The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition is making good on its goal of growing Ottawa’s music industry, and it is doing so one step at a time. OMIC has just announced that a diverse group of Ottawa-area artists will be taking a trip to Toronto during Canadian Music Week – Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conference – to play a showcase. This announcement signifies a move by OMIC to begin connecting the region’s artists to larger music industry centres, and provide them a platform to be recognized by top industry professionals from around the globe.
The CMW showcase will be taking place on Thursday, May 5 at Burdock (1184 Bloor St.), and it will feature a stacked lineup including YAO, Pony Girl, Merganzer, and Catriona Sturton – all which you can hear below. Each of these artists exemplifies the high level of ingenuity and proficiency in music that exists in Ottawa.
Although this is just a snippet of what is really happening here in town, the CMW showcase is a conduit for a broader acknowledgement of Ottawa’s musical output. This, along with local initiatives such as Megaphono and Arboretum Festival, are helping put Ottawa on the map as a place that the industry should be keeping an eye on. Even more, this could lead to future participation in showcases at music conferences and festivals outside of Ottawa, such as SXSW in Austin, TX.
Hull-based Fairfield Circuitry will also be displaying their wide range of hand-built effects pedals, many of which have garnered international recognition and praise for their unparalleled design and tones and textures that they inspire. The showcase will be free for all OMIC members and CMW pass holders or just $10 at the door. Check out more details here.