Alanna Sterling is a part-time mermaid unicorn, full-time rockstar. Her powerful, unduplicatable voice and limitless range is an unlikely discovery in small-town Ottawa. With genres varied from folk to jazz to soul to grunge rock, her performance is as colourful as her spirit. Alanna is an outspoken advocate for mental health and uses her songwriting as a platform to express her personal struggles with trauma, depression and anxiety. She wields music as a potent tool to transform those struggles into something beautiful. Her ultimate goal as a musician is to provide her listeners with a voice they can resonate with, helping them to overcome their own personal battles.
The Bhavantu Collective are Devin Johnstone, Tara Porter and Rise Ashen – a trio of musical yoga teachers who perform live music for yoga. The collective sometimes welcomes other guest musicians who share the same musical values & experience. They chant, sing, percuss, melodize & harmonize a mind-expanding soulful fusion of meditative chants & rhythms to flow with the effort and bliss of the class.
Corinne Blouin is a multimedia artist and Hatha yoga teacher based in Ottawa, Canada. She approaches the creation process as a ritual for self-soothing. She focuses on the emotional work being done as she creates. For her, creating is about self reflection and self healing. She’s highly influenced by exploring the inner self through mindful living, nature connection and gentle movement. She believes everyone is creative and loves to encourage others to find safety in their own self-expression. She balances her time between creating for a variety of local companies/organizations, mural and illustration projects, facilitating workshops and weekly yoga classes. She is also believes in providing accessible yoga to those in need and teaches weekly at the Cornerstone Women’s shelter in partnership with a non-profit organization called Warrior Yoga.
DJ ASTRL TRVLR
ASTRL TRVLR (Drez Slezak) is a DJ/Sound Healer based out of Ottawa, Canada. Drez is inspired by earth healing sounds and rhythms that tap into the psyche and allow participants to sink deep into a state of flow. Drez is the Co-Founder of a yoga and music collaboration called Sonic Yoga where he incorporates sound healing instruments and techniques to his DJ sets to accompany movement and meditation. When Drez is not playing with Sonic Yoga he is shaking up dance floors with funk and world inspired breaks and house music.
Born in Montreal, raised in Ottawa, Eric has been writing and performing since the age of 15. Just before the dawn of Facebook, the Eric Eggleston Band toured and performed all over, including the US, across Canada, Scandinavia and in Killarney, Ireland, where they had the pleasure of performing at Sir Elton John’s afterparty. Since then, Eric’s created a production house, Johnny Hall Productions, where he collaborates, writes and produces tracks for artists in many genres. Join us at the festival and hear the Eric Eggleston duo perform tunes from his recent recors, “The Human Crush” as well as other sweet summer jams.
The music of Mateo Monk is beyond classification. It is a synthesis of multiple genres of world roots music, heavily informed by the spontaneous freedom of psychedelic jam culture. Mateo performs solo on the guitar, flute, synthesizer, and melodica, utilizing a looper pedal to create fully-textured rhythms, adorned with virtuosic melodic musings, all seamlessly woven into the song form in real time. It’s a modern spin on the iconic idea of the “one man band”, executed by a one-of-a-kind artist with deep emotional sensibility and dazzling instrumental finesse. Mateo has been performing for 23 years and has worked with many influential artists, including Thievery Corporation, Jon Kadlecik of Furthur, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and The Wailers, and members of the legendary reggae group Culture.
Rise Ashen has devoted his life to the study of sound and movement. From his early years as a B-Boy in Montreal in the 80s to his studies at Fanshawe College and the Banff Centre for the Arts, his focus has been on applying hi-fi knowhow to underground music. His record collection spans the 4 corners of the world with club music of all tempos as his primary focus. As a DJ, he blends it all in a worldy mash and is always the sweaty and dynamic life of the party. He has played in clubs and festivals across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia and has licensed music for use in dozens of countries. His study of Yoga has led him to combine his musical journey with his Yogi journey and he has been DJing extensively for yoga classes, festivals and events since 2012.
Ryan Smeeton is a mural artist based in Ottawa, Canada. He obtained his BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2011, and has created numerous large-scale murals for clients such as the City of Ottawa, Carleton University, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the City of Toronto. He is interested in the traditions and technical aspects present throughout the history of painting, as well as new approaches to image-making. He is an ambitious painter and is passionate about creating engaging large-scale works that are vibrant, colourful, and carry a message of positivity. He chooses to create work within the public sphere because for him it is an exploration of new techniques and scale, and inevitably results in work that is more accessible to the general public. His goal is to present an alternate perspective of the world through the synergy of figures and objects overtop colourful, abstract backgrounds.
Born and raised in the Maritimes, Tara’s love for music and movement started with music and dance. Her first yoga class was in grade 7, and she took her first yoga training after graduating from high school. Merging her love of music and wellness was a natural progression and she has been offering live music yoga classes with the trio, the Bhavantu Collective (with Devin Johnstone and Juno-nominated producer and musician Rise Ashen) for over 7 years. Tara has been offering Kirtans and sharing the yoga/music love with Teacher Trainings and retreats locally and internationally for over a decade. A trained vocalist, Tara weaves her voice into the flow of the practice through improvisation and in the moment inspiration. She is thrilled to return to the second year of Root2Rise!