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.