Tiffanie believes that music is an important form of empowerment and self-expression and should be accessible to everyone. Born and raised in Ottawa, Tiffanie has been involved in music since an early age when she learned how to play piano, followed by guitar and saxophone. Tiffanie began teaching at Girls+ Rock Ottawa in 2014 and credits this experience for connecting her to her future band mates from Scary Bear Soundtrack, a local indie band that has performed at Ottawa Bluesfest and JUNOFest. A senior advisor for the federal government by day, Tiffanie is a graduate of Carleton University where she obtained her Master’s Degree in International Affairs.
Keltie was born and raised in Alberta, friends with musicians but never one herself. After moving to Ottawa and joining the arts scene here, a new colleague came over for dinner and discovered Keltie’s secret electronic drum kit. Once the cat was out of the bag, Keltie was invited to become the drummer for a new project of first-time musicians, now known as Bonnie Doon. The group has since enjoyed playing some pretty great shows at home and beyond, thus obliterating Keltie’s long-standing case of stage fright.
Communications & Partnerships
Music has always played a vital role in Bianca’s life. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, she spent most weekends as a teenager attending shows in the neighbouring city of Detroit, Michigan. With close access to such a vibrant – and iconic – music scene, Bianca was left inspired and impacted. At 15, Bianca was forming her own bands and promoting shows in true DIY form. At 17 she worked as a music writer for a grassroots magazine, interviewing Canadian artists such as Sarah Harmer and Treble Charger. At 19, she organized the No Name Music Festival, a one-night event featuring up-and-coming bands performing at various venues. The same year, Bianca began hosting her own music-based program, Close Your Eyes, on CJAM - the local Campus Community radio station. After graduating from the University of Windsor and working overseas, Bianca returned to Canada and worked as a National Publicist at Warner Music Canada in Toronto, Ontario. Currently working as a fundraiser in the non-profit sector, Bianca joined Girls+ Rock Ottawa in 2016. She hopes to share her wealth of experience and inspiration with aspiring young musicians.
Secretary; Teacher Coordination & Curriculum Development
Jordanna grew up in a small town where she stood out as the grunge-punk-goth feminist. Obsessed with Courtney Love, 14-year-old Jordanna taught herself to play guitar by meticulously studying her VHS tape of "Hole: Unplugged." Jordanna has fronted several bands in Ottawa and is currently the guitarist for Shadow High. A social worker by day, Jordanna finds Girls+ Rock Ottawa to be a magical amalgamation of her passions for social justice, feminism, and music.
Stephanie first became involved with Girls+ Rock Ottawa in 2009 when it was organized by Ladyfest Ottawa. Her role within the organization has varied over the years from making lunches, to fundraising, coordinating volunteers and as a lead organizer of camp itself. One of the things that hasn't changed is the inspiration to take on a new challenge each year after watching our campers perform at the live showcase at the end of each camp. Working in healthcare by day, Stephanie continues to learn a lot about the local music community as a result of her involvement with camp.
Jam Sessions Coordinator
Jenna grew up in small town southern Ontario coming to Ottawa for some higher education, graduating with an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Aboriginal and Women’s Studies in 2016. Jenna taught herself how to play guitar (and eventually bass) during her first year of university, started a band with her best pals and has played around the city with many others. She feels the true significance of rock camp is creating a space of friendship, love and support without jealousy or competition that is often instilled in young girls+ through various veins of patriarchy. She truly believes in the sheer power and value of young girls+ and treasures every moment spent with them learning and playing music.
Clara split her childhood between Ottawa and various part of Asia. Because her family had no access to English music radio while overseas, they listened to the same Broadway cassettes over and over again. When she moved back to Canada for high school, Clara began taking lessons and teaching herself a variety of musical instruments in order to compose songs on them, and started exploring different genres. Always fascinated by business, she began her Music Industry Arts diploma at Algonquin College in 2015, which led her to starting her music industry blog, Pop of Colour, while in school. Clara has been with Girls + Rock since 2017.