As you may have noticed on the Arboretum Arts Festival Schedule, we’re presenting a few “secret shows” today at the grounds. Well, the cat’s out of the bag. The “Hammock Sessions” will take place this afternoon/evening by, yes, the hammock.
We’re really excited to be part of this festival, and have a hand-picked lineup of incredibly talented musicians right from the heart of Ottawa’s music community. The sessions will be short sets that take place between the main stage acts starting at 5:15 p.m. Here’s the low-down on the artists, come hang out with us!
Multiple award-winner Sarah Bradley has earned her stripes as one of the most prominent voices in Ottawa as lead vocalist and synth/piano in FEVERS. Her pop sensibilities guide her solo endeavours as well, with R&B influences also manifesting themselves in her music.
Kirk Ramsay, a.k.a. Giant Hand, has built a repertoire of honest and emotive songs that has turned heads across the country. His simple, humble method is a distant echo of Bright Eyes, but the end result is a completely original and profound body of work.
Andy Swan has set himself apart with his deep-rooted country/folk music, piquing with his instant classic in 2007’s Ottawa (which included the help from Arboretum Festival’s Creative Director Rolf Klausener on bass). He has been a much-loved part of the Kelp Records family, and has proven himself an integral addition to Ottawa’s talented music community over the years.
Chris Binkowski, who goes by the stage name Bucko, is a phenom of sorts. While some would think an artist with muscular dystrophy may be limited, Bucko defies all preconceptions by offering an impressive electro/experimental show with lights and all. You may have seen him at Nuit Blanche and Chinatown Remixed over the last few years, and Arboretum-goers will have the chance to see what this man has to offer when he closes out the Hammock Sessions around 7:45 tonight. Check out his initiative Accessibility for Humanity.