$30,000 in funding announced for 2017 musical events in Ottawa

** Ottawa – ** The 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are pleased to announce that 37 projects will receive a total of $30,000 in funding to develop and present unique musical experiences throughout the city from January to March.


The call for submissions for the Ottawa Music Micro-Grant program was launched in November. This new one-time funding initiative will enable the capital’s musicians, promoters and other music entrepreneurs to build and engage audiences across all 23 city wards in the weeks leading up to the JUNO Awards.


The program is administered on behalf of the JUNO Host Committee by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC).


More than 185 submissions were received and reviewed by an independent five-member jury, with representation from Ottawa’s music community and one representative from the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.


Thirty-seven dynamic and varied experiences will be offered to residents and visitors this year as part of Canada’s 150


anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. They are:

** The Centennial Ask a Punk Show ** January 6

Private House

A celebration of 100 successful house shows at Ottawa’s favourite west-end basement. _ Presented in collaboration with James Reid. _ _ _

** Song-writing Workshop for New Canadians with Craig Cardiff and Amanda Lowe ** January 17

Woodroffe High School

Sing-songwriters Craig Cardiff (past JUNO Nominee) and Amanda Lowe will conduct a songwriting workshop for New Canadians to learn about Canadian Folk Music and explore their own voices through song. _ Presented in collaboration with Ann-Marie Reid. _ _ _

** SUNG RA: Songs of ** Sun ** Ra ** January 22

Church of the Ascension

This concert spectacle combines two unique Ottawa groups – jazz band Rakestar Arkestra and 35-voice choir Tone Cluster – in full-colour costumes, playing favourite hits of the great jazz master Sun Ra, under the direction of vocalist Christine Duncan. _ Presented in collaboration with Rory MaGill. _ _ _

** The ‘ilvekyo’ All Canadian Pub Set ** January 26

Heart & Crown

Members of the band ilvekyo will take over the stage at Heart & Crown Barrhaven for a memorable night of all-Canadian cover music mixed in with their original material. Tune into Sam Roberts, the Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, the Trews, Silver Creek and many more! _ Presented in collaboration with Ilvekyo. _

** Capital Rap Battles v4: Blood in the Basement ** February 3

Plurr Nightclub

Capital Rap Battles presents their 4

  event. Highlights of this rap battle include a title match between Robertz and poRICH. The co-main event features Ottawa's Prehistoric vs Tycoon Tax, visiting from Toronto.
   Presented in collaboration with Capital Rap Battles.

** Bringing the Greek Party to China ** February 3

Shanghai Restaurant

An extravaganza featuring festive Greek songs performed in Chinese. Stories and unpredictable zany antics from the always-loveable bouzouki master Chairman George. The perfect musical introduction, from one ancient culture to another.

It’s a Mediterranean cruise up the Yangtze!  Opa! _ Presented in collaboration with Chairman George. _

** All the Aphrodisiacs: An Evening of Music, Food, and Drink ** February 11

OCCO Kitchen Innes

The PepTides and OCCO Kitchen are teaming up to present a multi-sensory concert experience: a perfect pairing of local music with locally sourced food and drink. The music will be enhanced by video projections. A cozy experience to savour just a few days before Valentine’s Day. _ Presented in collaboration with The PepTides and OCCO Kitchen. _ _ _

** QUAD ENSEMBLES - A Musical Exposition of Black Culture ** February 12 to 18

Ottawa Pianos

Join John Kofi Dapaah along with talented musicians as they celebrate Black History month through music. _ Presented in collaboration with John Kofi Dapaah. _ _ _

** Rock the Goode 2017 ** February 25

Vibration Studios

LIVE bands rock a night of musical celebration! A showcase of amazing talent in the rural community of Osgoode, this event will be held in a unique intimate setting surrounded by the works of many local artists. _ Presented in collaboration with Vibration Studios Inc. _ _ _

** TIMEKODE presents a Saturday Night Special feat. a Special Guest ** February 25

D’afrique Restaurant

TIMEKODE presents a special Saturday night affair! The special guest is one of the most recognized and respected DJ’s in the world, and for one night he’ll take a lucky few in Ottawa back to the roots of dance party culture. Expect every funky opposite as TIMEKODE takes D’afrique’s dance floor on a journey. _ Presented in collaboration with TIMEKODE. _ _ _

** SuzukiMusic Instrument Petting Zoo and Concert ** February 26

Shenkman Arts Centre

Families are invited to join SuzukiMusic for a fun-filled music event. There will be an instrument petting zoo, where children can play the following instruments: flutes, guitars, cellos, violins and violas. They will also be invited to make a percussion instrument and enjoy a short concert. _ Presented in collaboration with SuzukiMusic. _ _ _

** Celebration of Spring Blossoms ** March 3

Camellia Tea House

Rebecca Cragg and Ryoko Itabashi perform a live concert featuring traditional Japanese brush painting to the beat of the Shinobue flutes and the Shamisen guitar. This coincides with the Peach Blossom Festival in Japan, a day to celebrate the health of women and girls in the family. _ Presented in collaboration with Rebecca Cragg. _ _ _

** Sight & Sound ** March 4

The Record Centre

Ottawa Showbox presents Sight & Sound, a fusion of live music and video projections that will electrify the senses and provide the audience with an immersive audio/visual experience. Ottawa veterans Amos the Transparent and musical prodigy Trails, take over The Record Centre stage along with

VJ LES666 who will paint the walls with her bizarre video projections. _ Presented in collaboration with Matias Munoz. _ _ _

** Canadian Women’s Songbook: Women in the JUNOs ** March 5

Trinity Anglican

A celebration of the legacy of Canadian women musicians and works from the Canadian Women’s Songbook. Explore the history of women in the JUNOs as local emerging women artists share covers of their favourite songs by women JUNO winners. _ Presented in collaboration with Muse Collective. _ _ _

** JW-JONES: #613FUTUREBLUES ** March 5

The Mill Tavern

JUNO Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues Artist, JW-Jones will be performing with his touring band and featuring young Ottawa blues musicians. 4:00pm - All-Ages Show!  Young blues artist in Ottawa between the ages of 12-18, are invited to post a video of a song on the JW-Jones Facebook page. _ Presented in collaboration with JW-Jones. _ _ _

** Makers’ Night: Music and Art at Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health ** March 6

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Musicians Jill Zmud, Jesse Stewart and Jerusha Lewis invite participants to make music with the artists and let the sounds seep onto their canvas as they try their hand at ink marbling. Everyone is welcome to watch, listen and create! _ Presented in collaboration with Jill Zmud and Jesse Stewart, with special guest Jerusha Lewis. _ _ _

** See it and Be it: A Rock n’ Roll Show and Newbie Jam Session by Girls+ for Everyone! ** March 10

Taggart Family YM/WCA

Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls presents: See It and Be It: A Rock n’ Roll Show and Newbie Jam Session by Girls+ for Everyone! Showcasing Ottawa’s youth artists, followed by an open interactive jam session. Come to the Taggart Family Y, March 10

  to fulfill your rock n’ roll destiny!
   Presented in collaboration with Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls.

** C4 - Claxton and Collaborating Composers Concert ** March 10

Rideau Park Church

The Claxton and Collaborative Composers Concert is a showcase of new music by young Canadian composers Daniel Claxton, Sami Anguaya, Patrick Armstrong and Sydney Andrews Finn. _ Presented in collaboration with Daniel Claxton. _ _ _

** Melodies by Moonlight with Mark Fossen & Moonfruits ** March 11

Knox Church

An intimate evening of music and storytelling inside a majestic 113-year-old church, just a 10-minute drive east of Orleans. A special one-time concert experience at this venue! _ Presented in collaboration with Mark Fossen. _ _ _

** Soul in the Suburbs ** March 11

Second Cup Barrhaven

Soul in the Suburbs will present a Saturday evening show, featuring live soul music in an unassuming local coffee shop. A DJ will play music for warm up and intermission while 2 different live acts will entertain over the course of a 3-hour show. _ Presented in collaboration with House of PainT Festival. _ _ _

** Sonic Jam ** March 11

The Sonic Gym

The Ramblin’ Valley Band and Johannes Welsch come together for an evening of musical expression and exploration. Hear the awesome force of sound waves coming out of Dunrobin. _ Presented in collaboration with Matthew Armitage. _ _ _

** Call to Prayer ** March 11

Venue to come

Call to Prayer is an immersive, sonic installation drawing on the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Beginning as separate threads, the voices of three local vocalists gradually become entwined, ultimately forming a tonal fabric that finds harmony in difference. _ Presented in collaboration with Benjamin Globerman. _ _ _

** IMOO ORKESTRA ** March 12

House of Common

The IMOOORKESTRA (IMOO) brings together some of Ottawa’s finest improvising musicians who have been an integral part of and have participated in IMOO’s concert series. This version of the IMOO will be under the leadership of IMOO organizers, Linsey Wellman and David Jackson. _ Presented in collaboration with David Jackson. _ _ _

** Songs of Muslim Women ** March 18

Centrepointe Studio

An event where local Muslim women musicians share original and traditional songs from various music styles. EMW is an Ottawa-based group that promotes, nurtures and exhibits the creativity of Muslim women in the National Capital region. _ Presented in collaboration with Expressions of Muslim Women (EMW). _ _ _

** LOUDottawa ** March 23 and 24

Brass Monkey

A boutique event showcasing the LOUD side of Ottawa (with a little help from our friends!). _ Presented in collaboration with Spectrasonic. _ _ _

** BIG BAND Soirée ** March 24

Centre Pauline-Charron

Music from the forties and fifties, the period of the “Rat Pack”, comes to life at this return to the era of great dance evenings. All ages. _ Presented in collaboration with Centre Pauline-Charron. _ _ _

** Petr Cancura’s Sky Wander ** March 26

Dominion City Brewing Company

Petr Cancura, a JUNO nominated multi-instrumentalist, straddles the worlds of roots and jazz, collaborating with some of the most authentic musicians around. This project, Sky Wander sounds like Mississippi in the North. _ Presented in collaboration with Petr Cancura. _ _ _

** Capture the Music ** March 27

Richcraft Community Centre

Participants in the Support Community Enhanced Learning program will put on a concert at the Richcraft Community Centre in Kanata. The music will be composed by the participants in the program group along with two Ottawa artists, Birdy Whyte and Catriona Sturton. _ Presented in collaboration with Catriona Sturton. _ _ _

** Country in the Capital ** March 29

House of TARG

A night of music and entertainment featuring emerging country music talent from in and around the Ottawa area. The event seeks to highlight up and coming local talent, and offer them a stage to showcase to industry and fans alike. _ Presented in collaboration with Ribbon & Shell Entertainment Group. _ _ _

** India’s influence on Modern Day Rock n’ Roll ** March 30

ALE - Amberwood Lounge & Eatery

Learn about the music and dance of India that inspired a generation of musicians while enjoying live entertainment from Stittsville’s own Anjali Patil and Aroha Fine Arts. _ Presented in collaboration with Aroha Fine Arts. _

** Bridging Sound Worlds ** March 31

Venue to come

Thelectric Breeze creates instant sound compositions, combining their love of innovative soundscapes and passion for pushing the boundaries of music. They hope to bridge many of the musical worlds that exist in Ottawa. Can you feel the Breeze? _ Presented in collaboration with Thelectric Breeze. _ _ _

** Living Room concert series En Route vers les JUNOs ** March – various dates

In various living rooms from Kanata to Orléans

A unique living room concert series featuring Canadian artists throughout the month of March. This intimate programming will allow guests to discover new and emerging artists while creating important links between artist and the community. _ Presented in collaboration with L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) _

** Bobby’s Smoke Meat and Greet ** Date to come

Bobby’s Table

A unique opportunity to experience a dinner-show at the welcoming Bobby’s Table restaurant in Vanier. Enjoy a legendary smoked meat sandwich and music by the prolific contemporary Franco-Ontarian folk artist Louis-Philippe Robillard, presented exclusively on stage. _ Presented in collaboration with Productions l’Archipel Inc. _

** OXW event ** Date and venue to come

Ottawa Explosion Weekend (OXW) is an annual celebration of the local and national independent DIY music scene. OXW 2017 happens each June. Can’t wait until June for OXW? Ward 13 will host a show featuring artists from Ottawa’s thriving music scene that will make it feel like summer! _ Presented in collaboration with Azarin Sohrabkhani/OXW _ _ _

** Glory Hope Mountain 10

   Anniversary Concert
  Date and venue to come

This event celebrates the 10

  anniversary of The Acorn's critically-acclaimed 2007 biographical concept album. Presented to a small audience in an intimate venue, the night will feature background stories on the album's 12 songs. An exceptional cast of musicians will perform the album in full.
   Presented in collaboration with Arboretum Festival in association with Paper Bag Records.

** JUNO No Boundaries ** March - various dates

Various locations

Bucko (Chris Binkowski) will DJ JUNO nominated music in indoor public spaces. An iPhone is his instrument. It runs a portable sound and light system mounted to Bucko’s power wheelchair. Witness no boundaries to creativity and connection! _ Presented in collaboration with Bucko (Chris Binkowski). _ _ _

** Decks at Datsun ** Date to come


Join local DJs and graffiti artists at one of Ottawa’s hippest restaurants for a night filled with great music, art and amazing food! _ Presented in collaboration with Ottawa Venues. _ _ _

JUNO Week in Ottawa will take place March 27 to April 2, 2017 at venues across the National Capital Region. JUNO Week and the 2017 JUNO Awards are an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event. For more information visit www.ottawa2017.ca/JUNO .


The 46


annual JUNO Awards Broadcast will take place at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now.


The 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee, comprised of representatives of the capital’s private and public sectors, is adding to the buzz, and offering activities that showcase Ottawa and its musical talent. The Executive Committee is: Guy Laflamme - Chair (Ottawa 2017), Jon Bartlett (MEGAPHONO), Erin Benjamin (Music Canada Live), Patrick Bourbonnais (MIFO), Nathalie Carrier (Ottawa 2017), Jeff Leiper (Ottawa City Councillor) and Carole Saad (Chic & Swell).


The Committee would like thank its sponsors: Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Bell, Gowling WLG and many more valuable partners and volunteers.


For more information about the JUNO Awards, visit: www.JUNOawards.ca .


Canada’s 150


anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-calibre experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.


Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150


birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca , follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook .