OMIC is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole (Nik) Ives-Allison as the new General Manager of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition


Ottawa, ON - May 10, 2017: The OMIC board of directors is delighted to announce that Nicole (Nik) Ives-Allison will be the new General Manager of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC). OMIC is a member-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to growing Ottawa’s music industries. Nik will manage and oversee all of OMIC’s operations, programming, member services, and advocacy work.

"OMIC has grown tremendously in the two short years since it's formation. Given her background in managing a label and her passion for music, Nik will be an excellent advocate and will take advantage of the momentum already created for OMIC and the music industry in Ottawa," says Mark Monahan, President of OMIC’s board of directors.

“I can’t wait to get started” says Nik Ives-Allison. “With the Junos in March and the big Canada 150 celebration, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make sure that all Canadians understand that Ottawa is a music city with a vibrant scene and artists as talented as you will find in any major centre in Canada.”

After watching 24 Hour Party People one too many times, Nik was inspired to start a Factory Records-Style micro-label which came to be known as Matchless Minds. Launched in Ottawa in 2010, over the course of two years, Matchless Minds worked with artists in Ottawa, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Alongside Matchless Minds and beyond, Nik has also been engaged in academic research on the relationship between place, class and the politics of music scenes. She has looked at the importance of Salford in neighbouring Manchester’s music mythology, the relationship between UK punk and hip-hop, as well as the importance of offline kinship networks in the development of UK grime, speaking at universities in the UK, France and Switzerland.

With a knack for helping organizations solve complex problems, Nik is looking forward to working with all those involved in music in Ottawa to help ensure that the capital gains the recognition it deserves at a provincial, national and international level as a top-tier music city.

OMIC will also say goodbye to founding staff members Andrew Vincent and Rachel Weldon. Andrew will continue to work with OMIC as a consultant, and will focus his efforts on the research and writing of the Ottawa music industry strategy. Rachel will be joining Kelp Music and MEGAPHONO as their new General Manager, and looks forward to remaining engaged as a member of OMIC.

OMIC will host a meet and greet intended for the membership and general community to meet Nik Ives-Allison at their monthly Music Monday event on Monday, May 15th at Bar Robo (692 Somerset). The event is $5.00 to attend, and free for members of OMIC.


For additional information, interviews or images please contact:

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