Here’s a ques­tion. Why would a mu­si­cian move from the Cen­tre of The Uni­verse to Ot­tawa?

Rory Tail­lon, a full-time pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian, and his wife, Julie, who works in the health sec­tor, moved from the GTA to the ‘TWA over a year ago. He says they made the move to our Na­tion’s Cap­i­tal be­cause the city of­fers more op­por­tu­ni­ties for work, hers as well as his.

“I’ve per­son­ally had a lot more op­por­tu­nity in Ot­tawa than I did in Toronto,” he says. “There’s a lot of over sat­u­ra­tion in Toronto be­cause it was very much the place to move if you were a mu­si­cian in Canada.”

“The city of Ot­tawa also gives more op­por­tu­nity for the lo­cal mu­si­cians to play their ma­jor festivals like City Folk, Blues­fest, etc. City Folk had an off shoot fes­ti­val called Mar­vest that went on at the same time. It placed lo­cal in­die mu­si­cians in a huge num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses per­form­ing at the same time,” he says.

Tail­lon is cur­rently tour­ing his new al­bum, Only Whis­pers, across Canada. Ot­tawa gives him eas­ier ac­cess, he says, to the East Coast, the west and south to­ward Toronto.

“Ot­tawa has been good for me as far as tour­ing be­cause it’s more cen­tral in the coun­try. Toronto was great be­cause it had a lot of places in close prox­im­ity that you can play, but Ot­tawa makes tour­ing across the coun­try more ac­ces­si­ble. The East Coast is so much more at­tain­able and Que­bec is right there. It’s also the same dis­tance to head west as Toronto,” Tail­lon says. For an in­de­pen­dent artist, af­ford­abil­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity are key con­sid­er­a­tions. Ot­tawa of­fers both.

Rory Tail­lon/Con­trib­uted

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