Merrickville United Arts Centre
The PepTides in action [Credit: Julian Luckham]

Ottawa-based pop group, The PepTides, will be performing at the Merrickville United Arts Centre (MUAC) in March, helping to raise money for the Merrickville Food Bank. The PepTides are a nine-member group with five vocalists and four instrumentalists whose music draws on eclectic influences with elements of soul, funk, gospel, folk, Latin and New Wave. The band is an image of Canadian diversity, with members that are female, male, gay, straight, black, white and, as their website says, “everything in between.”

The group is known for their extravagant and colourful performances of songs that juxtapose upbeat music with lyrics that comment on themes like love, hate, revenge, sex, religion and war. The band’s most recent album, Galapagos Vol I, released earlier this year, is a salute to Kurt Vonnegut’s 1985 novel Galapagos. The ten-song album forms a soundtrack for the novel, as it navigates though the story which includes a global financial crisis, World War III, and an ill-fated nature cruise.

The PepTides will be performing at the MUAC on March 15. Doors open at 8:30 pm, with the show starting at 9:30 pm. After the show, audience members will have the opportunity to buy a bowl of chili in support of the Merrickville Food Bank and enjoy a chat with the band members, hosted by Nick Previsich from the Merrickville Organization for Culture and Arts (MOCA). The MUAC will stay open until 1 am and guests are encouraged to stay and dance the night away.

Tickets for the show are $14 for early birds, $17 for regular advance, and $20 at the door. They can be purchased on the MUAC website: www.merrickvilleuac.com.

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