Area Resident


Area Resident is the musical moniker of Doug Hempstead, an Ottawa-based multi-instrumentalist.

The name draws on his more than two decades as a print and broadcast journalist. In fact, the music is made between the split shifts he works as a traffic reporter for CBC radio.

Area Resident has two full-length albums — a critically-acclaimed self-titled debut CD in the fall of 2016 and the sophomore ‘Delano’ due Nov. 10th, 2017.
Hempstead works closely with life-long pal, Jordon Zadorozny of Blinker The Star who acts as producer, collaborator and musician on the Area Resident recordings.

As a live act, Hempstead serves as a lead vocalist drummer and performs with guitarists John Higney (The Flaps, Two Minute Miracles) and Paul Jensen, as well as fellow CBC journalist Kristy Nease on bass.





Area Resident has a top record this week on CKCU-FM!


The Big Takeover premieres Area Resident’s new album ‘Delano’!


Indie 88 has your weekly required listening and Area Resident and Skye Wallace are both included!


Atwood Magazine premiered Area Resident’s new single ‘Riverside’!