Celebrate RockSteady Bookings 4th birthday with Ladies First!
— Thu, 07/01/2016 - 08:59
RockSteady Bookings (RSB) is celebrating four years of showcasing local music on Saturday January 9 with Ladies First at Live on Elgin! What’s awesome is how eclectic the lineup is and how it completely busts all the stereotypes of ladies in music. Where do I start? Making Ottawa look good there’s Coccinella, a blues-pop 3-piece who pack a good Spice Girl cover, Riishi von Rex with a sound something like "If Janis Joplin and Tom Waits had a baby raised by the White Stripes” and the introspective songwriting of Amanda Lowe. Rounding out the night Ghostly Hounds will bring their dark folk ambience in from Montreal and Maya Killtron will get the crowd moving with her smooth electro R&B.
I got in touch with RockSteady bookings’ founder Andrea Desjardins to learn more.
Desjardins started RockSteady Bookings in December 2011 and in the time since has been busy channeling her passion for music and planning into more than 40 events around the city. What sets RSB apart is Andrea’s passion for the local scene, promoting local artists and giving Ottawa listeners more choices for a night out. “My biggest priority when putting on an event is making sure it will benefit the performer both financially as well as expanding their fan base and give them a great experience,” she says.
In keeping with Ladies First theme RSB has also partnered with Harmony House Women’s Shelter, opening up the event for the organization to share information about the shelter and ways to get involved. A portion of the ticket sales will go to support the shelter and donations will also be accepted. “When I decided I wanted to partner up with a women’s organization of some kind for this event, keeping with the spirit of the girl power theme, I especially wanted an organization who focused on helping women who have dealt with abuse and/or violence in some way because I think it’s an important issue that everyone could use more information about.” Harmony House Women’s shelter stood out as the only second stage shelter in Ottawa. “It means they probably have their work cut out for them trying to support and help all the women and children who are transitioning out of an abusive home,” Andrea says. “I think they deserve a lot of credit and this is just a small way that I can hopefully help bring more attention and awareness to their organization.”
With a lineup like this one and a cause to boot Ladies First is a great show to kick off a year of great music.
Photo: Andrew Carver