It’s hard to believe that June has come and gone already and that summer is finally here. With July just around the corner, it means Bluesfest is about to kick off, along with a slew of other events that are worth checking out. To help you choose where to go and what to attend, take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below.
This Tuesday night, there’s going to be a pre-Canada Day patio party at Kinki in the market. The event is free and will feature music by DJs Anthony Dunn, Mister Parker and Henreet.
The Mercury Lounge is also presenting a pre-Canada Day party on Tuesday, but this one’s for the house heads. It’s the annual house music community celebration and it’ll feature DJs Juarez and Disko, Rick Laplante, Brink, Tone A, Plush and Eric Latulipe.
On Canada Day, throughout the afternoon, Top of The World Skateshop and DC Shoe Co. present skate demos with the DC team on Rideau St in front of Top of the World. The free event will also feature music by DJ Acro, BMX demos and giveaways.
Starting at 3pm on Canada Day, the KINKI Patio will be open for celebrations and will be equipped with serious sound & light to keep the festivities rocking through the night. The party, which is free to attend, will feature a lineup of DJs including Trevor Walker, Ryan Labelle, Lance Baptiste and Paulo Cardoso among others.
Mushroom jazz creator Mark Farina will be making a return to Ottawa this Wednesday, July 1 as part of Canada Day (or Farina D’eh) celebrations. For the occasion, the globally renowned San Francisco-based DJ and producer will be giving a 3-hour extended set at Mercury Lounge.
London, England’s own TroyBoi will be making a stop in Ottawa on Canada Day before heading over to Valhalla Sound Circus in Bryson, Quebec. The trap DJ/Producer will be giving a live set at Ritual and for the occasion he’ll be joined by guest DJs Dave Luxe, Illo and Strange Future.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Thursday night, there will be a live show featuring some great indie/experimental folk/pop bands. Featured on the bill are Halifax minimalist pop band Wet Denim, Montreal 70s-inspired dance project Archery Guild, Ottawa freak folk ensemble Pith and the Parenchymas and Halifax folk musician Cactus Flower.
Those of you who enjoy hardcore punk and metalcore will want to head over to Cafe Dekcuf this Friday night to catch Edmonton hardcore band Slumlord. The band will be in Ottawa as part of their No Parents, No Rules Tour and they’ll be sharing the stage with Calgary hardcore/metal group Fall City Fall, Montreal hardcore punks Kennedy, Ottawa hardcore/metal outfit Iron Golem and Ottawa metalcore project Violent Tides.
Ottawa’s The Acorn, which has just been nominated for the Polaris Prize Long List, will be marking the release of his latest album Vieux Loup this Friday night at House of Common. The event will kick off with a BBQ at 7pm and the music will follow at 8pm featuring a live performance by The Acorn and special guests Pipahauntas and newcomer Isaac Vallentin who will be celebrating the release of his debut album Hedera, which is excellent by the way.
If you’re into country and folk don’t miss St. Louis country/blues/jazz/swing musician Pokey Lafarge live at Ritual. The show, happening this Friday night at Ritual, will also include Ottawa indie folk band Weird With Cats and Ottawa country group Uncle Sean & the Shifty Drifters.
Ottawa indie hip-hop/rock/pop group Zoo Legacy invites you to join them for the album release of their latest project “Departures” this Friday night at Mercury Lounge. Presented as part of Beau’s Radioactive Music Series, the show will also feature special guests Memetic of Timekode fame and singer-songwriter Maurice Moore.
If you’re into the local hip hop scene, be sure to make your way over to Live on Elgin this Friday night to support Elevation. The night of live music will featuring performances by local hip hop/rap artists OMH Diamond, Fysh & Chyp and Righteous among others.
This Friday night, if you’re looking for an afro-groove dance party, look no further than Discoteka in downtown Ottawa. The new dance party, featuring music selections by DJ Luckijo, will also include a live performance by local r&b singer-songwriter Nancita Kapi.
If you’re in the mood for some live rockabilly and bluesy rock this Friday night, be sure to hit up House of Targ to catch newcomers Hot Snake Handlers who describe their sound as punk country and psychobilly. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa blues/rock duo Bearshark and rockabilly band The Greasemarks. Bearshark are super solid so it’s definitely worth going for them alone.
Ottawa Showbox and Herd Mag have teamed up to bring you a Mid-Summer Riot this Friday, July 3. Happening at Maker Space North, the warehouse party will feature live performances by Theaternia, Cabaal, and The Cardboard Crowns as well as music by DJ Greg Reain and visuals courtesy of VJ Ina.
Metal heads will be happy to know that American blackened thrash metal band Goatwhore will be performing live at Mavericks this Saturday, July 4. For the occasion, they’ll be playing alongside American hardcore/heavy metal/thrash group Ringworm, American metal formation Black Breath, American death/grind band Theories, Ottawa metalcore project The Observer Effect and Ottawa metalcore group Here Comes Bigfoot.
The Fau Mardi collective, which now throws sporadic parties, is hosting an event this Saturday, July 4 over at Daimon. This time around the collective, which was created to give a platform to audio-visual artists in an effort to support the Ottawa Gatineau electronic scene, will welcome chillout electronic trio Snowday, audio-visual artist Jean Piché and VJ Luke Ciel among others.
Fryquency, the pay-what-you-can all-ages series that showcases emerging Canadian music is back at Mugshots for July. This month, the recurring event will feature live performances by Halifax band Walrus, Montreal project Hand Cream and Ottawa garage trio Nightshades.
Beyoncé fans rejoice: The BEY BEY dance party is back at Babylon Nightclub this Saturday night. This party dedicated to the one and only Queen B will feature DJs Foster and Max Zims on the decks playing Bey and friends all night long.
This Sunday, July 5, Osheaga presents Les Hay Babies live at Ritual. This free show (that’s right, free.) will feature a performance by the Montreal indie folk trio as well as Montreal indie artist Ludovic Alarie and Quebec indie folk rock up and coming singer-songwriter Safia Nolin. Did I mention it’s free?