As a lifelong music fan of all genres, Lindsay has always greatly admired those who are able to craft songs. In 2023, she began taking singing and guitar lessons in hopes of one day being able to perform music of her own. The Girls and Guitars songwriting course has now given her the knowledge and tools to begin this journey of becoming a singer-songwriter. She is both nervous and excited to be performing her very first original song at Hillside Inside 2024.
Maureen Pollard is a grief and trauma therapist who writes songs, sings, and plays a little guitar as part of her self-preservation and resilience strategy. Maureen has been hooked on songwriting since she wrote her first song in 2020, with help from the Toronto Songwriting School. Always keen to learn more about the craft, Maureen has loved being a participant in several songwriting programs, including the Hillside Festival’s Girls and Guitars.
Maureen believes in the power of story and song to heal, and as a music-integrated therapist she has developed the Write to Heal program, an experiential workshop guiding participants in therapeutic writing and songwriting. Some of Maureen’s songs have been produced by Murray Foster to raise funds and awareness for Canadian charities, including I Hope You Stay and One Breath at a Time for the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, and I’m No Hero for the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Michelle Munroe is an emerging Guelph-based singer/songwriter proudly returning to Girls & Guitars for the third time. The experiences in this program have helped her find her voice (and herself), write her very first songs and perform publicly for the first time. Five years later, she tenaciously continues to develop her craft as a songwriter and performer, has formed some collaborations in the local music community and is currently working towards her first single and EP project. Michelle has been described as an ‘arresting performer’ with a classic alt country sound.
Naomi Brown is an educator and artist. She lives in the KW region. This is her second time participating in the Girls and Guitars program.