The Commotions

Downtown Rideau Great Canadian Series

Friday June 29 @ 6:30pm, Top Shelf Main Stage, Marion Dewar Plaza

Single Day Passes

Platinum Section

Platinum Single Day Passes offer guaranteed seating in a reserved section at the front and center of the Top Shelf Main Stage.

Seating is general admission within the section, however one seat per Platinum Single Day Pass is guaranteed.

Note that there is no Platinum Section at the Tartan Homes Stage (although your Single Day Pass grants you access to those shows).

Children under 12 require their own ticket to the Platinum Section.


Rebecca Noelle - Vocal
Jeff Rogers - Vocal
Mackenzie Di millo - Vocal
Clayton Connell - Piano
David Gaw - Guitar
Ken Seeley - Bass
Jeff Asselin - Drums
Fred Paci - Trumpet
Ed Lister - Trumpet
Brian Asselin - Musical Director, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Berndt - Trombone
Richard Page - Bari Saxophone

Some people let adages and axioms slide off their shoulders. Others recognize their essential wisdom and run with them. A sterling example of the latter is the Commotions, for whom the sage chestnut, "Go big or go home" acts as a kind of roadmap for navigating the way forward. The dapper Ottawa-based combo - 11 regular members plus a touring vocalist - has two lead singers, three songwriters, and a five-piece horn section featuring tenor and baritone sax, a pair of trumpets, and a trombone. The guest line-up on their vibrant new album Volume II includes another 15 souls, among them some of the best musicians on the planet.

The Commotions write epic, sparkling, uncommonly skilled jazzy, funky soul/pop that, depending on where you are on Volume II, conjure everything from Motown to Stax to Jake and Elwood. As musical director, producer, songwriter, and tenor sax ace, Brian Asselin explains, “the Commotions are more about reclaiming the spirit of soul.” Except, of course, the Commotions do it bigger.