FRIDAY, JUNE 7
NOVUSOLIS | 6:45 - 7:35 pm
Based in Ottawa-Gatineau, Zachary Perron and Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya have created a new haven of post-rock. Zachary builds the music with intricate guitar live-loops, while Amanda's synth swells and voice sways us into a trance. Together, they are haunting, enchanting, and cinematic. In 2018, they toured their album "Collapse" across the UK and are set to tour Europe in 2019!
MASTER CAMERON ERIC LEON
8 - 8:15 pm
Master Cameron Eric Leon is Ottawa's Gender Bender Extraordinaire! Known for charming audiences with his over-the-top theatricality, commanding stage presence, and formidable live vocals he is a stand-out performer and MC who has made appearances across Ontario and beyond, including World Pride 2014 and the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, England.
Photo credit "Handsome Zac Photography."
BONNIE DOON | 8:30 - 9:00 pm
Bonnie Doon is an Ottawa-based post-punk five-piece, drawing inspiration from spooky beaches and pizza joints. Bonnie Doon melts faces with waves of controlled dissonance and unabashed wolf calls to the moon. 2017 marked the release of Dooner Nooner from Record Centre Records + Bruised Tongue on LP and cassette. The sludgy surf rock tunes captured on wax for the first time were inspired by actual events: such as the struggle of making it to brunch for noon and how it feels to brave a waterslide in a bikini. Their 2014 sold-out EP on Bruised Tongue Records An Affair to Imagine saw the debut of their west coast/punk/new wave/indie/surf of the formative days of Teenage Head, the Viletones, Flipper and the B52’s.
Hear Bonnie Doon’s featured singles on Bruised Tongue’s Afterburners series and The Famine’s Pentagon Black Compilations and feature appearances on Weird Canada, Photogmusic, Ottawa Showbox, Ottawa Life, AuxTV, CitySlangRadio, Braidio, The Le Sigh and Exclaim! Gracing festival stages in Ottawa (Bluesfest, Arboretum Festival, Ottawa Explosion Weekend), Montreal (Coolfest), and Detroit (BFF Fest). Stay tuned for the 2019 release of a brand-new music video for the sax-infused summer party jam “Panty Twister".
TINA SOL | 9:20 - 9:30 pm
With her rapid ability to learn and playback music on a violin, combined with her classically-trained background, Tina Sol provides a different perspective with her violin remixes on R&B, Hip-Hop, and Rap music. Her passion in music production and engineering lead her to creating her first audio/visual violin project, “for me... to you” the story of how she lost her best friend and gave up on music.
SALMON ELLA | 5:35 - 6:25 pm
Salmon Ella writes music with quirky melodies and uncomfortably honest lyrics, getting at the heart of their experiences. Influenced by Warpaint, Bikini Kill, and Courtney Barnett, they are making a mark on the Ottawa music scene. Sometimes absurd, sometimes ethereal, their music will have you saying “I don’t know what I just listened to, but I think I liked it!”
YAMANTAKA //SONIC TITAN
9:45 - 10:45 pm
There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a NohWave prog collective, a black-andwhite (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been. DIRT is the band’s first album since 2013’s UZU, and their second straight to be shortlisted for the Polaris Prize as one of the best Canadian albums of the year. Now totally Toronto‐based, they’ve added new singer Joanna Delos Reyes, guitarist Hiroki Tanaka, and bassist Brandon Lim, who, along with the towering drums of leader/artist Alaska B, singer/theatre artist Ange Loft, and keyboardist Brendan Swanson, turn the group into a driving engine of sound.
Live, the band can be sprawling and theatrical or concise and visceral, filling the stage with noise, melody and cacophony. They think big, but they’re not a thought experiment. They’re a force.
Amanda Fox is Ojibwe and a member from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Although her family migrated to the Ottawa region, she has been fortunate enough to be raised in her culture. She is an Old Style Jingle Dress dancer – a First Nations traditional “healing dance” that is seen at powwows across North America. Amanda has been dancing since she could walk and is a seasoned traveler on the powwow trail. She has danced at powwows across Canada and has performed in front of thousands including past and present Prime Ministers and Governor Generals. She enjoys spreading awareness about her culture by performing her dance, and teaching her people the arts of dance, song, beadwork and craftwork. This summer you can find her at the National Arts Centre teaching Powwow Workout classes open to the public, or on the powwow trail.
A7G YOUTH DRUMMERS
with AMANDA FOX
5:00 - 5:20 pm
Ogimaakwewak Singers is a collective of Indigenous singers and hand drummers that reside in the Ottawa area. The collective includes Algonquin, Ojibway, Cree, Tuchonne Haida and Metis women. Ogimaakwewak means female leaders or boss ladies in Anishinabemowin.