Ali Milner

Ali Milner

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandHip HopSinger/Songwriter

Ali Milner, with her pure sound and amazing vocal depth, amazes both as a performer and songwriter, rocking with her band or delivering an intimate performance with just her piano.


Ali Milner's fresh-faced appearance might make her look like a newcomer, but don't be fooled — at 21 years old, she has already been recording and performing for eleven years. In that time she's gone from being a promising teenaged favorite to a seasoned performer who is quickly becoming a familiar face in Canada's indie music world. Raised in Whistler, BC, but now living in Vancouver, her timeless sound blends R&B pop with old-soul jazz and even a dose of hard-hitting rock 'n' roll.

The velvet-voiced songstress already has two albums under her belt: 2005's Ali Milner (Venus/EMI) and 2009's I Dare You. The most recent LP was recorded live off the studio floor to tape, and then fleshed out with lush strings and horns. The organic approach helped to highlight the songs' raw emotion and allowed Milner to show off her jazz-trained musical chops.

Since the album's release, she's been checking off one milestone after another. In 2009, she performed at Vancouver's JunoFest, and the following year played several dates surrounding the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Whistler and Vancouver, including singing the national anthem at the closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games. In summer 2010, she graced the stage at the legendary Lilith festival alongside icons like Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu and Sugarland.

Her music has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and Radio 3, and her busy live schedule has taken her to the UK, the USA and Asia. Along the way she's shared bills with Michael Bublé, Ron Sexsmith, Divine Brown, Barenaked Ladies and countless others.

In 2011, Ali completed 8 weeks on the CBC reality television show, Cover Me Canada placing third out of thousands of applicants. During this show, Milner was joined by her crack band, featuring bassist Erik P.H. Nielsen (Rich Hope & His Evil Doers, the Poolhall Gospel), guitarist Matt Kelly (Treelines, Portage & Main) and drummer Richard Brown (Big Sugar).

Unsurprisingly, critics have begun to take notice of the fast-rising Milner. The Province praised her "powerful vocals, command of the stage and fiery red locks," while Discorder called her "a soulful, old-fashioned jazz singer, with style and talent beyond her years." With a busy schedule ahead and new songs coming all the time, even more listeners are bound to be won over by Milner's golden voice and fleet-fingered keyboard playing.


CD: Ali Milner (2004)
CD:I Dare You (2009)
Single: I Love Christmas (made #23 on the AC Charts)
Single: Crystal Clear

Set List

30 min to two hours:
I Dare You
Gonna Dance
I Wanna Be Loved by You
Day by Day
Secret to Tell
Can't Change This Girl
The Portrait of Dorian Gray
Break Away
Don't Forget to Call Me
I Lost My Diamond
Heartbreak Boulevard
According to the New York Times
Crystal Clear
Pouring the Enemy's Wine
Another Man's Neck