Did you notice we’ve been getting more light since the past week or so? Spring’s around the corner and so is Daylight Savings Time, when we’ll be springing forward an hour to gain even more light. That also means that Spring leads to festival season and as you’ve probably heard by now, Bluesfest organizers have announced this year’s lineup, or a big part of it anyway, and its annual theme Take Me to the River. It’s clear that Bluesfest is playing it safe this year with a well-rounded lineup that includes quite a bit of blues acts like BB King, Chicago’s Mississippi Heat, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Other big names include the legendary Wu Tang Clan, dubstep DJ Skrillex (again!), Tragically Hip, Dixie Chicks, Bjork, Amadou & Mariam, Femi Kuti, Fun., Tegan and Sara and Passion Pit.
Meanwhile though, let’s take a look at what’s going on around Ottawa-Gatineau this week that’s worth checking out.
First off, hip hop heads will want to head over to Ritual this Wednesday, March 6 to see none other than the New York duo Camp Lo. Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede will be performing live in Ottawa as part of the tour celebrating the 15-year anniversary of their classic album Uptown Saturday Night. Camp Lo will be performing alongside opening acts Leaving for LA, Woodman, Bigg Ceaser and Slightly Famous. For more info, you can click on the poster below.
This Thursday, March 7, celebrate International Women’s Day at the Canadian War Museum by attending a talk by Mariatu Kamara, one of the women featured in the 11 Women Facing War exhibition who survived the armed conflicts in Sierra Leone. Mariatu Kamara will be presenting her tale of survival following a cocktail reception held in her honor. For details on this event, simply click on the banner below.
This Thursday, March 7, is also the Nilton de Menezes aka NDMA EP Release Party at Mercury Lounge with Shay Lynn, DJ Acro, DJ Andrew Carter, and City Fidelia. The event, presented by Beau’s Beer, Oxyrotin Clothing, Bang-On and Young Janes, his special event will feature designers, writers, dancers, artists and various musicians that all share an underlying passion for artistic unity and social development. For more on this EP release, click on the event poster below.
On Friday, March 8, the School of Photographic Arts of Ottawa (SPAO) presents its annual Auction and Print Sale at SPAO. The auction is a major fundraising event for SPAO, and the Print Sale an important fundraiser for the student graduation exhibition. Auction items include works by Angelina McCormick, Cara Tierney, Jim des Rivieres, Jonathan Hobin, Justin Wonnacott, Lorraine Gilbert, Martin Lipman, Michael Schreier, Osheen Haruthoonyan and Tony Fouhse. For further details, you can click below on the event poster
Starting on Friday, March 8 and taking place until Sunday, March 17 is the 11th annual DiverCiné Film Festival at the Bytowne Cinema. Presented by the Embassy of France, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Film Institute, the festival will present eleven films from nine Francophone countries including France, Senegal, Algeria, Canada, and Vietnam. For details and programming, click on the below poster.
On Saturday, March 9, head over to the National Arts Centre for Niigan: In Conversation if you’re interested in partaking in the discussions on Indigenous-Settler relations in Canada. The symposium will include guest speakers Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, Claudette Commanda, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Bonita Lawrence, Victoria Freeman, and host Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. Topics discussed will include Indigenous and Canadian histories, Law, Constitution, and Bill C-45, the Algonquin land claims process, Moving forward solutions and the future. Click on the event poster below for more information.
On the Quebec side, We Are Wolves will be performing live at the Petit Chicago this Saturday, March 9. The Montreal-based electro-rock trio of Dare to Care Records will be stopping by Gatineau in an effort to promote their latest album La Mort Pop Club. To find out more about this show, just click in the image below.
Also on the Quebec side this Saturday, March 9, Slim Moore & The Mar-Kays will be performing live at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. This Canadian group, which includes a horn section, is steeped in the deep passionate sounds of soul music and is sure to make you groove to its contagious live sounds. If you’d like more info, click on the event poster below.
On Saturday, March 9, head over to Ritual for Party & Bullshit, a Notorious B.I.G. tribute night meant to celebrate the music of the legendary East Coast rapper who was killed on March 9, 1997 at the young age of 24. Atherton, DJ So Nice, and Circa Beatz will be providing the music downstairs in the lounge and if you don’t know, now you know.
Other noteworthy events happening this week include The Inconvenient Indian: An Evening with Thomas King at Centertown United Church in Ottawa this Wednesday, March 7. Thomas will be giving a talk on his work conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.
The bi-monthly Urban Legends Poetry Slam is taking place this Friday, March 8 at Carleton University in the Pit of the Architecture Building. This slam will feature Ottawa-based poet and writer Brandon Wint. Brandon will be presenting some new material along with other pieces that have won him many praises and awards.
For those who enjoy dubstep, the monthly edition of Dubsmack is also happening on Friday, March 8 at Ritual. The March edition will feature Montreal-based DJ and producer Vilify.
Also on Saturday, March 8, in the Hull sector of Gatineau, the Troquet presents Zal Sissokho and Buntalo live in concert starting at 9pm. The evening of West African music is organized, albeit a little late, in celebration of Black History Month and will essentially feature the sounds from the Kora master’s new album entitled Le Partage.
So there it is Ottawa-Gatineau, my suggestions of events for the coming days! I hope you enjoy your week and that you have the opportunity to attend some of the exciting things happening this week in our eventful National Capital Region.