Ottawa’s singer/songwriter Danielle Allard will be launching her brand new album Passing Notes this Saturday, May 19 at 6 pm at CollabSpace (70 Bongard Avenue). Her sound fuses jazz, pop, indie, and folk, paired with a fierce, soaring voice that immediately draws the listener into her songs. Her songwriting is varied in style from light, buoyant pop tunes to haunting, ardent slow jazz-inspired compositions, and everything in between. Allard’s kaleidoscopic, yet inviting songwriting style has led her to play at some of Ottawa’s biggest festivals, including RBC Bluesfest, CityFolk, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival, as well as others, such as Toronto’s TwimFest and Calabogie’s Mountain Man Music Festival.
One of the most industrious musicians in Ottawa, Allard works towards advancing not only her own music career, but for building our community through helping to launch the careers of emerging artists in the area. She also donates over 30 performances a year to various charitable organizations around the city, and invests her time as a mentor for young up-and-coming musicians and entrepreneurs.
Danielle Allard performs “Passing Notes” for Shot in the Dark
Allard walks the talk in other ways as well. The digital proceeds from one of the tracks on Passing Notes, “#NoLongerSilent,” will go to Voice Found. Voice Found is an organization that helps survivors and those at risk of sex trafficking and other forms of abuse. These forward-looking and community-minded endeavours that help to foster collaboration, partnership, and genuine concern for the common good what make Allard’s efforts stand out in Ottawa.
Her album release this Saturday is expected to be quite the event with lots to do, see, and hear for all ages. The show starts at 7 pm with opening acts soulful blues-rock singer Crystalena, comedian Michael Lifshitz (IllumAbilities), and emerging singer-songwriter Kyle Ivan. Allard and the band — Jasen Colson (drums), Aaron Ray (electric guitar), and Dean Watson (bass) will take the stage around 8:30 pm to officially launch this highly anticipated album. Be sure to stick around afterward, as the aftershow party is rumoured to include a marshmallow toss, giant jenga, ping pong, as well as a Much Dance 90’s Dance Party. Get your tickets before they’re sold out!
Passing Notes – Behind the Scenes in Studio