Larissa Desrosiers

Larissa is an emerging Anishinaabe singer\songwriter from Couchiching First Nation and Fort Frances in Northern Ontario. Her music is a blend of folk-inspired sounds and social justice issues, particularly around contemporary Indigenous issues in Canada. In addition to an active performance schedule, Larissa is also completing her third year of studies in the Bachelor of Music program at Carleton University. She studies with Lynn Miles in the Singer/Songwriter stream and is also pursuing a minor in Indigenous Studies.

Larissa’s interest in music started at a very young age. She began writing songs when she was 6 and performed at her first talent show at age 7.  By 13, she was performing her own songs, and she has been winning songwriting and music competitions since the age of 15; this marks the start of her success in various competitions and shows. In 2011 she entered the Aboriginal Music Tour competition for young artists, winning the opportunity to be the opening act to award-winning Shy-Anne Hovorka’s weeklong tour in Southern Ontario. This is also the year that Larissa participated and performed in the Galaxy Young Performer’s Program at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and she was the recipient of the Advocacy and Activism Award by the Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement & Recognition Awards in Thunder Bay, ON. Larissa was invited to be one of two back-up singers when Shy-Anne Hovorka was the selected soloist in 2011 to perform compositions from her album Interwoven Roots for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and invited to tour throughout Ontario for two weeks. In 2013, Larissa was a performer at the Harmony of Nations Music Festival in Fort Frances, ON alongside Buffy Ste. Marie and in 2014, she wrote and performed a song for this festival’s opening ceremonies. More recently she played the Phil Ochs Festival in Ottawa and she has appeared on stage with artists like Keith Secola, Wab Kinew, Joey Stylez, and Ryan McMahon. In the summer of 2016 Larissa hosted a sold-out show featuring her own works, in her hometown of Fort Frances, Ontario. She is currently working on her first album.

Larissa performing her original song “I Will Listen” with Shy-Anne Hovorka

Larissa performing Phil Och’s song “A Year To Go By” at the Phil Ochs Tribute