Sonic bloomPublished on May 29, 2016

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  • Carolyn, soprano
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • DeeDee, singer in The PepTides
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Peter, rapper
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Devin, rapper/producer/dj
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Joady, lead singer of In Heat
    Photo by: Katie Hession

Florals are a springtime given and signify that the seasons are changing with warmer days to spend outdoors on bicycles and emerging patios. I asked an eclectic group of six local musicians to style their own floral look and had them share one of their favourite experiences with music in our city.

WHO: Carolyn, soprano
WHERE: Hintonburg
WEARING: Dress from Roadtrip / cardigan from Old Navy / flats from Call It Spring

“I love checking out the music festivals here in Ottawa. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith at the Dragon Boat Festival was a highlight of last season. His energy, engaging stage presence, and ability to effectively communicate his own personal stories through music really embody what I believe all musicians are after in performance. It’s the magic!”

WHO: DeeDee, singer in The PepTides
WHERE: Lowertown
WEARING: Wild Diva shoes / vintage dress / jacket from Zara / hairpiece made by DeeDee

“One of my favourite places to play with The PepTides has been St. Alban’s Church for the release show of our album Love Question Mark. I’ll never forget playing that gorgeous space to a packed house, singing from the pulpit. Our fans held up glowing letters to spell LQM in the crowd for our final number and we all cried.”

WHO: Peter, rapper
WHERE: Experimental Farm
WEARING: Vans shoes from Neon / Levis jeans from Trustfund / shirt from H&M / glasses by Anne et Valentin

“I got to perform at the Canadian Tire Centre a few months back. That had always been a dream of mine. I played back-to-back at a Sens game and then at the Sens Skills Competition the next day. Performing in an arena in front of all those people represents a huge achievement for me. It’s also a big-ticket item off my bucket list.”

WHO: Devin, rapper/producer/dj
WHERE: Centretown
WEARING: Shirt from Value Village / pants from Target / shoes from Globo

“What I like most about the music scene in Ottawa is how tightly knit it is. People really doing things are bound to run into each other and that opens the door for interesting collaborations and influences across genres.”

WHO:Yaa-Hemaa, singer/songwriter of jazz, soul and R&B
WHERE: Bank St.
WEARING: Eliza J dress from Nordstrom / Clarks heels / Banana Republic bracelet

“The last few years have been incredibly special as I’ve begun to see Ottawa differently  – the doorway to the arts and entertainment side of the city has opened itself up to me.  I’ve felt fully supported and embraced by the local community.”

WHO:Joady, lead singer of In Heat
WHERE: Old Ottawa South
WEARING: Leather jacket from Winners / boots from Value Village / jeggings from Justice / tank from Wal-Mart

“One of my best moments performing was my first show on the mic as Lexxi Splitlip when my band opened for Pack A.D. at Zaphods. I was hungry to perform and it just felt so right. Maybe that’s why I tattooed ‘Lexxi’ in a heart on my butt.”


Katie Hession

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