Pique – Summer Edition 2022

Presented by Debaser with the Arts Court, Ottawa

Kee Avil, photo by Lawrence Fafard.

A music and arts event like no other: Pique is taking over Ottawa’s Arts Court on June 11 for a building-wide all-ages party

Pique is back with its largest and most ambitious event yet, happening June 11, 2022 at the Arts Court. Forward-thinking and artist-driven, Pique is a quarterly all-ages and pay-what-you-can festival produced by Debaser, Ottawa’s leading independent and underground presenter.

For the summer edition of Pique, Debaser is joining forces with the Arts Court and its resident arts organizations to celebrate its new and improved facilities with an arts festival like no other.

Come early to experience the free afternoon programming, including tours, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions at the Arts Court Open House Party, and stick around to take in Pique’s signature multidisciplinary, collaborative and site-specific music and arts programming.

Pique summer edition will feature bold and innovative live music performances, visual art installations, DJ sets, dance and performance art on five stages and three floors, indoors and outdoors.

Visit Pique’s first-ever Art Market to shop for hand-made artwork, prints, publications and wearables by local artisans and creators, or visit one of our food tents for a bite.

Entry is FREE in the daytime (2-5 pm), and PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN in the evening (5 pm-2am). Register and purchase tickets here.

Slash Need, photo by Kirk Lisag.


Chicago experimental-folk fixture Circuit des Yeux (USA).

Sonic world-builder and Afrofuturist beat-maker OBUXUM (Toronto).

Inuk producer/rapper/DJ Uyarakq (Greenland) in collaboration with Sami filmmaker and DJ Sunna Maaret (Finland), and throat-singing futurist Qattuu (Ottawa, member of Silla and Rise) – the culmination of an arts residency co-hosted with SAW and the Nordic Lab.

Ottawa premiere of Odaabaanag by intergenerational composer duo Beverly McKiver and Melody McKiver, co-presented by Ottawa New Music Creators, Jumblies Theatre and No Borders Community Voices. A new work for string quartet, piano and voice, Odaabaanag was written in response to Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” (Odaabaanag means ‘trains’ in Anishinaabemowin) and draws from interviews conducted in the composers’ Anishinaabeg ancestral home of Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation).

Underground Trans Palestinian artist & activist Mossy Mugler (Montreal/NYC).

Multi-instrumentalist and upcoming indie popstar Eve Parker Finley (Montreal).

R&B and Soul underground icon and Club Quarantine veteran R. Flex (Toronto).

Experimental avant-pop songwriter and Constellation Records recording artist Kee Avil (Montreal).

Industrial electro-punk and performance art outfit Slash Need (Toronto).

Rhythm-twisted contemporary jazz artist JOYFULTALK (Crousetown, NS).

The premiere of new commissioned work by Qattuu in collaboration with local jazz influenced indie-pop songwriter Jessy Lindsay (Ottawa).

Daytime and evening showcase performances by BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ focused street dance collective IDTE (Ottawa).

Ambient improviser and disability arts activist Bucko in collaboration with cellist and songwriter Eliza Niemi (Ottawa-Montreal).

Hard-edged industrial punk foursome Dead Dog (Montreal).

Experimental electro-acoustic saxophonist Linsey Wellman (Gatineau, member of FET.NAT).

Atmospheric drone and analogue noise duo MILKBAG (Ottawa-Montreal).

DJ set by Bagowji, local artist, producer & director from Nawash Unceded First Nation.

Smooth and sultry R&B crooner, and emerging local artist Lonely Boy (Ottawa).

The Decommissioners, photo by Cara Tierney.


Emancipatory art-meets-activism-meets-education project led by The Decommissioners that will amplify the conversation around degendering public space and retiring gender binary bathroom signs with dialogical interventions, performance works and installations (Ottawa)

Photographic exhibition by Indian-Canadian visual artist Twinkle Banerjee (Ottawa).

Real-time installation of a screen-printed exhibition throughout the Arts Court building, centering Inuit sexuality, by writer, traditional Inuit tattooist, and emerging visual artist Aedan Corey (Ottawa).

‘To touch light at the edges’: a photographic exhibition of selected works by interdisciplinary, self taught, Anishnawbe 2 Spirit artist, Ginnifer Menominee (Wasauksing First Nation).

Onsite analogue self-portraiture provided for Pique attendees, as part of Olivia Johnston & Jennifer Stewart’s project ‘Kodak Girls’: a performance art piece focused on the history and implications of automatic self-portraiture, where the artists themselves become the machine.

Pique is produced in partnership with the Arts Court, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the University of Ottawa Theatre Dept., SAW, Digital Arts Resource Centre, Jumblies Theatre, Ottawa New Music Creators, No Borders Community Voices, Artengine, Ottawa Fringe, the Canadian Film Institute, and Ottawa Dance Directive, with support from Kilam Media, Firegrove Studio, Wall Sound, Le Seltzer, Dominion City Brewing Co, Also Cool, CKCU FM, CHUO FM, and Apt613, and is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Canada, City of Ottawa and the SOCAN Foundation.

The Arts Court open house party is produced in partnership with the Arts Court, the Ottawa Art Gallery, SAW, Digital Arts Resource Centre, Artengine, Ottawa Fringe Festival, Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa, the Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa Dance Directive, Heritage Ottawa, Odyssey Showcase.

Tickets to Pique are pay-what-you-can, and available on Eventbrite or at the door. The Arts Court is a fully accessible building, with both gendered and gender neutral bathrooms. For more info visit thisispique.com, or contact hello@debaser.ca.

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