Beyond The Glass

PG
July 26th – 27th, 2024

Various Locations

Beyond the Glass: Eastern Ontario Women’s Arts Festival, a grand celebration of the vibrant talents and creativity of women in the arts. Set to take place on July 26 and 27, 2024 at multiple venues in downtown Brockville, including Arts Hub Brockville, St Lawrence Anglican church, St Paul AnglicanChurch, Engine House Yoga Studio, Sweet Ofelia Cafe and Market, Medium Effort Fine Art Supplies, and More this extraordinary event is poised to captivate and inspire attendees from near and far..

The festival is set to showcase an array of artistic expressions, including two pop-up galleries, three performance spaces, a dance exhibition, offering a platform to over a multitude of Eastern Ontario’s finest female visual artists, dancers, thespians, performers, comedians, musicians, and bands. Moreover, we are honored to announce that the festival’s headliner will be the esteemed two-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Folk Music Ontario Award winner, International Folk Music Award winner, and Juno-nominated artist, Amanda Rheaume.

At the heart of our vision lies a commitment to spotlighting the immense talent of Eastern Ontario’s women in the arts, while simultaneously catalyzing a diverse influx of tourism to downtown Brockville and its surrounding areas. It is our fervent hope that this event will not only be a celebration of artistic excellence but also a catalyst for economic and cultural growth within the region..

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Beyond the Glass: Eastern Ontario Women’s Arts Festival, a grand celebration of the vibrant talents and creativity of women in the arts. Set to take place on July 26 and 27, 2024 at multiple venues in downtown Brockville, including Arts Hub Brockville, St Lawrence Anglican church, St Paul Anglican Church, Engine House Yoga Studio, Sweet Ofelia Cafe and Market, Medium Effort Fine Art Supplies, and more.  This extraordinary event is poised to captivate and inspire attendees from near and far.

The festival is set to showcase an array of artistic expressions, including two pop-up galleries, three performance spaces, a dance exhibition, offering a platform to over a multitude of Eastern Ontario’s finest female visual artists, dancers, thespians, performers, comedians, musicians, and bands. Moreover, we are honored to announce that the festival’s headliner will be the esteemed two-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Folk Music Ontario Award winner, International Folk Music Award winner, and Juno-nominated artist, Amanda Rheaume.

At the heart of our vision lies a commitment to spotlighting the immense talent of Eastern Ontario’s women in the arts, while simultaneously catalyzing a diverse influx of tourism to downtown Brockville and its surrounding areas.

It is our fervent hope that this event will not only be a celebration of artistic excellence but also a catalyst for economic and cultural growth within the region.

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Cast & Crew Members

Amanda Rheaume

First a songwriter, Rheaume comes from a long line of tireless, transformational organizers and activists, and carries this lineage forward in her ever-growing role as a crucial builder of Indigenous music infrastructure and community. From the International Indigenous Music Summit, to newly-founded Ishkode Records, and the National Indigenous Music Office, the goal of raising Indigenous sovereignty in the music industry drives all of Rheaume’s work.

Rheaume (she/her) has released 5 full-length albums over a period of 15 years, a self-managed career that has traveled countless tours and milestones. 2013’s Keep a Fire was nominated for a JUNO Award and won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year. With a new single “100 Years,” a driving, surging Copperhead Road-esque journey through a wilfully, harmfully misrepresented chapter in a violent colonial timeline, Rheaume makes a powerful statement about history and identity.

Amanda Keeley

Hailing from the heart of Ontario’s vibrant music scene, has swiftly carved a niche for herself as a spellbinding Indie-Folk artist. Her music, imbued with the raw, emotional depth of a seasoned soul, draws listeners into an intimate world of lyrical storytelling and melodic artistry. Keeley’s voice, often likened to the resonant tones of Sara Bareilles, the heartfelt authenticity of Brandi Carlile, and the haunting melancholy of City and Colour, serves as a bridge between the timeless traditions of folk and the contemporary sensibilities of today’s music aficionados.

Arlene Quinn

Arlene Quinn is an award winning performer/songwriter who has shared the stage with Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Lorrie Morgan, and Terri Clark. Her music has been played in more than 63 countries.

Beginning with her first performance at age five, she has risen to incredible heights in country music. When she re-entered the music scene in 2016, she came back with a bang. Her first single, “Nowhere To Go But Up” was #1 on Music Road Radio for 12 weeks and earned her Top Artist from the Chris Top Program in Nashville.

In 2017, “Life is Good” won Top Song at Nashville’s Country Music Week and Arlene was featured in the Canadian Women Songwriters’ Showcase in Nashville. Then came “Jackpot” in 2019 that has over 37,000 streams on Spotify, reached #3 on the International Country Music Chart, was in the top five downloaded songs on Nashvilles Music Row music chart and over 18,000 spins on US radio.

The Petras

The Petras is a hot all-female rock band from Kingston, Ontario. The dream child of singer Brielle LeBlanc, frontwoman of the popular Kingston rock band Luscious, The Petras is inspired by iconic 70s punk band, The Runaways, and modern indie rock band, The Beaches.

The Petras is about tapping into a unique female energy in our original songs and performances. With Rowan “Rogue” Picard on lead guitar, Zoe Evans on bass and Madisen Benoit on drums, The Petras serves up a powerful mix of captivating vocals, melodic solos, and driving beats.

Currently recording with Juno award winner and founding member of Glass Tiger, Michael Hanson, The Petras promises to be a band to watch!

Maggie May Harder

Maggie May Harder (they/them) is a comedian and creator based on unceded Anishinaabe Algonquin land (so called Ottawa Ontario). They are a Carleton University alum, completing their BA of Public Affairs and Policy Management with honours with distinction. They have 8+ years of improv and comedy experience, having received training from the world renowned Loose Moose Theatre and captained the Carleton Improv Association team in 2022-2023.

Maggie was also a co-producer of the Youth Infringement Festival from 2022-2024. Their biggest project to date is co-creating Small Fish, a comedy and variety show by and for marginalized folks, alongside their best pal, Glenys Marshall. The show has sold out every time, including a sold out NYE show at The Mayfair Theatre (with a 325 seat capacity). Within Small Fish, Maggie is a producer, host, standup/sketch writer and performer, sponsorship/partnership coordinator, improv teacher, and community organizer.

Kay Franciss

Kay has a full repertoire of origi al songs that touch the heart. As a performer she also shares laughter, tears, and awareness to personal growth, through her music.

Mellow Lily

Mellow lily is a singer-songwriter and a gifted multi-instrumentalist from the Kingston area.

With over 15 years of experience in the music industry, her confidence and passion for her quickly excelling career shows both in her performances and in the studio.

Her musical talent has sparked the interest of many industry reps, and in 2024, she signed a distribution deal with Radar Love Records, owne by five time Juno Award winner, Michael Hanson.

Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to open for many talented musicians, including Grammy Award nominees, Della Mae, Canadian country musician Crystal Shawanda, and Canadian Folk Music award winner, Abigail Lapell.

With a quickly developing career, and performances scheduled for the new year, Mellow Lily is the new up and coming musical act you won’t want to miss!

Alanna J. Brown

Alanna is a singer/songwriter/arranger originally from Toronto. She moved to Banff National Park for a decade where she worked as a full-time performing musician, performing regularly for weddings, hotels, restaurants, festivals, while touring her music around Western Canada. In January 2023 she moved to Ottawa, Ontario with her growing family to continue working as a professional musician, but is available to travel to the Rocky Mountains for weddings and special events.

Alanna’s late teens and early twenties were spent touring around Canada performing at festivals and music venues in multiple indie-rock and folk groups. She followed her dream of becoming a professional musician to Humber College where she studied under some of the world’s most accomplished jazz musicians and received her Honours Bachelor of Music. In her fourth year she focused on recording her first professional EP of original music, “Tuesday’s Coming” accompanied by a string quintet. A few years later Alanna was back in the studio with 3-time Juno Award winning producer Jeff Wolpert recording her first full-length original album, “Accelerate” featuring astounding musicians like Hugh Marsh, Jonathan Goldsmith and the Gryphon Trio.

In May 2020 she released a self-produced original album, “Said I Was Shy” recorded in Banff National Park, where she’s lived for the past 8 years. You can listen to all of her original music on Spotify, Apple Music, Itunes and any other online streaming website.

Since moving to Ottawa Alanna has focused on performing luxury weddings, but she can be found singing regular gigs at some of the valley’s most prestigious music venues.

When Alanna isn’t performing you can find her hiking, skiing, cycling and exploring with her husband Drew (photographer), three-year-old son River and baby Charles.

Sophie D'Orleans

Trilingual, multi-instrumentalist and vocal looping artist, Sophie d’Orléans believes in the healing power of music; exploring the depths of her humanity to share a wholesome message of resilience. Her feel-good music is a breath of fresh air.

She’s performed across Canada in events such as Ottawa’s City Folk’s Marvest Festival, Festival international de la chanson de Granby, Du Haut des Airs, Cranbrook’s Sam Steele Days and Whistler’s Music in the Street. She’s shared the stage with artists like Sara-Danielle, Jessy Lindsay, Jahmeema, Malia Rogers, and Country Club Pool Boy.

Let your hair down and let Sophie d’Orléans’ upbeat folk lift your spirits.

Sue Prosser with Leigh Turcotte

Hailing from Eastern Ontario, Sue and Leigh’s collective performing experiences originate from years of entertaining at coffeehouses, bars, festivals, touring and the bar circuit.

With her distinctive voice, rhythm, and iconic music, they enchants their audience, delivering tunes with passion and soul.

Jesse Greene

The Jesse Greene Band is an award winning powerhouse blues band. Her performances are passionate and her heartfelt original songs win over audiences wherever she goes. Jesse has an explorative sound steeped in roots and blues with jazzy swing tunes to wrenching folk ballads and rocking scorchers.

Jesse has a voice that is as explosive as her guitar playing with Dave Schroeder and Jeff Asselin completing this new lineup to make a well oiled blues machine.

Holly Gillis Cox

Holly Gillis Cox is a vocalist in the Ottawa area. Born and raised in Margaree Forks, Cape Breton, NS., she is passionate about singing and creating new music.

She enjoys singing with other talented musicians and has been influenced by many Celtic, Folk, Country, Rock and Blues artists.

Victor Complex

Victor Complex is the angsty, punky, grungey brain child of Vic, an Ottawa vocalist and instrumentalist with backgrounds in multiple genres and performance styles. Inspired by a wide range of genres, Victor Complex uses the sonic background to engage you in stories about her life, lessons she’s learned, and the sometimes times uncomfortable feelings that some along with that living and learning.

From punchy riffs to gut-punching lyrics, there’s a hit for everyone who listens. We’re here to fuel your v̶i̶c̶t̶i̶m̶ victor complex.

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