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Gianna Lauren fits in swell

New music: Edmonton native arrived in January, with a plan: to become part of the local music scene.

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"I didn't have a job, I wasn't coming for school, I just got in my car and drove here," says Gianna Lauren. The Edmonton native arrived via Ottawa in January, with an EP (Fist in a Heart) and a plan: to become part of the local music scene.

"I found the scene really insular," she says of Ottawa, "that things were happening but only in their own pockets, and bands were playing only to their friends. They weren't collaborating and they weren't supporting, and that was the real intrigue of moving to the Maritimes---the support within the music community here is astounding."

It was a smart move: Lauren's played shows with Share and Don Brownrigg (who's also her roommate, as is Acres and Acres' Kris Pope), appears on The Prospectors Union's EP Syracuse and has a full-length ready to record this summer.

"It's starting to feel like home, which is nice," she says. "It's not like I'm just here doing a project, it's like I'm actually living here and engaging with the city."

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