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About Ariana

Ariana is a captivating singer and multi-instrumentalist, dedicated to sharing her love of music through live performance. With a voice that transports listeners to another era, she has been delighting fans for many years with her diverse repertoire, spanning multiple styles and languages. In 2015, she created a show honoring the repertoire of the legendary French singer Édith Piaf, and since 2016, she has been working in a duo with the amazing Curtis Thorpe, playing soprano saxophone, violin, and accordion and performing an eclectic program of French, international, and jazz songs.

In 2023, Ariana made her solo debut at the Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordéon in Montmagny, Quebec, charming audiences with classic popular songs accompanied by her chromatic button accordion. Additionally, she is part of a family music project, showcasing the poetic works of her late father, a Sufi poet, alongside her talented sisters Sahara and Kamila Nasr, and brother-in-law Ken Shorley. Together, they create a vibrant world music experience, celebrating the beauty of family, culture, and music.

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Ariana's musical journey began in her childhood, surrounded by a family of music lovers. She studied various instruments, including classical violin, saxophone, clarinet, and piano, and performed in multiple wind ensembles and jazz bands in her native Nova Scotia. After high school, she discovered her passion for singing and became an independent artist, performing and writing music with her then-partner Andy Flinn for over a decade. During this period Ariana produced eleven CDs and contributed to numerous recordings for other artists. Her musical path took a new turn when she fell in love with French chanson, leading her to create a tribute show to the legendary Édith Piaf in 2015.

The show, which paid homage to Piaf's legacy and the classic concert style of the 1900s, was a huge success, with over fifty performances delighting Canadian audiences. In 2016, Ariana expanded the show to include the works of Jacques Brel, adopting the dress codes and personas of both artists to create an immersive experience.

Now based in Montréal since 2017 Ariana enjoys making music for the wide variety of audiences and events that the city has to offer.

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