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Ottawa Newcomer Youth Music Awards
7:00 PM on Thursday Jun. 20th
Carleton-Dominion Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper Street
Price: Tickets $35-$75

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation in collaboration with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, proudly announce the inaugural “Ottawa Newcomer Youth Music Awards”. This groundbreaking initiative aims to uplift emerging immigrant artists in Ottawa by providing a platform to showcase their talents and offering essential financial assistance.

Lorraine Klaasen & Ash Ravens

LORRAINE KLAASEN, daughter of South African Jazz icon Thandie Klaasen, is renowned for preserving the classic sound of Township Music, a distinctive genre synonymous with South Africa. Lorraine's performances span prestigious venues like the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Festival International Nuits D'Afrique, alongside successful tours across the US and Canada, solidifying her status as a global music ambassador.

With his excellent guitar skills that help cover the diverse genres in his music from rock to country to instrumentals, ASH RAVENS is creating something truly unique and carving his very own niche in the Canadian music scene. Born in Bangladesh, Ash has been trotting all around the world - living and making music in LA, USA; and Melbourne Australia, so far. Calling Ottawa home since 2021, Ravens has already co-written and recorded with Canadian rock icon Bif Naked and tabla maestro Ritesh Das, cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne, JUNO winning producer Dean Watson and GRAMMY nominated producer Chris Birkett. Ash’s genre-blurring music ranges from heartfelt ballads to high energy anthems to melodic guitar focused instrumental tunes. With his powerful stage presence and infectious energy, Ravens has so far rocked the stages of RBC Bluesfest 2023, Citysounds Festival 2022, and Encore Ottawa 2022