On May 6, Cultural Industries Ontario North will launch ON Stage, an online music portal service designed to connect musicians and provide industry updates.
ON Stage will officially launch during a show at the Townehouse Tavern, 206 Elgin St., at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature complimentary snacks and musical performances by Julie Katrinette, Bad Actors and Carden Cove. Tickets are $5 each and available at the door or by contacting CION at 705-885-9889.
“We’ve been working for some time on the planning, designing and testing of ON Stage, and it’s so exciting to see the portal come to life and to celebrate Northern musicians through live music,” Melanie St-Pierre, CION’s music sector development officer, said in a release. “We’re very excited to show off the music opportunities and industry information already up on ON Stage, and thrilled to have a space to share the most relevant industry opportunities directly to northern musicians.”
The portal will act as a mini-site within CION’s website, where artists can make their profile and connect.
ON Stage will become a one-stop shop that musicians can use to access relevant industry information. ON Stage will also act as Northern Ontario’s artistic database, where music supervisors for film productions and other industry professionals will be encouraged to sort through bands for potential sync opportunities, collaborations and more.
– Bad Actors is a folk music duo based out of Sudbury. As former members of Murder Murder, Barry Miles and Jonathan Danyliw have been mining the annals of Appalachian, Americana, and bluegrass traditions for over a decade. This is folk music in the truest sense of the term, music that borrows from a centuries-long catalogue of resources to both honour the genre’s history and also examine the unique experiences of contemporary life. Debut album will be out autumn 2022.
– Julie Katrinette is the alt-country solo project of singer/songwriter Julie Houle, most commonly known as member of local garage rock group the Ape-ettes. Her first album Let’s Not Complicate Things (with our minds), features the artistry of a few other high-spirited and prolific local musicians, some of which currently perform in the band. Julie`s lyrics speak to the raw and honest beauty that can be born when we delve into our darkest places and commit radically to self-acceptance, growth and forgiveness.
– Carden Cove is named a band after a favourite beach in Marathon, according to songwriter Spencer José. The band’s music depicts coming of age in the northern wilderness, having little to no access to the internet, and innocence (generally lost). Coming on to the scene with the release of Grown Slow, the band enjoyed a stretch of festival slots and manyTownehouse appearances. After being on hiatus for a few years, Spencer and his backing band will gear up for a set of old, new, and untested material.
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