For my first post of 2012, I’d like to start off by wishing you all a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year! I hope you started the year on a high note and that you enjoyed the celebrations and festivities to the fullest 🙂 Resolutions or not, I guarantee that you will enjoy an eventful year in Ottawa as 2012 promises to be quite exciting on that front.
To kick things off, January offers a glimpse of what 2012 has in store for the National Capital Region. The new year starts perfectly for Ottawa as the National Capital welcomes THE hottest underground R&B artist of the moment, no other than Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am for this show, it’s pretty ridiculous. I feel like a 15 year-old girl all over again. After an attempt at a first show scheduled for December 10, Pink Lips Entertainment confirmed that the postponed event will now take place January 20 at Barrymores Music Hall. That’s 10 days away 🙂 I’m a happy camper to say the least. For those of you who are still unfamiliar with The Weeknd, please do yourself a favor and go download all 3 free mixtapes at www.the-weeknd.com. The Weeknd’s music is like no other: completely captivating, intoxicating, unique and…I could go on forever, but that’s not the point. The point is, this show will simply be off the hook and probably the best and most-anticipated one of the year. A clear indicator that this event is a must is the fact that tickets sold out after just 2 weeks! If you intend on attending the show and still don’t have tickets, limited quantities will be available at the doors between 8-9pm, but unless you show up before 6pm, don’t count on it. It’s that serious, best believe the hype!
Then on January 21-22, 93.1 CKCU-FM & Metro News present W I N T E R F E S T 2012, an all-day festival of music featuring live performances from various established, and up-and-coming recording artists, live visual art performed on location, a DJ battle featuring some of Ottawa’s hottest on the one’s and two’s, artist and management workshops with established recording artists and industry leaders, various fundraising activities, and more!
The concept behind Winter Fest is simple: to provide and foster an environment which will provide artists the opportunity to showcase their skills beyond their regular fan base.
If you discovered ASAP Rocky in 2011 and like what you heard, you’re in luck because the Harlem-born rapper will grace the city with his presence when he takes the stage at Ritual on January 28. You may know the tracks that put him on the radar: Purple Swag and the excellent Peso.
Also in January, if you like Electro music and Daft Punk, there will be a tribute night at Ritual on January 21 with THE MAKEOVER. The Daft Punk Tribute is basically a “9-piece band who reinterprets some of the world’s most popular electronic dance music with a horn section, rhythm section, vocals and electronics. The DPT emerged from Toronto’s esteemed Humber College jazz program in 2009 and have been melting faces at Canada’s most prestigious clubs and concert halls ever since.” In other words, if you want to dance, you know where to go!
If you’re just looking for a laid-back night on the town, hit-up The Brig Pub in the By Ward Market on Fridays for pub food, good drinks and guaranteed good beats provided by Ottawa’s-own Jon Deck (formally known as Deejay Frame). Here’s the weekly event poster and event page
Oh! And this Saturday, A Tribe Called Red invites you to the first Electric Pow-Wow of 2012 at Babylon on Bank St. As previously mentioned, this bi-monthly event always gets me dancing from beginning to end 🙂 Other upcoming events will be posted soon! Enjoy January and please share any events that you’ll be attending in the NCR that you think is worth mentioning!