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Joel Elliott: Local art needs local love!

By Apartment613 on September 4, 2019

Guest Post by Joel Elliott a.k.a. Jumpin’ Joel Flash


Local art does not happen without local love!

We don’t choose what type of art we like. It’s innate. A unique combination of our experiences and hardwired preferences that ensures our specific tastes aren’t going to be the same as anyone else on the planet. But that doesn’t mean we can’t recognize great art when we see it.

I’d like to see all of us get into a local love mindset. It doesn’t mean we have to like every piece of art we come across. Instead, it means recognizing that even if something isn’t our jam, it’s still art worth sharing. Maybe you hear a local track that you don’t particularly dig on, but you know your pal Tom will. So you send it his way! Maybe you see a poster for a theatre production and you just KNOW your pal Katie will be all over that. So you fire it off to her!

Supporting local isn’t just about going to the show and buying the t-shirt. It’s also about creating an environment where each and every one of us feels empowered to tell our peeps about the goodness that’s being created all around us. A space where no matter the discipline, our neighbours, colleagues, friends, and family will be able to find an audience for whatever creativity they’ve come up with. LOCAL ART NEEDS THAT LOCAL LOVE!

Supporting local isn’t just about going to the show and buying the t-shirt. It’s also about creating an environment where each and every one of us feels empowered to tell our peeps about the goodness that’s being created all around us.

That’s the idea behind The Ottawa Art Pep Rally. Getting hyped and excited about all the creative things going on in the shadow of the feds!

The Monotymes perform at The Record Centre. Photo: Monotymes (Facebook).

We’ve put together an evening designed to make you feel tingly with excitement about all things Ottawa Art. There will be music from The Monotymes, Beaugé, Tev, and my band Jumpin’ Joel Flash & The Magic Machine. There will be dance from Surraya Dawn and communal art pieces from Kim Valentine. There will also be ridiculous theatre sketches from The Ghost Lights, Nicholas Aymott, and Kristine Shadid. Not to mention lights and laser projections and love and OH MY!

If all that isn’t enough, we’ll also be highlighting organizations that help to make this city as artistic as it can be! Community media such as CKCU 93.1FM and Apt613 are often the only outlets that will give any press to local artists, and their contributions need to be celebrated.

Celebration is the key here. The event is not intended to be THE representation of the City’s art scene. It’s just a sweet layer of goodness. You, as a lover of art, are invited to peel those layers back, peek behind the curtain, and discover what else this weird and wonderful city has in store.

Hope we’ll see you there! And hey, even if you can’t make it, perhaps your friends Tom and Katie might be into it, yeah? 😉


The Ottawa Art Pep Rally is taking place at Queen St. Fare (170 Queen Street at Parliament Station) on Saturday September 7, 2019. Doors open at 7pm. Cover is $10.


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Jumpin’ Joel Flash is an entertainer, composer, public speaker, community builder, and Bandmaster of folk fiends Jumpin’ Joel Flash & The Magic Machine. He is the co-host of The Monday Special Blend on CKCU 93.1FM, and hosts the Tuesday Open Mic night at Live! on Elgin. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, and is the co-host of their monthly podcast, Love Local Music. In 2017, Joel left his 12-year marketing career to be a full -ime musician. Let’s see how this plays out.