Join Mayor Watson and Councillor Leiper for a preview of the Ottawa Music Strategy and the official launch of Sonicity! Featuring performances by: Boyhood, Nathanael Larochette, Ben Globerman, Adam Saikaley, as well as a sound installation by Philippe Charbonneau. The evening will include: opening remarks, music performances, sound installation, Silent Disco Night Ride, and Cash Bar. The Sonicity Showcase is a free, all ages, accessible event.
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Sonicity is an immersive sonic trip through the streets of Ottawa. Download the app to discover the lush aural landscapes along the city’s bus routes created by some of the most talented local musicians. Commissioned by Artengine, these original compositions reimagine our public transit as a rich soundtrack inspired by the vibrant and textured urban fabric of Ottawa’s neighbourhoods.
Ben is a musician, sound designer, and multimedia artist. He has composed works for film, theatre, and specializes in developing multi-channel audio installations – working on projects for hospitals, fashion shows, and public transit. He has produced multiple conceptually driven audio and video installations in three, five, and eight speaker arrangements. Ben’s work uses sound to manipulate physical spaces creating engaging and kinetic experiences for audiences. His works have been shown in City Halls and private galleries alike, and his installations have tackled themes of religious pluralism, bleeding-edge technology, and the therapeutic qualities of sound.
Adam Saikaley is a musician currently based in Brooklyn, New York. His musical practice involves improvisation, experimentation, and composition. He’s a pianist, guitarist, and harpist. He uses dvd players, no-input mixers, and speaker cones as instruments. He works in both acoustic and electronic music, solo and collaboratively. Born in Ottawa, Canada, he received his B. Music in Piano Performance and Sonic Design from Carleton University.
Scattered Clouds is the sound of post apocalyptic romanticism. The Hull, Québec experimental band underscores auto-fictional narratives with brooding rhythm, cavernous vocals, and precise noise. Terse retro-synthetic soundscapes call to mind the works of Vangelis or Tangerine Dream, paired with the uneasy ecstasy of Suicide or the tense, thundering underbelly of Liars.
Boyhood is the alias of Caylie Runciman (CR), an Ottawa ex-pat who now calls the woods north of Kingston her home.
Nathanael Larochette is a guitarist, composer, writer, solo artist and member of the chamber folk trio Musk Ox and the instrumental band The Night Watch.
Simon Guibord is an independent graphic designer who works mostly within the cultural field and specializes in publishing and brand identity. He embraces a rational and meticulous approach, based on research and experimentation.