The National Gallery of Canada presents Alternafest from 4 to 6 September 1999
Ottawa, Canada - August 19, 1999
« Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada présente Alternafest du 4 au 6 septembre »
AlternaFest, the National Gallery of Canada's annual musical swan song to summer returns this Labour Day weekend as the Amphitheatre comes alive from 4 to 6 September. From hip hop beats to Tibetan nuns, AlternaFest 99 covers a lot of musical ground featuring debut performances by a wide array of artists and stunning sounds from all over the world. For a schedule of events see attached program.
The festival opens on Saturday, September 4 with a full day of music ranging from the punchy hip hop of Quebec's Muzion to the subtle songs of Julie Doiron and the pop sensations Wooden Stars.
Tamara Williamson will also perform, and Andy Stochansky (Ani DiFranco's former drummer) will present his own songs with an exciting new band.
Sunday, September 5 is an Alt-country day with the twisted roots music of Mara Tremblay, while Luther Wright and the Wrongs kick things off and the Cash Brothers make their Ottawa debut. Peter Cash (formerly of the Skydiggers) joins his brother Andrew in this new group that mixes pop, folk, country and rock influences. Kathleen Edwards, a local artist who has just released her debut album, will open the day.
Monday, September 6 promises to be very special with intriguing music from three amazing groups. Ottawa's Seppuku and former Ottawa group South Pacific will create their unique, category-defying sounds to start the afternoon. To round out AlternaFest, Steve Tibbetts returns to Ottawa for the first time in several years to premiere his compelling new music recorded with Choying Drolma and other Tibetan nuns. The nuns will accompany Mr. Tibbetts and percussionist Marc Anderson.
The concerts are presented free of charge at 12:30 pm in the Gallery's Amphitheatre. In case of inclement weather (rain or excessive heat) performances will be moved inside to the Gallery's Auditorium. The only exception is the concert by Steve Tibbetts and Choying Drolma which will be presented in the Auditorium at 3:30 pm on Monday 6 September. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for Friends and students. Tickets will be available at the door only.
AlternaFest 99 at the National Gallery of Canada: Schedule and AlternaBios
Concerts are free and begin at 12:30 each day, with the exception of Steve Tibbetts and Choying Drolma.
Saturday 4 September
Tamara Williamson - 12:30 pm
The former member of Mrs. Torrance has developed a bold solo performance in which she builds her own backing tracks using live sounds and sequencers.
Muzion - 1:30 pm
One of Quebec's hottest hip hop groups this summer. The quartet's debut album is taking the province by storm with smooth grooves, punchy beats and thought-provoking rhymes.
Andy Stochansky - 2:30 pm
The former drummer for Ani DiFranco creates breathy, stirring songs that soar over top of rhythmic beds of percussion and Justin Haynes guitar.
Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars - 3:30 pm
Ottawa's Wooden Stars have released one of the best albums of 1999. Their brooding, melodic pop is making fans across the country. The Wooden Stars will play some of their own songs and peform with Julie as well.
Sunday, September 5
Kathleen Edwards - 12:30 pm
Ottawa's Alt-country queen has just released a superb debut album.
Mara Tremblay - 1:30 pm
Mara Tremblay is a stunning multi-instrumentalist who performs on violin, banjo, mandolin and guitar. With her old group Les freres à cheval and as a special guest with Les Colocs she has carved out a strong reputation as a seasoned musician. Her debut solo album is a great mix of grungy rock and Quebecois/country roots.
Luther Wright and the Wrongs - 2:30 pm
This Kingston group serves up an edgy, twangy sampling of roots country with plenty of contemporary twists. Great, gritty roots.
The Cash Brothers - 3:30 pm
Not the sons of Johnny Cash, but Andrew and Peter Cash (formerly of Skydiggers), two formidable forces on the Canadian music scene. Together in this new group, Andrew and Peter combine their songwriting talents and create amazing vocal harmonies.
Sunday, September 6
Seppuku - 12:30 pm
Ottawa's own sonic experimentalists bring together chamber music, jazz and plenty of punk sensibility to their totally original sound.
South Pacific - 1:30 pm
Former Ottawa residents South Pacific now call Toronto home but they are still creating wonderful sonic soundscapes that envelope audiences in an amazing pools of sound.
Steve Tibbetts and Choying Drolma - 3:30 pm
Minnesota-based Tibbetts teams up with his percussionist Marc Anderson and three nuns from Tibet to create a stunning sound that defies description. This concert will be presented in the Auditorium at 3:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for Friends and students. Tickets will be available at the door only.
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