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Kathleen Edwards, Ottawa-born alt country singer/songwriter, guitar and violin player, released her debut album, Failer, in 2003. Failer started as an indie project recorded with friends in the Ottawa music scene. It was released by MapleMusic in Canada, and Zoë/Rounder in the US. The album was an immediate overnight sensation and was acclaimed as one of the finest debuts in recent memory, catapulting Kathleen Edwards to international superstardom. No Depression said the album marked "the arrival of a rare talent." Rolling Stone declared her one of the year's most promising new acts. Edwards toured relentlessly with Failer, collecting an armload of accolades and fans around the world. She made appearances on Jay Leno and David Letterman’s talk shows, and opened for the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Bob Dylan. In 2005, the international luminary released Back To Me. The New York Times has praised Kathleen Edwards as a writer whose songs can "pare situations down to a few dozen words, while they push country-rock towards its primal impulses. www.kathleenedwards.com
Fiftymen play music steeped in traditional country and gut-level punk. The band was formed from the ashes of Crash 13 in 1999. Fiftymen are: J.J. Hardill (vocals), Mark Michaud (guitar), Todd Gibbon (guitar), Jake Bryce (drums), Michael Houston Hanlan (bass), and Keith Snider (banjo and fiddle). In 2002, Fiftymen released their debut, From After Darkfall. They followed this up with, From Balances + Sums, in 2005. The album was listed by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the "Best Recordings of 2005." The hardcore country band has played with a plethora of fellow Canadian artists, including The Sadies, Jim Bryson, Kathleen Edwards, the Skydiggers, Matt Mays, and El Torpedo. www.thefiftymen.com
Shanneyganock has been a fixture in the Newfoundland local and traditional scene for a decade. They are: Mark Hiscock, a master of the button accordion and professional folk singer and player; Chris Andrews, known for his burly voice and muscular guitar playing; bassist Bob Pike; and percussionist Mike Clarke. Audiences are charmed by their stirring ballads, powerful shanties, and rib-rattling jigs and reels. Shanneyganock enlisted Great Big Sea stalwart Bob Hallett to produce their 6th album. Titled, Fling Out The Flag, it represents a new era for Shanneyganock and for Newfoundland traditional music. Powerful patriotic songs of Newfoundland's past are balanced with contemporary calls to Newfoundland's young people. www.shanneyganock.ca
Formed in 2005, Camp Radio is comprised of Chris Page (The Glen Nevous Retraction) on guitar and vocals, Dave Draves (Little Bullhorn Productions) on bass, and Scott Terry (Andrew Vincent and the Pirates) on drums. Based out of Ottawa, this alternative rock/pop band released their first LP in 2006. The self-titled album was listed on the Advanced Alternative Media chart as one of the Top 10 Records of 2006. www.campradio.org
Jason Collett is a Toronto singer/songwriter, whose music is a mix of alt-country, acoustic folk, and indie pop. Considered an indispensable lynchpin of Toronto's booming indie scene, he is a guitarist with Broken Social Scene, and led the alt-country act, Bird, with Andrew Cash and Hawksley Workman. His solo albums are Motor Motel Love Songs, and Idols of Exile. Jason Collett releases his new EP, Prodigals, in 2007. www.arts-crafts.ca/jasoncollett
Crowded Skies, based out of Ottawa is John Trude, (songwriter, lead vocals and guitar), Jeremy Brisebois (songwriter, vocals and lead guitar), Sebastien Dupont (bass) and Jordan Potechin (drums). This local country/rock band has been playing together since February 2005 with a release of their first album, Fire off the Hill, in early 2007. The band is anticipating the release of another album in the year to come. www.crowdedskies.ca
Angela Desveaux is a singer/songwriter and guitar player, whose music is straight-up country. She was born on Montreal's south shore, spent her early years in Cape Breton, and has since returned to Montreal. Formerly a member of the Sonny Best Band, Angela Desveaux is now a solo artist. Her first album is Wandering Eyes (2006). Angela Desveaux toured Europe with Bruce Cockburn, and recently completed an Atlantic tour with Elliott Brood. www.angeladesveaux.com
Based out of Wakefield Quebec, Lindsay Ferguson has been singing since the young age of 2. She has performed throughout Switzerland, Ireland, Bermuda, and North America. While playing in Ireland, Lindsay had the opportunity to perform for international superstar, Bono, of U2. As a pop/folk solo artist, Lindsay is the frontwoman of her band, Lindsay Live. Lindsay Ferguson's debut full-length album is being released in 2007.
Singer-songwriter Lily Frost occupies a very special place on the Canadian music landscape. With eight albums to her credit, she blends elements ofrock, jazz, tango, film noir, French chanson and swing. She has been all overthe world; she’s sung in Africa, busked in New Orleans, and lived in Cairo singing nightly in a restaurant.
Based out of Toronto, The Golden Dogs are Dave Azzolini (lead singer and guitar), Jessica Grassia (keyboards, percussion, vocals), Taylor Knox (drums), Neil Quin (guitar, vocals), and Steve Heyduk (bass). The Golden Dogs have appeared with such bands as Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, and The Libertines. The indie rock band has released two albums: Everything in 3 parts (2004), and their latest release, Big Eye Little Eye (2006). www.thegoldendogs.com
Marie-Josée Houle's accordion playing has the flavour of French café music and gypsy jazz. Since her arrival in Ottawa in 2003, Marie-Josée Houle has played accordion and sung back-up for Casey Comeau & the Centretown Wilderness Club, Glenn Nuotio, and Benoit Joanisse and Melissa Laveaux. Branching out as a solo artist, the accordion player just recently released her debut album, Our Lady of Broken Souls. www.uglysocks.com
When they first collided in 2004, Hunter Valentine, the Toronto girl-group threeway composed of brazen singer/guitarist Kiyomi McCloskey, manic drummer Laura Petracca, and classically trained bassist Adrienne Lloyd coasted through kicky riffs and spitfire lyrics with ease. Armed with a battalion of garage-rock anthems for heartbreakers and the brokenhearted, their rock-solid, spectacular debut LP is The Impatient Romantic. www.huntervalentine.com
The John Henrys are a five-piece alt-country ensemble known for their fiery live sound. Residing in Ottawa and Toronto, The John Henrys are Rey Sabatin on guitar and vocals, Doug Gouthro on guitar, Darryl Quinlan on bass, Geoff Ward on drums, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Tatone. Since forming in 2003, the John Henrys have 2 CDs under their country belts: The John Henrys (2004), and most recently, Sweet as the Grain (2006). www.thejohnhenrys.com
Jupiter Ray Project, based out of Wakefield, Quebec is led by the husband and wife singer/songwriter team Jack Pelletier and Shannon Ross, who are accompanied by bassist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Breitner. Since forming in 2001, this country band has released two CDs: Grassfire (2001), and their most recent album, Morrison Heights (2006). Jupiter Ray Project will be performing with Peter Von Althen (drums), and Michael Ball (fiddle). www.jrpmusic.com
Mackenzie MacBride, singer/songwriter and glam-rock diarist, has been making music since the young age of 5. Trained in piano and saxophone, she attended Acadia University as a voice major. Between 2004 and 2005, Mackenzie produced 3 albums. She will be releasing her first full length album, Eccentric by Accident, in 2007. Mackenzie MacBride is also a freelance journalist and broadcaster, and the author of two chapbooks. www.mackenziemacbride.com
Ana Miura, folk musician, was the winner of the 2006 Songs from the Heart songwriter award. Chosen as one of "10 to Watch" for in 2007 by the Ottawa Citizen, and voted Ottawa's Best Singer/Songwriter, Miura has shared stages with Sarah Harmer and Melanie Doane to name a few. Ana continues to tour the US and Canada. Her follow up album to 2005's Tenacious Heart will be released in fall 2007. www.anamiura.com
Nukariik, meaning "two sisters" in Inuttitut, brings together talented Inuit sisters and throat singers, Karin Kettler and Kathy Kettler. Formed in 2002, Nukariik have roots in Kangiqsualujjuaq, northern Quebec, but have lived most of their lives in southern Canada, while maintaining a strong connection to their culture through their Inuit friends, Elders, and family. Nukariik have performed throughout Canada and internationally. www.nukariik.ca
The Old Youth are led by Dany Laj, who teamed up with the vocal and guitar talent of Julie Houle, Rus Jack on bass, and Luke Sellen handling drums. Based out of Sudbury, Ontario the Old Youth formed as a band in 2006. This rock and roll group has most recently recorded their debut album, Lost in Dust, at Easter Island Studios with an expected release in May 2007.
Andy Swan, the lead singer of The Michael Parks, is a roots singer/songwriter and guitar player. Playing with various bands since 1998, (Detective Kalita, and The Fling) Andy has since branched out on his own as a solo artist. Andy released his 27-track debut album, A.M. at the H.O.M., in 2005. His next album will be released in 2008 on Kelp Records. Andy Swan will be performing with his studio band.
Slo' Tom, local singer/songwriter and guitar player, can also be found playing with the band, Manpower. Slo' Tom, formerly the lead singer and bass player with Furnaceface is a veteran, with over 20 years writing and making music. Slo' Tom will be joined onstage by The John Henrys, who will be playing as his backing band. He is currently working towards the release of solo album in the classic country genre.
Eric Vieweg is an Ottawa-based Canadiana folk/rock, singer/songwriter and guitar player. He can often be found taking the stage with his band, The Silver Lining (Michael Klein, Pat Robillard, Matt Sobb, Jessica Manning, Andy Graham and Marty Sobb). Eric Vieweg released his debut album, The Silver Lining, in the summer of 2006 and is currently working on his second album, with an expected release in 2007. www.ericvieweg.com
Alden Pompana is a Dakota Sioux from Sioux Valley, Manitoba. He has been dancing for 25 years, since his father, a respected Elder, introduced him to the powwow circle at the age of 5. He dances the Men's Northern Traditional style. This is the oldest style of dance, which is also known as the warrior's dance—men would often dance this style before going to battle. Alden makes his own regalia and has a tremendous respect for his traditional way of life. His clothing is made from eagle feathers, Ermine skins, and small seed beads, among other materials.
Described as possessing “an intense focus and restrained sensuality”, Juliana Pulford brings to flamenco an energy that captures both the emotive and introspective qualities of this art form. The only dancer in a family of musicians, Juliana gravitated to flamenco at an early age, initiating her studies in Toronto with Claudia Carolina and in Spain with La Presy. These early studies led her to eventually study with some of the flamenco greats like Manolete and La Tati, and acclaimed up and coming dancers like Soledad barrio and Concha Jareño.
Frances Itani has written 11 books, including her World War One novel, Deafening, which was chosen for CBC’s 2006 Canada Reads, as well as for 2006 Combat des Livres by Radio-Canada. Deafening won a 2004 Commonwealth Award for Best Book, and was shortlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award and the 2005 William Saroyan International Award. It won the 2003 Drummer General’s Award and was named 2004/05 College Book of the Year by Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Alberta. Deafening has been sold and translated in 17 countries and has been optioned for film by the producer of Shawshank Redemption.
Andy Brown is the founder and sole employee of the publishing house Conundrum Press. He is also the co-founder of Expozine and the Expozine Awards, as well as the art director and an editor at Matrix magazine. His first book of stories is I can see you being invisible. Andy Brown’s engaging first novel, The Mole Chronicles, follows a sibling relationship told through vignettes, each story centered around the removal of a mole.
Matthew Firth was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He now lives in Ottawa where he works by day for a national trade union. He is the author of three earlier collections of short fiction, most recently Suburban Pornography and Other Stories (Anvil Press, 2006). Paris’ 13e Note Editions will publish a collection of his fiction in French translation titled Sur Le Cul in 2012. He is co-editor and publisher of the litmag Front&Centre and has run the micro-press Black Bile Press since 1993.
Megan Butcher is a sex educator, poet, librarian, book reviewer, blogger, and occasional book publisher who has lived and worked in Ottawa since 2001. In 2004, she launched her first chapbook, This is What She Said, which she toured with the Perpetual Motion Roadshow. Her writing has appeared in Good Girl Magazine, dig, Herizons, and she is a regular contributor to Ottawa X Press.
JOANNE PROULX has had short stories published in literary magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including Exile and Upstairs at Duroc. Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet is her first novel. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Ritallin is an author, performer, speaker and promoter recognized as one of Canada's most successful spoken word organizers. He produced the Live at Capital Slam compilation CDs in 2005 and 2006 and released a book of poetry, Cerebral Stimulation, and a CD, Capital Thoughts, in 2006. Greg is the Creative Director of Cytopoetics, producers of the annual Scribology spoken word and music showcase, and is the lead vocalist for the spoken word/music ensemble Instant Release.
Brown Bag Bards are a collective of local professional actors who feel that Ottawa simply doesn't see enough Shakespeare. Not content to wait for audiences to come to them, the Bards made their debut in the summer of 2006 as street performers, assaulting people at lunch hour on Sparks Street with cross-dressing and mimed sword fights. They garnered national attention for their Shakespearean roast of national politics (Harper I, with the Deathe of Severall Politicians), but also presented short adaptations of Comedy of Errors and Midsummer Night's Dream.
Tempest in a Teapot, A Company of Fools A Shakespeare adaptation performed with the Fool's characteristic physicality and wit, Tempest in a Teapot is pure entertainment. Written by A Company of Fools themselves and set to original music, this play takes you on a journey into the eye of the storm. Part parody and part homage, Tempest in a Teapot entertains audiences of all ages and offers critical insight into Shakespeare's original work. It teases its actors and audiences alike with the cultural and historical differences between our world and that of the playwright, all the while exploring ideas around race and religion.
World of Stories, Salamander Theatre Written and directed by Eleanor Crowder Travel the globe without ever leaving Westboro! World of Stories is a highly interactive performance designed to stimulate an appreciation of culture and diversity in young audiences. A feast of music and visual effects - including the largest puppet most kids will ever see - provokes participation and wonder. Meet Anansi the spider man, who precociously draws stories from the Sky God and invites the audience to travel to Africa and India, Europe and Asia to discover a world of traditional tales. Exploring cultural differences but highlighting universal similarities, this show is an ideal introduction to theatre for kids.
Scott Florence is the Artistic Director of Ottawa's A Company of Fools. He is a graduate of the del'Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. He has worked with the NAC, Odyssey Theatre, Metaphysical Theatre, and PTP Players. A faculty member at Algonquin College, he's taught at Vancouver Improv Festival, University of Regina, and Moncton Comedy Festival. Scott is also a curator for .ism(e): performance cabaret.
Dr Lee (aka: Lee Garbutt) is a percussion-based musician and teacher. He creates sounds inspired by West African rhythms and fused with modern electronic beats for dance performances, art installations and music projects. In 2003 Dr.Lee released his first CD, Orange Galaxy. A year later, he traveled to Guinea, West Africa to study djembe drumming with highly respected djembe master, Aboubacar Fatouabou Camara. Dr. Lee's credits include collaborating with The Souljazz Orchestra, Antizario, the Peter Hum Jazz Ensemble and performing for Cirque du Soleil. He also led the drum circle at the Westfest Tam Tam in 2006 and again in June 2007.
Since the spring of 2003, Stephen Clarke has had more than a dozen shows in the Ottawa area and his paintings and drawings are in private collections across Canada and the United States. He works in acrylics and mixed media collages to create visually organized chaos, figurative illustrations depicting his dreams, as well as life's other realities and fictions, all in vibrant colour.
Lucas Collins studied with Michael Tardioli in Ottawa. He produced his first compositions in 2005, which consisted primarily of still lifes. To gain an understanding in the editorial and advertising fields, Collins began assisting Toronto fashion photographers, who taught him how to portray subjects through the art of exaggeration. Currently, Collins is shooting in a private studio in Toronto. Fashion and portraiture are the present focus of his work.
In her evocative landscapes, Maggie Glossop represents the spirit and essence of the Canadian landscape. She uses natural fibres: wool, silk, cashmere, mohair and angora, which she hand dyes and then processes into soft felted pictures or wall sculptures. Her work can be found at the Galerie Old Chelsea, The Britannia Gallery, The Philip Wood Gallery, and at her home studio during the West End Studio Tour in September.
For the last 30 years, Susan Jolliffe has been creating whimsical artifacts from found objects with clay and paint. She has also led workshops for children, created public art, and published a how-to book on making sculptures (Sculpture Vultures, 2000). In 2005, Susan illustrated "The Twelve Days of Summer' by Jan Andrews and is breathlessly awaiting the September 2007 publication of her own book, Lady Ginny's Tea Parties.
Montreal native and long-time architect, Stuart Kinmond is now a full-time visual artist working with paint and digital media at his Ottawa studio. As part of the O-train expansion project, Stuart has been selected as the winner of the public art competition. Kinmonds large-scale artwork, entitled locomOtion, will be featured at the Carleton O-train station and will become a landmark for travelers on the O-train and across the Carleton University campus.
Since 1982, Claude Latour’s works have been inspired by travels in Central Africa, Russia, Europe, United States, Cuba and Canada. In 2003, he curated an art exhibit featuring eleven artists from the Kitigan Zibi Algonquin Reserve on Victoria Island celebrating the community’s 150th Anniversary of memories and survival. His latest works are photo-based images entitled, Visions from the Pow-Wow Trail.
Painting for me is a combination of exploration and intuition. My goal is to harmonize the ideas and feelings that evolve in my mind and heart, using my skill, knowledge and hands to express it on paper or canvas. This is a lifelong journey; there is always more to discover. Reflecting on 25+ years of painting, I see that vibrant colour is and has been a strong bias in my work that was present even in my earliest paintings. Colour is a gift to the human spirit.
Paul Sharp lived in Japan for five years, working with kids who he often entertained with his pictures. He first exhibited his oil paintings in various cities in Japan. In 2005, he returned to Ottawa and continues to work on painting and design. Over the past two years, he has shown his work at various Ottawa venues. www.semiquestion.com
Chandler Swain is a potter and visual artist living and working in the village of Blakeney, outside Almonte. For the past 14 years, she has co-directed Art in the Park in the Glebe. She is the founder and co-ordinator of the 260 Fingers pottery exhibition held each November 11 weekend at the Glebe Community Centre. She also runs a popular 2-week adult pottery summer school at her studio every July. www.rantree.ca/chandlerswain
Kaye Wong studied at the Ottawa School of Art and currently lives in Ottawa. For the past 8 years, she has been painting fish. She is fascinated by fish: their symbolism, their subtleties and beauty. Kaye's paintings are held in private collections in Canada and the United States.
Having performed in over 200 schools, Jonny really knows how to capture his audience with funny gags, tricks, antics and tons of audience participation. Being a big kid himself, Jonny has an immediate rapport with children of all ages. For really fun shows, Jonny also demonstrates the intricacies of juggling junk, such as plungers or five-gallon water barrels. Jonny demonstrates how one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. www.junkyardsymphony.com
Rachel has practiced her arts in Canada, the United States and Germany. In addition to fire performance, she has utilized her 16 years of classical training in cello to perform with the likes of Toronto-based band, picastro, spoken-word duo, Black Licorice Theory, Brooklyn’s Edison Woods, and dance troupe Murmur Machine. When not playing with fire, Rachel is completing her graduate studies in developmental genetics.
Cheryl Mazak's unique style of mixed media, rusty canvases and her contemporary portrait photography can be found in the homes of many Ottawa art aficionados. Her international appeal has grown, and her work can be found in Asia, Europe and the US. Mazak was listed by Ottawa Life Magazine as one of of the top 50 people of 2005 in the Nation's Capital. www.artgirl.30art.com
Festrell (noun): An elusive, bizarre figure that can be spotted dropping poetry at various events in Ottawa, competing at the Toronto-hosted National Festival of Spoken Word 2006, working on a vast underground/underworld art conspiracy for the spoken and written word (also promoting crafts of sight and sound) through Nekusis Publishing and Ravenswing Fair, and pondering pertinent existential situations.
Danielle K.L. Grégoire is a teacher, drummer, radio host and spoken word poet. She began volunteering with the Capital Poetry Collective in October 2004 as the door girl, and is now the co-director. She can be found organizing Capital Slam, and delivering slam poetry workshops for youth. Originally hailing from The Pas, Manitoba, Danielle is delighted to be a part of Ottawa's thriving and friendly spoken word scene.
Nathanael Larochette was born in France and immigrated to Canada as a child. A music journalist who plays violin and classical guitar, Nathanael has always been focused on artistic expression. Since breaking into the Ottawa poetry scene in 2006, Nathanael has performed at Capital Slam and in local schools. He believes that it is up to artists to reflect what beauty and hope remains in this world.
Carlos Perez is a Venezuelan poet heavily influenced by the great Latin American poets and English language Caribbean post-colonial narratives. He has performed in the riot-happy streets of Quebec City, the tropical city of Havana, and at conferences for several social justice and human rights groups. In 2006, he represented Venezuela in the Gala of the Americas. Last year, he published Araguaney, a poetry chapbook (Dusty Owl Press).