Another week begins, and the Ottawa-Gatineau cultural scene shows no signs of slowing down. If you’re around in the coming days, check out the lineup of solid events happening in and around the National Capital Region and be sure to get out to enjoy some of them. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to help organize your plans for the days ahead.
Pennsylvania emo/indie/rock band Balance and Composure will be live at Ritual this Thursday night. The No Sleep Recs signees will be performing alongside Connecticut rock OVLOV and Ottawa indie/rock/emo band PINE.
Do you enjoy metal, pinball, perogies and beer? Then be sure to head out to House of Targ this Thursday for the free Metal Nite. DJs Erin, Gen, and Val will be playing the soundtrack to your high scores including black, thrash, death, and traditional heavy metal.
This Friday night, the good people of Ottawa Showbox present Ashleys live at Mugshots. The Montreal-based indie rock trio will be giving a show alongside Ottawa melodic indie garage/rock Elementals and Ottawa/MTL indie rock group Future States.
Cloud City, a dynamic 5-piece band who combines progressive funk, rock, and jazz, will be performing live at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, January 16. Cloud City was formed in 2013 when previous members of Digmobile, Claptrap, and Themasses all collided in the nations capital. Hungry for something new yet familiar, Cloud City has been developing their own unique sound which is derived from a combination of shared roots in jazz and improvisational expression. Their live show has been described as having lots of fun and challenging elements all at the same time
New York City no-improv industrial noise project Pharmakon will be giving a live set at Pressed Cafe this Friday night. For the occasion, the Sacred Bones Recs signees will be sharing the stage with Montreal live analog/electronic/post-punk/acidhaus 2-piece Pelada and driving industrial band Pelvic Floor.
Ottawa’s own Gold & Marrow (who actually used to go by the name Shannon Rose & The Thorns and recently changed their band name) will be giving a live performance at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield this Friday, Janaury 16. The harmonious local indie folk/pop duo will be sharing the stage with John Jacob Magistery, a soulful alt-rock band from Montreal.
Also this Friday night, local reggae/ska band The Cardboard Crowns will be giving their first show of the year at Mavericks. The dynamic 4-piece originally formed in Aylmer, will be performing live with Ottawa 6-piece ska punk band Suits ‘n Toques and Winchester punk rock trio The Tenenbaums. As usual at a Cardboard Crowns show, if you show up wearing a crown, you’ll be able to save a couple of bucks off the ticket price.
Local power folk band Steamers, who are in the process of recording their debut album, will be giving a live show at House of Targ this Friday night in an effort to give a final push to get their first full-length mixed and printed. They’ll be playing with local folk rock group Jonathan Becker & The North Fields and local folk pop outfit Moonfruits.
If you’re looking for a night of live local music this Friday, the Ottawa Indie Rocks Concert Series has the show for you. Sleepy & The Noise, Devan & Khalid, Chops & The Holics and James LeClaire are all perand it all goes down at the Rainbow Bistro.
Toronto heavyweights Keys ‘N Krates and Thugli will be giving live sets inside Barrymores this Friday night as part of MOTION. The hip-hop/electronic trap band affiliated to Dim Mak Records will be headlining the night while trap duo Thugli warms up the crowd with straight bangers. Both Keys N’ Krates and Thugli always deliver solid live sets so this promises to be one for the books.
If you’re looking for a dance party this Friday night, 90s or Bust might just be the one for you. As long as you enjoy dancing to 90s hip-hop and r&b hits, then you’re good to go.
This Saturday, over in the Hull sector of Gatineau, there will be a friendly hockey tournament on the newly-opened skating rink of the Ruisseau de la Brasserie to celebrate winter. This first edition, organized by the Table jeunesse Gatineau, will also feature entertainment including a BBQ, a bar, a DJ, as well as some live animation. Lace up and enjoy the ice!
Saskatchewan songwriter and rambler Zachary Lucky will be making a stop in Ottawa this Saturday night as part of his tour of Eastern Canada. For the occasion, he’ll be performing live at Raw Sugar Cafe alongside local folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Cody Allen who’ll be presenting new material off of his latest upcoming album Ignite.
Hardcore dance music fans will be happy to know that Angerfist is coming to Ottawa this Saturday night. The number 1 hardcore artist from Holland will be giving a live set at Mavericks as part of his world tour and for the occasion, he’ll be joined by Merkurius, Dream Creator, Dopamyne, Type-ZERO and Darken.
Those of you looking for a punk show this weekend should head to House of Targ on Saturday night to catch Toronto synth punk band Cellphone and Ottawa punk rockers Chloroform (and not Durs Coeurs as the below poster indicates – they had to cancel their appearance. It’s always a good time at Targ!
Dubwise is a night dedicated to dub/reggae/roots/dubstep/ragga jungle, music from the heart of Jamaica that’s influenced countless genres. Happening at Avant-Garde Bar, the event will feature live sets by Sarge, Mr. The Cat, Disco-Nekt and Sticks and Stones, who are all important players on the local dub scene.
A&E, or Atherton & Elmdale, or Anything & Everything is an open format dance party. It’s a monthly celebration of feel good music, friendship and frivolity that takes place the 3rd Saturday of every month at The Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern. This Saturday’s edition will feature special guest DJ/Producer Max Zims of Unlikely Futures.