Lixar Presents: The First MEGAPHONO Artist Retreat Winner

Shelley Fraser Community, News

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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