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Drummer Jeff Asselin recorded his take live on Sparks Street for this new cover of The Beatles classic.

Here Comes the Sun: Ottawa musicians record an uplifting cover of The Beatles’ classic in live sessions captured all around town

By Apartment613 on June 30, 2021

It’d surely be a blockbuster show if these musicians ever got together on a single bill at a live music venue in Ottawa. Let’s hope we see the day that JW-Jones, Kathleen Edwards, Jeff Asselin, Clayton Connell, Angélique Francis, Michael Hanna, Hardeep Buckshi and more local talent all take to the stage.

The all-local lineup even earned a nod from Ottawa music star Alanis Morissette, who shared this week’s Video of the Week on Facebook. Of course, Apartment613 will be the first to let you know if such a show were to ever take place!

The supergroup was formed by blues guitarist and producer JW-Jones to record The Beatles’ song “Here Comes the Sun” in an effort to raise spirits in the community and awareness of the Shepherds of Good Hope organization in Ottawa. Props go to Eric Eggleston for the audio production and videographer Zachary Spence stitched clips from the 10 or so remote recording sessions into one seamless edit.

These recording sessions were about as remote as it gets, with not a single artist recording in their bedroom or home studio! JW-Jones performs on Adàwe Bridge overlooking the Rideau River, Kathleen Edwards is live from the patio at Quitters Coffee in Stittsville, Clayton Connell’s backdrop is the Westin Ottawa’s rooftop view of the ByWard Market, and Davis Dewan performs on Ottawa’s Abbey Road, a real street name in Alta Vista! Keep your eyes peeled for more recognizable locations such as Rideau Falls, Kanata’s Beaver Pond, Pimisi LRT Station, Petrie Island (with a cameo by Orléans City Councillor Matt Luloff) and the Suntech Greenhouses.

“I am so proud to have been able to produce this incredible project as a fundraiser for people experiencing homelessness in my beautiful city of Ottawa,” says JW-Jones. “David Gourlay, director of philanthropy at Shepherd’s, called me last winter. He had an idea. ‘Have you seen the Playing for Change videos?'”

“He asked, ‘Can we make that happen all over Ottawa, with culturally diverse local musicians playing the Beatles classic Here Comes The Sun?’—YEP! I told him it would be a huge project, and it would be challenging, but everyone was in agreement… let’s make it happen!”

“As the project went on, and especially on the day of capturing the residents on video, I learned a lot about what Shepherds of Good Hope does to get people off the streets, and about their programs to help the clients with drug and alcohol dependency. They’re doing incredible work, and I am honoured to have worked with them.”

Watch “Here Comes The Sun” on YouTube.