August is upon us, which means that there’s only about a month left of summer, and as depressing as it’s starting to feel, let’s not look too far ahead and instead enjoy the hot rays while they last. If you’re in the National Capital Region and looking for fun things to do around Ottawa-Gatineau this week, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for all sorts of event ideas.
How about some loud metal music to kick of the week? If that sounds like your type of Tuesday night out on the town, then be sure to head over to Mavericks this August 5 for the Zero Fun Tour. For the occasion, headliners Norma Jean will be performing live in Ottawa alongside Night Verses, The Prestige, Greylights, Terra Firma and Missioner.
Does Improv Cabaret sound like fun? If so, be sure to head over to the Rainbow Bistro this Tuesday night to partake in improv games with live musical accompaniment and veteran performers. To participate, just drop your name in the hat and get on stage for a night of improvised comedy, where you’ll join experienced improvisers who’ll show you how easy it can be.
The Fau Mardi collective has released its programming for the month of August. The weekly gathering, which happens every Tuesday at the Petit Chicago over in Hull, gives a platform to local audio-visual artists in an effort to support the Ottawa Gatineau electronic scene. This week, the Fau Mardi crew will be featuring special guests Tondal and Stark. And would you look at that poster? What a beauty.
The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks continued this week along the banks of the Canadian Museum of History. The 19th edition of this annual event, which kicked off last Saturday, features 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. For more info and programming details, just click below. The August edition of Bars & Breakbeats, going down at Babylon this Thursday night, will highlight The Stringers’ “See You At 7” EP Release. The alt punk rockers from Ottawa will be presenting material from their new album alongside Ottawa alt rock group Finding Chuck, Ottawa ska band Suits N’ Toques, Ottawa pop/rock soul formation Harea Band, and local alt hip-hop artists Aron The Alien and Odcmplx. If you’re in the mood to journey to beautiful Wakefield this Thursday night, Montreal post punk rock group Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra will be performing live at the Blacksheep Inn alongside local experimental power-pop/noise trio Scattered Clouds. The latter, which gave an excellent set at this year’s Ottawa Bluesfest, is a must-see if you enjoy experimental sounds.
Psych synth pop project Jay Arner will be performing live at Pressed Cafe this Thursday night. The Vancouver-based indie artist will be joined on stage by Sackville/Montreal rock n’ roller Zakary Slax and Ottawa surf punk rock band Bonnie Doon. It’s the perfect show to check out if you want to discover something new in an intimate venue.
Following an 8-month hiatus, Herd Magazine is back with a 6th issue and a new image. To celebrate the newly printed edition and rebranding, the team invites you to join the herd this Friday, August 8 at the Bridgehead Roastery. There will be prizes, a custom cocktail menu, and live music courtesy of folk/pop musician Laurent Bourque, garage rock/grunge band Nightshades and DJ Greg Reain.
Hip-hop meets rock this Thursday night at Avant-Garde Bar. Indie City Madness presents an eclectic night of live music featuring performances by local musician Sarah Cogan, NYC indie R&B/soul group The Rooks, Ottawa indie rock band Sweet Alps, local alternative/garage rock favourites Elementals, Toronto R&B/pop/electronica collective Unbuttoned and local alternative hip-hop project Antiks.
Ottawa’s kings of crushing atmospheric metal Alaskan are giving a live show at House of Targ this Friday, August 9. For the occasion, they’ll be joined by local stoner metal group Loviatar, Moncton psychedelic doom metal duo ZAUM, Halifax instrumental post rock band Kuato and Ottawa ambient noise sludge project Merdarahta.
Kitchen Party 00037 is taking over the Rochester Pub & Eatery this Friday night. The monthly dance party presented by DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks will feature special guest DJ Memetic of the popular Timekode party. Your hosts promise nothing but the best in funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, techno, house and everything in between. A little bit of this and a little bit of that.
The August edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is happening outdoors this Friday at Parliament Pub with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform 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 a buddy and be a member of the audience, click below for everything you need to know.
Over in the Hull sector of Gatineau, there’s a new event that recently surfaced called Society that promises an open-air laid back vibe. Featuring Ottawa’s own DJ Magnificent on the 1s and 2s, the night will include live music, a half-pipe for the skaters and a complimentary photo booth.
This Saturday, August 9, Beyond The Pale takes over the taps at the Hintonburg Public House. Eight beers will be on tap along with a DJ dance party, prizes and discounted pints of BTP all night. There’s no cover charge for the event, but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to attend.
If you’re looking for a spot to rock n’ roll this Saturday night, Avant-Garde Bar is the place to be. Experimental heavy rock duo and Ottawa favourites Muffler Crunch will be performing a live set and they’ll be joined on stage by local rock metal trio Gnarly Brown and desert space rock band King Swan.
At Mugshots this Saturday night, there will be a special edition of Fryquency to bid farewell to host Rocky LaLune who has been instrumental in making this pay-what-you-can series that exhibits emerging and experimental Canadian music a reality. For this instalment, there will be live sets by Toronto musician Lido Pimienta, Halifax electro/dub/psych artist JFM, Toronto world punk/trance project Mas Aya and Ottawa bass/drums/electronics/vocals artist H De Heutz.