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DIY Spring 3: Sydanie, Lia Kloud & more

DIY Spring and General Assembly / Assemblée Générale present:

Sydanie, Lia Kloud, Lucila Al Mar & Kimberly Stunstrum + Kira Montfort 
featuring installation by Kosisochukwu Nnebe

Saturday, May 11th, 2019
7pm - 10:45pm
General Assembly
5A Fairmont Ave
$15/PWYC at the door (no advance sales)


Often referred to as a supernatural rapper mom, Sydanie is a magnetic emcee with unheralded energy. A Toronto born, Jamaican-Trinidadian artist, Sydanie is levelling all expectations and setting the bar at new heights for women in the TO hip hop scene. Her impeccable production treatments run the spectrum from house to ambient dark wave. Nuanced beats lay the foundations for Sydanie to unpack her lyrical fireworks; ranging from meditative to incendiary - a contagious momentum that results in seriously deep thrills for the listener.

Lia Kloud

One of Ottawa's hottest up-and-coming MC's - from intricate lyrics to infectious beats, Lia Kloud is a trap connoisseur ahead of her time.

Lucila Al Mar

Lucila Al Mar, singer-songwriter, has the amazing skill of being an introverted hermit by day and an audience captivating performer by night. This Brujas ability to move between genres, from the gnarly defiant energy of punk rock to the lushness of folk music to the soulful resonance of an acapella song, all within the same performance will have you asking yourself “wtf hit me?!”. Her performances welcome you into the precious space of her life; they welcome you to revel in the many ways human presence can be shared, and the multitude of ways music can beautify our experience of life, death and ultimately, bring us together.

Kimberly Sunstrum + Kira Montfort

Kimberly Sunstrum is a heart-stopping performer. Her song writing is deep, evocative, and powerful and her music delightfully impossible to pin down. It’s an inspired blend of the grooves she listened to growing up in Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada. She strings together sounds from South African pop hits, classic R&B, old-time country and 70’s Motown power bops and spins them all in to her own unique melodies.

She writes about the world as she sees it with a powerful poetry and grace. Mixed-race identity, feminism, love, family, and queerness are reflections of her life and constant themes in her songs.

Accompanied by Kira Montfort, one of the most versatile and hard-working drummers in Ottawa, Kira and Kimberly are the founding members of Ottawa acoustic soul group, Sunstrum + The Wilds. Montfort and Sunstrum are set to put on an enigmatic and passionate duo performance at the 2019 DIY Spring Festival.

Kosisochukwu Nnebe / Coloured Conversations

Kosisochukwu Nnebe is a Nigerian-Canadian visual artist. Using phenomenology (the study of experience) as a methodology, her practice aims to engage viewers on issues of race, gender and power in ways that make them aware of their own complicity through interactive and installation-based pieces. Her work has been exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Places des Arts, Station 16 and Z Art Space in Montreal, Studio Sixty Six in Ottawa, the NIA Centre in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Guelph, and the Mohr Gallery in Mountain View, California. She has given presentations on her artistic practice and research at universities across Quebec, including Laval, McGill and Concordia, and has facilitated youth workshops at the Ottawa Art Gallery and Redwood City High School in California. She is currently based in Ottawa.

DIY Spring promotes community growth through respect, empathy, and social consciousness. We acknowledge this event, and all of our organizing, takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

We won't tolerate harmful or disrespectful behaviour, including but not limited to racism, sexism, transphobia or ableism.

General Assembly is a physically accessible venue with an accessible bathroom. 

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