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Pique summer edition ✶ Arts Court open house party

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Arts Court and Ottawa Art Gallery

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All-ages building-wide party series featuring music, art, performance and more at the new and improved Arts Court and Ottawa Art Gallery

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Pique is back with another edition of its forward-thinking, artist-driven music and arts festival. For the summer edition, we are joining forces with the Arts Court and its resident arts organizations to celebrate its new and improved facilities with a building-wide event like no other. Come early to enjoy performances, exhibitions, workshops and a vendor market at the Arts Court open house party, and stay late to experience Pique.

Entry is FREE in the daytime (2-5 pm), and PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN in the evening (5 pm-2am).

For more info visit thisispique.com

Featuring...

Circuit Des Yeux

Uyarakq

Eve Parker Finley

Sunna Maaret

Kee Avil

Qattuu

Jessy Lindsay

JOYFULTALK

Dead Dog

Mossy Mugler

The Decommisioners

Linsey Wellman

& the Ottawa premiere presentation of Odaabaanag, composed by Melody McKiver and Beverley McKiver✴

and MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

co-presented by SAW

✴ co-presented by Jumblies Theatre, Ottawa New Music Creators and No Borders Community Voices.

Pique is produced in partnership with the Arts Court, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the University of Ottawa Theatre Dept., SAW, Digital Arts Resource Centre, Jumblies Theatre, Ottawa New Music Creators, No Borders Community Voices, Artengine, Ottawa Fringe, the Canadian Film Institute, and Ottawa Dance Directive, with support from Firegrove Studio, Wall Sound, Le Seltzer, Dominion City Brewing Co, Also Cool, CKCU FM, CHUO FM, and Apt613, and is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, City of Ottawa and the SOCAN Foundation.

The Arts Court open house party is produced in partnership with the Arts Court, the Ottawa Art Gallery, SAW, Digital Arts Resource Centre, Artengine, Ottawa Fringe Festival, Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa, the Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa Dance Directive, Heritage Ottawa, Odyssey Showcase

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Pique takes place on the stolen land of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people. If you support our programming, please consider also donating to a local Indigenous organization or fundraiser. Learn more about this land acknowledgement and find educational resources and ways to support at www.debaser.ca/land-acknowledgement

COVID-19 POLICY

Before attending the event, complete a COVID-19 self-screening. If you do not pass the self-screening, please STAY AT HOME.

The following are strongly recommended for attendees of this event to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission:

  • take an at-home antigen test before arriving on site. Antigen tests are currently available for free from many pharmacy and grocery store locations (find out more here).
  • take two doses of approved COVID-19 vaccinations received at least two weeks prior to the event
  • wear a KN95 face mask over the mouth and nose at all times while at the event (we will have a limited number of free masks available for audience members)
  • wash your hands or use the provided hand sanitizer often

COVID-19 policy is subject to change based on government and venue regulations and guidelines.

ACCESSIBILITY

Entrances are accessible by ramp, and indoor spaces are accessible by automated doors and elevator to all floors. Wheelchair accessible, gender neutral washrooms are available throughout the building.

Click the following links for accessibility and visitor information for:

https://artscourt.ca/visitor-info-en

https://oaggao.ca/visit/plan-your-visit/

SAFETY

Attendees are expected to respect one another. Violence, aggression, oppressive behaviour or language, or bullying will not be tolerated. If you are currently implicated in an accountability process, please ensure you are respecting the space and well-being of those your actions have affected before joining this space virtually or in-person. If Debaser's staff and/or Board are made aware of any behaviour that violates our safety policy, the person(s) perpetuating this behaviour will be asked to leave immediately. We reserve the right to intervene and/or remove ANY person(s) in the space who are creating or contributing to an unsafe environment.

About the Artists

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Haley Fohr is a vocalist, composer and singer-songwriter based in Chicago, Illinois. Her musical endeavors focus around our human condition, and her 15 year career as Circuit des Yeux has grown into one of America’s most successful efforts to connect the personal to the universal. She is most distinctly identified by her 4-octave voice and unique style of 12-string guitar.

Her recent works include an Original Soundtrack for Charles Bryant’s silent film Salomé (1923), commissioned by Opera North, her critically acclaimed 2021 album -io, and two LPs under the mysterious moniker of Jackie Lynn.

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Aqqalu Berthelsen, also known as Uyarakq, was born in Nuuk, Greenland in the mid 80s. He is a self taught music producer/composer and DJ with a background in metal music.

Growing up in Uummannaq, Northern Greenland and Nuuk, the capital, has played a large role in shaping him to be a versatile musician between two worlds. He is currently doing a lot of work in the Indigenous circumpolar hip hop and rap scene with a foot in two continents, the North American arctic and the European arctic.

He won a Greenlandic Koda Award in 2015 for his solo album Raatiu Nukik (2014) and got nominated for Nordic Councils Music Prize in 2016 for the collaborative work Kunngiitsuuffik (2015) alongside the Greenlandic rapper Peand-eL.

He is now living in Inari, Northern Finland/Sápmi.

photo credit: Nick Tulinen

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Eve Parker Finley is a noted Montreal multi-instrumentalist, comedian, and upcoming Indie Pop Superstar. Braiding a dense and deliberate web of string arrangements and classical naturalism into a former raver’s penchant for programmed beats and four on the floor grooves, Finley has been a mainstay in the Montreal independent scene for nearly a decade.

photo credit: Stacy Lee

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Sunna Maaret is a Sámi-Finnish storyteller, organiser and dj, sometimes a memelord, from Anár, Sápmi. She is one of the founding members of the dj collective Article 3 that indigenizes the dance floors with Sámi and global Indigenous party tunes combined with visual projections. Under the artist name Sunna Maaret, she explores the possibilities of dj performances to create spaces for resting and daydreaming.

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Led by Montréal producer Vicky Mettler, Kee Avil combines guitar, voice,and electronic production to create songs that teeter on the edge of collapse while oozing forward, like sticky wax picking up and shedding disparate elements along the way. Kee Avil evolved from playing guitar with broken cymbals and drumsticks to forging askew tempos and templates glued together by samples of screws dropped into crystal bowls.

Her self-titled debut EP, released in 2018 on Black Bough Records, harnessed her improvised music and prepared guitar background toward a newfound structural sensibility and arresting vocal/lyrical experimentation; she has been immersed in the exploration of distinctive compositional architectures ever since, expanding her sonic palette with increasing and intensive detail, where twitchy, finely wrought postpunk avant-pop songs are meticulously assembled to resemble disassembly.

Kee Avil’s emerging body of work signals a vital, viscous, virtuosic new voice in experimental songcraft–where touchstones include Juana Molina, Scott Walker, Fiona Apple and Eartheater; where PJ Harvey meets Pan Daijing or Grouper melds with Autechre. Kee Avil released her debut album ‘Crease’ in early 2022 (Constellation Records).

2022 festival appearances include: Suoni Per Il Popolo (Montreal), Pique (Ottawa), TONE (TO), Vancouver Jazz Festival, À l’arme (Berlin), FME (QC), Guelph Jazz Festival, Le Guess Who.

photo credit: Lawrence Fafard.

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Emerging and embracing her new career path in the arts, Qattuu is a self taught professional throatsinger and vocalist. In addition to performing with multi-JUNO nominated band, Silla and Rise, Qattuu has now decided to follow her other dreams of becoming a full time freelance solo artist.

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Singer/songwriter Jessy Lindsay explores an indie-pop style intertwined with jazz sonorities to create liberating music. Using catchy melodies coupled with honest lyrics, the young musician shares her truth. She discovered her passion for music during her youth after playing her grandparent’s piano. She made the most of every opportunity presented to her as a young artist, paving her path in the music industry. Participating in events such as, Camp en chanson de Petite-Vallée, International Songwriting Competition, Jeux de la francophonie canadienne, Jamais Trop Tôt and Rond Point, has made her into the artist she is today. Balancing between city and country lifestyles has allowed Jessy to inspire herself with a captivating duality to offer us a refuge between the calm and chaos of her art. Today, the artist is reinforcing her reflections on the challenges of being a young woman to nourish the creation of her first EP.

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photo credit: Johanna Hayes

Following two laser-focused, trance inducing albums, JOYFULTALK returns with a stunning collection of smudged jazz burners. Combining influences from late 80s M-base music, Ornette Coleman’s harmolodic funk years and his own histories as an outré improviser, Familiar Science warps expectations by inextricably fusing together flipped sampler jamz and live-combo heat. The album spans a vast and varied terrain yet hangs together in a stunning array thanks to composer Jay Crocker’s intricate wormhole production. Add to that his own skewed guitar lines, plus a series of absolutely zoned contributions of scorched earth drumming, elevated flute moods and rarefied sax work, and you’ve got a deep well of rhythm-twisted contemporary jazz.

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Dead Dog is a Montreal-based pop industrial project; a mix of digital dance beats and hard rhythms, with vocals in English and Spanish.

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Mossy Mugler is a Trans Palestinian artist currently working out of the underground scene in Montreal and New York City. They run @hauterageous_worldwide , a bipoc community event scrutinizing the importance of safety and visibility in nightlife. Born and raised Qatar, they hope to showcase their sense of identity and upbringing through the art of sound. With an array of different genres Mossy hopes to bring forward music mixes you’ve never heard before — yet still feel so connected to

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Tired of having to choose a gender when all you want to do is pee? So are we! Join the Decommissioned project in conversation as we amplify the conversation around degendering public space.

The Decommissioned project invites organizations, businesses and individuals to retire gender binary bathroom signs and donate them to a growing art installation of retired signage in exchange for education, consultation and training. While it tends to be a lengthy transitional process, it is facilitated by a creative team of decommissioners who resort to lively and playful strategies; moving the conversation along, subverting and disarticulating the gender binary’s regulating force, and welcoming newcomers into this emancipatory process.

The Decommissioned project has invited the City of Ottawa to retire the gender binary bathroom signs at Arts Court and donate them to a growing art installation of retired signage in exchange for education, consultation and training. During Pique, the team of decommissioners will activate the space with dialogical interventions, performance works, installation and more! Join them in this ongoing emancipatory process.

The Decommissioned Team Members are: Behc Jax-Lynx, Chloë MacLeod-Boucher, Emily Neufeld, fin xuan, Bill Staubi, & Cara Tierney.

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"An active member of the Ottawa music scene, Linsey Wellman is known as a creative and spontaneous improvisor. In addition to being a soloist on the alto and baritone saxophones, he is a member of 2019 Polaris Prize shortlisted art-punk ensemble Fet Nat and JUNO award winning calypso outfit Kobo Town, while taking part in countless improvised music and jazz ensembles. In his latest work, he has been exploring the use of pedals and electronics with the baritone saxophone using a setup that includes a diy microphone and a number of other homemade gadgets.

He is co-founder and co-curator of the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) concert series."

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Melody McKiver’s (they/them) musical work integrates electronics with Western classical music to shape a new genre of Anishinaabe compositions. They are the current recipient of the Canada Council's Robert Flaming Prize awarded annually to an exceptionally talented young Canadian composer, and a recurring invited participant in the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Indigenous Classical Music gatherings.

A frequent performer across Turtle Island, Melody has performed at the National Arts Centre, Luminato Festival, Vancouver’s Western Front, and the Toronto International Film Festival. They have shared stages with Polaris Prize winners Lido Pimienta, Tanya Tagaq, and Jeremy Dutcher, and performed with acclaimed filmmaker and musician Alanis Obomsawin.

As a composer, Melody was commissioned by Soundstreams and Jumblies Theatre to compose Odaabaanag, a string quartet responding to Steve Reich’s Different Trains, drawing on interviews conducted with Anishinaabe elders. Melody has scored several films and was invited to the Berlinale Talents Sound Studio as a music and composition mentor for the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival. Additional commissions have included Cluster Festival, Marina Thibeault, Duo AIRS, Carnegie Mellon University, TORQ Percussion, and the Elora Singers.

A proud member of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation, Melody is currently Assistant Professor of Music Composition at the Brandon University School of Music and a member of the Mizi'iwe Aana Kwat (LGBTQ2S+ Council) within the Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3. Upcoming projects include a setting of Métis author Katherena Vermette’s poem river woman for SATB choir and percussion quartet, and a full-length album in late 2022. Melody holds an MA in Ethnomusicology from Memorial University and a BFA in Music and Indigenous Studies from York University.

Photo credit: Pati Tyrell

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Beverley McKiver is an Ottawa-based composer, pianist and teacher.

Beverley began composing after a lengthy career in information technology. She explores themes of connection to the land, identity and recovery of Indigenous knowledge.

Her “Boozhoo Manoomin” suite for instrumental ensemble expresses the importance of manoomin to the Anishinaabeg.

Jumblies Theatre and Soundstreams commissioned Beverley to write the “Odaabaanag” song cycle for community choir based on stories by three elders about residential school.

Her “Canadian Floral Emblems Suite” for solo piano was funded by the Canada Council and performed by Beverley in an online concert series and at Ottawa’s Shenkman Arts Centre. Six of these pieces were arranged and performed by Dominion Carillonneur Dr. Andrea McCrady for the Peace Tower Carillon.

“Timelines” is a collaboration with Ottawa pianist/composer Debra Grass for two pianos.

“River Tales – One Day Forever” is an art song cycle setting of poetry by Ottawa writer Wendy Duschenes.

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