Bio & Press


Arms of the Girl is a female-fronted Ottawa band that plays bluesy, twangy rock. Known for their high-energy live show, Arms has been compared to Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, and Serena Ryder.

With introspective, playful lyrics, powerful guitar riffs and solos, and a fun, engaging band chemistry, Arms delivers solid, memorable performances. Notable shows include Mountain Man Music Festival and Ottawa Bluesfest.

  “Pure talent.” – Dylan Black, Boom 99.7FM

  “A strong sense of musicianship.” – Guillaume Moffet, Ottawa Xpress

  “I’ve been watching Arms of the Girl grow as a band for many years and it’s obvious that their dedication, drive, and talent have brought them to new levels of artistry that is rarely seen these days.” – Colin Mills, music business professor, Algonquin College – Music Industry Arts.


  • Carolyn (Cee) Côté, vocals / rhythm guitar
  • David Cutler, lead guitar
  • Phil DesRoches, drums
  • Afton Penny, bass


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  • 2016 – Paper | Copper | Steel (EP)
  • 2015 – “Wake Up” (single)
  • 2014 – “All Up to You” (single)
  • 2013 – “Chasing Stars” (single)
  • 2012 – Versions of Happiness (EP)
  • 2010 – Warning Signs (EP)



  • Barnstorm 2017
  • Art on the Waterfront 2017, 2016
  • Baconpalooza 2017, 2016
  • Mountain Man Music Festival 2016
  • TWiMFeST 2015
  • Warnockstock 2015
  • Ottawa Indie Fest 2015
  • Capital Velo Fest 2014
  • Break North Festival 2012
  • Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest 2011


  • Featured artist for Quesada restaurants’ Joy of Song campaign with Mediazoic March/April 2017
  • Mattamy Homes Canada Day Barrhaven 2017 main stage
  • Commissioned to write three songs for OPSEU 2015-2016
  • Selected for #Ottmusik 2015
  • OPSEU’s Got Talent finalists 2015
  • LiVE88.5FM Big Money Shot Top 15 finalists 2013
  • Opened for Bleeker Ridge (Roadrunner Records) 2012
  • Charity and community involvement: Roger’s House, Canadian Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer Canada, Parkinson Society Canada, Ottawa Independent Living Resource Centre, Algonquin College’s Music Industry Arts program