multi-tasking singer-songwriter, single mom, high school French (and
English) teacher, and mentor Lori Girard. She’s been part of
the London, Ontario music scene for over 14 years.
“I’ve always seen music as a privilege. I assumed when I had my son at
16, that pursuing music in any way professionally might be unrealistic
but what I know now is I had no real choice in the matter. I
couldn’t escape creating music if I tried. Music inspires us
more than anything and the idea that I might inspire someone else with
my music, my message or my voice is humbling and very cool! I’m so
Lori insists on reserving songwriting for moments of passion.
Being a French woman, these moments come often enough! When she finds
spare time, she records in her home studio: Askher Music and with
longtime friend and veteran musician, Duane Capener in his Toronto
studio. They are working away on her first indie album which is set to
release in 2011ish. This busy lady plays a dynamic live show
solo, with her bands: Stop ‘n Askher
and Askher What
She Said or with her acoustic duo with Duane: Askher and C.
school, she helps promote tolerance and awareness as the advisor of the
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and teaches students to use their voice and
respect differences. In class, students never know what to except
from Madame Girard, but most days, they are sure to hear laughter,
truth, some French and most likely some music.
Askher’s deep emotional connections are evident in her performances,
her songs, her teaching and her willingness to share so openly and
honestly. If you have any questions, obviously, you should just