Intense, warm and personal: meet four talented alumni as they share their love of music and reminisce about their time at uOttawa. Each of them will offer a musical performance during this exclusive Homecoming 2020 event.
This Franco-Ontarian rock star has been wowing audiences for over a decade.
She has performed at Montreal’s FrancoFolies, FestiVoix in Trois-Rivières, Constellation francophone in Ottawa, and as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Winner of the Ontario Pop fan choice award, Mélissa Ouimet took off for Asia in 2007, where she gave no less than 310 performances in one year, with stops in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.
She is known for her collaborations and has opened for such renowned artists as Robert Charlebois, Véronic DiCaire, Eric Lapointe, Bobby Bazini, Martin Deschamps and Sylvain Cossette. In 2019, her talents as a performer were showcased during the popular Quebec version of The Voice, where she earned a spot in the quarter finals as a member of Marc Dupré’s team. A woman of heart and mind, she recorded Personne ne pourra m’arrêter, which has become a Franco-Ontarian rallying cry and garnered 400,000 views on social media. In the spring of 2020, Mélissa returned to the fray with a new song, entitled In Love Again, which is featured on her third album.
As a classically trained clarinetist and a touring/session musician, Yolande is a core member of art-rock band Pony Girl and ambient chamber project mal/aimé.
With bandmates and fellow uOttawa alumni Greggory Clark, Pascal Huot and Julien Dussault, she has been thrilling fans of the emerging music scene with her meditative touch. In her debut solo project under the pseudonym Orchidae, Yolande reflects on her Franco-Taiwanese identity, life and death, and themes of alienation through soft, hypnotic melodies and mantras intertwining with minimal, at times psychedelic orchestration. Based in Ottawa, she is currently recording a full length
album set to release in 2021.
With music that incorporates pop, groove, funk, and soul, Yao’s gentle poetry and artistic imagination have a warm charm.
Yao is a musician, producer and CEO of his own record company, Intello-Productions. After earning accolades in Canada’s Francophone music scene with the 2013 release of his album Perles et Paraboles, in 2016 he released Lapsus, which climbed to 24th in the Top 200 new French Pop releases on iTunes Canada. In 2019, he earned seven nominations at the Trille Or Awards Gala, winning the three most coveted prizes, namely Artist of the Year, Performance of the Year and Media Choice Award.
As an artist-entrepreneur, he was awarded the Senate Commemorative Medal in 2018 to underscore his achievements and his community involvement in promoting cultural diversity across the country. Thanks to several tours across Canada and abroad (France, Madagascar, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Cape Verde), Yao and his musicians have crafted their show into a personal, vibrant and captivating performance.
The multi-talented, LA-based performer, songwriter and music producer has made waves in the jazz world. Her singing speaks both to her soul and to millions of women who seek the courage to follow their deeper creative passions.
A top Billboard jazz recording artist, her critically acclaimed album, “Find Your Wings”, was recorded at the iconic Capitol Studios in Hollywood and debuted at #1 on the iTunes jazz charts, Top 25 on Billboard Jazz, and Top 13 in Billboard Traditional Jazz. In addition to her career as a singer, Anna produces private and public events as well as the very successful Jazz on Cedros concert series in San Diego that has celebrated sold out shows since its inception in 2014.
Anna has used music as a springboard to become a motivational speaker, budding author, and noted philanthropist. She shares the inspirational story of her journey from Poland to Canada and Southern California, her varied career path, and the unfolding of her musical artistry in a variety of speaking engagements, including as a TEDx Talk (San Diego) on grit, perseverance, and chasing your dreams.