Toronto-based “music first” record label Alma Records, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is very proud to announce the signing of Canadian vocalist and songwriter Ellen Doty to an exclusive multi-release deal. Doty brings her unique blend of jazz, soul, folk and indie music to listeners around the world. Her much anticipated sophomore album Come Fall is set for worldwide release on March 2, 2018, with distribution in Canada by Universal Music Canada.
Style Q&A Feature for Avenue Magazine, Calgary.
Jazz singer Ellen Doty grew up in Okotoks. She released her first album, Gold, in 2014 and plans to release a second album this fall. Like her music, which is a fusion of jazz, soul and pop, Doty’s personal style is a fusion of eras. Her high-waisted skirts and tucked blouses would fit in at a 1950s Parisian café, her bobbed hair and bangs at a 1920s speakeasy. But Doty’s look isn’t just vintage-inspired, it’s the real thing, incorporating pieces she inherited from her grandmother. Doty also scours Calgary’s consignment stores for clothing from across the decades, creating a look best described as “modern vintage.”
Calgary jazz artist Ellen Doty is heading off on a new musical direction with her latest album.
Either one. That’s a fair description of what you’ll see and hear should you head to one of Calgary jazz artist Ellen Doty’s shows on her upcoming prairie tour, which kicks off Wednesday night at the Ironwood with a show that's part of JazzYYC's Illumin8 Series.
Feature in Camrose Canadian by Josh Aldrich.
Ellen Doty believes rural Alberta is ready for a jazz renaissance.
The 27-year-old isn’t just blowing wishful smoke. She knows small town Alberta as well as anyone, growing up on an acreage in De Winton just outside of Okotoks.
“Jazz tends to have an audience these days where young people have not really been exposed to it,” said Doty, who now lives in Calgary. “It’s great to have young people coming out to shows and being introduced to jazz this way, mixed in with other things they’re more comfortable hearing too.”
Doty is playing the Bailey Theatre on March 3 as part of a 15-stop tour of Western Canada.
Jazz chanteuse Ellen Doty is touring to some of Alberta's smaller centres — that is, after she makes her debut on the big stage of Calgary's Jack Singer Hall for JazzYYC's Illumin8 series. Look for her in Spruce Grove, Cold Lake, Athabasca and Lethbridge.
With a voice as pure as...oh, we don't know, an angel perhaps, it's hard not to be entranced by Ellen Doty the moment you start to hear her sing. If you haven't seen her live yet, you're really missing out, so make a point of seeing her perform on February 22, 2017 at Festival Hall in the Inglewood neighbourhood of Calgary.