“Based in Ottawa, Emma Lamontage is an award-winning singer who has worked with groups like Glass Tiger and Ezra Jordan. Despite the fact that she daily contends with chronic medical issues, she is blessed with both a ready, witty sense of humour, a strong, vibrant voice, and a sure hand on the guitar. In her set, she made it clear that she refuses to let her physical challenges define her songs or her attitude. At six feet one inch, she laughed that “I look like a tree when I dance” and followed with a song “I’m Not a Dancer” about “anyone who fears he may not possess the right moves.” Emma’s lyrics were often thoughtful, reflecting on the nature of love and of relationships. “What if I knew a place/ We could go and spend our day/ Counting clouds in the sky….every day you show me how to love…” She clearly loved being back on the live stage, completely at ease with the audience. In fact, her song “All Isn’t Nothing,” suggested her musical joy and her triumph over life’s challenges.” - W. Gibb
CBC RADIO 2 COVERAGE FOR 'I DON'T SLEEP'
Raina Douris (Mornings) spoke highly of Emma on several occasions during Mornings, commenting on her voice, the fact that she was only 17 and had won She's The One. Raina remarked that Emma's a young artist to watch on the Canadian scene and she could see Emma working with other known Canadian artists, like k.d. lang in the future.
Tom Allen (Shift) played 'I Don't Sleep' very often during Shift.
Rich Terfry (Drive) played 'I Don't Sleep' frequently during Drive.
Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe (CBC Music Top 20). Emma made CBC Music Top 20 four weeks in a row in September 2017: 7 Sept (No 18), 14 Sept (No 17), 21 Sept (No 16) and 28 Sept (No 17).
Excerpt from 7 Sept: "If you love adventuring into new tunes, then this week’s chart is for you because this is yet another debut this week. And it’s not only a debut to the chart, but it’s a debut for this musician. She’s only 17-years-old and hails from Ottawa. Check out Emma Lamontagne with “I Don’t Sleep”, in at #18."
CBC RADIO 1
Tom Power (Q) played 'I Don't Sleep' during Q on 11 Aug 17.
Title: Emma Lamontagne Interview!
Host: Matt Huntus
THE ALTERNATIVE NATION
Author: Kevin Humphreys
Excerpt: Love and relationships are the most common theme for songwriters but on ‘Love Games’ Emma Lamontagne brings a modern twist to the theme by writing about the modern dating scene in online dating and the realities that come with it. [...] Emma Lamontagne is definitely one to watch going forward.
BONG MINES ENTERTAINMENT
Author: Zangba Thomson
Excerpt: ‘Love Games’ contains a relatable storyline, ear-welcoming vocals, and lush instrumentation scented with a commercial pop aroma.
Title: Chatting With Ottawa's Own Pop Star
Author: Janelle Rowsell
Excerpt: With a prominent contest win, recording in Toronto with some impressive people, and over 150 thousand listens on Spotify under her belt, seventeen year old Emma Lamontagne from Kanata is taking the music world by storm.
Author: Jenna Melanson
Excerpt: 17 year old Ottawa, ON based singer-songwriter, Emma Lamontagne may be somewhat new to the scene, but she’s definitely a name you want to remember. Today, we are happy to premiere her debut track, “I Don’t Sleep” which is a song that showcases her vocals, and quickly had itself burrowed in my head. Emma will be performing at Ottawa Bluesfest on July 12 at the Bluesville Stage at 8:45pm and I highly recommend you check out this talented up & comer.
Excerpt: Came across this last week, threw it in my playlist without much thought. Good, but nothing stuck out much. The more I listen though the more I’m hooked. It’s got these great heavy drums in the chorus with a simple catchy chorus. Her low, almost smoky voice is great. As of right now this is Emma’s only song on Spotify. I’m looking forward to hearing more from her in the future.
Author: Jansen's Jamz
Excerpt: Throwing the rulebook to love out the window, her new single fuses the punchy pop melody, earnest lyrics and sexy vocals with a pinch of attitude. Starting with a smooth vibe and sleek fingersnaps, the tune ascends to an infectious melodic surge in the chorus. With sizzling synths, electronic horns and a gripping hook carrying her polished voice, this is a vibrant, refreshingly honest jam.
Headline: Kanata singer 'the One' after winning female artist competition
Author: Jessica Cunha
Excerpt: Lamontagne wowed the Bluesfest judges with a mixture of her vocal performance and stage presence. Technical difficulties with the piano caused her to improvise and talk with the audience until the problem was fixed. "I was talking about school - I had an essay due and the teacher wouldn't give me an extension even though I was performing at Bluesfest," she said. "I just kept talking and talking."
Author: Chris Bound
Excerpt: Canadian frontwoman brings the same euphoric electro-pop sound as Sigrid to her latest cut
Title: Emma Lamontagne – Love games
Author: Johan Alexed
Excerpt: [translated] an instant pop song with strong melody and production. In other words, another hit for the singer.
Author: Randy Radic
Excerpt: Lamontagne’s voice exudes lingering sumptuous sensuality [...] “Love Games” delivers delicious streaming pop flavors, burnished glossy colors, a magnetic rhythm, and the lush enticing tones of Emma Lamontagne.
SOLO VIBES MUSIC
Author: Sincere Jones
Excerpt: The fiery new single is about the realities of the online dating world.
Title: PREMIERE: Emma Lamontagne ditches the rules on “Love Games”
Author: Gabriel Aikins
Excerpt: [Love Games is] refreshingly honest and earnest, expressing the dating anxiety many get in a way that can empower them to stop thinking and act when they listen. [...] It’s the perfect visualization of how these apps and rules can make people feel trapped.