Holding for local music

OTTAWA – Hold my call, please – Ottawa’s on hold music line-up is so good, you may not want your call answered.

“A new lineup of music provided by 25 local singers, bands and musicians has been chosen for the latest edition of #ottmusik,” Ottawa staff released in a statement July 3. “Through #ottmusik, first introduced in 2015, anyone waiting on hold after calling the City of Ottawa hears local music from this playlist.”

Between Feb. 7 and March 18, 194 musicians of all genres submitted samples for consideration.

A committee of Ottawa-area musicians and industry professionals reviewed the submissions and selected 25 entries for use on the city phone systems. The songs first aired today (July 3) and will remain online for one year. Don’t feel like calling in? You can hear the full songs on the #ottmusik page of the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

This year’s artists include:

  • Asuquomo,
  • Ben Globerman
  • Cheng² Duo
  • Danny Ke
  • Derek McKinley
  • Étoile Noire
  • Half Size Giants
  • Harea Band
  • Isaac Isenor
  • Kalle Mattson
  • Kimberly Sunstrum
  • King Kimbit
  • Loon Choir,
  • Lucila Al Mar
  • Malak Sound
  • Marie-Clo
  • Mary Bryton
  • Moonfruits
  • Mushy Gushy
  • Nile Groove
  • Novusolis
  • Pony Girl
  • Rita Carter
  • ‘Tiger’ Will Mason

Since it began, #ottmusik has received more than 500 submissions and showcased 100 local music artists.