Fes­ti­val fea­tures unique mix of artists


The Fes­ti­val Franco- Ontarien Tek­savvy takes place at Ma­jor’s Hill Park to­day through Satur­day. Tek­Savvy, a Fran­coOn­tar­ian telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany, is the new ti­tle part­ner for the fes­ti­val and will be for the next three years. Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Josée Vail­lan­court says the fo­cus this year is on young artists. Here is the lineup. Thurs­day night will fea­ture Damien Ro­bitaille. Fri­day will show­case the Porn Flakes. Satur­day will have Valaire, artists Alex Nevsky, Yao, Ja­cobus, Julie Kim, Clay and Friends and Shawn Jobin. Satur­day also fea­tures shows for kids by Ari cui cui and the Petites Tounes, plus face painters, in­flat­able games and mini work­shops. Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at www.ffo.ca. One-day wrist­bands cost $15. The fam­ily matinée for Satur­day morn­ing is $10, and kids 10 and un­der can get in for free.

Kick up your heels with some of Canada’s top coun­try stars on Satur­day when Meghan Pa­trick and Ja­son Blaine join forces to help cel­e­brate the 200th an­niver­sary of the town of Richmond, Ont. Pa­trick, the re­cent win­ner of three Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario awards, and Blaine, the gui­tar-sling­ing pride of Pem­broke, head­line the show at the Richmond Me­mo­rial Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 6095 Perth St., along with a fea­tured appearance by Ot­tawa Val­ley sweet­heart Kelly Prescott. Tick­ets are $35, avail­able at rich­mond200.ca. The mu­sic starts at 8 p.m.


The Jaz­zN­house se­ries, which has been pre­sent­ing in­creas­ingly im­pres­sive house con­certs in Al­monte and be­yond since 2012, ends its 2017-18 sea­son with spe­cial book­ing Satur­day, when it presents the pow­er­ful quar­tet of Juno Award-win­ning pi­anist Jon Bal­lan­tyne at Al­monte Old Town Hall. Join­ing Bal­lan­tyne, a Saskatchewan-born mu­si­cian in his mid-50s who has been based in New York for decades, are Mon­treal alto sax­o­phon­ist Remi Bolduc, Toronto bassist Jim Vi­vian and Port­land, Ore­gon drum­mer Alan Jones. Tick­ets for the con­cert, which starts at 8 p.m., are $35. Tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion are avail­able at jazzn.ca.


Ot­tawa singer-song­writer Julie Corrigan marks the sec­ond an­niver­sary of her Girls To The Front se­ries on June 18. She’s been host­ing the song cir­cle on the third Mon­day of ev­ery month at Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St., invit­ing two other fe­male singer-song­writ­ers to join her. This month’s guests are the genre-de­fy­ing Me­gan Jerome and folk-noir songstress Abi­gail Lapell. Ad­mis­sion is free. The mu­sic starts at 8 p.m.


Here’s a chance to en­ter­tain the lit­tle ones while dad en­joys a cold bev­er­age on Fa­ther’s Day. Ot­tawa kids’ per­form­ers Hey Buster! the wacky mu­si­cal act that stars Slo’ Tom Ste­wart and Sherwood Lums­den, per­form a free, af­ter­noon show at Meow! That’s Hot Kitchen and Bar, 319 Bank St., 3-6 p.m. on Sun­day. They’ll be joined by Derek McKin­ley’s equally en­gag­ing Sing Song Party Time band.


Damien Ro­bitaille will per­form at the Fes­ti­val Franco-Ontarien Tek­savvy at Ma­jor’s Hill Park Thurs­day night.

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