Episode 162 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Elly and Rick, featured the following tracks and artists as well as special guest Alex Harea, who stopped by the station to talk about The Bytown Box project:
This Monday night at Bar Robo, fulfill your rock star fantasies by singing along to Ottawa’s Special K Band. With hundreds of songs in their playbook from Adele and The Cure to Daft Punk and Bob Marley, Special K will make you sound like a superstar on the mic.
On Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., Ravenswing presents Handmade Holiday happening at the Pour Boy on Somerset. It’s a great occasion to make some holiday crafts in a festive atmosphere. $15 will get you three holiday crafts and there will be holiday tunes & more.
Toronto pop-punk/rockers Like Pacific will be playing live at Zaphods this Wednesday night and for the occasion they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa pop/punks Bearings,Ottawa alt-rockers Fragile Figures and Ottawa emo-rock project Swim Team.
Winnipeg mod/post-punks Duo Tang are making a stop in Ottawa this Wednesday night to play live at House of Targ as part of their New Occupation Tour. Ottawa post-punks No Fuss will be supporting them as openers with others, who haven’t been announced yet.
Ottawa indie folk rock band Lost to the River will be performing live at Bar Robo this Thursday, December 8 alongside Toronto indie pop/folk group Midnight Vesta and Ottawa folk trio Artichoke Hearts. Perfect if you’re in the mood for an intimate show.
Toronto stoner psych/blues/hard rockers High Life will be performing live in Ottawa for the very first time this Thursday, December 8. They’ll be playing at House of Targ alongside Ottawa metal/rock band Thunderuncle, who don’t often give live shows, so it’s a good occasion to catch them.
Local hip hop/funk/rock band BlakDenim has been pretty quiet lately, so it’s nice to see that they’ll be hitting the stage again this Friday night at Bar Robo. The group, which used to be a seven-piece, but recently lost a lead vocalist, will be sharing the spotlight with DJ Dsound. Should be good!
If you’re into a mix of new disco, electro funk, hip hop, you might want to check out Kayko live at the Rainbow Bistro this Friday, December 9. The Toronto electro pop five-piece will be playing with Ottawa alt rock band Tribe Royal and Ottawa brassband The Bank Street Bonbons.
If you’re into synthpop, you’re gonna want to make your way over to House of Targ on Friday night to catch Toronto synthpop project Diana live, as well as Montreal synthpop artist Mozart’s Sister and Montreal experimental electronic artist Cabaal.
This Friday night, Kinki After Dark presents special guest JT Donaldson all the way from Dallas, Texas for the first time in Ottawa. The internationally renowned DJ/Producer from New Math, Josey, OM Records & APT, will be joined by DJs RayRay, Scott Morter and Brian Thomson.
What better place to complete your holiday shopping than at the old fashioned, European-style Christmas market taking place in the beautiful village of Wakefield this Saturday, December 10? In addition to the local vendors, you can expect music, bonfires, twinkle lights, delicious food, mulled wine, hot chocolate and more!
This Saturday night, KingSackeyMgmt x Arboretum x Pressed present RADAR, a night featuring two Ottawa hip hop artists that should be on your radar before the year is over: rappers (BTG) Henchman and Morris Ogbowu.
Local indie folk rockers Winchester Warm have a bunch of new songs to share as does Toronto lo-fi/pop band Culture Reject, and they invite you to join them in the cozy confines of Bar Robo this Saturday, December 10 to hear all this new material.
Are you a fan of Talking Heads? If so, chances are you’ll want to make it over to the next “I Can’t Believe It’s Not: Talking Heads” happening this Saturday night at St. Albans Church. For this 6th edition, members of bands The Luyas, Fiver, Jon Hynes, The Acorn and more will be performing some of the new wave pioneers’ most popular songs in front of a live audience.
Toronto-based filmmaker Shane Belcourt will be at Club SAW this Saturday night as part of a retrospective screening of short films from his repertoire. This event is free, there will be a cash bar and the screening will be followed by a Q&A period with Belcourt.
Quebec punk rockers Dance Laury Dance will be making a return to the National Capital Region this Saturday, December 10 and this time around they’re playing live at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull alongside local metal rockers Inire, Montreal skate punk band Code 40-11 and Quebec City stoner rockers GÄZ.
Hometown faves The Souljazz Orchestra are performing live at the Petit Chicago in the Vieu-Hull this Saturday, December 10 for their last home show of 2016. The Ottawa-based six-piece, known around the world for its contagious soul, jazz and afro-latin sounds, always deliver solid live performances. If you’ve never been to a Souljazz show, you’re in for a treat, but get there early as their shows tend to sell out.
Over at the Dom this Saturday, you can catch Montreal punks Boids, Ottawa punks Neck and Hamilton garage punk rockers Flesh Rag playing live. It’s bound to rock hard.
In the Christmas Market department, there’s still time to check one out happening this Sunday, December 11 at the Moussette Park Community Centre in the Hull sector of Gatineau. This 4th annual market organized by the Marché de l’Outaouais will feature a variety of local artisans, a choir, a craft corner for kids and even the possibility to buy a real Christmas tree.
Episode 161 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Julie and Rick, featured the following tracks and artists:
Even if the Holidays are just around the corner, doesn’t mean things are slowing down in the National Capital Region- if anything, it’s getting busier. Here are some event ideas if you’re wondering what’s happening this week in and around Ottawa-Gatineau.
This Tuesday night, join OCTEVAW at Avant-Garde Bar for an enchanting evening of live music, drinks, and conversation in support of #ShineTheLight. Shine the Light is OCTEVAW’s campaign to bring community awareness to violence against women by turning the city purple during the month of November. Tuesday’s performances will feature Montreal-based witch-folk project Ghostly Hounds, Ottawa indie folk pop singer-songwriter Amanda Lowe and Ottawa folk pop sweethearts Moonfruits.
This Tuesday at Pressed you can catch three local pop/punk bands live. It happens to be Ottawa garage BB Cream’s album release party and last show (life’s bittersweet) and there will also be live sets by Ottawa garage pop/rock band Telecomo and Ottawa punks Cheap Whine.
Ottawa experimental indie rockers Species at Risk will be playing live at Avant-Garde Bar this Wednesday night and for the occasion they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa post-hardcore band Halfsleeper.
The Canadian Museum of History’s 7th annual Christmas Market kicks off this Thursday, December 1 and runs until Sunday, December 4. With over 90 local vendors exhibiting their products, this is the perfect place to find holiday gifts. Meet local exhibitors, discover delicious regional products and unique handmade objects, and experience the creativity and enthusiasm that drive artisans of the National Capital Region.
With the Holidays almost here, it’s only natural to start seeing more and more festive events around town, like the Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas concert by Jerry Granelli Trio taking place this Thursday, December 1. Held at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, this jazz Holiday tradition and crowd favourite is being presented by the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
The Hell In The Hallways Tour pt.2 will be making a stop at Zaphods this Thursday, December 1st and for the occasion, Boston metal/hardcore group Ice Nine Kills, New York metalcore Sirens and Sailors, and Providence rockers It Lives, It Breathes.
This Thursday night, over at Live on Elgin, you can catch Montreal soul-infused indie rock band Lakes of Canada, Ottawa-based alternative folk musician Mark Fossen and Ottawa-based indie/folk singing duo Amira’s Grace.
Also this Thursday, if you feel like eating perogies, playing arcade games and checking out up and coming groups, make your way over to House of Targ to catch Crossing Jane, Bitter North and Charlie The Kid.
After going into hiatus, Ottawa’s only old school, hip hop, and reggae video party is back at an all-new location inside Kinki Lounge. Starting this Thursday, December 1 and happening each following Thursday, DJ RayRay will hold it down on the 1s and 2s and video projections and promises nothing but good vibes.
This Friday and Saturday, the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa and the Mercury Lounge teamed up to present Pedro Navarro live in concert. This Spanish flamenco guitarist, critically acclaimed as having “magic fingers” will be performing live and direct from Spain on both nights, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Don’t miss this rare occasion to see such a talented musician live!
COLOUR is a one-night exhibition at the John Fluevog Shoes store in Ottawa happening this Friday and featuring works by graduates of the School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa’s full-time diploma program. The exhibit, curated by Olivia Johnston, will feature artworks that demonstrate a range of critical practices that take form in various media, but that find their roots in the photographic image. All artworks will be for sale, which could make for great holiday gifts for the ones on your Christmas list.
Toronto hip hop artist Tory Lanez will be returning to Ottawa this Friday night as part of his I Told You Tour. He’ll be performing live at the Bronson Centre alongside Jacquees and Karium, and although the show is sold out, organizers will be releasing a few last-minute/door tickets so keep your eyes glued to the Facebook event page for details on how to get your hands on those.
The first annual Ottawa Music Maker Fair and Trade Show is going down this Saturday, December 3 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) at Capital Rehearsal Studios, and you are invited to join in celebrating the ever-growing local music industry by promoting your products, services
and events at this special program, open to the public and music professionals alike.
Rap Queb super group Dead Obies will be giving a live show at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull this Saturday, December 3 in support of their latest album “Gesamkunstwerk”. After selling out their first Gatineau show of the year this past spring, the guys are back by popular demand, This time around, the hip hop artists, who always give rowdy shows, will be sharing the stage with French rapper Georgio.
There’s a CHUO fundraiser show on Saturday, December 3 at Pressed and it’ll feature live sets by Ottawa garage band Shoe Blog (not a blog), Newfoundland & Labrador powerpop/punk band BBQT (not a BBQ) and Ottawa project DJ Smoke Weed Guy (not a DJ).
The November edition of Switched On Synths is going down at House of Targ this Saturday, December 3. The electronic music series dedicated to all things synth will feature a set by Boston experimental modular project Squelcher, Boston modular synth project Prone, Ottawa live buckla Muff Wiggler, Ottawa synth noise artist Nuthre and more.
Feels is a feel-good dance party going down at Ward 14 this Saturday night. DJs Sarita and OhJay will be playing a mix of r&b, deep house, nu disco, and pop dance jams for your dancing pleasure.
Ottawa’s own Chef Chico is teaming up with Aunt Thelma’s to bring back the delicious and popular Hip Hop Hangover Brunch as a monthly event! Happening this Sunday, December 4 at Kinki, the event will feature a yummy thematic brunch menu paired with beats provided by Professor Mele and friends. One of the most solid brunch that you’ll ever try, trust me and my tummy.
When I created Eventful Capital in November 2011, I essentially had one objective in mind: to help change the way people perceive the National Capital Region. It was important for me to let the world know that fun things abound around here and that exciting stuff happens on the regular in our nation’s capital. I wanted to create a simple tool that people could turn to, to find out about the numerous events being held in and around Ottawa-Gatineau. I hoped this blog could act as a reliable source of information and paint an accurate picture of the local cultural scene. Five years deep, I thought I’d look back and reflect on the then and now.
Looking back, I can’t help but feel sad and nostalgic when I think of the various venues that we’ve had to say goodbye to through the years. Places like Mugshots, Raw Sugar Cafe, the Daily Grind, and Ritual (RIP) come to mind. These cherished culture hubs were gathering places for those who support local arts and certainly played an instrumental role in helping our city’s scene grow. They are truly missed and I’ll always have fond memories of the times I spent there. Thankfully, the gaps they left were filled by new welcomed venues like Bar Robo, Live on Elgin, House of Targ, Le Temporaire and the Minotaure who host a variety of events on a weekly basis, supporting musicians and visual artists alike.
Between 2011 and 2016, our region also gave birth to new organizations that work towards improving our local cultural scene, namely the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, Megaphono, Babely Shades, l’Ambassade Culturelle, Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau and Ottawa Beat, just to name a few.
There have been some milestone anniversaries as well, for example the legendary Mercury Lounge, which just turned 20 years old, Bluesfest, which also marked its 20th anniversary in 2014, and the Timekode movement, that just celebrated 11 years of soul moving soles.
Ottawa-Gatineau being the capital of festivals, you’d think there are enough existing ones already. Yet, they keep popping up left and right to the delight of festival-goers. I’m thinking Arboretum, Glowfair, Megaphono, the Ottawa Grassroots Festival and Marvest, among others.
There has also been more and more municipal support for culture and arts initiatives (the #OttMusik program for example), which is generally encouraging and certainly appreciated by our community.
It also wouldn’t be right to publish this post without giving a big shout-out to all the other blogs and influencers, who, like Eventful Capital, work towards supporting the Ottawa-Gatineau artistic scene. I see you Ottawa Showbox, Couch Assassin, Apt613, Sous-Sol 819, Spotlight Ottawa, Sometimes Always, our community radio stations CKCU, CHUO and RÉÉL-Radio. Thank you, for doing what you do, your work is truly important and our community needs you.
At times, I’ve asked myself why I bother with this blog, wondering if it’s really worth all the time, energy and effort I pour into it week after week. And then, I remember all of the emails I receive from artists, movers and shakers who call on my help to spread the good word, and all of the wonderful people I have met along the way who make this place so special, and I shake that feeling off because in the end, I know that if I’ve helped just a handful of people fall in love with our nation’s capital, I’ve done my part, and that’s all that matters.
And what have I learned over the course of the past five years? I’ve learned that working together and helping each other out makes us stronger, and that we have a better scene for it. So thank you, lovely people of Ottawa-Gatineau who believe in our local cultural scene and support it in one way or another. Let’s keep building this great little region of ours. Here’s to another five! *heart emoji*
Episode 160 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Julie and Rick, featured the following tracks and artists:
This Monday, November 21, the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is being held at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the event will feature live sets by Ottawa-based artists Danielle Allard and Angelique Francis.
This Tuesday, November 22, the Canadian Museum of History is showing a screening of The Pass System, a documentary film that illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. For over 60 years, the Canadian government often denied Indigenous Peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves without a pass. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot Elders of the Prairies describe living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to the present day. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
This Tuesday evening, November 22 at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, there’s going to be a Cheese Holiday Boutique hosted by Savvy Company. Eight to ten cheesemakers will be at the event, giving you a great opportunity to sample a wide range of artisan cheeses and stock up for the holidays. Accessorize your cheese with local crackers, baked goods, condiments, and other artisanal gourmet wares from local vendors.
Toronto garage-pop band Twist will be playing live at House of Targ this Wednesday, November 21. For the occasion, the group will be sharing the stage with Montreal indie rockers Mundy’s Bay and Ottawa indie emo band PINE.
This Thursday evening, the National Gallery of Canada invites the public to attend the official opening of Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master, a major retrospective dedicated to one of the most prolific artists living in Canada. From November 24 to April 17, discover more than 150 remarkable paintings and drawings, including works that have never been on public display.
The Not Normal experimental music series launched this past Spring is going down this Thursday night at Pressed Cafe. For this latest instalment, there will be a live set by VJ and DJ Daisy as well as DJs Jason Skilz of Low Noise Productions and Pierre Richardson of Bruised Tongue.
This Thursday night, Debaser presents Toronto-based experimental pop project Tasseomancy live at the Temporaire. The duo, who just recently released its new album Do Easy, will be playing alongside local singer-songwriter and musician Her Harbour, who’ll be celebrating the release of her single Hewing Crowns.
Thunder Bay pop/rocker Coleman Hell will be performing live at Zaphods this Thursday as part of his Summerland Tour. The artist, who gave a very well-attended show at the 2016 Bluesfest, will be sharing the stage with Halifax pop singer-songwriter and musician Ria Mae. The show is sold out, but you can expect a limited amount of tickets at the doors.
Another sold out show happening this Thursday is for none other than Sebastian Bach, the original voice of Skid Row. Happening over at Barrymore’s, the show will also feature opening sets by Ottawa rockers Iconoclast and Aylmer rock/metal band Inire.
As part of the The Official 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, the Native Women’s Association of Canada invited Métis artist Jaime Black to create a The REDress Project art installation on the steps of the Parliament of Canada. The result will not only be a historically poignant aesthetic response to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but a strong message for the Commissioners leading the National #MMIWG Inquiry. See it starting this Friday, November 25.
SKETCH, SAW Gallery’s popular holiday fundraiser, with more than 150 participating artists is back Friday, November 25. This year’s edition will include a spotlight on 1980s contemporary Inuit art, and signed photographic editions from Magnum Photos featuring artists from around the world. There will also be music by local band The Vile Bodies as well asDJs Michael Caffrey and Chris International.
This Friday, November 25 at the Troquet in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau, there’s going to be an intimate show feature Montreal singer-songwriter and pianist Fanny Bloom, who’ll be in town to present her new show that mixes music and theatre. An evening of art that promises to be moving.
If you want to check out some local rock bands this Friday night, head over to Zaphods to catch Ottawa rockers Eagleson, Ottawa alt rock band Cast in Cadence and Toronto rock group Old James.
Ottawa rockers The Red Rails will be playing live at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield this Friday night. This time around, the trio will be sharing the stage with local rockers Sal Piamonte Band. There’s going to be a bus leaving from the Museum of Nature to the venue and back as well, for those who need a ride there.
If you’re in the mood for some punk rock this Friday night, head to House of Targ to check out Brisbane rock n’rollers DZ Deathrays who’ll be in town as part of their International Disaster Tour. The band will be joined on stage by Brisbane garage punks Dune Ratz andOttawa alt-rockers Coveter.
There’s a new monthly in Ottawa dubbed Strange People and it’s dedicated to happiness, good times and curiosity. Party people are invited to come as they are and enjoy the sounds of house, disco, techno and more. For the third edition, guest DJ Gregular will work the commands with Mat Thibault and Teknobrat, and together they’ll take you on an eclectic musical journey that will stimulate your imagination.
Poland DJ/Producer Pham will be touching down at Kinki Lounge this Friday night as part of his first North American tour. He’ll be giving a live set at the Famalam jam alongside resident DJ Iggy Smalls.
For the metal heads, it’s going down at the Minotaure this Saturday night. The show happening there will feature Gatineau metal band Insurrection, who hasn’t performed locally in a while, so it’s a good occasion to catch them, as well as Montreal’s Mortor, Montreal’s Smirking Revenge, and Ottawa’s From The Deep.
Montreal-based electro/rock trio We Are Wolves, who’s no stranger to the National Capital Region, is making a triumphant return to the Petit Chicago this Saturday, November 26 to the delight of their fans. The guys will be back in the area in support of their new album WRONG and they’ll be playing alongside Gatineau rockers Eldorado and Montreal artist Loic April.
At Live on Elgin this Saturday night, it’s all about indie rock with Ottawa band The Superlative, Toronto group Paint, Ottawa bluesy twang rockers Arms of the Girl and Montreal power trio Sunrise & Good People.
If you’re up for a little drive to Wakefield this Saturday night, you’ll be treated to a great show at the Blacksheep Inn featuring a stellar lineup of local folk rock bands. For one, it’s local alternative folk group Bitterly Healed’s last show as a complete band, and it’s also an occasion to catch two excellent local indie folk groups Cherie and Okies. If I didn’t have a wedding to attend, that’s where I’d be going Saturday night.
Ottawa-based singer-songwriter and musician Cody Allen is playing live at Irene’s Pub this Saturday night. For this show, the alternative folk rock artist will be sharing the stage with local americana roots band Old Whiskey Road.
No Diggity, the 90s R&B and throwback party that’s cooler than the other side of your pillow, is going down this Saturday, November 26 at Kinki. You can expect plenty of old school jams provided by DJs Mace and Kam.
If you’re feeling up for some live afro-latin percussion and balkan brass section with some dance thrown in, head to Mercury Lounge this Saturday night to see Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra. The high-energy group that’s very interactive with the crowd will be joined by resident DJ Trevor Walker who’ll be spinning music before and after.
If you enjoy folk/country music, be sure to catch Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils live at House of Targ this Saturday, November 26. The local band, which recently released a brand new album titled Down in a Government Town, will be playing alongside Brockville country duo The Rifle & The Writer.
An entire night dedicated to the 6ix God? Drake fans rejoice, you read correct. The popular Drake Night dance party, at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates, is going down this Saturday night inside Babylon.
This Sunday, November 27 at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, check out the Idle Hands Art, Craft and Vintage Sale. The event, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., offers a great opportunity to buy quality art, handmade and vintage one-of-a-kind items for those special people on your Christmas list. Naughty or nice.
If you’re looking for a club party to hit up on Sunday, look no further than City for the Rewind Sundays party featuring DJ RayRay, who’s bound to get the club bumping by playing a mix of old school hip hop and r&b and new club anthems and bangers. This one is a special video edition, which means there will be videoclips playing alongside your favourite jams.