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Introducing Pique: A new music and multimedia art event series in Ottawa

By Apartment613 on June 9, 2021

On Saturday, June 12, a new artist-driven event series will launch in Ottawa with live streamed performances by a group of eclectic musical, visual, and multimedia artists.

Pique is a new forward-thinking, quarterly event series… experimental in form and content,” says an announcement from Debaser. The underground music presenter is producing Pique in partnership with Halifax’s Everyseeker Festival, Ottawa’s Firegrove Studio, and a number of the residents at Arts Court including SAW, Ottawa Fringe, and the Digital Arts Resource Centre.

A focal point of the programming is the combination of locally-based acts, national, and international collaborations from Los Angeles to Tehran. Nigeria-born hip hop artist Asuquomo and dream pop artist Orchidae’s collaboration with Marisa Gallemit headline the local live music component. The 6-hour broadcast (!!!) will invite audiences into a virtual world created with video performances, interactive web players, and multimedia art set to live music scores and original dj mixes:

Ambient composer Ami Dang. Photo: Missy Malouff.

  • Experience new dimensions of sound with a video performance by sitar-playing ambient composer Ami Dang (Baltimore).
  • Listen closely on a morning sound walk with “See No Stranger”, a collaboration between curator and yoga teacher Sanjeet Takhar (Toronto) and ambient/techno DJ Evan Vincent aka Emissive (Toronto).
  • Glitch out to video synthesis by noise-pop artist and co-host of Low Pass Gays podcast, Lauren Bousfield (Los Angeles).

Respectfulchild. Photo: Lindsey Rewuski.

  • Reflect during a multimedia piece by interdisciplinary artist respectfulchild (Treaty 6 Territory / Saskatoon).
  • Sink into an experimental electronic performance by DJ/Producer Golban Moltaji (Tehran).
  • Plus: Topique, a discussion panel tracing voices in ambient electronic music featuring Ami Dang, Matthew Cardinal, and moderator Heidi Chan aka Bachelard (Toronto).

This inaugural event is the first of many in the Pique series, which promises a party every three months. Summer 2021 is a virtual event, however future editions will be programmed throughout the Arts Court building in downtown Ottawa, the 19th century courthouse which houses Club SAW, Ottawa Dance Directive, Arts Court Theatre, and more venues and studios today.


All Pique events will be accessible online at thisispique.com. Register for a “pay-what-you-can” ticket to receive a notification when our programming goes live. The Topique discussion will have live transcription and an ASL Interpreter in the call.