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Ottawa Music Industry Coalition presents

A showcase of Ottawa music at CMW!

Catriona Sturton (9:00 pm)
Merganzer (10:00 pm)
Pony Girl (11:00 pm)
YAO (12:00 am)

plus a display by Fairfield Circuitry

19+ / Licensed event

Free for OMIC members and CMW passholders!
$10 otherwise

OMIC graciously acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation

More on the performers...

A multitalented francophone artist; poet, with an eclectic approach and escapades in various musical genres, YAO is comparable to a modern-day troubadour. His lyrical style is inspired by his texts—poems and short stories intended to be set to music and sung. The power of this musical approach, he explains, is that its origins in language give it a particular character marked by compelling imagery, fluid style and rhythmic variation.

Pony Girl have been lauded for their “evocative soundscapes” (CBC Radio), “ability to push the boundaries that define ‘pop-rock’” (Mixtape Magazine), and “musical depth quite astonishing to experience” (Exclaim!) since the release of their debut album, Show Me Your Fears, in 2013. Cascading guitars, pulsing beats, and electronic hums colour the Ottawa collective’s music and live shows with incredible kaleidoscopic twists and turns. Pony Girl released their sophomore album Foreign Life through So Sorry Records on November 7, 2015.

Merganzer is the new experimental pop project of Violinist
Mika Posen (Timber Timbre, Agnes Obel, Forest City
Lovers). She sings ethereal songs built from sampled strings,
homemade beats, soaring sine waves, and plaintive vocal
Melodies. Merganzer’s first full length record “Mirror Maze” was
released in November 2015. Mika recorded most of it herself
while living in Berlin and mixed with Dave Draves at Little
Bullhorn Studio in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario.

Sings like an angel, plays like a beast. Catriona Sturton is a one-woman dream band, with heavy-harmonica & raw guitar skills. After learning to file harmonica reeds in a back alley, Catriona toured Canada as the bassist for Halifax teen-rockers, Plumtree (who inspired the cult-favourite book and movie, Scott Pilgrim, with their song of the same name). She’s toured with Italian harmonica wizards, played in a Hiroshima-based garage rock band, was a guest on The Price is Right, and is set on melting faces and hearts wherever she goes.