Join Mayor Watson and Councillor Leiper for a preview of the Ottawa Music Strategy and the official launch of Sonicity, a mobile app that offers immersive, original soundtracks along the city’s bus routes created by talented local musicians. This showcase will spotlight a selection of artists featured on the app, including Philippe Charbonneau, Boyhood, Nathanael Larochette, Adam Saikaley, and Ben Globerman. Following the performances, attendees are invited to experience an exclusive Sonicity mix by Adam Saikaley on a 30-minute Silent Disco Night Ride on an OC Transpo bus. Hosted by Artengine, the City of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.

Download the app for free on Google Play and the App Store.

Joignez-vous au maire Jim Watson et au conseiller Jeff Leiper pour obtenir un aperçu de la stratégie musicale de la Ville d’Ottawa et participer au lancement officiel de l’application mobile Sonicity. Grâce à elle, une musique immersive et originale composée par des artistes locaux et talentueux sera diffusée dans les autobus de la ville, et ce, tout au long des parcours. Cet événement mettra en vedette certains artistes dont la musique sera jouée au moyen de l’application, notamment Philippe Charbonneau, Boyhood, Nathanael Larochette, Adam Saikaley et Ben Globerman. Après le spectacle, les participants pourront écouter une musique mixée par Adam Saikaley, spécialement pour Sonicity, dans le cadre d’un disco silencieux nocturne de 30 minutes en autobus d’OC Transpo. Cet événement est organisé par Artengine, la Ville d’Ottawa et la Coalition de l’industrie de la musique d’Ottawa.

Téléchargez l’application gratuite sur l’Apple Store ou Google Play.

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Ben Globerman is a musician, sound designer, and multimedia artist based in Ottawa. He holds an MA in European Studies (Carleton University) with a specialization in migration, and a BA in Religious Studies (Carleton University), and is a graduate from the Red Bull Music Academy (New York, USA). He is particularly interested in translating conceptual ideas to sound. Ben has composed works for film, theatre, and installation, and has created projects in diverse fields such as healthcare, fashion and public services. Under his Cabaal moniker, he has performed throughout North America, and released four LPs. His installations have explored themes of religious pluralism, bleeding-edge technology, and the therapeutic qualities of sound.

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Philippe Charbonneau is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Hull, Québec. He co-founded E-Tron, a record label that, since 2010, has established itself as a leading Canadian creative musical outlet with over 30 releases from artists from the capital region and abroad. For over 10 years of professional work as a session bass player and keyboardist, he has worked and recorded with Jim Bryson, Kalle Mattson, Claude Munson, D-Track, Hilotrons, Timber Timbre, Evening Hymns and many more. In 2010, Soul Jazz Orchestra's Rising Sun (Strut Records), an album on which he guest appeared as a double bassist was nominated for best instrumental album of the year at the Juno Awards. His group Scattered Clouds, for which he is the principal song-writer and producer, has toured North America and has released two albums on E-Tron. Since 2013, Charbonneau has worked as a contemporary dance accompanist for Canadian dance companies Ottawa Dance Classes, Ottawa Dance Directives and FDMS (Fesitval de dance en milieu scolaire). During his 3 year residency as a musician with the french Ontarian educational dance company Tara Luz, he has written 3 pieces of music and toured North Ontario and Eastern Canada.

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Nathanaël Larochette is a composer, guitarist and founding member of the chamber folk trio Musk Ox and the progressive metal band The Night Watch. He has released seven full-length albums, three EPs and performed in ten countries while his work has been covered by Pitchfork, Exclaim!, Echoes and Dust and The Needle Drop among many others. His most recent release "Earth and Sky" is an instrumental double album consisting of solo guitar compositions and ambient electric soundscapes. 


"Boyhood's prog-grunge compositions shun standard verse/chorus structure, instead coming in intense swells of noisy guitars and drums that morph from one melody to the next. She combines the pounding rhythms and off-key dirges of Nirvana with the atmosphere of a 1960s horror flick soundtrack to create something all the more visceral, haunting, and unexpectedly cathartic. It's especially impressive that she does this as a solo artist who plays all of the instruments on her recordings herself." Greg Bouchard, Noisey


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Adam Saikaley is a pianist, composer, improviser and sound artist
living in Ottawa, Canada. He received his B. Music in Piano Performance and Sound Design from Carleton University. His new solo album Borderline is set to release this year.