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Upcoming Report Says Ottawa’s Music Scene Lacks Infrastructure

February 4th, 2015

From the Ottawa Citizen: 

More than 180 made-in-Ottawa recordings were released last year and some 2,500 local songwriters collected royalties, but the city is falling behind compared to other Canadian cities of a similar size, say the authors of a new report entitled Connecting Ottawa Music.

The report was presented at the opening of Megaphono, a new showcase music festival, at city hall Tuesday. Despite the report’s assessment there was a sense of optimism about the city’s music scene.

“It’s an exciting time to be working in music in Ottawa,” said Megaphono director Jon Bartlett, who also runs the Ottawa independent label, Kelp Records. “It’s like nothing I’ve felt in 15 years of living here. We are in the middle of a musical boom here in Ottawa.”

A final report is due for release in March, but the authors of Connecting Ottawa Music participated a panel discussion on Tuesday about their findings. Ottawa musician/consultant Andrew Vincent, researcher Ian Swain and city of Ottawa staffer Kwende Kefentse prepared the report, while ex-pat Canadian Shain Shapiro, who works in the U.K. as a music-city strategist, joined the discussion on Skype from his office in London.

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