indie music

All great musical artists start at some point as indie musicians and many these days maintain that creative edge and rawness that seems to go along with starting out. Ottawa has an awesome and well supported independent music scene. I’m listing a handful of artists that I enjoy and will add artists as people suggest them to loveOttawa – but the folks over at Showbox are a much better source of who’s playing and what’s happening in Ottawa. Here’s their site:


Keturah Johnson
Keturah Johnson is a one woman singer/songwriter based in Ottawa Canada, delving into styles such as blues and folk with licks of rock ‘n’ roll. Determined to leave a lasting impression, Keturah uses powerful vocals, exploring the dynamics of what her voice can achieve, along side sincerity in her lyricism and whole hearted passion in each and every performance she gives. Listen to a sampling of her music!

This is one of the coolest and beautifully sounding Ottawa indie bands, with a bucolic sound mixed with acoustic textures. Here’s a great video from the Herd Mag Sessions.

Dynamite Motel
Dynamite Motel is Mindy Amelotte, one of the newest members of the Ottawa music scene.
While she has only performed live for a year now, Mindy has been playing guitar and piano (and just recently picked up the ukulele!) for over 10 years, mixing jazz and R&B together with a heavy sprinkle of old-school blues combined with a sweet sultry voice to create a style that is uniquely her own. Mindy composes, writes and produces all her own music and currently manages herself. At the moment she has one album available (Self-titled as “Dynamite Motel”) and is currently working on her 2nd full-length album of original material. You can often catch Dynamite Motel at venues all over Ottawa! Take a listen to her music!

Erin Saoirse Adair
Erin Saoirse Adair’s songs reflect the influence of folkloric traditions in her music and though her musical arrangements are complex, Adair’s goal on stage is to tell a story. Listen to her music on CBC!




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