Another blog post, another week filled with events to keep our national capital’s cultural scene buzzing. If you’re in the area this week and have time to check out some stuff, there’s lots happening, so take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a glimpse into the number of events being held in the coming days.
This Tuesday night at Ritual, there will be a live show featuring Detroit rock band Fireworks. The group will be headlining the show and sharing the stage with Virginia indie-punk outfit Turnover, Hartford indie/punks Sorority Noise, and Ottawa alt-rock band Missioner.
On Wednesday night at Ritual it’s Philly indie-punk group The Menzingers’ turn to take the stage. The band will be joined on stage with Brooklyn bummer punks Chumped and Pittsburgh indie rock outfit Roger Harvey.
Funk carioca, favela funk and, baile funk, is a type of dance music from Rio de Janeiro, derived from Miami bass and African style music. Although it originated in Rio, funk carioca has become increasingly popular in parts of Brazil, Angola and Portugal. Come experience a night of Bayle Funk, Funk Carioca, Kuduro, Future Trap and Dance Hall at Babylon this Wednesday night. Music will be provided by Teo Nio, BAMBII, NDMA, Matt Tamblyn and Foster.
The Ottawa Art Gallery presents Diorama: New Works by Drew Mosley starting this Thursday, June 4.
In this latest body of work, Ottawa-based carpenter and visual artist Drew Mosley brings the forest to life in a series that both invite and unnerve. Using a technique involving painting on layers of resin, and combining at times found objects, he creates three-dimensional illustrations that tell the stories of fantastic forest-dwelling creatures. Diorama features both new and installation-based pieces from Mosley’s body of work. The vernissage will be held this Thursday night starting at 5:30 pm.
Join the One World Film Festival this Thursday, June 4 for the Ottawa Premiere of the soccer documentary Goals for Girls: A Story of Women With Balls at the ByTowne Cinema on Rideau Street. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion on Supporting Women’s Success in Sports and exploring some of the thought-provoking issues raised by this inspiring documentary about women’s soccer in Argentina.
If you’re into punk rock and psychobilly and you want to check out an early show this Thursday night, you should head over to Zaphods to see Nekromantix. The LA/Denmark psychobilly/punk band will be performing live with Ottawa punk rocker Brain Damage and Ottawa garage punk group Capital City Carnage.
If folk rock is more your thing, Massachusetts alt-rock/folk musician J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr will be giving a live show at Ritual this Thursday night. For the occasion, he’ll be sharing the stage with Matt Valentine of the Vermont-based band MV & EE.
If you enjoy comedy, don’t miss the Comedy Explosion show going down this Friday and Saturday at the Gladstone Theatre. The 2-day event will feature sets by Toronto comedians Mark Little, Chris Locke, Tom Henry, and Ian Gordon as well as Ottawa-based stand up comics Greg Houston, Travis Maplesden, Kelsey Ryan, Patric, Pierre Richardson and Davey Quesnelle among others.
This Friday night, the FAU MARDI crew celebrates the arrival of June with an audio-visual night showcasing the best talent of the Ottawa-Gatineau region. From 8pm onwards, make your way over to Axeneo 7/Daïmôn for audio-visual performances by Ruptur, Cabaal, Racine, Reservoir, and Diepsloot accompanied by visual projections from Mawt Trood.
Some people prefer small intimate shows, and that’s cool too because you can often get up close and personal with the artists and share some special moments with the live music. If that’s your thing, you should check out Raw Sugar Cafe this Friday night to see Ottawa alternative folk musician Claude Munson perform live with Toronto folk/country artist LUKA and Ottawa harmonious folk pop duo Moonfruits.
The excellent Pony Girl, who’ve been taking a break from giving live shows to concentrate on their upcoming second album Foreign Life, will be returning to the stage this Friday night. For the occasion, the alt/rock pop/folk six-piece will be performing live at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield and they’ll be joined by local ambient alt/rock trio Pandaléon.
Local singer-songwriter Pia Ashley will be releasing her second album “This Is My Life” this Friday, June 5 at Ottawa’s Brass Monkey. For the occasion, the rock musician will be joined by special guests Lights in August of Ottawa & BAYLA of Montreal. The event will be MC’ed by radio personality Dylan Black of Boom 99.7.
This Friday night, LIVE on Elgin officially opens and to celebrate, the new live music venue is throwing a free show featuring Ottawa music alumni and rockers The Balconies alongside local indie electro/rock band FEVERS. Doors are at 9pm, and you’re stongly encouraged to get there early to guarantee a spot as space is limited.
This Friday night at Ritual, San Francisco ukelele punk band Uke Hunt will be performing live. The Fat Wreck Chords signees will be sharing the stage with Spike Slawson of Me First And The Gimme Gimmes & Swingin’ Utters as well as Ottawa ska/rocksteady band The Sentries and Ottawa folk-punk artist Davey Brat of The Brat Attack.
One of the most popular dance parties in the city, Frenzy is going down at Babylon this Friday night. Many of the last Frenzy instalments have been sold out affairs featuring some of the best upcoming and established music producers out there. This time around will be no different as Straight Goods brings back Frenzy favourite Ryan Hemsworth of WeDitIt as well as Montreal heavyweight Tommy Kruise who are both hitting up the capital city as part of their Just Rap Tour.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Saturday night, indulge in a night of loud folk-rock/alt-country vibes and good people. The local roots/country folk/rock band Jonathan Becker & The North Fields will be giving a live set and sharing the stage with Toronto alt-country/folk-rock group LeBarons and Ottawa indie/future folk project Orienteers.
This Saturday, June 6, one of the greasiest nights of comedy is going down at Mavericks. The event will be hosted by Sam Losco, the Greasy King Caveman of the legendary Canadian comedy series The Trailer Park Boys and will include music, comedy, karaoke, and a hot-dog eating competition among other shenanigans.
The INDI (Independent Novel Design Initiative) is hosting a Grand Clothing Design Show on Saturday at Tabaret Hall on the University of Ottawa Campus. The show will consist of a handful of Ottawa’s brightest designers showcasing their newest collection mixed with music and dance performances. Following the fashion show, there will be a Q&A period with the designers, after which there will be an “after party market”.
Winnipeg folk/roots/soul trio Sweet Alibi will be making a stop at the new LIVE on Elgin venue this Saturday night as part of their summer tour. The talented ladies will be sharing the stage with local band Arms of the Girl as well as Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Danielle Allard who just released her latest project Chameleon.
Amanda Rheaume is performs live at a matinee show that will be held this Sunday, June 7 at LIVE! on Elgin as part of the new venue’s opening week. For the occasion, the Ottawa-based folk/roots/americana singer-songwriter will be sharing the stage with alternative folk musician Cody Allen, who’ll be opening the show.