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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.

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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