Another week, another slew of events happening in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days to come. Check out Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a glimpse into the number of events taking place in and around the National Capital Region in the next few days.
This Monday, May 12, Bruised Tongue and Manx Music present Calgary-based artist Astral Swans live at the Manx Pub. The solo project, initiated by singer/songwriter Matthew Swann, will bring forward 60s folk, no wave, and 90s sludge inspired music that’s at once haunting, sincere, psychedelic, and strange. Oh, and it’s a free show!
Toronto djent/metal group Intervals will be performing live at Mavericks this Wednesday, May 14. The four-piece will be joined on stage by Ottawa progressive metal band The Kindred, Guelph progressive metal project Mandroid Echostar, and Ottawa progressive punk/metal group Sidelines.
Printmaking is taking on the contemporary art world in capital cities around the globe. In Ottawa, it’s only recently that artists have started to explore this art form. A group from the Ottawa School of Art decided to push printmaking and their comfort zone by embracing a medium that is not as common to the artistic community in this city. This group will be showing a variety of printmaking works for the first time at Gallery Studio Sixty Six starting this Thursday, May 15.
If you enjoy spoken word, there’s a special fundraising event being held this Friday, May 16 at Pressed Cafe. Dubbed Poets for Humanity, it’ll bring together local artists Mia Morgan, Graeme O’Farrell, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, John Andrew Akpata, Mehdi Hamdad and Komi Olafimihan for an inspiring night of poetry.
Over in Wakefield this Friday night, Motel Raphael will be performing live at the Blacksheep Inn. For the occasion, the female-lead indie folk pop band from Montreal will be joined on stage by special guests Erik Lind and The Orchard.
If you’re a fan of heavy thrash and metal, you should head over to House of Targ this Friday night for a live double-bill show featuring Ottawa bands World War 4 and Thick Piss. Grab all the details on this show by clicking on the event poster below.
If you know a thing or two about Montreal’s Music is My Sanctuary, then you know that you can expect the unexpected from founder DJ Lexis when it comes to dancefloor selections. The versatile Canadian DJ will be live inside Mercury Lounge this Friday night bringing you a set full of forgotten treasures, house, soul, disco and future classics.
The monthly edition of the Timekode dance party is happening this Friday night at the newly renovated Cafe Nostalgica. The night of soul moving soles will feature visuals by VJ Daisy and musical selections courtesy of host DJs Zattar, Memetic and Eric Roberts.
Aaayyy Happy Birthday! 90s or Bust is turning 1 this Friday! Join the celebrations at Babylon and dance the night away to the best 90s hip hop & RnB provided by resident DJs Pat Johnson and Palm D’Or. This is a neon edition so wear your best Fresh Prince and Saved By The Bell get-up for your chance to win some prizes.
This Saturday, May 17, Seed to Sausage is celebrating the Day of the Pig with a slew of activities including a BBQ Sauce-Off, Cooking Demos, a Home-Brew Off, live bands, yummy food, tasty beverages, and more! This fun-filled event is being held at the artisan cured meats and specialty house just outside of Ottawa.
Chinatown Remixed kicks off this Saturday, May 17 along Somerset West. This annual month-long art festival launches with a day-long vernissage at various locations between Bay and Preston Streets including visual and performance art, music, child-friendly workshops, live food demos and more.
This Saturday, May 17, Privé presents Tac-O-The-Town, Ottawa’s very first taco festival. The city’s best taco makers will unite under one roof at the Ottawa Convention Centre to showcase their culinary take on this foodie favorite. All food is priced between 2 and 5 dollars and goes to support local businesses.
25 local musicians. 5 new bands. 24 hours to create a 20-30 minute set of all original music and 1 unforgettable night: that’s what Ottawa Rock Lottery is all about! Described as one of the best community-building events of the Ottawa music scene by host of CBC Radio 1 Amanda Putz, this exciting night is being held this Saturday, May 17 at Babylon. Be a part of the local community and experience the Ottawa Rock Lottery!
The new House of Targ invites you to rock out with Zex this Saturday night. The Toronto formation will be performing live alongside Ottawa-based punk rock band Absolut, Washington D.C. group Walk the Plank and Pittsburgh project Black Bear Mute.
The May edition of Colour & Sound is being held this Saturday night at The Daily Grind. This monthly show, bringing together local hip-hop artists, will include live performances by Young Red Rum, Penni Layne, Eddie Quotez, and The Fine Young Gentlemen. Music will be provided by DJ D-Mass and admission is free.
This Saturday, June 1 marks the return of the Hostylez dance party at Mugshots with DJs Prufrock Shadowrunner and So Nice. The two Ottawa sound selectors will bring you strictly dancehall, reggae and hip-hop beats to keep you moving and grooving all night. Also, if the weather’s nice, the party will be held outdoors in the courtyard.
This Sunday night, House of Targ presents Toughen Up featuring a live show by Toronto proto-punk/post-punk band Teenanger. The group will be joined by special guests Nightshades, a brand new Ottawa band who’ll be giving its first show ever. What’s more, you can eat perogies and play arcades and pinball as you please.