BabyPink Collective is quickly establishing themselves as a force in the Ottawa music scene. Last night they hosted a successful event debut filled with live performances and an incredible display of artistic talent.
Killing Roses, which took place inside The Kildare Room of Ottawa’s Saint Brigid’s Centre, also highlighted the degree to which BabyPink has been supporting the local scene, providing a platform to dozens of creative types.
The show featured performances by artists from Ottawa and Toronto including Quincie, Dija, THEVFTERPVRTY, Dodo Bank$, Lia Kloud, MarleeXTheMic, James Wesson, Garcons, and Vi.
Each of the acts performed relatively short but solid sets, with a dope range of styles and vibes along the way. Being new to several of the acts on the bill, I took it as an opportunity to find new talent and figure out who I wanted to hear more of. I left wanting to look into each of the artists that performed, which isn’t often the case for showcases of this nature.
Unfortunately Vi’s set encountered some technical issues, but luckily she was still able to get out a couple of songs including her popular single, “Fool’s Gold.” Sound issues aside, Vi still managed to show why she’s considered one of the hottest new acts in the city.
The art exhibit featured amazing work by Laurena, Angela, Cassie, Ashanté, Dorothé, Oré and possibly even more (some of the work wasn’t labelled). We had a chance to take in some of their creations before the concert portion of the evening began. Our photo set only includes a few of the artists that were featured, but everyone that took part was clearly gifted in their crafts.
BabyPink Collective was founded by Jae Yanes, and her business partner’s name is Paige Martensen.
Yanes provided us with her thoughts on how things went:
“The event was honestly surreal… for our first event I honestly wasn’t expecting that many people to come out and support us, and Ottawa creatives. We couldn’t be more thankful for the way things went and for everyone involved.
By creating visuals to go along with the show, I feel like it really got the crowd connect to the performers. Overall, the feedback we’ve been getting is only positive and we hope continue to throw multi-creative events like these.”
Check out photos from Killing Roses below.
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Photography by Jesse Plunkett for HipHopCanada