Otis Strange is an original Canadian Rock band that formed in 1992 in Ottawa, Ontario. The name derives from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet “O’Tis Strange the night…”
The band hosted a popular house gig at the Downstairs Club in Ottawa for many years in the mid-90’s, eventually moving on to play larger clubs and festivals such as Barrymore’s Music Hall and the Hope Beach Volleyball Tournament. Their catchy, rhythmical and eclectic style of music has roots in various forms of Rock, Blues, Soul R&B, Funk, and Raggae, while also being comfortable jamming it out in similar fashion to the likes of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers.
By the end of the night they’ll have you drumming on your table, singing their songs and reaching for another beer, guaranteed. To cater to various budgets and needs, the band can play as an acoustic duo, trio or quartet, but mostly they play as an electric quartet because that’s where all the fun is! Guest musicians (harmonica, guitar, keys, percussion, fiddle) can also be added to bring even more excitement!