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MYSTARA / Press

“Together, we’d like to present “Purse Power” – a musical event being held at LIVE! On Elgin which will feature three female-fronted original bands: Leslie Rohonczy Band, Mystara, and O Neptune. There will be no cover. Instead, the idea is for people to bring a new or gently used purse filled with anything a woman might need: toiletries, personal hygiene items, gloves, socks, chapstick, etc. All purses collected at the door will be brought to various women’s shelters across town before Christmas. Come experience some great music, and the spirit of giving.”

“Last night Ottawa locals celebrated International Women’s Day at Atomic Rooster with a Maiden Canada fundraiser for Ottawa’s Rock Camp for Girls. The event was organized by Terry Steeves, Tara Heft, and Lee Anne McLellan. The three ladies sat down for their weekly meet at a local restaurant, and brainstormed for the upcoming celebration of women. Tara brought up the showcase idea and everyone jumped on board. I sat down with Terry and Lee Anne before the show. Ottawa Life: How did Maiden Canada get started? Terry Steeves: Well the three of us have known each other for a few years. We each have our own bands, and we’re all songwriters. We have done shows together, just to do double bills and sometimes triple bills. So we eventually decided that we needed to call ourselves something. So the name Maiden Canada comes from the fact we’re Maidens, and we’re Canadians, and ladies and musicians- Lee Anne McLellan: And we wanted to go national!”

"Local indie artist Mystara has been busy making a name for herself in the capital this past weekend with the launch of her latest album, Soul Fire. The four-song EP is Ottawa singer/songwriter Tara Heft’s second effort, following the release of her debut studio album, Devil’s Paintbrush, in October 2015. Mystara, a mystical take on “Miss Tara”, blends numerous styles of blues, rock, jazz, and R&B in her music, with exotic and moody twists and turns." "The many flavours of Heft’s songwriting and vocal style stem from a wide spectrum of life-long musical influences, as well as her earlier years of formal training and classical study. Her attraction to Motown artists like Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, jazz songstresses such as Diana Krall and Holly Cole, and powerhouse divas like Sass Jordan, Annie Lennox, and Adele have that one thing that ties them all together – their strong, soulful, and passionate deliveries, which speaks through Heft’s spirited vocal melodies."