Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music is rooted in jazz, yet seamlessly incorporates elements of other genres including folk and pop. A true storyteller whose works are as intimate and as personal as their handwritten lyrics, Ellen’s immense talent for songwriting is only complemented by her stunning vocals. Rich, sultry, and sweet, Ellen’s voice draws listeners in and takes them on an unforgettable journey. The past two years have been a huge success for Ellen as she released her much-anticipated first full album “Gold” which broke the top ten on several jazz charts in Canada. After an overwhelming response to her crowd-funding campaign, Ellen embarked on a thirty city, fourty-six stop tour which kicked off in Sydney, Nova Scotia and ended in Victoria, BC. In the past year, she’s been touring extensively and also had the chance to open for Grammy winner Gregory Porter. Doty is currently working on her sophomore album, which is set to be released in 2017. She has previously performed at the Lethbridge Jazz Festival, and looks forward to returning to Lethbridge again.
Don’t miss her live at Casa in Lethbridge, AB with long-time collaborator Josh Crowhurst on guitar and special guest saxophonist Eli Bennett (Vancouver). Thirty-five-time internationally award-winning jazz saxophonist and four-time Leo-Nominated film composer Bennett has performed twice at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Terence Blanchard, and Dave Holland. Bennett’s debut album, Breakthrough (funded by The Canada Council for the Arts) was released on Addo Records in October, 2014, and has since received extensive international attention, ranking #3 on the Canadian National Jazz Charts in December, 2014, and #14 on the US CMJ National Jazz Charts, while being featured on the homepage of iTunes Canada Jazz for two months as one of the top Canadian jazz albums. Breakthrough was also named the “#4 Best Jazz Debut Album” of 2014 by the Ottawa Citizen and received rave reviews from All About Jazz and WholeNote Magazine in addition to receiving major radio play in North America and Europe.