Desiree Dorion (David Lewis Photography)
Desiree Dorion is a country singer from Dauphin, Manitoba. Her album Soul Back Jack has already garnered music awards. She is one of the performers at 8 Days in May, Eh!, an event that brings together Aboriginal and non-aboriginal performers.
Desiree performs at The Windsor Hotel tonight, Friday, May 6 along with Sonia Eidse, Little Hawk and The Dusty Roads Band - all of whom have very different musical styles.
Desiree took time to answer a few questions for SCENE before heading to Winnipeg for the show this weekend.
What is your first musical memory?
When I was 5 or 6 years old, I stole a Guns n' Roses tape from my uncle. I stuffed the two empty squares at the top of the tape with paper and recorded a song that I wrote over top of the GnR tape. My uncle found it shortly afterward and saved it. He always swore that he'd play it at my wedding. I had completely forgotten all about it, until, the DJ started playing this tape during the dinner at my wedding!!! It was hilarious!
You recently graduated from law school, how do you balance being a lawyer and a musician?
I think that most musicians have either a part-time or full-time job - so, really, that's all I'm doing is working 2 full-time jobs: one as a lawyer, and one as a musician. I've always been the type of person who has valued security and valued my own independence. Education is something that nobody can take away from me - when all of this music stuff settles down, I will still have a job and therefore, I will always have security and independence. Besides, loving music as much as I do, all of the work that goes into my musical career does not seem like a real "job," anyway!
What is one thing about you that no one else knows?
One thing that not too many people know about me is that I am EXTREMELY shy! The performance persona that I play while onstage is not at all who I am personally. The 'onstage' me, is a character that I play - like an alter ego. When people talk to me, I really have to work hard not to be awkward and shy. It can be quite frustrating and even debilitating at times. Why do you think events like 8 Days in May are important to help showcase Aboriginal artists?
What is really cool about this event is that it promotes both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists. I think that this is going to become more and more important as the talent in the Aboriginal communities becomes increasingly "exposed."Aboriginal artists are still struggling to be recognized in the mainstream media, alongside their fellow non-Aboriginal artists. Events like these go along way to bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians.