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Ariana Gillis Wins 2012 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award

Event date: October-11-12, at 10:01 AM

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Toronto, October 11, 2012 – The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is pleased to announce Ariana Gillis as the recipient of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for her song Dream Street.


Photo of Ariana Gillis

Photo by Steven Elphick

  • Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Ariana Gillis lives in the Niagara region and tours extensively to various folk music festivals and other venues in the province and abroad.
  • At age 19, Ariana Gillis independently released her debut album titled, To Make it Make Sense in 2010.
  • She has performed with many artists including, Sarah Slean, Ron Sexsmith, Jadea Kelly, Eddie Schwartz and Kevin Breit.
  • In 2009 she won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year, and the Niagara Music Award for Songwriter of the Year. That same year she was nominated for three Hamilton Music Awards.

The jury remarked that Ariana’s song contains, “a strong story well supported by the music with a brilliant and unexpected bridge.” The jury was made up of singer-songwriters, Crissi Cochrane, ElizaBeth Hill and Joëlle Roy.


The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario’s main funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2010-2011, the OAC funded 1,720 individual artists and 1,057 organizations in 223 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.3 million.



Kirsten Gunter, Director of Communications, Ontario Arts Council
1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403