February is now just around the corner and this calls for a new post to announce upcoming events and activities in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. The coming month will be nothing short of exciting for the region since a wide array of events are scheduled to take place in and around town.
February in the National Capital Region is known first and foremost for Winterlude, a 3-week festival that prides itself in celebrating winter in all its glory. For a third year in a row, the National Capital Commission (NCC) has partnered with the Canadian Museum of Civilization to kick off Winterlude with the official opening ceremony taking place this Friday, February 3. For the occasion, the Museum will exceptionally be open until 11pm and will offer free admission starting at 5pm. Programmed events for the evening include drummers, crowd-amusers, storytelling around cozy firepits, IMAX presentations ($), a sublime fireworks show and an outdoor DJ dance party with Kytami and The PhonoGraFF! For more info visit the NCC website for all-things Winterlude.
Another event happening on February 3 is FRENZY’s 2nd Birthday, with very special Mad Decent/LuckyMe guest Lunice, “a natural born entertainer who has the drive, sound, and dexterity to make us move. Lunice managed to craft his own recipe which makes dance floors bump and bass bins thump.” In other words, if you want to get down do yourself a favour and head to Babylon this Friday.
Also presented during Winterlude by the City of Gatineau is the Bal en Blanc with Misteur Valaire again taking place at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the Grand Hall on Friday, February 11. This Electrojazz evening, inspired by its Montreal counterpart which encourages attendees to dress in white, will open with Beat Market followed by Misteur Valaire — five young musicians who’ve been making music together for ever, into something that has become a total mix of electro, hip-hop, jazz and rock! “With their unbelievable energy, they transform a straight-up concert into a crazy high-spirited adventure”. This event, a a first of its kind for the Outaouais, promises to be a memorable dance party and is sure to be well-attended by lovers of electro, jazz and hip-hop music alike.
Another show presented by the City of Gatineau happening at the Canadian Museum of Civilization is Coeur de Pirate with Leif Vollebeck as the opening act. The young lady will be performing songs from her latest album Blonde on February 4, 2012. The show has been sold out for a while now and unless you already have tickets you’ll be lucky if you find some on Kijiji.
The first edition of the Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest is another Winterlude-related event taking place from February 2 to February 4 at venues throughout the downtown area. Be sure to check it out if you enjoy the summer Jazz Fest and if you like Jazz music and want to attend a show or two.
This is just a sample of what is going on around Ottawa-Gatineau this month! More events to come next week! Enjoy the start of a fun-filled February and feel free to share any event you’ll be attending and find worth mentionning