10 shows you don't want to miss at MEGAPHONO 2019

By Emma Kenny

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MEGAPHONO is back to give Ottawa a showcase of some the best indie and emerging artists around! We’re very excited about the amazing and diverse artists that will be in town. There’s something for everyone at MEGAPHONO 2019, so put on your parka and get ready to navigate the slush puddles, because this fest is worth ending your hibernation for.

Here are 10 MEGAPHONO performances featuring artists you won’t want to miss.

The Sorority

There are no words to describe the power, the prowess, and the bad-assery of The Sorority. Comprised of pHoenix Pagliacci, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis and Havia Mighty, the group has all the flavour and flow of old school hip hop with a completely fresh way to centre femininity and solidarity. With a hometown pride for Toronto that puts Drake to shame and an impressive roster of festivals under their belt, this is a show you cannot miss.

9:30PM, February 8 at the 27 Club. $20 at the door.

Haviah Mighty

Not only performing with The Sorority, Haviah Mighty will also be gracing us with a solo show at MEGAPHONO 2019 and we couldn’t be more excited. This Toronto singer, rapper, producer, and DJ is championing a message of empowerment for women with her fiercely powerful delivery and lyric sincerity. Her 2017 EP, Flower City, was named one of Complex’s Favourite Canadian Releases of 2017, and her reputation for intense live performances as seen her open for greats like A Tribe Called Red and Snoop Dogg. Get one quarter of The Sorority at 100%. We’re not sure exactly how that math works out, but who cares? You definitely don’t want to miss this show.

9:30PM, February 7 at Triple 7. $12 at the door.

SATE

SATE’s powerful vocals and blues/rock/punk style will straight up melt your face. I don’t make the rules, I’m just here to deliver the warning. Her signature live performance style has been seen all over the world, from Afropunk Brooklyn to the Paleo Festival in Switzerland, and it’s equal parts empowering, exhilarating, and enraging. Get ready to have a fire lit under you by SATE’s dynamic sound, with all the relentless and driving features of hard rock and punk informed by the spirituality of SATE’s practice of tarot, numerology, and astrology.

9:00PM, February 7 at Le Minotaure. $12 at the door.

Luna Li

Float through the air on the ethereal waves created by Toronto garage rock goddess Luna Li and her women-centric four-piece band. With a vocal range and tonal quality that varies from bedroom pop crooning to rock n’ roll grit, Luna Li has a universal appeal while maintaining a sound that’s all her own. Drawing on years of classical piano and violin training, Luna Li plays with genre by incorporating looped violin and dreamily distorted guitar into her tracks. Her brand new single, Silver Into Rain, was released in June with an accompanying music video to widespread excitement. Get ready for a show unlike any other.

2:30PM, February 8 at Shanghai Restaurant. All ages & pay what you can! (BONUS: You’ll get to see Rock Camp for Women+ alumni band Salmon Ella in the same show!)

Bad Waitress

If you want to get loud with a band intentionally formed to center women’s voices, then you’re gonna love Bad Waitress. Vocalist/guitarist Kali-Ann Butala moved to Toronto five years ago with the goal of playing music with more women, and Bad Waitress was born. The group has a loud-and-fast-and-wild style of bratty punk that just doesn’t quit, full of chanted vocals and crashing drums that’s guaranteed to make you want to hit something.

See the MEGAPHONO website for show details.

Cyber

The coolest crooner around, Cyber (also known as Leodie Domond) is blessing Ottawa with her sweet as honey, smooth as silk vocals again this year. If you missed her at DIY Spring last year, don’t make the same mistake at MEGAPHONO 2019. Cyber already has an international career in gospel and is now making a name for herself in Montreal’s underground scene with her hypnotic R&B sound. Don’t miss this spiritual set.

7:00PM, February 8 at LIVE on Elgin. All ages, $10 at the door.

Haley Heynedrickx

With vocals alternating between haunting and overpowering and accompanied by deft guitar picking, Haley Heynedrickx tells an emotional story of self discovery on her debut album I Need to Start a Garden. With a sound that’s reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens and a vulnerability that evokes Mitski, Haley invites listeners to an introspective account of what it means to be a human being. Come out and get introspective in a crowded room.

See the MEGAPHONO website for show details.

Melissa Laveaux

Let the sweetest, summeriest vibes of Melissa Laveaux carry you away on a wave of music unlike anything else you’ll hear all year. Fascinated and inspired by the cultural heritage of Haiti, Melissa uses music to honour the history and struggles of Haiti and its people while looking towards a future of limitless possibility and joy. It’s all right there in her music, with its rhythm, technicality, warmth, confidence, and carefully placed distortion. Once called a “lesbian miracle” on French national radio, you’ll definitely want to bask in her presence.

See the MEGAPHONO website for show details.

Camille Delean

There’s something at once classic and refreshing about the music of Montreal singer-songwriter Camille Delean. With a voice so rich in tone and precise in pitch, Camille transports listeners with her a sound that feels deeply Canadian, despite her ten track album having been partly recorded in England. The result is meandering songs with beautifully layered instrumentals and a lush tone, evoking big open sky over fields of wildflowers. Close your eyes and go there.

See the MEGAPHONO website for show details.

Annie Sama

Last but certainly not least, take in the melodic noise of multi-disciplinary artist Annie Sama. Sometimes ambient, sometimes harsh, but always original, Annie incorporates elements of multiple genres to explode the concept of pop music and create a musical world all her own. Reminiscent of Sneaks and in conversation with Grimes, we can’t wait to hear Annie’s new EP, due in September. In the meantime, catch her live this MEGAPHONO and revel in this strange soundscape.

7:00PM, February 8 at LIVE on Elgin. All ages, $10 at the door.