SUNDAY, JUNE 9
PANEL DISCUSSION - CROSS COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS II MODERATED BY CARA TIERNEY
1:30 - 2:45 pm
For the second year in a row Westfest is proud to have artist, activist, and educator, Cara Tierney, assembling and hosting a panel to reflect on how artists, cultural producers, organizers and institutions can foster meaningful exchanges.
DAVIS DEWAN | 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Fifteen-year-old singer-songwriter, Davis Dewan, has been featured at the Junior Junos, Greely Country Music Festival, Rogers Centre Plaza, Universal Studios Hollywood Citywalk and more! In addition to her numerous stage credits, Davis has logged hundreds of hours volunteering her time and talent for numerous charities and special events, including as an anthem singer for the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club, the Canada Volunteer Awards and more!
AUDREY SAPARNO +
4:45 - 5:15 pm
Audrey Saparno is an Ottawa singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player. With a voice like that of Jane Siberry and Sarah McLachlan, her soulful folk sound flows through her songs of love, loss, hope and empowerment. When Audrey met the multi-instrumentalist Shalini Ahuja, they instantly shared their love for spirituality and music. Shalini will bring her percussion talent to the stage.
3:00 - 3:30 pm
Musicability is an inclusive choir where people of all ages and abilities can explore instruments and creative expression - an open group that welcomes people of all walks of life to participate, in a flexible and fun environment. They believe that music is enriching for everyone, and should be available to all. They share their experience by providing interactive mobile workshops, being active in the community, hosting fundraisers, and performing at festivals like this one!
MALAK SOUND | 7:10 - 7:50 pm
Malak Sound’s music is inspired and driven by her experiences as a citizen of multiple backgrounds, and bridges the gap between Western and Middle Eastern pop culture. Coupling electronic and organic elements, she melds her memorable songwriting and charismatic persona into an engaging live show. She has played multiple festivals, toured extensively, and won numerous awards for her musicianship.
GRAVEN | 6:20 - 6:50 pm
Graven is a Nepean-born, once-bedroom-rapper, cross-Canadian rail-riding troubadour, lyrical time-traveler, dad, wordsmith, melodic mystic, and nature appreciator. Through his 11 albums, that touch on many different life timelines, there is a never-fading guiding light that shines inwards, and that illuminates feelings of honesty, hurt and hope. His latest single ‘Hymnal’ was produced by Jim Bryson.
DYNAMIC | 8:10 - 8:40 pm
Born & raised in Ottawa, Dynamic has enough energy to power a fleet of hybrid cars, enough soul to raise a church roof & enough music in his blood to contaminate the average man. The son of a well-known reggae singer Ras Leea, and an award winning radio host, it's no wonder why Dynamic is full of musical vibes.
Helvetica Bold is an international award-winning burlesque entertainer and MC, plus-size model, writer, and OG of burlesque revival in Canada. Helvetica co-founded the Ottawa International Burlesque Festival, is the founder and creative director of Dangerous Curves, Canada's all Plus Size burlesque show, and runs Smut Slam Ottawa, an adults-only open mic. Helvetica has been a featured speaker at Creative Mornings Ottawa, The Remai Centre for the Arts in Saskatoon, and at Algonquin College.
SUBHRAJ SINGH | 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Subhraj Singh is a folksy songwriter creating sounds and stories. Influenced by storytelling music like Dan Mangan, Haley Heynderickx and Andy Shauf. Creating a catalog of music to share the struggles of day to day life, toxic masculinity and being open about mental health concerns. Drab and dreary, there is more laughs than tears or at least a promise of both from his performance.
ASPECTS | 9:00 - 10:00 pm
Hailing from Quesnel in beautiful British Columbia, Aspects has been rocking for almost 20 years now. A true musician in all “aspects”, he has worked with Grammy award-winners and played alongside Motown legends. He has worked on videos with the Wu tang clan, had Eminem’s team rap about him in a song, and worked heavily with the Outlawz, an American hip hop group founded by Tupac Shakur.
Past Westfest attendees might recognize him as the father and singing partner of pint-sized talent Illiyah Rose, the 9-year old with the huge pipes who has performed alongside him at several Ottawa festivals including Bluesfest and Westfest. His newest album, set to be released later this year, is a soulful rendition of everything that he is. From country folk, to blues, hip hop, and even a touch of funk, Aspects musical ability and song composition sweeps across genres and never fail to get the crowds on their feet.