Doug Gifford was born in Brockville and grew up in Ottawa. He sang in the church choir, studied piano from the age of 6 and took up guitar at 18. He has been an active and growing musician for over fifty years. As we all do, he listened to a lot of his parents’ favourite music — old jazz and swing — and learned to love the subtle harmonies and groove. Although he is adept in a variety of idioms, he is happiest performing songs of the jazz age on the piano. He is an active participant in the Gananoque musical scene.
His album “Gananoque” is a collection of eighteen songs that reflect on life in a small town. The songs span a variety of genres from 1920s pop, to hard-rocking blues, to folk to funk. The themes include trains, flirtation at the bakery, walking by the river, sitting on the front porch, children crossing a stream, and how time slips away.
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NAME | Doug Gifford
Napanee's Avril Lavigne got her start performing by singing country songs at local fairs. In 1999 she got to perform the song "What Made You Say That"with Shania Twain at the Corel Centre in Ottawa to about 20,000 people.
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