Another blog post, another week filled with events happening in Canada’s national capital. If you’re in Ottawa-Gatineau this week and have time to check out some stuff out, there’s no shortage of things to do. 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 coming days.
With Saint-Patrick’s Day happening this Tuesday, there’s bound to be lots of party-goers out and about hopping from pub to pub in search of the best green beer. If you feel like going out but aren’t into the crazy Saint Patty’s parties, Overkill will be open and featuring DJ Magnificent on the 1s and 2s spinning all kinds of hip-hop, reggae, and r&b for your listening pleasure.
One Bad Son will be giving a live performance at Mavericks this Wednesday night. For the occasion, the Saskatoon-based rock n’ rollers will be sharing the stage with special guests The Wild and Ottawa rock 5-piece Iconoclast. This promises to be one great night of live music. What do you know about live theatre in and around a party during which new performances beginning every 10 minutes in every corner of the building? That’s what subDevision is all about. There’s no posted schedule. Only a bill with the titles of 13 original site-specific works. Each 10–20 minute piece has been created with a particular space in mind, be that an artist’s studio, the corridor, a metal shop, under the stairs, in a parking spot…Start at the bar and explore the building at will. The event goes down March 19-21 at Enriched Bread Artists Studios. How cool is that?
DJs Jas Nasty, Lamb Rabbit & Barb Ochman introduce a new night of weird music from the glorious 1980s at Oz Kafe starting this Thursday night featuring new wave/ post punk/ synth pop/ dark disco/ and rock.
This Friday March 20, Bars & Breakbeats is back with a March edition going down at Mavericks. The music show will feature live performances by Ottawa progressive rock band The Dead Centuries, Ottawa rock group Bull Domino, rock/hip-hop/reggae project Mr. Sauga, indie alternative rock outfit Prett Melberts, Ottawa acoustic folk singer-songwriter Amanda Lowe.
If hip-hop is more your thing, Ottawa Showbox has got just the show for you this Friday night. Happening at Mugshots, there will be live sets by Ottawa emcee G.Grand, hip-hop duo Crookid Bass, local lyricist Hyf GyspySun and spoken word by King Kimbit.
Have you heard of House of Common/Maison de la Commune? Chances are you haven’t yet as it’s a newish underground studio/gallery/eclectic space that recently started to open its doors to live shows. This Friday night, Toronto-based industrial new wave artist STÜKA will be giving a live set alongside dark psychedelic soundscapes producer Cabaal and Whitby shoegaze project Chastity.
Over at Zaphods this Friday night, check out Waterloo indie/folk band The Royal Streets. The 6-piece will be performing alongside Ottawa folk-rock group Weird With Cats, and Ottawa indie-folk outfit The Brook.
This Friday night, celebrate the arrival of Spring at House of Targ with Ottawa’s favourite disco/funk/rock/punk fusion trio The Ven Dreddies. The local band, known for giving lively shows, will be joined by local male/female heavy rock duo Muffler Crunch and Ottawa experimental funk/metal project Criticull.
At Gabba Hey! this Friday, Bruised Tongue presents a night of hardcore annihilation featuring live sets by T.O. raw punks Absolut, Montreal d-beat Mueco, Toronto hardcore band Mocoso, modern hardcore rippers Asile and Montreal synth-punk project Perverted Justice.
Over at Le Temporaire in Hull this Friday night, celebrate the Spring equinox with a night full of surprises including live music, DJs, performances, complimentary drinks (while supplies last) and a raffle with over 20 gifts to win. The featured artists will include Aymara Alvarado Lang, Jordan David, Olivier Duquette, Hector Tovar, Rodrigo Medrano, Guillaume Bellefeuille, Mat Gauts, VJ Murderith and guest artist Lilly Koltun.
Looking for a place to go dancing and let loose this Friday? The Mercury Lounge has got you covered with Nu.Soul, a night featuring hard and soulful underground house beats selected by special guest DJs Juarez & Disko.
If you’d rather jam to some hip-hop and r&b this Friday night, 90s or Bust might just be the dance party for you. Happening at Babylon on Bank St, the popular monthly features all the best 1990s and early 2000 hits to get you dancing the night away.
This weekend, discover the best antiques, vintage & retro that the NCR has to offer all in one venue at Carleton University. If you’ve never been to the Antique & Vintage Market show before, now’s your chance! You’ll find amazing things for yourself, your family and friends, your home, condo, cottage and more.
Spring is in the air and so are seasonal craft fairs. This Saturday at Jack Purcell Community Centre, browse through 40 local vendors as part of the Totally Handmade Artisan Trinkets Craft Fair and support DIY artisans and businesses.
Folk music in Ottawa is not a new concept. From bar to festival, the city has boasted hundreds of great folk artists for decades. But while we often picture folk music as a quiet night out, those who have dug into Ottawa’s independent scene have found themselves dancing and screaming at the top of their lungs to artists who still proudly hang the folk flag. Folk It All is a celebration of the loudest and proudest independent folk, country and celtic artists of Ottawa happening at the Rainbow Bistro this Saturday, March 21. Seats and shushing be damned, this is an opportunity to stomp and scream for more.
R.A.P.S.Ody is Ottawa’s new monthly event where urban artists compete in a classic “cypher” hip hop format. Happening at the Flava Factory this Saturday evening, the second edition is meant to be inclusive and open to all and will feature spoken word artists, rappers, dancers, beatboxers, singers and a live performance by special guest Lex Leosis.
Legendary Pittsburgh punks Anti-Flag will be performing live at the Bistro over in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday night. The band will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their album “The Terror State” by playing it in its entirety in an intimate venue so the crowd can be up close. For the occasion, they’ll be joined by Ottawa punk group Brat Attack and Gatineau hardcore punk outfit Spaz Out.
At Pressed this Saturday, you can check out Toronto indie rock band Garrison Creek as well as Ottawa-based Gnarly Brown, LADYGIRL, Mistaken For Brothers, and Ryan Fitz for an eclectic night of live music.
The Wacken Metal Battle is coming to Ottawa for the first time, and this inaugural edition will send one local metal band to the Canadian finals happening in Toronto this June. The winner will then head to the renowned Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany to perform live and represent Canada. The Ottawa round is being held this Saturday, March 21 at Mavericks and will feature live performances by local metal bands Endemise, A Scar for the Wicked, Chariots of the Gods, Scarecrowz, Deathrow Six, and From the Deep.
The energetic Stella Ella Ola is returning to House of Targ this Saturday night. The Toronto power pop band is absolutely amazing will be gracing Ottawa with its addictive tunes while you eat perogies, drink beer and play some pinball. For the occasion, Ottawa’s favourite rock n’ roll funksters The Mackenzie Rhythm Section will be warming things up with their contagious sound and will surely test out new material from their upcoming EP Brand New Dances set to be released this Summer. This show is a guaranteed good time.
Smif-N-Wessun are embarking on a special series of shows in celebration of their classic album’s 20th anniversary. The tour, aptly dubbed “Dah Shinin 20th Anniversary Tour”, will take members Tek and Steele from Boston to Toronto by way of Ottawa. The Cocoa Brovaz, will be making a stop in the capital on March 21 to give a special live performance during which they’ll spit their classic debut « Dah Shinin » front to back in its entirety in celebration of one of the most underrated yet influential hip-hop albums ever produced. It’s a unique opportunity to relive timeless gems like “Bucktown,” “Sound Bwoy Bureill,” and “Wontime” live. For the occasion, Bucktown’s own will be sharing the stage with Ottawa rising hip-hop duo Buck N’ Nice as well as locals Ickarus, Prehistoric, Gutta King Chris and Lost Kids.
An annual event put on by the students of the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism to showcase their creative work through a collection of installations accompanied by visuals and music. This year’s event will be held at Maker Space North’s open concept warehouse venue on Saturday, March 21. The Partyy. crew will be providing visuals while Matt Tamblyn and Cabaal take care of the beats. What’s more, a charitable donation will be made to the Ottawa Skateboarding Community Association.
If you love the sound of Studio One and Trojan Records, then the new Bangarang night happening at Raw Sugar Cafe with DJs Magnificent and Longshot is for you. This series comes as a response to people who normally go to Double Barrel and want more 1966-1975 era reggae. The focus is on reggae, rocksteady and ska from Jamaica’s exciting 1966-1975 period with a heavy focus on 1968-1971.