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My Week In Pictures: Ottawa hearts art

How was your week, dear readers? Mine was jam packed with movies, coffees, shows, postering, galleries and lovely people.

On Tuesday Craig and I went down to the PAL Ottawa launch. PAL is an organization which provides support and affordable housing to artists later in life. We proudly bought our memberships and had a lovely time meeting artists of all ages from all over Ottawa. That night we went to see a movie. We tried to see Skyfall but it was sold out everywhere! We ended up seeing this awesome Canadian film called Antiviral. I won’t spoil it but it’s definitely not for the squeamish.

On Thursday I picked up 150 posters and 500 postcard flyers advertising my CD release on December 7th. So far I’ve put them up in all the businesses on Wellington Street West and on Elgin Street. If you have time and energy to help me put posters up, let me know in the comments below! That night I went to the Carleton Tavern for the monthly Jazzworks Jazz Jam.

On Friday night I checked out the Above Ground Studio open house. It was great to see the work spaces of artists like Dave CooperAnne Wanda Tessier, and David Fels. I ducked out of the opening a bit earlier and high-tailed it down to Galerie 240 for the Julie Michels/Don Braden CD release. The place was completely sold out and was jam packed with an attentive audience.

On Saturday I hosted the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed. It’s always nice to see the nervous and excited young players who come out to jam. This week, Karen Rauh joined us in the house band on piano. After the jam Karen had another gig at AlphaSoul with her latin band so we followed up there to cheer her on.

On Sunday, Ellwood Epps came to IMOO as part of his Canadian tour. He also brought his trio from Montreal. His next stop is Toronto.

So that’s it for this week! For more photos updated throughout the week, follow me on instagram.

My next performance is tonight, November 19th at the Mercury Lounge for Live Jazz Monday – 9pm to 11pm, no cover. See you there!

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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