Looking for fun and exciting things to do around Ottawa-Gatineau this coming week? Look no further, you’ve come to the right place! If you’ve got some time on your hands and would like to check out local events in the days ahead, browse through Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below.
Start the week off in music by heading over to Club SAW this Tuesday, July 29 and check out a live show by Worcester, Massachusetts emo/indie band The Hotelier. For the occasion, they’ll be joined on stage by St. Louis indie/post-rock group Foxing, New Jersey indie/emo formation Prawn and Ottawa indie/rock project Port Manteau.
Also on Tuesday, Moncton, New Brunswick group Shades of Sorrow will be giving a live show at Avant-Garde Bar. The heavy rock/metal band from the East Coast will be performing alongside the new Ottawa group Gnarly Brown and local metal trio Insufficient Funds.
Do you like beer and want to enjoy some local brews while supporting a good cause? If so head over to IdeaSpace this Wednesday evening to partake in Brewing Awareness. Featuring five local microbrewers and tasty beer snacks from some of Ottawa’s finest snacking specialists, your taste buds will not be disappointed. There will also be a silent auction and a donation-based photo booth to capture your selfies. All proceeds are going to Harmony House, Ottawa’s only second-stage women’s shelter.
Starting this Thursday, July 31, Studio Sixty Six presents “A Year in Reflection”, a summer exhibition featuring art works by emerging artists including Anna Griffiths, Anthony Tremmaglia, Cindy Mersky, Darren Kooyman, Delphine Sullivan, Dante Penman, Jamie Kronick, Niya Mirtcheva, and Patrice Stanley.
Metal/hardcore group Obey The Brave will be in Ottawa this Thursday night to give a show at Mavericks. The Montreal-based band will be performing live with Ottawa party grind group Killitorous, Ottawa pop-punk/hardcore project We Were Sharks and Ottawa/Toronto metal/hardcore formation Dreamer/Deciever.
Toronto-based power pop group Stella Ella Ola will be making a stop at House of Targ this Thursday, July 31. For the occasion, the 4-piece will be performing live accompanied by Ottawa’s Average Times. Oh, and while you’re there, you can stuff your face with perogies and play all the arcades/pinball you ever dreamed of cause House of Targ is cool like that.
Ottawa Bluesfest organizers have launched a series of showcases called The Bluesprint Series. Held at the Bluesfest School of Music and Art, the series will highlight up and coming local musicians who will have the opportunity to perform in an intimate setting and potentially win $1000. It’s pretty awesome to see the biggest and most popular music festival in the National Capital Region encourage artistic development and the local cultural scene with this initiative.
Toronto-based progressive folk musician Jaron Freeman-Fox will be making a stop in Ottawa this as part of their fourth Canadian tour. The eclectic violinist will be joined by The Opposite of Everything 5-piece and together they’ll perform at Mugshots this Thursday, Juy 31 with local groups Shannon Rose & The Thorns and Jake Pine & The Fire.
The 2014 Ottawa Buskerfest starts this Thursday, July 31 and runs until Monday, August 4 along Sparks Street. This annual festival showcases some of the best buskers from around the world including local and national acts. This family-friendly event is a great way to get out (for cheap!) and support hard-working artists and their sometimes perilous acts.
This Friday at Leaky B’s LaVa Lounge, there will be a live show featuring sets by Winnipeg Pop/Rock group Take Me To The Pilot, Ottawa Pop Punk band In Bright Lights, Montreal Pop Punk formation By The Glory and Ottawa project Harbors.
Art and music join forces this Friday night at St. Albans to present an original event dubbed Sound/Tracks. The live multi-media spectacle will have musicians and media artists team up to create and perform a series of innovative audiovisual collaborations. Each of the four creative teams participating will attempt to expand the limits of what live music with video can be, and redefine the very idea of the film soundtrack. Sounds pretty cool!
On August 1st Ottawa’s best hard dance DJs will be going head to head at Mavericks in an all out battle that will see Team Red take on Team Blue in front of a live crowd who’ll select the winning champ.
If you’re into salsa, reggaetón, bachata, vallenato, samba and merengue, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a new latin club called The Moonlight opening in Ottawa this weekend to rival with the likes of Caliente, Diskoteka, Latin Sparks and Thursday nights at Petit Chicago. Located on Carling Avenue, the venue will feature music by DJ Coreas Latin Vibe.
Halifax rock band Bloody Diamonds will be performing live at Avant-Garde this Saturday night as part of a North American tour that took them from New York and Chicago to Regina and Toronto. The duo will be on stage alongside Ottawa 3-piece alt/rock band The Gowls, four-piece rock reggae jam band Jinx The Cat and local punk/reggae/funk group Randy Shenanigans.
Fever, the only disco dance party of its kind in Ottawa, is happening at Babylon this Saturday, August 2. The now-monthly night promises all the glits and glam of the 70s & 80s and tons of disco hits provided by guest DJ Acro. An awesome way to dance the night away!
The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks are back at a brand new location this year: the banks of the Canadian Museum of History. The 19th edition of this annual event, kicking off this Saturday, August 2, will feature four international pyromusical fireworks shows from Canada, China, Portugal and Switzerland including a Grande Finale, which will offer an explosive ending combining all four countries.
This Sunday, August 3, if you want to rock out to a punk/rock/metal show, be sure to head over to Ritual. The event will feature live sets by Gainesville punk/rockers Against Me!, Philly noise-rock group creepoid, and Ottawa punk/metal band Crvsades.