One Day in Dauphin: country singer Desiree Dorion

The Juno-nominated artist on her favourite food and drink spots

After following her breakout Juno Award-nominated sophomore album in 2013 with two more acclaimed albums and several Canadian country music chart-topping singles, Manitoba-based singer Desiree Dorian has been stirring up significant buzz once again with the recent release of her newest single, “Wouldn’t That Be Fun?” 

The new track, which was co-written with Doc Walker’s Dave Wasyliw, takes a bit of a fun departure from Dorion’s signature autobiographical storytelling style and opts instead to tell an upbeat and lighthearted tale about young love and the early stages of a relationship. 

As a proud member of the region's Opaskwayak Cree Nation and a lifelong Manitoban, Dorian has become very well-acquainted with the food and beverage scene in and around her hometown of Dauphin. We recently had the opportunity to chat with the talented singer-songwriter, who took some time to fill us in on a few of her favourite spots.


Corrina’s on Main. They offer a Ukrainian breakfast that subs out bacon with kielbasa and hash browns with perogies! Need I say more?



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Café Trocadero. This is the only place in town where I can get my favourite hot drink (London Fog) and a quick, healthy meal. My fave is their snack pack that includes fresh veggies, fruit, cheese and their homemade hummus and energy balls.


Wasagaming is a 45 minute drive from Dauphin. However, the trek to TR McKoys is so worth it. I order the same thing everytime, Penne with Sea Scallops and Shrimp. It is tossed in the best curried cream sauce I’ve ever tasted. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!


I’m happy to sit wherever I can find a cold beer or a glass of malbec.

Watch: Desiree Dorion Feat. Dave Wasyliw - Wouldn't That Be Fun? [Official Video]