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Ottawa Valley musicians release debut albums

By Celina Ip

Ottawa Valley musicians Tara Hope (left) and Danah-Lee Krieger will both be releasing their debut albums on Dec. 1

Ottawa Valley musicians Tara Hope (left) and Danah-Lee Krieger will both be releasing their debut albums on Dec. 1

RENFREW – Two Ottawa Valley musicians have put the finishing touches on their debut albums that will be released this December.


Braeside’s Danah-Lee Krieger and Fitzroy Harbour’s Tara Hope are two talented Valley women who have recently taken the leap to launch their solo music careers.

After being involved in a serious car accident last February, msuic served as a source of healing for Krieger. The musicians spent the past eight months with a pad of paper and a guitar as she swiftly began pumping out songs which sparked her debut alternative-folk album – The Post Concussion Syndrome.

“It was pretty insane and since that point I had what was called a 'post concussion syndrome' and so my album is actually titled The Post Concussion Syndrome,” said Krieger. “I also have a track that's called Lucky This Time and it's about surviving the car accident. Then the other tracks are about a combination of themes like love, work and the idea of not knowing.”

Similarly, Hope spent the past year penning music and lyrics for her own debut album (Levitate) which is founded on a number of emotional and life-changing experiences she’s had throughout the past year – with themes of love, heartbreak and uncertainty abounding throughout.

“Tara’s album has a revived ‘60s rock sound and it focuses on themes of tough love, heartbreak and learning to grow and find oneself,” said Krieger.

After many long hours of strumming out chords and putting their thoughts on paper, Krieger and Hope have completed their debut albums which will be released on Dec. 1.

To celebrate, Krieger and Hope will be co-hosting a combined CD release show that same night at the Batstone’s Northern Ramble in Renfrew.

As female solo artists in the music industry, Krieger hopes that they can inspire more women to courageously take the musical leap and pursue their artistic dreams, despite the challenges and uncertainties involved.

“It's really hard as a woman in the music industry, so Tara and I are just joining forces on Dec. 1 and seeing if we can bring attention that way,” said Krieger.

For a night of music and inspiration, Krieger encourages all to come out to Renfrew for an enjoyable evening in support of homegrown Ottawa Valley talent.

“I really believe that it would be a great night of celebrating women in music and also having a sense of healing from listening to our songs,” said Krieger.

Tickets are $20 apiece and can be purchased at 

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