“I appreciate the quiet and respect musicians get at GigSpace” Diane White, OttawaJazzScene.ca
“I think that GigSpace could have a very important cultural role in the future of musical creativity in Ottawa.” Jan Järvlepp
GigSpace is intended to enlighten, inspire, educate and promote music and musicians in a supportive and creative atmosphere. We reach out to our audiences and engage the community as our artists present concerts, masterclasses, workshops and music courses. Our GigSpace Art Gallery showcases local artists in a revolving art show. GigSpace was designed to provide musicians with an opportunity to perform in an intimate listening environment while allowing them to focus on their craft, reach out to the audience, and give truly brilliant performances.
GigSpace was created for musicians by musicians.
History: The GigSpace was transformed from dream to realization when Alcorn Music Studios (a locally owned, independent music school teaching private lessons and music courses) relocated to their new location on Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario in September 2011. Inspiration was drawn from GigSpace Santa Fe and the founder Bruce Dunlap who graciously shared additional information with us.
The new and much larger location for Alcorn Music Studios featured a professional sound recording studio and concert space, which was immediately earmarked for the GigSpace venue. The courses which AMS had created and the masterclasses and workshops they had hosted including “Inside the Music Lecture/Demo/Concert” Series, were also transferred to the new GigSpace in September 2011.
GigSpace applied to incorporate as a non-profit organization with charitable status to reaffirm the space as a community performance venue intended for education and growth of amateur and professional musicians. The small board of directors (who are mostly musicians) has since worked tirelessly on a volunteer basis to build the programming, book concerts and workshops, and spread the word about this new venue.
The reviews from musicians who have performed have been overwhelmingly positive, with comments about the superb sound to the beautiful intimate atmosphere to the positive vibe that exists in the space.
The inspiration and passion for sharing music and giving back through teaching and performances is clearly evident. Students and professional musicians alike are encouraged to stretch their boundaries and pursue their creative potential.