As this cold January – thankfully – comes to an end, let’s embrace February’s arrival with arms wide open, hoping that Mother Nature will grant us warmer days for the month ahead. Especially that there are tons of events (both outdoors and indoors) happening in and around the National Capital Region in the next few weeks. So grab a tea, coffee, wine glass or whatever it is you like to drink and enjoy Eventful Capital’s weekly picks for ideas on noteworthy events happening in the coming days. Keep in mind that this is only a glimpse of what our region has to offer!
Starting on the Gatineau side, the Petit Chicago’s presents the Atlantis Jazz Ensemble this Monday, January 27 as part of its Jazz Mondays Series. Featuring musicians Zakari Frantz, Pierre Chretien, Joe Hincke and Mike Essoudry, the Atlantis Jazz Ensemble will warm up your Monday night with afrocentric originals and interpretations.
Have you ever taken part in a Human Library? This original concept, allowing you to ‘borrow’ a ‘human book’ to have a conversation with someone happy to share expertise in a specific area, has gained significant popularity over the past few years. Carleton University is presenting an Indigenous Human Library this Tuesday, January 28 to give the public an opportunity to learn about our First Nations’ experiences, stories and knowledge.
Over at Le Troquet in the Old Hull sector of Gatineau, Brooklyn-based experimental psychedelic group Woodsman will be giving an intimate performance this Tuesday alongside Ottawa/Gatineau experimental creep rock band Scattered Clouds.
Eventful Capital recently came across the Capital City Community Choir, a super fun locally-driven project, which invites amateur singers to gather at the Rainbow Bistro on the last Wednesday of every month to learn harmonious vocal arrangements for two pop songs, one classic, one modern. All you need is a voice, and a love for singing. Get out of the shower and into the choir!
Arboretum Festival presents Leif Vollebekk in concert at St. Alban’s Church this Wednesday, January 29. The Wednesday night performance is sold out, so by popular demand, organizers have added a second show on January 30. On both nights, special guest Bosveld will open the performance.
The Up & Up Concert Series invites you to a special birthday edition featuring Brazilian singer-songwriter Rommel Ribeiro. The talented local artist will perform a tropical mash-up of Afro-Brazilian grooves, samba-reggae and original samba-funk. He’ll be joined by Montreal Pianist Paulo Bottas for the occasion.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not gets a variety of local musicians together to perform a popular album in its entirety in front of a live audience. The goal is to give a performance that sounds close to the real deal. For its second edition happening this Thursday at Babylon, I Can’t Believe It’s Not will feature Nirvana’s Nevermind.
If you’re a fan of The Beatles (who isn’t really) be sure to head over to Maxwell’s this Thursday, January 30 for Twist and Shout: A Tribute to The Beatles’ Second Album. This live performance will feature local musicians Jonesey and The GreyTones. Relive Beatlemania without leaving Ottawa!
The Festibiere d’hiver (the Gatineau Beer Fest for the anglos) is being held this weekend at the Canadian Museum of History. Happening on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, this beer-lovers festival will feature a variety of artisanal beers made by micro-breweries from around the country. Food will be available for purchase and entertainment is also on the program.
The House of Targ presents Ottawa Ponx Night featuring 6 bands this Friday, January 31. The event will include live sets by Rotten UK, Hard Charger, Sex Face, Silent Order, Mueco, and Slumlord. For only $5, the price is right!
For your rocking out pleasure, the Bear 106.9 and Spectrasonic present The Standstills live at Mavericks this Friday, January 31. The Oshawa rock group will be joined on stage by local bands Torn Beloved, Dead Centuries and Metronome Jones.
If you’re looking for a all-vinyl dance party this Friday, then you definitely want to be at Mugshots. Not only is it the monthly edition of Double Barrel, but for the occasion, the Motown, funk, soul and vintage reggae night hosted by DJ Magnificent is joining forces with the good people at Timekode for an unforgettable good time.
The 36th edition of Winterlude kicks off this Friday and runs until February 17. This annual festival celebrating the joys of winter, will take place at several key locations namely Confederation Park, Jacques-Cartier Park and the Rideau Canal Skateway. The annual event, now organized by Canadian Heritage, will include the usual opening ceremony celebrations, the classic ice and snow sculptures competitions, the snow slides and playground just to name a few. You can access the full programming by clicking below.
Another beer-related event happening this Saturday and Sunday is being held at the Brasseurs du Temps in the Hull sector of Gatineau. The brewery/resto is presenting the first instalment of Bières et Plaisirs d’Hiver, a semi-free event featuring an array of family-friendly activities, tastings and conferences on beer.
If you’re into punk rock check out Babylon this Saturday for the Crusades LP Release, which will include live performances by Nervosa and Alaskan. To keep you entertained, tunes will be spinning tunes between and after the bands courtesy of Dark & Stormy.
Hip hop heads will want to be at Ritual this Saturday, February 1 to see Brother Ali perform. The underground Minneapolis rapper will be giving a live set alongside local support by Alex Silas, Tukan and more to be announced.
The organizers who brought you Latin Sparks are back with a new concept. This Saturday February 1, the International presents 1001 Nights: Dance to the tales of Arabia at the Canadian War Museum. This Middle-Eastern inspired event will feature fortune-telling, henna, magicians, Middle Eastern treats, belly dancing performances, and Dabkeh dancing among other things.
Pusha T will be making a stop in Ottawa this Saturday for a live performance at Barrymores as part of his My Name is My Name Tour. The rapper from Virgina, who started his music career as one half of The Clipse, will be performing alongside local artists Freddy Printz, Chrissy and Incredible Jae.
Kicking off this Saturday, February 1, Beau’s All Nature Brewing Co. presents FeBREWary, a full-month of beer-related activities and events in and around Ottawa and at the brewery. Featuring 7 beer releases (!) in 5 weeks, this year’s edition will be celebrated by over 100 pubs and restaurants. Click on the below poster for a full list of happenings.