Fridays at the Fourth

Emerging Canadian artists

Tickets: $15/show | $10 for students 

Join us every Friday in the revitalized Fourth Stage, for fun, upbeat concerts in a casual atmosphere. Fridays at the Fourth will feature emerging artists from across Canada as well as local musicians. Come early to grab a drink before the show!

Do you love Canadian music? Save 10% when you create your own package of three or more shows.

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    Céleste Lévis

    Fourth Stage

    Equipped with a formidable voice and preternatural poise, Timmins' Céleste Lévis is quickly becoming one of the country's most respected singer-songwriters. Captivating audiences with her powerful ballads and emotive stage presence, the gifted Franco-Ontarian has already racked up a string of awards, not to mention 5 nominations at last year's Trille D'or Gala.

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    Christina Martin

    Fourth Stage

    If raw denim had a sound, it’d be a Christina Martin chorus. In the grand tradition of highway Canadiana, Martin’s songwriting is honest-to-goodness jukebox rock for the craft beer generation. The winner of multiple East Coast Music Awards, Christina Martin cut her teeth in Austin Texas, and returns with her most personal and ambitious record to date “Impossible To Hold”.

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    Cindy Doire

    Fourth Stage

    A wandering soul cast in twilight, Cindy Doire straddles the edge of light and dark, English and French, traveling to wherever her music leads her. Her darkly sensual brand of art-pop has lead her across Canada, the United States, UK, Europe, Mexico and beyond. Her 2007 debut album “La Vie en Bleu” was immediately successful, earning her Best New Artist at the 2009 Trille Or Awards. She has since worked with producer Colin Cripps (Kathleen Edwards, Crash Vegas), and shared the stage with artists such as Lee Harvey Osmond, Coeur de Pirate, Adam Cohen, and many more. Her third fully francophone album “Panorama” was released in the fall of 2017, and produced Mark Howard (Tom Waits, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams)

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    John Aaron Cockburn

    Fourth Stage

    Ottawa native John Aaron Cockburn leads a revolving door musical collective sometimes referred to as Little Suns. He is nephew and collaborator to famed Canadian folk music icon Bruce Cockburn. His work is a process of constant evolution and exploration, intertwining the challenges of human existence with creative self-expression and interpersonal dynamics. John Aaron’s evocative lyricism as well as his rhythmic and melodic inventiveness is complemented wholly by a wide variety of collaborators whose origins span the entire world. Listeners should expect to experience a range and depth of emotions and sentiments, to be simultaneously uplifted and reminded of the work that’s left to be done.

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    Laetitia Zonzambé

    Fourth Stage

    One of the Central African Republic’s greatest exports, Laetitia Zonzambé has called Montreal home for over a decade now. She effortlessly weaves together the rhythms and textures of traditional Central African popular music with contemporary soul and Caribbean influences. Currently in support of her latest album “Sanza Soul”, Zonzambé’s live shows are legendary!

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    Skye Wallace

    Fourth Stage

    Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth and writes folk music that makes you feel excited. 

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    Shawn Jobin

    Fourth Stage

    Darkly poetic, Fransaskois hip hop artist Shawn Jobin combines literate social narratives over obsidian rhythms. The Trille D’or award winner has performed at countless festivals in Canada and worldwide, and has amassed a fervent fan base with his electrifying and hypnotic live performances!

  8. Boyhood

    Fourth Stage

    When Caylie Runciman started calling herself Boyhood, it was a nod to childhood nostalgia. Seven years later, the alias – and the beguiling bedroom anthems – are one and the same. Tough-kid guitar grit and deadpan verses give way to whimsical synthlines and delicate harmonies. But like an off-kilter merry-go-round, or a candy shop in a seedy part of town, there’s a shady layer to Runciman’s perfect pop. Her black magic is raw – equal parts ecstasy and heartbreak. And in among the bright colours, there’s the joy and the pain in knowing what it means to grow up.

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    Matiu

    Fourth Stage

    Hailing from the north shore of the St. Laurence, Matiu stands on the far side of all things processed and artificial, where serenity meets grit. Embodying a unique dichotomy, Matiu explores everyday themes through multiple lenses, from the city to the reservation. From the community of Mani-Utenam, he looks outward, channeling his people’s history and future. With his sandpaper vocals his explores both sides of every coin, fully accepting life’s unpredictability, regardless of the odds.

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    Cody Coyote

    Fourth Stage

    Cody Coyote is quickly becoming one of Ottawa’s most recognizable and inspiring hip hop artists. Of Ojibwe/Irish descent, his fiery performances fuse profound lyricism with inspiring narratives drawn from his observations on modern life, while paying homage to his Matachewan First Nation ancestry. Coyote’s most recent album “Mamawi” (“All Together” in Anishinaabemowin) explores ideas of positive change through togetherness, love and unity.

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    Tanika Charles

    Fourth Stage

    In a few short years, Polaris Prize-nominated Tanika Charles has transformed from a promising emerging artist to a commanding performer, and staple of the Canadian soul scene. Charles delivers heart-pounding, modern soul that steers clear of retro clichés. With a million dollar smile and irrefutable charm, the Edmonton-raised singer tackles her autobiographical subjects with aplomb and vulnerability: if Tanika’s singing it, she’s lived it.

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    Abigail Lapell

    Fourth Stage

    Toronto songwriter Abigail Lapell draws freely from folk-roots, indie and punk rock traditions. Her latest album, Hide Nor Hair, won the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year. Produced by Chris Stringer (Amelia Curran, Timber Timbre) and released by Coax Records, this gorgeous, subtly bold collection of modern folk songs showcases Lapell’s “haunting voice and impeccable guitar playing” (CBC) alongside a talented cast of collaborators. Hailed as a folk/country artist to watch by NOW

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    Slack Bridges

    with Rita Carter

    Fourth Stage

    Embodying the best of vintage soul, 60’s R&B, and fusion jazz-funk, Ottawa’s Slack Bridges are quickly becoming one of city’s most beloved party bands. Their fervent live performances feel like a summertime block party, joyful and unpretentious. Their first full-length "Joy of Joys" was released in late 2017. 

    Rita Carter

    Tenacious, and achingly pure, singer-songwriter Rita Carter is a powerhouse of acoustic soul. A beloved fixture in her hometown of Ottawa, she balances her music career leading workshops, and organizing community events. At the heart of Carter’s music lies an inextinguishable belief in compassion, and a tireless quest for peace.

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    Moonfruits

    Fourth Stage

    Escorted by a banjo and a parlour guitar, Moonfruits’ soaring harmonies captivate listeners and celebrate common ground. Partners on and off stage, they summon music from a place where ideals and imagination intertwine.

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