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Arms Of The Girl: Profile + Interview

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Arms Of The Girl: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Music,  Pride, Desire

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

We are high-energy rock band – four people from different musical backgrounds who love playing music, and making a unique sound together

Why do you do what you do?

Because we love it. We’re so lucky to do this.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

Afton started playing bass because he was inspired by parents, who are musicians. He grew up listening to music around the house. Carolyn loved being onstage in dance and theatre, and was an aspiring novelist growing up. Music allowed her to combine all the things she loved. Dave saw awesome guitar players on Much Music and thought it would be cool to be like them. Chris started playing drums because he would tap to every song on the radio. He tapped to everything and loved rhythm, so his mom bought him a drum set.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Afton: I had to leave my puppy at home to come to band practice. It was very hard.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Our producers have been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement, helping us to refine our sound. We are all music teachers and hope that we inspire our students to follow their musical dreams.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Not believing in ourselves enough. A winning attitude goes a long way.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

We are working on a series of singles, which we will eventually combine into an album. We just released “All Up to You” in December, and are looking forward to a follow-up soon.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Trust yourself and your instincts.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

If the snow is yellow, don’t touch it.

Arms Of The Girl: Profile

Full name

Arms of the Girl (Carolyn Côté, Dave Cutler, Afton Penny, Chris Zimmerman)


24, 25, 26, 28

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Band was born in Ottawa, ON

Where you live now? (city, country)

Ottawa, ON

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

The band members are from all over Eastern and Western Canada – coast to coast

First Language?


What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Band since 2006

How long have you been doing it?

9 years

Fav Song

Our favourite song to play is “She Sells Sanctuary” by the Cult

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

We are inspired by other local bands: Tindervox, The Ven Dreddies, The Cowards, Monsun, The Powergoats, Danielle Allard, Thrifty Kids… too many to name! Ottawa is a great city for music.

Fav Movie

Anything with a good soundtrack

Fav Actor/Actress

Any actor / actress smart enough not to think they can “sing”

Fav Clothing brand

Babes & Gents, of course. What else?

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

In Ottawa, we work with Sean Sisk Photography, Erick Sodhi Photography, and Eric St-Cyr.

Fav Sport to watch


Fav Sport to play

Ultimate Frisbee