Another week, another slew of events happening in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days to come. Don’t let the rain discourage you, get out there and enjoy what our rich cultural scene has to offer! Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a glimpse into the number of events happening in and around the National Capital Region in the next few days.
For the art aficionados, Art Battle 120 is taking place this Monday, May 5 at the Arts Court. This unique concept organized across Canadian cities, brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The winner will earn a cash prize and a spot in the Ottawa Championship happening in June 2014. The winner of the Ottawa Final will compete in the 2014 National Championship.
Starting this Monday, May 5 and happening each Monday of the month, the Atlantis Jazz Ensemble will be performing live at the Petit Chicago in Hull as part of its Spring residency. Featuring musicians Zakari Frantz, Ed Lister, Pierre Chretien, Alex Bilodeau and Mike Essoudry, the Atlantis Jazz Ensemble will liven up your Monday night with afrocentric originals and interpretations.
The Ottawa School of Art is turning 135 years old and to celebrate, they’re throwing a party this Thursday, May 8. Happening at the GCTC, the evening, dedicated to raising funds for the OSA Bursary Program, will feature live music by The Acorn, drinks courtesy of Beyond the Pale Brewing Company, treats by Suzy Q Doughnuts, a silent auction and more.
Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, then you might want to attend the second edition of the Desserts of the World Festival happening on Thursday, May 8 at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Attendees will enjoy desserts, keynote speeches from city leaders, mingling and music selections courtesy of DJ Emily Jones.
This Thursday, May 8, the RADIOACTIVE music series presents the official album release show of BlakDenim’s VANGUARD(EN) EP. For the occasion, the 9 piece hip-hop, funk, rock, soul, and jazz act that brings together clever lyricism and smooth vocal harmonies, will be performing live at the Mercury Lounge alongside local hip-hop poetry group Missing LinX. This is a certified good time guaranteed, I dare you to attend and stand still.
If you’re into rock, check out Avant Garde Bar this Thursday night for live performances by Thunder Bay musicians Android 16, Randy Shenanigans, Don’t You(,) Mean People?, and Palm Trees. Presented by CKCU FM’s Indie City Madness, the night of post rock will begin at 9 pm.
Have you ever wanted the chance to show people just how cool Ottawa really is? Well The Alternative Travel Guide – Ottawa is doing exactly that. It’s a map created by locals which is aimed specifically at younger travelers and shows all the stuff people wouldn’t normally find out about if they only stayed for a day or two. Head over to Babylon this Thursday night to show your support for this fun project and enjoy a selection of tunes provided by DJ Emmett of MOD Club.
Urban Legends brings you the last regular poetry slam of the season before the “playoffs” this Friday, May 9. Being held at Carleton University, the slam will feature the talented local poet D-Light Full along with the 9 regular slam spots and 4 open mic spots.
Calgary band Secret Broadcast will be making a stop in Ottawa this Friday night in an effort to promote their new full-length album “Filthy Souls”. The rock 4-piece will be performing live at Zaphods in the Market alongside Ottawa indie electro rock group Fevers.
Edmonton pop-rock group Ten Second Epic will be giving a farewell show at Mavericks this Friday night. The band will be performing live alongside Vancouver punk-rock group Living With Lions Ottawa pop-punk 5-piece Rydell and Ottawa emo/rock project Safekeeping.
Ottawa Explosion brings you the May edition of Funhouse! this Friday, May 9 at Mugshots. The 12th edition of this punk rock dance party will feature Montreal garage punk group Genital Hospital and Montreal garage rock & roll band The Rejecters alongside DJs Craig Peru and Skid Vicious.
If you’re a fan of house music, be sure to head over to the Mercury Lounge this Friday night to check out Los Angeles-based DJ Lars Behrenroth. The German-born producer will be giving a live set in Ottawa alongside resident DJs Lance Baptiste, Balu and RayRay.
The May edition of Grillz & Glam is going down at Babylon this Friday, May 9. The monthly party will feature a live set by Mad Decent DJ/Producer Dirty South Joe. The returning special guest who’s no stranger to Ottawa will be joined by DJs Brains4brfst and NDN of A Tribe Called Red.
If you enjoy fashion, you should make your way over to Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts this Saturday evening for the Stripes & Pins fashion show. Presented by designer Marcelle Bénédicte, the event will also feature music, entertainment, and art.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Saturday, May 10, Kid-Scissor Hybrid presents Chopped & Glued 2: a night of words, music, and cut and paste artwork made by your own hands. If you attend, you’ll get to enjoy the work of local musicians and wordsmiths, like Fire Antlers and VASH, while creating collage pieces that will appear in the next issue of Kid-Scissor Hybrid.
Vermont indie country musician Neko Case will be in Ottawa this Saturday night. The Anti Records artist, who was featured at last year’s Bluesfest, will be performing live at the Bronson Centre with San Francisco indie experimental group The Dodos.
If you’re looking for a rock show this Saturday night, you may want to check out Vancouver blues-rock band Head of the Herd at Mavericks. The 5-piece, who’ll be in Ottawa as part of a Canada Wide Tour, will be joined on stage by Toronto rock group The Balconies and Montreal rockn’roll band The Damn Truth.
This Saturday night at Mugshots, Weird Canada & Debaser bring you Fryquency, a pay-what-you-can music series exhibiting emerging and experimental Canadian music. The May edition will feature live performances by Calgary psychedelic group Devonian Gardens, Ottawa freak folk band Pith and the Parenchymas and Ottawa heavy psychproject V Infernalis.
After hitting up the Petit Chicago and Babylon, hometown favourites The Souljazz Orchestra are perfoming live at the Blacksheep Inn this Saturday night in an effort to promote their new album “Inner Fire”. The Ottawa-based six-piece, known for its contagious afro-latin, jazz, soul sounds, will be giving a show in Wakefield as part of their latest international album release tour.
Over on the Gatineau side, Femminielli Noir will be giving a live set at Le Troquet. The Berlin/Montreal duo will be joined by Réservoir, an ambient downtempo solo project by local artist Simon Labelle.
Known for their crazy live shows, Kvelertak play Ottawa for the first time this Sunday, May 11. The Norwegian metal punk group will be joined on stage by Ottawa Doom Metal band Loviatar, Ottawa Rock Metal Punk project Dead Air Republic and Ottawa Punk Rock group Four-Stroke.