Originally published on Couch Assassin
There’s no doubt about it: the Ottawa-Gatineau music scene has been gaining momentum and the Ottawa International Music Conference (OIMC) is here to prove it. Riding on the wave of the first MEGAPHONO showcase, this new gathering will bring together music enthusiasts, industry professionals, promoters and musicians in an effort to showcase “groundbreaking acts, share knowledge to stimulate the growth of the music business and solidify the local network by creating opportunities to connect through events, seminars, workshops and business panels”. Sounds ambitious and a tad bit risky and that’s certainly a good thing because that’s just what Ottawa needs: driven, innovative and passionate influencers who come together and join forces to improve the state of the local music scene. Endeavours of the sort are necessary and most welcome in Ottawa as the National Capital Region strives to strike the proper balance to create a sustainable music scene. And just like MEGAPHONO, OIMC organizers have forged strategic partnerships with a variety of local players and out-of-towners to give ample visibility to the city’s artists, venues and promoters in an effort to give the spotlight to our National Capital Region’s talent and creative services.
Organizers will be holding the event’s inaugural installment over three days from May 29 to May 31. Happening at the Maker Space North headquarters as well as various locations across the city, this unique conference is positioning itself as an essential platform for electronic and live music. Promising an ambitious first edition with a packed schedule, OIMC will feature daytime panels and workshops for and from musicians and industry professionals, namely a presentation by Evelyne Côté of Osheaga/Evenko on how to grow a festival. Once the day time portion of the conference wraps up, things will heat up with live music from near and far for the enjoyment of live audiences. Notable performers featured as part of the OIMC include hometown favorites The Souljazz Orchestra, Brooklyn-based dance trio Tortured Soul, Montreal underground hip hop trio The Posterz, and NYC DJ/Producer Kenny Dope among others.
A successful first OIMC could very well be what Ottawa needs to step up its music game and elevate its name on a national and international level. The OIMC offers a variety of ticket options from full conference passes to single day tickets and student prices. To consult the full programming and purchase tickets, visit the OIMC website.
Ottawa International Music Conference May 29th – 31st, 2015 Various locations