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Mehdi Cayenne performing live at the Gala Trille d'Or in 2017 (YouTube)

Contact Ontarois: The province’s biggest showcase of francophone music is in Ottawa this week—until 01.18.19

By Greggory Clark on January 14, 2019

The largest francophone arts showcase in Ontario is presenting fifty-some of French Canada’s most impressive artists in Ottawa this week. A number of performances, workshops and networking events are scheduled downtown, with nightly concert showcases attracting industry delegates and local audiences to the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans.

It’ll cost you just 20 bucks to see a showcase of Franco-Ontario and Canada’s best music acts. About seven bands perform nightly for onlooking bookers, agents, other music industry delegates and the general public for three nights at Shenkman Arts Centre. Notable acts include Louis-Philippe Robillard and Mélissa Ouimet (Jan. 16), Mehdi Cayenne and David Myles (Jan. 17), Pierre Guitard and Marie-Clo (Jan. 18).

Only these concerts are open to the public, while a handful of theatre and music shows for youth audiences will take place for students at École secondaire publique De La Salle and more theatre productions will be presented to industry delegates behind closed doors at The Marriott Hotel on Kent Street.

Following the week of shows, bookers visiting from regional theatres and performing arts centres will select the artists they wish to include in their 2019–20 seasons.

The Lineup

Wednesday, January 16

  • Andréanne A. Malette
  • Abel Maxwell
  • Sugar Crush
  • Louis-Philippe Robillard
  • Mélissa Ouimet
  • Anique Granger
  • Shault

Thursday, January 17

  • Annie Blanchard
  • QW4RTZ
  • Marc Hervieux
  • Geneviève RB & Alain Barbeau
  • Le R Premier
  • Mehdi Cayenne
  • Sara Dufour
  • David Myles
  • Michel Robichaud

Friday, January 18

  • Beauséjour
  • Pierre Guitard
  • Les Grands Hurleurs
  • Kristine St-Pierre
  • Marie-Clo
  • Hey Wow
  • Nicolas Gémus
  • Étienne Fletcher
  • Bleu Jeans Bleu

The 38th annual Contact Ontarois festival is happening at multiple venues between January 15–19 in Ottawa. Concert showcases are taking place at Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Blvd) for three nights January 16–18. Tickets cost $20 online. See the complete schedule here.