21 : National Aboriginal Day Celebration - Flin Flon, MB
July 12 & 13 : The Seaport Inn - Churchill, MB
September 14, 2013 : CD Release Party - Dauphin
September 19, 2013 : CD Release Party - Winnipeg
I am trying to boost my Facebook and Twitter followers, so please take a second to like my Facebook Bandpage and you can follow me on Twitter (Johnny Reid is following me, so you can too ;)
I also want to give shout outs to the following radio stations for adding my new single, "Mama Got a Shotgun,":
730 CKDM - Dauphin
105.5 NCI FM - Winnipeg
National Aboriginal Music Countdown - I'm currently sitting at number 31, but you can email to request at firstname.lastname@example.org to help me climb this Chart!
WGWE 105.9 FM - Salamanca, New York
CFRY 920 AM - Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
If you know of any other stations that might play my music, please let me know, so I can try and get it out to as many listeners as possible! Also, if you're in any of the above regions, and you've heard my song and like it, please please please send in a request!
I got back from Vegas on March 15. I had the privilege of playing a show at the Mandalay Bay and it was awesome!! I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that I get some work out of that show, but if nothing else, the experience was incredible! And of course, the weather was muuuuch nicer than it is here at home!
Aboriginal Music Week
All My Relations
Aboriginal Music Week, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba
'SMALL TOWN STORIES' CD Release Party - WAC Dauphin, Manitoba
Desiree is hosting her CD Release Party and its her 30th Birthday! Come out and celebrate a night of music. Jade Turner will be opening the show and Kimberley Dawn is emceeing the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance or at Music Trader or Into the Music.
Amero Little Christmas
Don Amero is hosting his annual Christmas show at the West End Cultural Centre and Desiree Dorion is delighted to be a part of his show! She will sing songs from her latest album, "Small Town Stories," as well as a few Christmas songs. Don and Desiree are releasing a Christmas duet, entitled, "I Believe in Santa Clause," and will most definitely be performing that as well!
Winnipeg Art Gallery
National Aboriginal Day
The Seaport Hotel
with special guest Riley Dutiuame
UFCW Training Centre - 880 Portage Avenue
Rosser Avenue at 7th Street
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Desiree will be joining The Wilkinsons.
with The Wilkinsons
Dauphin Friendship Centre
First Nations Child and Family Caring Agency Gala
The Metropolitan, Winnipeg, Manitoba
with Lacey Hill and Jade Turner
Diamonds in the Rough showcase
Port Williams, NS
St. John's, NFLD
Vancouver, British Columbia
Richmond World Festival, Richmond, BC
1947 Scarth Street, Regina, Saskatchewan
2605 Broadway Avenue
The Blue Jay Sessions, a Nashville-styled in the round songwriters series returns with their Holiday Edition!
The Blue Jay Sessions hits the road to London!
Portage La Prairie
$10 at the door
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Tickets are $10 at the door