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4 Questions with Your City Sounds Performers

Saturday August 28th we have a very special musical performance coming to Parkdale Park as part of the City Sounds Music Festival, presented by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition. Get ready to welcome John Ian and Alanna Sterling & the Silvers to Hintonburg. These two very special acts that will be performing for free in the park from 6PM to 8PM.

To help everyone get to know these artists a little bit better we collected 4 Fun Facts from each of them:

4 Fun Facts About Alanna Sterling & the Silvers

1. I (Alanna) have an Honours Bachelors in Biomedical Science, specializing in Neuroscience. I was planning to go into the medical field and eventually become a psychiatrist. Part of the reason I got my degree is that I’m just fascinated by science. During my degree, I was also performing at open mics and bars 3-4 times a week. I would be sitting at these bars between sets working on my lab reports. Ultimately, the sciences weren’t for me in terms of a career path and I’m happy to say I’m a full time musician.

2. I (Alanna) have been dyeing my own hair since I was 12 and have had over 100 unique hairstyles in the past 15 years.

3. Kira (drums) and Massil (guitar) both have university music degrees and are full time music teachers and live performers

4. Rob (bass) once saved someone with a musical instrument

4 Questions with John Ian

1. Tell us about some of the artistic work you’ve done in Wellington West:

I only just moved to this area from the south of Ottawa and my previous performances in the last years took place elsewhere in the city, but I’m hoping to find more opportunities to perform live in Wellington West and Hintonburg once the Covid situation allows it.

2. What do you find inspiring about Wellington West? 

I like the overall vibe of the area, but it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly it is. It has character, which always means: there’s a story waiting to be discovered and told.

3. What are some of your favourite spots to visit when you’re out and about in Hintonburg and Wellington Village?

I only just moved from the south of Ottawa to the west and haven’t been out much at all in quite a long time, so I still have lots to discover and I’m looking forward to it. I like cozy, quirky cafés and stores that stand out. And I appreciate that there are restaurant options like The Table for healthy/vegetarian food. 

4. What projects do you have coming up?

Right now I’m just slowly starting to come out of Covid hibernation, but I have lots of old and new songs that are waiting to be recorded/produced professionally. It’s a project that had to be postponed again and again for different reasons, so I’m hoping it will finally happen later this year. Other than that, like all other musicians in town, I’m just really looking forward to playing live again on a more regular basis.