With the Ottawa Bluesfest lineup revealed last week, how excited are you for summer days and festival season? The 20th anniversary lineup has something for everyone and there’s definitely lots to look forward to! In the meantime, here’s another round-up of noteworthy events happening in and around the National Capital Region this week. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks for a glimpse of what’s happening in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead.
The Fau Mardi collective has released its schedule for the month of April. The weekly gathering, which happens every Tuesday at the Petit Chicago in Hull, gives a platform to local audio-visual artists in an effort to support the Ottawa Gatineau electronic culture. This week, the Fau Crew will be bidding farewell to one of its own, Racine.
The Mounties, made up of Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat, and Ryan Dahle of Limblifter/Age Of Electric, will be performing live at Mavericks this Wednesday, April 2. The talented trio, who’ll be in Ottawa as part of their first Canadian tour, will be joined on stage by Vancouver indie-pop band The Zolas and Vancouver guitar-pop musician James Younger. This Friday, April 4, local artist Catriona Sturton will be performing live at Raw Sugar Cafe. The Ottawa-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be accompanied by special guest John-Alan Slatcha and others for the occasion.
Toronto indie-folk five-piece The Wooden Sky will be live at Ritual this Friday, April 4. The Ontario boys, who’ve performed in Ottawa many a times over the past years, will be supported by Toronto indie group Dusted and Toronto indie-folk band The Wilderness of Manitoba.
The April edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is happening this Friday, April 4 at Ritual with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform aka get on stage and impersonate your favourite rapper by doing that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, or if you just want to support as a member of the audience, click below for everything you need to know.
The Mercury Lounge’s own Madame Ainslie is celebrating her birthday at the club this Friday, April 4. For the occasion, renowned Brooklyn producer DJ Spinna will be giving a 3-hour set filled with hip-hop, break beats, R&B, rare grooves, classic soul, funk, jazz, disco classics, house and vintage garage tunes.
The monthly edition of Frenzy is going down at Babylon this Friday, April 4. The last Frenzy instalments have been crazy fun dance parties featuring some of the best upcoming and established music producers out there. This time around will be no different as Straight Goods brings you rising NYC producer Branchez. As per usual, local DJs Iggy Smalls and Foster will warm up the dancefloor for the up and coming American producer.
Ottawa’s first annual Capital Burlesque Expo, taking place from April 4 to 6, will bring together a roster of burlesque and variety performers from far and wide to celebrate the art of the strip tease. The expo will present a mix of golden era burlesque and modern performances and include interactive workshops, vendors, and plenty of shows.
The radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow-dancing, big dress-wearing affair that is Promdemonium is back this Saturday, April 5.The 6th edition of this unique annual fundraiser, happening at the Glebe Community Centre, will feature music by DJs D-luxx Brown, Magnificent and J-Fun. Prom wear is mandatory!
Over in Wakefield this Saturday, singer-songwriter Lauren Bourque presents the launch of his sophomore record Pieces of Your Past. The album release party, happening at the Blacksheep Inn, will feature new material by Bourque and an opening set by Toronto folk noir musician Rob Moir.
Experimental electronica duo André et Michèle invite you to join them for the release party of their debut album Different Positions happening at Raw Sugar Cafe this Saturday, April 5. To celebrate the launch, the local artists will be performing the album live and all attendees will receive a complimentary CD copy of the album.
Brooklyn duo The Underachievers, made up of members Issa Dash and AK, will be performing live at Ritual this Saturday night as part of the Eyes of the World Tour. The Beast Coast rappers, who are affiliated to the Pro Era crew, will be giving their second Ottawa show alongside Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper.
CHUO 89.1 FM, CKCU 93.1 FM & Birdman Sound present the 10th Ottawa Community Record Show this Sunday, April 6th at St. Anthony’s Hall. This is the place to be to find LPs & CDs and dig for rare music gems from every genre. DJs Billy from Hot Butter & Bank St. Bounce will also be rocking the ones and twos for the occasion.