Festival season is officially starting this week which means there are plenty of events to keep our national capital’s cultural scene alive. 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.
To kick off the week with metal, Vancouver technical death metal band Archspire will be performing live at Cafe Dekcuf. The West Coast group will be sharing the stage with Ottawa death metal four-piece Accursed Spawn, Perth metal formation A Scar For The Wicked and Ottawa metal project Maou Mindu. Internationally renowned pop sensation Aaron Carter will be making a return to Ottawa this Wednesday night to perform live at Ritual. The American artist, who’s currently recording a new album and preparing for his next tour, will be sharing the stage with local singers Jessica Anbara and Rachel Stiles for the occasion. The 40th edition of the Festival Franco-Ontarien kicks off on Thursday, June 11 and is being held until Saturday, June 14. This year again, the family-friendly festival, which celebrates francophone music and culture, is being held at Major Hill Park and will present popular musicians from French Canada including Eric Lapointe, Kain, Loco Locass and Zachary Richard among others. This Thursday, June 11, UK hard rockers Girlschool will be giving a live performance at Mavericks. The NWOBHM legends will be rocking out as part of their Guilty As Sin North American Tour alongside Swedish rock metal band Crucified Barbara as well as Toronto/Ottawa rock group Old James and Quebec rock three-piece Velvet Black. LIVE! on Elgin is pleased to be joined by one of Ottawa’s talented singer-songwriters, Danielle Allard, every Thursday night at 9 starting this Thursday, June 11. The local acoustic musician will probably be sharing the stage with special guests featured on a weekly basis. Those of you who enjoy visual arts should check out the Ottawa Art Battle Regional Finals this Friday night at Maker Space North. The unique event organized across Canadian cities, brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The regional finals will crown the Ottawa champion who’ll go on to represent the Nation’s capital at the annual National Championship going down later this summer to crown the top Canadian painter of the year. This Friday night, Ottawa atmospheric experimental rock Wood Lake will be playing live at Mavericks alongside Grounders, Losergeek and the noteworthy local post-punk/pop/rock trio The Great Diversion. Vancouver indie math/pop band Hawking will be giving a live show at Avant-Garde Bar this Friday, June 12 as part of their 2015 North Amercian Tour. For their Ottawa stop, the 4-piece will be joined on stage by Ottawa indie rock band Tall Trees, Ottawa rock/punk outfit The Tenebaums, Ottawa/Gatineau indie electro/progressive rock formation Sans Foulard and Ottawa experimental/acid pop project Cosmo Doris. If you enjoy a mix of folk, punk and rock, be sure to head over to House of Targ this Friday night to catch Jon Creeden and the Flying Hellfish. The Stratford/Ottawa punk rock band will be giving a show with Calgary folk/punk group The River Jacks and Ottawa punk rock musician Cory Levesque who’ll be joined by a few friends for his set. The June edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is going down this Friday night at the Elmdale with usual suspects DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate Missy Elliott by doing that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show the Ottawa world what you’re made of. Old Stereo invites you to join them to celebrate the album release of their debut What It’s All About this Saturday night at Cafe Dekcuf. The local funk, soul and r&b 4-piece band will be premiering new material and they’ll be sharing the stage with special guest Renee Landry who’ll take care of opening the show. If you’re into ska, reggae, and rocksteady, be sure to go to Mavericks this Saturday night to check out The Beatdown. The Montreal Northern reggae band will be performing live in Ottawa in an effort to promote their new album The Beatdown Meets Hugo Mudie and for the occasion they’ll be sharing the stage with garage surf pop project Cold Chords and rockabilly/punk outfit A Staggering Pace. The Heart, Home & Handmade indie craft fair being held at the Carleton Field House this Saturday, June 13. The semi-annual boutique event showcases some of the National Capital Region’s most talented handmade designers. It’s a modern twist on the conventional craft fair and admission is free. The Rock & Rescue Ottawa annual benefit event is being held at the Crazy Horse this Saturday, June 13 to raise funds for local, non-profit dog rescues in Ottawa and the surrounding area. This year’s event will be benefiting the Ottawa Dog Rescue, Sit With Me Shelter Rescue, and Spot’s Dog Rescue and will feature live performances by Amos The Transparent, Thrifty Kids and Water’s Edge.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Saturday night, enjoy a laid-back intimate evening of local music featuring dreamy folk pop duo Waxing Moon, blues/folk/rock musician Just Mouse and Ottawa acoustic indie/folk ukulele newcomers Goodnight Boy.If you’re into blues and folk and you’re in the mood to check out some live music you should head to Irene’s Pub this Saturday night to catch the live performance by Life-Size Men and Catriona Sturton. The Ottawa guitar-driven pop/rock n’ roll 4-piece band will be giving a live show and they’ve invited singer and harmonica player Sturton to join them on stage for the show. Westfest, Westboro Village’s festival of music, art and life is celebrating its 12th edition this year on June 13 and 14. This family-friendly community festival brings you free concerts and activities in Ottawa’s Westboro neighborhood and this year the events will be held .The 2015 festivities will bring you live performances by Lynn Miles, Sarah Harmer, Rae Spoon, Craig Cardiff, and The Acorn among others. To view the full program, click on the festival image below. Right in time for Father’s Day, Handmade Harvest presents Manmade this Sunday, June 14 at the Mill Street Brew Pub. The one-of-a-kind male-focussed craft show will feature 30 dude-worthy vendors and free Mill Street Beer samplings. The perfect spot to grab a gift for your dad!