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Chase Aden, a diamond in the northern rough

Thursday November 29, 2012
Chase Aden

Recently I was talking to a friend of mine, Cindy Giguere, who is a member of Matachewan First Nation in northeastern Ontario. Actually, she is a Wabun Health community health nurse who has worked for many years assisting members of Matachewan First Nation. I was pleasantly surprised when she told me about her daughter’s success in the music industry.

Her daughter, known on stage as Chase Aden, has been performing as a singer/songwriter in and around Toronto for a few years. The big news is that she played the famous El Mocambo nightclub in the city recently. Fans, family and friends filled the historic nightclub to see and hear Chase perform. This is the venue that has hosted world known acts like the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, U2, Moxy, Elvis Costello, The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Blondie, Meat Loaf, Jimi Hendrix, Queens of the Stone Age, Shakin’ Natives and LimeBox.

In a recent chat with Chase, I discovered that she has been working tirelessly to pursue her dream in music and she is thrilled that all of her efforts are paying off. She was quick to point out that she considers herself a work in progress and that it will take a lot of dedication and effort to fulfil her dreams. Chase spoke about the importance of having a strong, loving family environment where she was surrounded by music from the time she was a child. Her dad, known as Giger, who is a musician has always been her mentor and biggest fan.

Too often we hear that there is little support for a young person wanting to pursue the arts as a career but thankfully both Giger and Cindy were there for Chase when she decided she was going to do her best to make her dreams come true as a performer and singer. Born in Timmins and raised in Iroquois Falls, Chase is like one of those diamonds they are finding in the rugged northern wilderness. Not only is she a talented singer/songwriter and performer she is also very beautiful and has an inner strength that comes from the northern wilderness experience. Although she describes her music as pop, Chase draws from an influence pallet that includes the Eagles, Elton John, ABBA and the Carpenters just to name a few. Up north she was part of a cover band that opened for acts like April Wine and Trooper. Although she plays guitar and piano her main instrument is her voice.

One thing she realized was that it was necessary to make the move to the big city to realize her dream and she left her beloved north to record and perform as part of her struggle to compete in what is sometimes a very dog eat dog industry. She got a lot of experience by performing live and recording. People reacted to her music positively and that gave her the drive to continue. She gives thanks for her producer Doug Romanow for providing guidance and helping her develop as an artist. Chase has also been given strong support by her boyfriend Jaye and faithful friends and fans.

It was so exciting to chat with Chase as her enthusiasm is contagious. She is really busy these days recording her album to be released early in 2013 and she is working hard with some of the best in the business to develop the creative for her project which will also feature a video. Right now her goal is to get her songs out there to the public and develop a broader fan base.

By the way, she sang the National Anthem at the GM Centre in Oshawa to open for the Oshawa Power in a National Basketball League game on Nov. 15.

I take great pride and joy to share the story of this upcoming northern star with you and I hope you give her lots of support as she moves forward to make her dreams come true. I am a big fan as her voice really has such a strong and pure quality to it and you can see for yourself by going to her website at where you can also find her Twitter and Facebook links. Chase is on her way and hopefully will be coming to a venue around the corner from you in the near future. Any community would benefit by her positive and open message of hope in song.

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