Newcomer Youth Music Awards

Ottawa newcomer youth music awards with lorraine klaasen

Dominion-Chalmers United Church, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, and the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, proudly present the inaugural “Ottawa Newcomer Youth Music Awards”. Join us on June 20th at Dominion-Chalmers for a captivating concert with the award recipients and special guests: internationally renowned South African musician Lorraine Klaasen and “Newcomer of the Year 2022” Ash Ravens.


Lorraine Klaasen

Internationally acclaimed and Juno-winner Lorraine Klaasen, daughter of South African Jazz icon Thandie Klaasen, is renowned for preserving the classic sound of Township Music, a distinctive genre synonymous with South Africa. Lorraine’s performances span prestigious venues like the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Festival International Nuits D’Afrique, alongside successful tours across the US and Canada, solidifying her status as a global music ambassador.


Ash Ravens

With his excellent guitar skills that help cover the diverse genres in his music from rock to country to instrumentals, Ash Ravens is creating something truly unique and carving his very own niche in the Canadian music scene. Born in Bangladesh, Ash has been trotting all around the world – living and making music in LA, USA; and Melbourne Australia, so far. Calling Ottawa home since 2021, Ravens has already co-written and recorded with Canadian rock icon Bif Naked and tabla maestro Ritesh Das, cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne, JUNO winning producer Dean Watson and GRAMMY nominated producer Chris Birkett. Ash’s genre-blurring music ranges from heartfelt ballads to high energy anthems to melodic guitar focused instrumental tunes. With his powerful stage presence and infectious energy, Ravens has so far rocked the stages of RBC Bluesfest 2023, Citysounds Festival 2022, and Encore Ottawa 2022.