*photo by Cody M Turner
Our #womancrushwednesday this week is Brooklyn Doran!
Originally hailing from Kenora, Ontario, Brooklyn is a Toronto based singer-songwriter. In her words, her music is “a unique and harmonious blend of indie-folk & contemporary pop” that must be heard live to gain the full experience. Brooklyn’s live show has reached stages across Canada including successful performances at CMW, NXNE, CTV Morning, Via Rail Artists on Board, and more, and she’s just wrapped a successful tour across Southern Ontario and Quebec. Weaving together song and storytelling, when playing live Brooklyn floats bertween emotional ballads and folksy love songs, with humorous anecdotes peppered in between.
Brooklyn’s debut EP There’s A Light On (2014) has enjoyed extensive airplay on radio across Canada. Brooklyn was also selected as one of the top 25 Toronto artists in CBC’s Searchlight competition in 2015. The album has been featured in music publications worldwide, and received a nomination at the Toronto Independent Music Awards for Best Adult Contemporary Album. Listen to her do what she does best here:
Brooklyn is currently recording her newest album These Paper Wings at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton and expects to release this gem in the fall of this year. Until then, let’s take a read of her view on romance below!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
I love seeing someone hold the attention of a room. I also love the way a person laughs. If they have a laugh that can get me to laugh, I’m all in.
What is your definition of romance?
Romance is all about thoughtfulness. I know that romance is supposed to be about flowers and candles and fancy steaks and junk, but to me romance is when my partner wakes up a little bit earlier than me to make me coffee.
What is your ideal first date/ what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
I’ve been lucky enough to go on some pretty epic dates!
The top though has to be the time I had a snowball fight in the middle of July with my first boyfriend, Kenny R. We went behind the skating rink in my hometown and found a pile of snow left by the Zamboni and had the most Canadian of dates. I married Kenny R way back in Grade 1 next to the flag pole at recess, and then12 years later we went to prom.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
I don’t like to hear someone speak badly about their exes, especially when they refer to their ex or exes as “crazy”. It is way too normalized in bro-speak to call your ex “crazy” instead of attempt to understand why something may or may not have worked out which I think perpetuates a really damaging idea about women and relationships. Don’t be gross.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
Eartha Kitt’s interview on love and compromise. It is pure magic on so many levels.
Keep up with Brooke through her links below and catch her at one of her upcoming shows!
Thursday April 14th 9PM at Lula Lounge (Toronto)
Monday April 18th 8PM at The Theatre Centre (Toronto)
Thursday May 5th 9PM at The Piston for Canadian Music Week (Toronto)