“What the Music Maker Fair is able to accomplish is really remarkable. It’s a totally grassroots event that showcases the support ecology that’s available for local musicians. Whether it’s formal training, instrument repair, professional development, or even just new relationships with industry you’re looking for, this event is a one-stop shop,” says Nik Ives-Allison, the General Manager of Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.
In December, 2016, the Independent Music Business series launched a music maker fair and trade show as part of its monthly music industry series. On February 10, 2018 the event is back, this time partnered with MEGAPHONO, and taking place during MEGAPHONO’s Saturday program which includes many performances at the Record Centre, General Assembly, Elmdale Tavern, Bar Robo and Origin Arts Community. Details can be found here.
Whether you head to Capital Rehearsal before or after catching a performance, the maker fair will provide a different kind of music experience.
Displays at the first edition of Music Maker Fair and Trade Show. Photo by Zachary Spence from Capital Arts Productions.
“Ottawa’s Tetra Speakers will be showcasing their world class ‘Listening Instruments’ in an isolated listening room this year at music maker fair. Everyone is invited to bring in their latest release and the Tetra folk will happily play it for you,” says Adrian Butts from Tetra Speakers.
“Happy to return to the Music Maker Fair this year—it’s always awesome to check out what other businesses are up to in town as there are so many innovators in this city. For me as a videographer, music biz consultant, and marketing person I love telling people about visual branding and hearing about what ideas they want to bring out…. and I usually bring a bunch of VR stuff so ppl can ride a roller coaster or two,” says Lesley Marshall from MAVNetwork.
“SGMGroupArtists is an Indie label based out of Ottawa. Our mission is simple, basically we seek out, sign, and develop young artists. We are a family of creatives, focussed on the development of future world class artists. We are excited to share the spotlight with many other creative entertainment related businesses at The Music Maker Fair and Trade Show. We look forward to forging partnerships and becoming another cog in the wheel that is an ever growing community in Ottawa supporting and promoting some of the best talent in the world,” says Steve Gardiner from SGM.
Info and Vendors
February 10, 2018 12pm to 4pm Free Capital Rehearsal Studios – 250 City Centre Ave # 202
Byron Pascoe is an Ottawa-based entertainment lawyer with Edwards PC, Creative Law. Byron works with musicians, video content producers, and authors, among other creative professionals and businesses. He’s a former television producer who grew up in Nepean, now lives in Stittsville, and works out of Westboro.
Masks. Clouds of smoke. Decked-out pickup trucks. Skulls. These are all reasons to love Ottawa surf-punk queens Bonnie Doon.
But there’s so much more to them than that. Their brand of fuzzed-out, bass-heavy sludge-rock is meant to captivate audiences and shock the senses. Their energy, weirdness, and overall “we do whatever the fuck we want” attitudes are what really define this group as something special.
Bonnie Doon’s latest album Dooner Nooner (released on Record Store Records) is an acid trip through and through, and will take you from heavier face-punching tracks like the opener “Haunted Life,” to wild lo-fi experiments like the closer “B-Hole.” Their latest video for “Now or Neverish,” which premiered on Clash Music this week, is probably unlike any you’ve ever seen—and it comes just in time for Halloween. Take a dash of classic surf rock, a pinch of doom, and a swig of spiked punch, and that’s what “Now or Neverish” feels like spinning on the turntable. But, you need to see it to believe it.
Watch the new video for “Now or Neverish” by Bonnie Doon below. Produced by MAVN.Stream and purchase Dooner Nooner here. Be sure to catch Bonnie Doon live at House of Targ on October 10, along with Weaves and Organ Eyes. Ticket info here.