L’OAM, short for L’Orchestre d’Anime de Montreal, is a Montreal-based mixed ensemble founded in 2019 by Melissa Tardif.
Melissa Tardif has been involved in the music industry for more than a decade both performing and composing music in the greater Montreal area. Trained as a Saxophonist, Melissa has had many opportunities to gain knowledge in various genres such as Jazz, Classical, Funk, Pop, Rock
and much more. Melissa possesses a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from McGill University.
During the course of her studies at McGill, Melissa became involved in the various Japanese pop culture events around the Montreal area. In 2018, she was asked to arrange music and perform for over 8,000 people at the opening ceremonies for the Montreal Otakuthon festival. The positive reception of the performance and the general lack of musical ensembles that cater to the Montreal anime community inspired her to create this budding organization.
L’OAM aims to bring to life music from nostalgic Japanese pop culture to fans in the Montreal area.