Lixar Presents: The First MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat Winner

Lixar is proud to present the winner of the first MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat!

MEGAPHONO's Jon Bartlett, Trails, and Lixar CEO Bill Syrros

After captivating the imaginations of the Lixar staff, MEGAPHONO delegates, and the audience during her performance at St. Alban’s, we are incredibly pleased to announce Trails (Allie O’Manique) as this year’s winner. Trails awed the crowd with her unique lyrical and musical talent by peacefully serenading us with loops of her soothing voice, dreamy electric guitar, and larger than life stage presence.

Trails - Winner of the Megaphono artist retreatThis weekend she will be recording exciting new material at Port William Sound with fellow musician and producer Jonas Bonnetta.

Through the Artist Retreat, Lixar and MEGAPHONO intend to help provide emerging artists like Trails with creative support when producing, recording, and writing music.

Here at Lixar we believe that music and creativity contribute to making cities sustainable and vibrant places to live. MEGAPHONO attracts music professionals from both Canada and the United States by offering a first-hand look at Ottawa’s thriving music scene and all it has to offer. Starting off with a performance from Juno nominee Kalle Mattson in our headquarters, MEGAPHONO brought three days of music; and nine artists showcased by Lixar.
Trails Performance
Over the past few months, Lixar’s staff has been participating in Play With Heart, an initiative to connect music to our community and give back. Kicking off with MEGAPHONO, we had the opportunity to play games of basketball and volleyball against the Boys and Girls Club, go skating, and more. All funds raised went to Centerline Studios in Halifax, and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

As a part of the community, Allie will give a performance at the Boys and Girls Club’s Don McGahan Clubhouse to help support their music program.

Congrats, Allie! We look forward to seeing where your career will take you!


More about Trails:
Bandcamp | Facebook | MEGAPHONO



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Lixar IT announced as Title Sponsor of MEGAPHONO

January 17, Ottawa – Lixar IT announced as Title Sponsor of MEGAPHONO; launch Artist Retreat

Lixar and the MEGAPHONO music showcase festival have joined forces to promote emerging music artists and bands in Ottawa-Gatineau. The third edition of MEGAPHONO will be celebrated around the city February 1-3 in a series of shows and networking activities, bringing music industry leaders to the Nation’s Capital to experience the city’s vibrant music scene.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Lixar as our festival’s title sponsor and work together on the MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat,” said MEGAPHONO’s Director Jon Bartlett. “When you walk into Lixar, you immediately get the sense that this is a company that is passionate about music and spreading the word about our scene, and we’re very excited to embark on this journey with them.”

This year, Lixar and MEGAPHONO have teamed up to launch a new, innovative program called the MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat. One local showcasing band will be selected for the program: a 3-day artist retreat at Port William Sound in Mountain Grove, ON. How to qualify? The band must play with heart during the festival. A selection committee composed of visiting delegates, Lixar and anonymous representatives will be watching the performances.

“Lixar is proud to present the MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat,” said Bill Syrros, Lixar CEO, “Creating a space where artists can concentrate, write, record or learn more about the business side of the music industry is an incredible opportunity. Lixar is thrilled to play a part in supporting the local music community and helping to move music careers forward.”

Watch the video for a snap-shot of the Lixar presents MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat experience.

Beyond the MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat, Lixar will be presenting three showcases at this year’s festival. On February 2, Lixar will be presenting New Swears, Partner, and I.D.A.L.G. at Barrymore’s, as well as Bry Webb, Pony Girl and Trails at St. Alban’s. On February 3rd, Lixar will present Tough Age, Man Made Hill and Petra Glynt at House of Targ.

Lixar is also honoured to present Juno nominee Kalle Mattson at the Lixar HQ on Feb 1.

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Lixar presents: The MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat:

About Lixar: Lixar is a leader in mobile transportation technology in Air, Auto and Telco industry sectors. Lixar creates enterprise-level connected product platforms and mobile-to-everything software solutions; specializing in innovation that leverages mobile, data science, IoT, and cloud. @LixarIT

About MEGAPHONO: MEGAPHONO is a 3 day music festival which celebrates Ottawa-Gatineau and Eastern Ontario music. During the festival, International music industry leaders are welcomed to the city to share in the emerging music scene. The unique combination of industry conference, music showcases and city experience makes MEGAPHONO a music festival not to be missed.

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Lixar connects Santa, Space, and Hoops during the Holidays!

There’s always something interesting happening within Lixar’s walls, and this year was no different.

The Lixar Kid’s Christmas party came back for its 2016 iteration! Employees from our Halifax and Ottawa locations brought in their loved ones and children, who had nothing but smiles as they got to make crafts and play during the happiest time of the year. Santa even took time out of his busy schedule to stop by, snap photos, and give presents. Thanks to the merry man in red, no one left empty-handed.

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