Mirror Mountain Film Festival announces music programming


Mirror Mountain Film Festival is the newest addition to Ottawa’s expanding indie festival landscape, and contains an exciting schedule of events for the people of Ottawa to enjoy. The festivities will take place December 1-3 at Arts Court Theatre, bringing together the creative minds of filmmakers from across the world. In addition to film screenings, parties, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions, Mirror Mountain is teaming up with Showbox as a co-presenter for this year’s live music programming. The live portion will combine two key aspects – a live music performance and a film/media art performance that will run concurrently.

We’ll be co-presenting two events throughout the festival, which you can read more about below. Tickets $5 / Passes $20 are available for pre-order here. Check out the full festival schedule on the Mirror Mountain website.


Passé Composé

Friday December 1st 2017
Arts Court Theatre
, 2 Daly Avenue

Ottawa musicians Merganzer and Montreal media artist Sonya Stefan present Passé Composé, a collaborative live performance based on the theme of transformation.

Stefan creates dynamic live images from a combination of damaged film footage and video feedback. Performing with disintegrating equipment of all kinds, from broken video mixers, to scratched and worn celluloid film strips, to glitched television screens, Stefan transforms, manipulates and overlaps projections in real time, creating a truly unforgettable experience. She will be joined for part of the performance by fellow Montreal media artist Emma Roufs.

Merganzer is the project of violinist Mika Posen, combining instrumental soundscapes, ambient textures and melodic interludes. Posen’s expressive compositions take the listener on a dream-like sonic journey. She will be accompanied on stage by percussionist Pascal Delaquis (Little Scream, Claude Munson). They will be using electronic effects to transform the violin and drums into a unique palette of polyphonic sounds inspired by Stefan’s images. 

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Saturday December 2nd 2017
Arts Court Studio, 2 Daly Avenue

Join for a party in our festival lounge featuring a special set by Ottawa dream-pop quartet Sparklesaurus. Their sound pairs the emotional rawness of garage rock with the lush glitter-infused tonalities of glam, set in a landscape of scaling synths, swirling guitar tones, colourful harmonies, and a stoney rhythm section. Its members are Felicity DeCarle, Colleen Jones, Shamisa Schroeder and Brad Lapensee.

Delicious free snacks will be provided by Wilf & Ada’s Scratch Diner.

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Promo video and music by Hard Science.