It has been an exciting and action-packed start to 2017. MEGAPHONO wrapped its third (and we think best) edition on February 1-3, and the YOW local live music event series supported by the Ottawa Music Micro-Grants is in full swing!

Over 40 music industry professionals from as far away as Iceland and the UK travelled to Ottawa to see a curated line-up of 60 local and regional artists at this year’s MEGAPHONO festival and conference. OMIC was proud to be involved in MEGAPHONO this year. Read on for a recap of our time at the festival, and check out OMIC member Clara Charron’s blog the Top 10 Industry Tips given at MEGAPHONO.

OMIC is proud to support MEGAPHONO, both because of the opportunities for artists but also for what it tells the world about Ottawa as a city. There’s a lot going on beyond the government centre.

Case in point, the Ottawa Music Micro Grants (OMMG) events are now underway, with the Centennial Ask a Punk Show, a celebration of 100 underground house shows, kicking things off. Over 35 events, drawn from over 180 applications, will be held across the city over the next two months.

One of the first micro-grant-funded events was a songwriting workshop for new Canadians at Woodroffe High School led by local songwriters Craig Cardiff and Amanda Lowe. Students, many recent refugees from Syria, were given the chance to write and perform songs relating to the themes “safe” and “home”.

Coming up in the near future as part of the YOW event series, a celebration of Japanese music and art at the Celebration of Spring Blossoms, a concert homage to Women in JUNOs history at the Canadian Women’s Songbook event, a smoked meat dinner-time performance with Franco-Ontarian singer-songwriter Louis-Philippe Robillard at the Smoked Meat and Greet, an Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls+ concert and jam session, a concert of traditional and original songs at the Songs of Muslim Women concert, and many many more. For a full list of OMMG events check out ottawamic.com/events.

At OMIC, we’re proud to be working on projects like these. Music makes our city better.