• By: Kat Walcott

A huge multi-media art fest is taking over Club SAW this weekend!

In-person festivals are slowly starting up again in Ottawa and Pique, a brand new art-focused event produced by Debaser, is joining the roster!

Taking place this Saturday, Sept. 11th, the Fall edition of Pique will feature visual, musical and multimedia artists performing and showcasing their art at Club SAW’s Art Court, SAW Gallery, OAG Jackson’s Courtyard and other nearby art spaces. With a focus on showcasing BIPOC talent, the festival features a diverse variety of Indigenous, Black and Asian talent.

With a total of 16 featured artists, here are just a few of the standouts:

Sydanie: 2019 Polaris Music Prize-nominated hip-hop and rap artist from Toronto

Amanda Lowe: Sri-Lankan born, Ottawa-based ambient-folk artist and filmmaker

Randy Schmucker: Algonquin-European comedian who shares his experiences of being of mixed heritage and part of the 2SLGBTQ+ in a comedic, relatable way

Yolande Laroche: Franco-Taiwanese Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

Additionally, a DJ workshop, hosted in partnership with local collective Pass the Vibes, will be offered on the same day as the fest for BIPOC looking to be introduced to or learn more about the art of DJ’ing from both a cultural and technical perspective.

Tickets are on sale now for a “Pay-What-You-Can” donation price, with a suggested donation of $30-$50 to support all the talent and festival production. More information over at thisispique.com.

Photos: Pique