Meet the women of Pretty In Punk, from our directors to our artists! Giving young women and the LGBTQ2+ Community in Saskatoon the opportunity to get involved in the music industry in a safe, hands-on manner that builds on their personal career goals and skills.
“Through interviews with 75 female songwriters and producers, the study explores the lived experiences of women in music. More than 40 percent stated that their work or skills were dismissed or discounted by colleagues, and 39 percent said that stereotyping and sexualization were impediments to their careers. Finally, more than one-third said that the industry was male-dominated—a belief borne out by the numbers in the quantitative report. Women also cited instances in which they had been doubted or questioned and illuminated how the recording studio is a site for objectification and place where personal safety is a concern.” - University of Southern California
Festival Director & Founder
Gabrielle Giroux is best known by her years in the all-female rock band, The Wolfe, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where she was lead guitarist, and managed many aspects of the band’s career. From winning Search For The Star’s 2015 Songwriter of the Year, to making the Top 4 Finalists in CBC Searchlight 2017, and touring across Canada to playing the final Warped Tour, Giroux’s music career doesn’t stop there. After receiving a diploma in Graphic Design, Giroux landed a job at Saskatoon’s Capitol Music Club as their Events, Promotions, and Marketing Specialist. Giroux is the director and founder of Pretty In Punk Fest. Giroux is a proud Dene woman of the Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation.
Street Team Manager & Marketing Assistant
Born and raised in a small town 2.5 hours South West of Saskatoon, Rachel Catherine recently moved to the city to pursue her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing at the University of Saskatchewan. She can be found planning her next outfit and napping. To her, punk means the freedom to be an individual and showoff her true colours.
Gabrielle Rose is a visual artist who worships at the altar of all things creepy. Hailing from Saskatoon, Sk, her illustrations and other assorted creations focus on themes of horror, anatomy, and the occult. Gabrielle began participating in local art markets and fairs in 2015, and has been active in the local art scene since. In 2018, she founded The Dark Market; Saskatoon’s first vendor market catering to those with interests in the alternative and macabre. Held in October of both 2018 and 2019, the annual event has been hugely successful. In 2019, Gabrielle also began to take her creative process to the internet. She streams regularly on Twitch, a live streaming platform where viewers can watch and interact with her while she creates her artwork from her home based studio.