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We are pleased to offer you an exciting opportunity to support the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma with their 3rd Annual Benefit Concert.

The concert will include live performances from Born Ruffians and The Desert Island Big Band, testimonials and a virtual silent auction.

For over 30 years, CTSACT has offered therapy services to individuals, families, couples, children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse and childhood trauma. CTSACT believes that everyone has the right to have access to mental health services. The need for these services continues to grow, and CTSACT is devoted to meeting these needs but can’t do it alone.

$25-40

Celebrate the release of "Lemon," the novel inspired by the Lemon Trilogy (Here, Then Gone, M, Playboys & Dishes) with performances from:

The Desert Island Big Band: The Desert Island Big Band began as a lesson in vulnerability; a way to push personal boundaries. As it progressed a narrative emerged, the “Lemon Trilogy” — three songs centred around escapism that later inspired Jurewicz’s first novel, “Lemon,” available June 16th. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Stefan Jurewicz is a music producer and audio engineer by trade (Kick Me Records). Having worked with more than 65 different artists on over 150 releases during his decade-long career so far, along with his own experience playing in bands such as Onionface, All Day Breakfast and Siberian Breaks (to name a few), has led the music of the Desert Island Big Band to be as stylistically diverse as his production catalog, while still retaining a distinct overarching identity.

Salmon Ella: Salmon Ella is a result of the 2017 Girls+ Rock Ottawa’s Rock Camp for Women+. Since that June weekend, Cynthia, Delta, Hannah, and Katie have been writing music with quirky melodies and uncomfortably honest lyrics to get to the heart of their experiences. Influenced by Warpaint, Bikini Kill, Courtney Barnett, and Fiona Apple, they played their first show in October 2018 and are quickly making a mark on the Ottawa music scene. Sometimes absurd, sometimes ethereal, their music will have you saying “I don’t know what I just listened to, but I think I liked it!”

No Hits: No Hits is a basement indie rock band from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Having started in 2017 the band has evolved constantly since, becoming grizzled young veterans of their craft. They came back from the COVID years red hot, with the release of singles 'Please Please Please' and 'Cahill' and forthcoming EP 'Growing Pains'. Their songwriting touches on themes of youthfulness, confusion, anger and love, while also putting on some of the most entertaining live performances you’ll ever see. The group is dead set on showing everyone that you don't need any hits to have a good time.

8:00pm Doors \ 8:30pm Show

$15 in Advance (fees included), $17 at the door

The Desert Island Big Band w/ Out By Lucy & Noise Hotel

Live On Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, Ottawa

The Desert Island Big Band: Perspective speaks volumes. Stranded on a desert island, one can embrace the freedom of solitude, or fear the weight of isolation. The Desert Island Big Band bridges that gap by acknowledging that perspectives ebb and flow like the tide; that drowning and drying off can happen in the same place. There is no one way to look at something. The Desert Island Big Band began as a lesson in vulnerability; a way to push personal boundaries. As it progressed a narrative emerged, the “Lemon Trilogy” — three songs centred around escapism that later inspired Jurewicz’s first novel, “Lemon,” set to be re-published in June.

Out By Lucy: Out by Lucy is a rock band. The band includes Samuel Moreland (Lead Guitar), Gabriel Comba (Bass Guitar), Julian Moreland (Drums) and Harrison Mees (Rhythm Guitar). We write songs about many things: Watersports, Love, Birding, Habitual drug use, Shoe Etiquette, Family, The Czars, Antifreeze Poisoning etc. despite disparate subject matter our music is catchy, whimsical and always contains a catchy chorus. We love songs that are around 2:45 seconds long that rest around 100 - 120 bpm. We appreciate music that is concise and gratifying.

Noise Hotel: Formed in Ottawa in 2022, Noise Hotel is a three-piece Indie/Alternative band who play in a diverse range of musical styles. Known for their energetic live performances, catchy melodies and penchants for neckties, the band is one of Ottawa's burgeoning talents.

$12 advance, $15 at door

The Desert Island Big Band is a project led by Ottawa-born Stefan Jurewicz, a music producer and audio engineer. What began as a lesson in vulnerability turned into a way to push personal boundaries. Combining influences such as The Kills, David Bowie, St Vincent, Kurt Vile, and many more, the Desert Island Big Band drifts between styles and genres as regularly as the ebb and flow of the tide.

Dan Kelly has graced the Stray Dog stage in the past. A singer-songwriter and guitarist based out of Ottawa, Dan is known for his use of traditional fingerpicking style with an ambient twist. Dan is constantly striving to create new sounds that best convey the intention behind his lyrics, all while creating a sensory experience that transports his listeners into the musical mood he creates.

$10

The “Six-Shooter” Music Video Release Party!

Live On Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Come one, come all! To the Six-Shooter Music Video Release Party, featuring music from The Desert Island Big Band and Townes, as well as burlesque performances from Lolo Merlot and Kopy Cat! There will be a door prize of merch from the venue and both musical acts, and all attendees are highly encouraged to dress up as wild or as well as they want.

The Desert Island Big Band: The Desert Island Big Band began as a lesson in vulnerability; a way to push personal boundaries. As it progressed a narrative emerged — the “Lemon Trilogy” — and the Desert Island Big Band discovered its place. Rather than add another voice to an increasingly politicized world, it instead decided to offer its listeners an escape from it all; a new world to live in, if only for a few minutes. This trilogy later inspired Jurewicz’s first novel, “Lemon,” published in early 2022. Combining influences such as The Kills, David Bowie, St Vincent, Kurt Vile, and many more, the Desert Island Big Band drifts between styles and genres as regularly as the ebb and flow of the tide.

Kopy Cat: Kopy Cat has been performing burlesque since 2017 when she won Burlesque Idol at the Ottawa International Burlesque Festival. This Mohawk beauty has taken North America by storm performing her upbeat, high-energy style all over Ontario, Quebec and the United States. Kopy Cat is one of the producers of Ottawa’s only monthly burlesque show, Basement Burlesque. She’s the Original, Kopy Cat!

Townes: If you sat down next to Matt Radich at a bar, you may be surprised to find out he is one of Nicolas Cage’s only genuine fans, a cynic with a dry wit, and also a recording artist under the name of Townes. If asked to describe his music, he might laugh and say “it’s just bad”, but that would be unsurprising as one could find a lot more self-deprecating humour within his music. With four EP releases to his name and several new singles, Townes has found an addictive middle point between indie-rock and gloomy pop. Combining stellar songwriting and nostalgic late-00’s production, he draws on influences from Beck , Wolf Parade, and Diamond Rings.

Lolo Merlot: Lolo Merlot; smooth and full bodied, sure to make you blush. She studies gemstones by day and shows them off at night. She is an instructor at the Ottawa burlesque academy. She produces and hosts THE monthly basement burlesque show every third Saturday of the month at swizzles bar.

$15 tax in

LIVE! ON ELGIN PRESENTS: JAMES BLONDE & THE DESERT ISLAND BIG BAND

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Live On Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, Ottawa

An enhanced covid-19 vaccine certificate is required to attend this event. Thank you for your understanding.

LIVE! on Elgin Presents: Season 2!

October 15th - March 27th at LIVE! on Elgin. Presented with support from our partners: Postering Ottawa, Collective Arts Brewing, & Loretta Media. All Artwork Designed by Tina Wallace This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

James Blonde & The Desert Island Big Band

James Blonde: James Blonde is more than the sum of its parts; the Canadian alternative / rock band was born when Neil Carson, Phil Taylor and Steph Mercier came together to form the singular entity known by this name. The band acts as a conduit, taking inspiration from the turn of 21st century’s rock resurgeance of bands like Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Billy Talent & MGMT with the great classic rock bands, to pump out electric performances both on stage and in the studio.

The Desert Island Big Band: Perspective speaks volumes. Stranded on a desert island, one can embrace the freedom of solitude, or fear the weight of isolation. The Desert Island Big Band bridges that gap by acknowledging that perspectives ebb and flow like the tide; that drowning and drying off can happen in the same place. There is no one way to look at something. The Desert Island Big Band began as a lesson in vulnerability; a way to push personal boundaries. As it progressed a narrative emerged, the “Lemon Trilogy”, and the Desert Island Big Band discovered its place. Rather than add another voice to an increasingly politicized world, it instead decided to offer its listeners an escape from it all; a new world to live in, if only for a few minutes.

March 10th 7pm Doors // 8pm Show Upstairs 220 Elgin Street

$10