Gillian Stone is a multi-instrumentalist and interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto (Tkaronto). Her vocally-driven work, which draws from post-rock, folk, ambience, and minimalism, has been described as “breaking new aural ground” (!earshot Digital Distribution System). Born and raised on the traditional territory of the Quw’utsun on Vancouver Island, with a profound connection to her Icelandic heritage, Stone channels the influence of outer landscapes in her inner lyrical worlds and soundscapes. Her music processes riding the waves of mental health, particularly as it relates to dysregulation, addiction, shame, relational trauma, and dissociation. Because of this, she speaks candidly about her lived experience through her music and expressions of artistic identity as an act of destigmatization. 

Described as “a dark and beautiful song; a song of many textures” (Monolith Cocktail), Stone’s debut release, “Bridges”, drew comparisons to “Black Mountain, PJ Harvey and Weyes Blood” (PhotogMusic). Her 2021 follow up single, “Shelf”, co-produced with experimental e-cellist Michael Peter Olsen (Zoon, The Hidden Cameras, Arcade Fire), “beautifully pushe[d] against the edge of…dissonant tones and the cyclical musical sounds” (American Pancake). The video for “Shelf” was Stone’s directorial debut, filmed in collaboration with Toronto filmmaker John M. Hall. Stone reunited will Olsen for her single, “Amends”, released June 24th.  The Revue defined the song as "beyond characterization", "surreal in its composition", and declared: "Look out for Toronto’s next great artist". 

Stone holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from Vancouver Island University and an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto. She has worked with Timothy Condon and Brad Davis (Fresh Snow), The Fern Tips (Beams, Ace of Wands), Völur (Blood Ceremony), NEXUS (Steve Reich), Alli Sunshine (FORCES) and Althea Thauberger. Her work is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

Photo by Joel Gale