Spring is looking better for Ottawa music fans. It’s thanks to DIY Spring, an underground futurist music festival returning for the third time this May 10 to 12.
The inaugural 2016 event, which drew a few hundred listeners to shows at Zaphod’s and Pressed, was actually intended as a one-off event. It started as a collaborative project between local art collectives and concert promoters Debaser and Babely Shades.
“The choice to become an annual festival was to respond to the need for safer and supportive spaces for young and emerging racialized artists in the Ottawa area,” says founder and producer Elsa Mirzaei, “particularly for women and queer people.”
“Ottawa is a big city, but is still a little bit behind in its music industry. On top of navigating casual or subtle sexism and racism, racialized artists are oftentimes paid less and underrepresented on festival stages across the city.”
“By having an annual event, we are trying to increase representation of these artists, hopefully land them more festival slots in the future, and simultaneously have fun.”
Friday, May 10
- Cap City Cypher
- King Kimbit
- Eyeda Sophia
Saturday, May 11
- Kimberly Sunstrum
- Lucila Al Mar
- Lia Kloud
- Fruit, Star, Candybar
Sunday, May 12
- Rita Carter
- Silla + Rise
Visit diyspring.net for the complete lineup and schedule.