Pony Girl
Catriona Sturton


Ottawa, Ontario- November 28, 2016: Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) announces the three artists selected by a third-party jury of live music industry professionals to take part in three Live Production Residencies throughout 2017.

Soulful indie pop five-piece Pony Girl, funk, soul, and hip hop fusion artist Yao, and blues musician Catriona Sturton who “sings like an angel and plays like a beast”, are the three artists who will take part in the January, April and July residencies, respectively.

A third-party jury of live music industry professionals met on October 11, 2016 to determine which three out of the sixteen applicants would be offered a residency placement. Members of the Live Production Residency jury include Erin Benjamin, Executive Director of Music Canada Live, Xavier Forget, Associate Producer of NAC presents at the National Arts Centre, and Shawn Petsche, Festival Manager at Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, AB.

The jury made their selections based on the selection criteria provided to them by OMIC. Applications were evaluated based on the applicants’ past and upcoming live performance plans, business capacity, artistic merit, and the viability of the program to meet their needs. Jurors were asked to strive for a diversity of musical genres and language in their selections.

OMIC is currently working with the successful applicants to refine the plans for the first residency placement in January 2017, including determining business mentors, production schedules, and coordinating the video shoot.

The Live Production Residency Pilot Program is a multi-day residency at Shenkman Arts Centre’s professional facilities for local emerging artists to develop a professional live performance to be ready for touring.

Each placement period is 4 days in length in Harold Shenkman Hall at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The residency will include consultation with production services for stage plotting, technical rider elements, sound and lighting, alongside other valuable resources, including business mentorship. At the end of the 4-day residency, OMIC will host a public showcase at Shenkman Arts Centre where the artist-in-residence will perform for fans and members of the industry.

On September 5, 2016, OMIC launched a call for submissions for the residency pilot program. By the time applications were closed on September 30, sixteen applications were received.

The Live Production Residency Pilot Program is brought to you by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, a non-profit member-based organization dedicated to growing the local music industries. Artists, businesses, and organization’s who work in the music industry in the National Capital Region, or who support the goals of the organization, are invited to join our membership. Visit our website for more information on how to become a member.


For additional information, interviews or images please contact:

Rachel Weldon

Administrative Coordinator
Ottawa Music Industry Coalition
(613) 725-7081



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