Folk Music Ontario Showcase @ Art House Cafe

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Folk Music Ontario Showcase @ Art House Cafe

Doors at 7:30 pm!
Shows start at 8:00 pm!
Cover is $12 non-members / $10 FMO members

On Jan. 19th we’re going to give you a taste of the magic that is the Folk Music Ontario private showcase floor! Moving from room to room at the Art House Cafe, you’ll be able to listen to some of Ottawa’s finest musicians play 15 minute sets. Sponsored by the Socan Foundation.

FMO’s late night private showcase floor occurs at the annual conference every September and is an unforgettable experience. An entire hotel floor is dedicated to musicians performing into the wee hours, where the audience goes room hopping, cramming in to catch a glimpse or settle in for the roster. It’s an intimate space where connections are made between musicians and industry, and is a whole lotta fun. For more info about the conference and all things FMO, check out the website:

Here’s the lineup:

Catriona Sturton 8:10 pm
Jon Hynes 8:30 pm
Her Harbour 9:00 pm
Vinay Bhide 9:20 pm
Merganzer 10:00 pm
Shadowhand 10:20 pm

And DJ Gina Vinelli (of Bonnie Doon / The New Calling) providing the mood breaks.

Catriona Sturton:

Catriona Sturton is a multi-instrumentalist show woman. She’s toured Canada, The States, Japan and in Germany as a one-woman band, playing violin, guitar, bass drum, and harmonica (sometimes all at the same time). After learning to file harmonica reeds in a back alley, Catriona became the bassist for Halifax teen-rockers, Plumtree (who inspired the cult-favourite book and movie, Scott Pilgrim, with their song of the same name) and toured with Hiroshima-based garage rock band, The Secret.


Jon Hynes:

Newfoundland born and Ottawa based musician. He recently released Cardinal Giant. He has accompanied countless musicians over the years (Kathleen Edwards, Donovan Woods, Hey Rosetta…) and is the creator of the ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not’ series, Hynes has always been methodical in his approach to music and songwriting. His songs range from delicate and spacious to big and melodic.


Her Harbour:

Since 2010, Her Harbour has changed from band to solo act several times, but it’s always reflected Gabrielle Giguere’s unearthly lo-fi folk sound, characterized by the blanket of autoharp and piano wrapped around her melodious voice and spine-tingling, largely autobiographical songs. Her Harbour’s sophomore album, Go Gently Into the Night, is a reminder of mortality via themes of seasons, deadly changes and moon phases. Giguere’s songwriting and vocal abilities have sharpened since her 2013 debut Winter’s Ghosts, and her poetic descriptions of deterioration pair well with the experimentation of her voice as an instrument. — Exclaim!


Vinay Bhide:

In Canada and USA he has given lectures and seminars in many universities and has been teaching Indian Music in Ottawa. Since the fall session of 2002 he has been appointed as Adjunct Research Professor at the Music Department, Carleton University, Ottawa. Two courses on Indian Music that are now part of the curriculum are conceived and taught by Vinay.
Since September 2006, he has been conducting the Indian Music Performance group which comprises of music students from The Carleton University and other deserving participants from the community. Music for an award winning Canadian feature film “A Passage to Ottawa“ which was released in April 2002 was composed by him.



Project of Violinist Mika Posen (formerly of Timber Timbre, Agnes Obel, Forest City Lovers). Channeling and expanding the soundscapes, ambient textures, and melodic interludes she created for numerous bands over the past decade, Merganzer brings Posen’s musical craft to a slow-burning fruition. Her expressive pop-noir songs and minimalist instrumental pieces slip in and out of genres and transcend time periods, using everything from violin loops, to layered synths, to homemade beats.



Described as the sound of leaving a party alone to walk to the store for cigarettes, and creates a dark, down-tempo, and ambient veil of folk songs. “They convey moodiness in a way that is not altogether gloomy, enthralling the listener with subtle flourishes and a wide open sound.” – Ottawa Showbox
In 2018, the band released their debut full length and shared the stage with Jennifer Castle, Helena Deland, Ansley Simpson, Walrus, and Abigail Lapell. Jamieson also spent a month as an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


January 19 2019


Date: January 19
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: $10 – $12
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