Young + feverish: Capital Pride outdoes itself with new music acts
This year Capital Pride presents two days of music at the Marion Dewar Plaza located at City Hall. “Our Saturday Alternative Stage is in its second year and we are very excited about this year’s line-up!” said Mark Power, Vice-President of the Capital Pride Committee.
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Saturday’s Alternative Stage kicks off with brute protopunk sounds of Ottawa-based Ornaments, followed by the black-skied folk of Jack Pine and The Fire. Then, Mastik delivers reggae and rock melodies while local band Fevers serve independent, electronic pop. Fevers has put Ottawa on the international radar for electronic music. Made up of four guys and a frontwoman Sarah Bradley, the band has literally been on fire since she joined them on vocals last year, playing for Bluesfest and Pride this summer.
“We played our first show last August and it’s been a steady progress,” says Jim Hopkins, one of the two guitarists in Fevers. “We wanted to do Capital Pride last year but didn’t. This year, Mark Power contacted us out of the blue and offered it.”
“It’s a great opportunity, a great crowd a great line-up,” he adds. “We love these festivals; we get treated very well. We’re really looking forward to it.”
The list of artists playing Saturday is long, and it includes those polished pansies The PepTides as well as drag sensation, SHANGELA, The Debutantess of the Deep South (aka DJ Pierce), from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 & 3.
The Sunday line up is varied in genre and style. If you couldn’t make it Saturday, some of the bands will be there again, like The PepTides. They are a must-see if you haven’t heart them already: the 9-member troupe is always a spectacle featuring kitschy costumes, awesome vocals, swanky videos and truly one of a kind dancing. Pandaleon will also be there to rock your ears off to what’s best described as abstract and effervescent sounds, with a truly original voice.
Local band Young Empires, who describe their sound as “World Beat / Haute Rock” will also be there. The first label refers to the array of tribal and Latin American percussion emphasized in their beats, the latter referring to the philosophy of their music: making the listeners feel like the sidewalk is their personal runway.
“Young Empires is a coincidence. A chain of synchronistic events led us to meet and begin making music together,” said Jake Palahnuk, bass-player of Young Empires. “The journey so far has truly been unbelievable; every day is a little bit of miracle. We’ve gotten to see a lot of the world and discover our place within it, as a result of writing a handful of songs.”
“We are certainly honoured [to play at Capital Pride],” said Palahnuk. “We’ve always been embraced by the LGBT community and have numerous friends and family members who are part of it.”
Don’t miss Shangela, Fevers, The Peptides and Young Empires! outdoors at Capital Pride!
Sat, Aug 25: Alternative Stage (w/ Shangela!)
Sun, Aug 26: Main Stage (w/ Young Empires)
Marion Dewar Plaza, City Hall