Be careful what you say, because summer is NOT over. Yes, you (or your kids) may be headed back to school, vacation has come to a brutal end and the nights are slowly but surely becoming cooler , but September still equals summer so enjoy it while it lasts people! And be ready for fun times because September is actually a pretty busy month event-wise. There’s a bunch of things happening throughout the month and it’s just getting started
Here are some event suggestions for the first week of September!
Taking place today, September 1, is the first-ever Ottawa Rhythm Festival celebrating the best in Carribean, Latin and Soul music from around the world. The inaugural event aims at celebrating the Jamaican and Trinidadian 50 years of Independence, with special performances by its leading artists. The event takes place at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Nepean. You can get all the details by clicking the poster below.
A reminder that the the 25th edition of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival kicked off this Friday, August 31 and runs until September 3 at the Parc de la Baie. This annual festival, which celebrates hot air balloons of different colours, shapes and sizes, also offers an array of on-site activities including shows, a classic car exhibition, buskers, fireworks and an amusement park. This year’s headliners include Simple Plan, KC and the Sunshine Band and Eric Lapointe. This event guarantees to be packed with entertainment for everyone! Get more info by clicking the image below.
Another festival starting this week is the FOÉ also known as the Festival Outaouais Emergent, a 5-day event that puts emphasis on local emerging talent from around the Outaouais region. Now in it’s 5th year, the festival has grown to include programming which combines music, visual arts and performing arts. This year’s highlights include performances by Ariane Moffatt, Qualité Motel, La Bronze, Nomadic Massive and Tricia Foster just to name a few. Although festival bracelets are $35, there are several free activities worth attending throughout the 5 days so enjoy the FOÉ and discover new sounds emanating from Québec!
To encourage local talent, what better way than to attend an album launch? This Thursday, September 6, La Cavale, a new group from Gatineau, will be launching their first album entitled Le Coureur des Voix at La Basoche in Aylmer. The happy-folk-meets-Bob-Dylan sounds so unique to La Cavale will surely enchant you! Take the risk and take a dip into the unknown musical world of La Cavale The show is free and as a bonus there will be an art exhibition by local artist Dinorah Catzalco. Get all the details below!
If you love folk music then you definitely don’t want to miss the Ottawa Folk Festival, which happens between September 6 and 10 at Hog’s Bag Park. This year’s edition presents four days of live performances by some big names of the folk music world including Ben Harper, Matthew Good, Bon Iver, Dan Mangan, Great Big Sea, and Patrick Watson. We the people have been excited about this lineup ever since it was released by the festival organizers. It might help that the mastermind behind Folk Fest is Mark Monahan, the man responsible for the Ottawa Bluesfest Love it and live it Ottawa-Gatineau. This is sure to be a good one! More info if you click below.
Brace yourselves Wu Tang affiliates, Wu Wednesdays is back in full force with Jon Deck starting this Wednesday, September 5 at Mugshots. This night solely dedicated to the Wu Tang Clan won’t disappoint the sleeping Shaolin ninja in you. All Wu-bangers, all night long. Grab all you need to know by clicking the poster below.
This Friday, September 7 head to Ritual for Fortune if you’re looking for hip-hop because DJs Dave Cee and Laocapone promise the very best in hip hop music from classics to the obscure to the most current club bangers. If you want more info, simply click the poster below.
A Tribe Called Red is back with another Electric Pow Wow happening at Babylon next Saturday, September 8. This special edition will feature Montreal-based musician Boogat and his unique French and Spanish urban music. This is a guaranteed good-time if you’re looking to dance the night away. Check out the event’s Facebook page by clicking the Electric Pow Wow poster.