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Amanda Rheaume + Mimi O’Bonsawin
June 21, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$15 – $20
* Due to a scheduling conflict, please note that this performance is cancelled and in the process of being rescheduled. For ticket holders, we will be making contact within 24 hours. Hugh’s Room Live humbly apologizes for any disappointment.
Possessed of a powerful, slightly gritty singing voice and an ear for catchy melodies and instantly-accessible roots-pop arrangements, Amanda won a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and was nominated for a Juno. Rheaume has released four albums Holding Patterns (2016), Keep a Fire (2013), Light of Another Day (2011), and Acoustic Christmas (2009).
She quickly earned a reputation around Ottawa, her hometown, as a generous community-oriented artist and leader who co-organized the Babes4Breasts concerts and recording projects; spearheaded Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases; performed for the troops in Afghanistan three times; raised money for the families of military personnel, and sold 6500 copies of a Christmas EP in Ottawa alone to raise money for Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa.
Rheaume has delivered her unique and soulful blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks to audiences around the world, including Canada (coast to coast), the USA, Europe, The United Kingdon, Faroe Islands, Central America and more. She has opened for artists such as Emmylou Harris, K’Naan, Lucinda Williams, and Ani Difranco.
Her increasing success stems from her soulful ability to translate personal stories into messages, evoke a feeling of positivity, communicate the strength of those before her, and connect with her listeners.
With the release of Holding Patterns (2016) and its single “Red Dress,” Amanda continues a long history of raising money and advocating change through her work as an artist – and this time, it’s personal.
Mimi is a Northern Ontario born Roots Songstress who started performing and writing songs at a young age, putting out her first album in 2014. Mimi is heavily influenced by her roots and celebrates her Abénakis and French-Canadian heritage. She writes songs with the intention to give back and spread the word about the merge of those communities.
She has been nominated for two Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards, She has performed on countless stages including the prestigious Midem Festival in Cannes, France as well as Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto and has shared the stage with the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie , Crystal Shawanda and many more. She recently got awarded Best Music Video and nominated for Best Songwriter at the Toronto Independent Music Awards .
Her soulful voice, rich stories and strong message spreads like wild fire. She has been picked up by CBC radio , Walmart and LCBO radio , Stingray and Galaxy streaming as well as other regional radio stations. Her song ‘Stone Gaze’ was placed in Showtime’s Ray Donavon Tv Series ( E1S5) and other tracks from this record were featured on APTN’s Mohawk Girls.
Mimi shares her passion through workshops where she explores Empowerment through songwriting and story telling with students grade 4 to 12 in French or English. At the tender age of 24 , Mimi O’Bonsawin is an old soul. Not afraid of getting intimate with her audience and sharing with them a laugh, a tear or a sing along. Her band mates are the musicians on the record and It was important for her to keep the love alive. It’s all about the LOVE.
MIMI: NEW MUSIC FROM AN OLD SOUL
A revitalized wave of roots-driven anthems has taken off with the release of Mimi O’Bonsawin’s album ‘CONNECTED’ which seeks to be a compelling follow up to her debut self-titled album.