The Ottawa based music festival and conference Megaphono 2017 recently played host to music industry professionals from North America and abroad. Held February 1st to 3rd at a diverse selection of venues in the area, festival attendees were treated to a talented selection of artists from Ottawa-Gatineau and Eastern Ontario. On the closing night, The Juno Awards & the Ottawa 2017 Juno Host Committee presented a night robust in Canadian music at the renowned Barrymore’s Music Hall. This 6th edition of the Juno Concert Series, and first ever in Ottawa, featured numerous artists collaborating together for an eve overflowing in song, both original and covers, including novel renditions of works from notable Canadian artists. CBC’s Alan Neal hosted the quadruple-set night featuring performances by Jeremy Fisher, Catriona Sturton, Jim Bryson, Meg Remy (U.S. Girls), and members of The Acorn and Fevers, among others. MonkeyJunk offered their take on a song from Newfoundland’s legendary singer/songwriter Ron Hynes while Kalle Matteson voice rang true on Drake’s “Hotline Bling“. Safia Nolin‘s raw rendition of Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” balanced out the frenetic energy of Medhi Cayenne who spiced up the evening.. The night closed with Atherton partnering with Greg Campbell, an original member of Organized Rhyme, for the Juno-nominated rap anthem “Check the O.R.”, followed by Lynn Miles and Atherton performing an off-the-cuff hip hop rendition of her song “What if You Were a Refugee“.
This celebration of music was one with a cause, with proceeds from the event going to MusiCounts, a Canadian charity aimed at music education.
The JUNO Week celebrations, including the 2017 JUNO Awards will be taking place in Ottawa March 27 – April 2, 2017.
Photos by Dina MacLeod and Darren Boucher
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