January tends to be a bit slower event-wise as people get back to the grind. That being said, there are a few noteworthy events happening in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead that you should be sure to check out if you’re around.
If you’re into hip hop, you should head over to the Rainbow Bistro this Wednesday, January 8, as the Nationless Minds crew brings you Jump The Hump – Rap Show Wednesday. The night of local hip hop will feature live sets by Ottawa’s own Missing LinX, Sawbuck N’ Nice and Psy the Kaptain. The performances will be followed by a cypher open to all.
Another local hip hop show is being presented this week and this one is being held on Thursday, January 9 at Babylon as part of Back to Basics. For the occasion, Ottawa/Toronto hip hop duo Philly Moves will be giving their first live performance of 2014 alongside local artists Alex Silas and the Subterrane, Eddie Quotez, and King among others.
If you enjoy spoken word and poetry, you should check out the Urban Legends Poetry Slam this Friday, January 10 at Carleton University. The first slam of the new year will feature the usual 4 open mic poets and 12 slammers along with a special guest performance by The Visit, a unique musical duo comprised of vocals and cello.
Fans of the Broken Social Scene collective are in luck: frontman Brendan Canning will be giving a live performance at Zaphods this Friday, January 10. The psychedelic indie folk pop musician will present material from his solo project You Gots 2 Chill and he’ll be joined on stage by Ottawa indie pop folk act The Gallop.
Also at Zaphods on Saturday, you can check out Toronto alternative indie folk group The Strumbellas live in concert. The 6-piece will be joined on stage by opening acts Brandon Allan & The Bad Decisions and Elgin Skye, both of Ottawa.
Over in Gatineau this Saturday, there’s a comedy show happening at the Petit Chicago featuring comedians Alex Bisaillon, Mikael Dallaire and Éric Trottier. They’ll also be joined on stage by up and coming comedians Geneviève Fortier, Patrik Guillotte et Marc-Etienne Bibeau-Picard. This event is being held in French only.
This Saturday, January 11, Debaser, Weird Canada, and CKCU FM present Fryquency, a new pay-what-you-can event series featuring live underground independent talent. Saturday’s show, happening at Mugshots, will feature sets by Omhouse of Toronto, King’s Quest of Ottawa, and The Walls Are Blond of Montreal.
If you feel like hearing some soul, funk, r&b and old school hip hop this Saturday, you should head over to the Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern for Soul Steppers & Shakers. DJ Soulcial will have you bobbing your head and dancing all night to some of your favourite classic sounds.
Rhythm & Bass is going down in the lounge at Ritual this Saturday, January 11. The monthly dance party will feature the best in new & old R&B, house, garage and future beats courtesy of DJs Laocapone, So Durand, Mystère, and JPolo.