The bad news is, August is over and it’s back to school time. The good news is, there are still plenty of festivals happening in September to prolongate the summer vibes. Check out what’s happening around town this week and be sure to get out there and support our local cultural scene.
To kick off the week with a bang, make your way over to Mavericks to see progressive metal band Evergrey perform live. The Swedish group will be sharing the stage with Australian progressive metal band Voyager, Orangeville melodic metal formation Borealis, Houston, Texas outfit Oceans of Slumber, and Ottawa metal project Machine Messiah.
If you’re into heavy music, enjoy a night of Canadian metal this Tuesday night at the Rainbow Bistro. The Dogtrot Summer Tour will be making a stop in Ottawa and the bill will feature live sets by Ottawa death metal band Diabholico, Dartmouth metal group Dumpster Mummy, Ottawa industrial metal formation Greylights, Niagara Falls brutal metal project The Offering and Ottawa progressive metal band Isometric.
Correction: Akon will actually be performing in Ottawa on September 22, not September 2.
Konvict Music’s own Akon will be making a return to the National Capital this Wednesday night as part of his Pre Stadium Album Release Canadian “Promo” Tour. For the occasion the Atlanta-based hip hop artist be performing live at Bronson Centre and he’ll be joined on stage by special guests Karl Wolf, B.A.E. and Peter Jackson among others.
Chicago-based hip hop artist Mick Jenkins will be making his Ottawa debut at Ritual this Wednesday, September in an effort to promote his latest EP Wave[s]. The Free Nation rapper will be joined by French DJ and Producer STWO and Paris, France artist Myth Syzer, who are both touring with Jenkins.
This Wednesday, DJs Grumpy B and Chris Interational will be marking one year of the Mercredis Tropicals at the CoqLicorne in the the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau. The event was supposed to be held last Wednesday, but it got postponed because of the weather – it has to feel tropical outside after all, obviously. Organizers promise exotic sounds as well as spicy bites, tropical cocktail and tons of fun.
PDA Projects presents the COALESCE: Performance Art Festival, a 4-day festival co-presented by the Carleton University Art Gallery, SAW Gallery and AXENÉO7 happening between September 3 and 6. The 3 days of performance art will feature a mixed bag of projects and performances from a variety of artists and will be held at PDA Projects, CUAG, and other spots around the city.
There’s a new electronic music series in town dedicated to all things synth and it’s dubbed Switched On Synths. The inaugural edition, happening at House of Targ this Thursday night, will feature experimental electronic noise duo RAAS, modular synth beat maker Nick Doyle, Breakbeat-driven noisy synth improv artist Goldeneyes and the Hard Science DJS spinning in between sets.
The 28th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival is once again being held at Bay Park in Gatineau and this year it’s happening over 5 days from September 3 to 7. This annual event, which celebrates hot air balloons of different colours, shapes and sizes, also offers a slew of on-site activities for everyone including shows, a classic car exhibition, buskers, fireworks and an amusement park. This year’s musical performers include Alex Nevsky, Eric Lapointe, Les Trois Accords and Klo Pelgag among others.
If you’re into the hardcore scene, you definitely don’t want to miss Heart Fest, one of the biggest Canadian DIY hardcore festivals being held from September 4 to 6 in Gatineau. The event, which raises funds for charitable organizations, will feature live performances by over 60 bands, and bring together labels, DIY companies and hardcore fans alike for 3 days of live heavy music.
Over at Raw Sugar Cafe this Friday, September 4, there will be an intimate show of live music featuring Winnipeg indie folk band Yes We Mystic and Ottawa indie folk/art-rock group Pony Girl. This is the perfect night out if you’re looking for something low-key.
If you enjoy ska, don’t miss out on the Ottawa Ska Fest happening on September 4 and 5 at House of Targ. This year’s awesome lineup includes a great roster namely The Beatdown, The Sentries, Freshly Cut, Kman and The 45s, The Cardboard Crowns, Suits N’ Toques and more.
#SOTIE 2015, also known as the Survival of the Illest Tour will be live at Ritual this Friday, September 4. The event is Canada’s platform to showcase the best performing hip-hop MCs. The night will feature 8 local MCs who’ll perform on stage for a chance to win the title including 2014 champions Yusso and KING. Once the performers have gone head to head, the jury will select their two favorite acts to perform an encore. The crowd will then get to choose between these two finalists to crown the year’s winner.
Looking for a night of dancehall, roots, foundation, and lovers reggae? Look no further than Higher Level. DJs Magnificent and Select have got the perfect party for you at City Nightclub this Friday night. The two Ottawa friends have joined forces to bring you a solid dancehall/reggae dance party and this time around they’ve enlisted the help of DJ Roc Steady to keep the dancefloor bumping.
Over at the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Friday, there’s going to be a metal show featuring live performances by Gatineau metalcore band My Shadow, Montreal death metal group EVERTRAPPED, Gatineau project Deathrow Six and Ottawa/Gatineau death metal sludge formation Fumigation.
This Saturday at Le Temporaire, Debaser will be celebrating the release of MOOD RING, their first ever mixtape compliation. For the occasion, there will be a live show featuring Gatineau experimental project FET.NAT., Ottawa experimental pop band Boyhood and Ottawa experimental noise group Bondar, previously known as Roberta Bondar.
You want summer to last forever? You’re far from being the only one. To join other like-minded eternal beach party lovers, make your way over to Cafe Nostalgica this Friday night to partake in Endless Summer. Wether you like 60s surf rock, 80s synth pop, or modern day jams, you’ll hear it all thanks to DJ T.
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.
Silk, the best R&B dance party in the cap city, is going down this Saturday night over at 73 North on Sparks. As per customs, resident DJs Matty McGovern, Matt Tamblyn and Eric Roberts will take care of playing your favourite R&B hits while you dance the night away in the open air.
Riverside is back for a third year this Sunday, September 6 outside the Museum of History in Hull just across the bridge from downtown Ottawa. The event will feature live electronic dance music outdoors courtesy of guest DJs Maki, Cazzette, and BTSM among others.
To finish off the week in metal, just like it started, head to Ritual this Sunday, September 26 to see Finland melodic death metal band Insomnium. The Century Media Records signees will be sharing the stage with Finland death metal group Omnium Gatherum, Ottawa/Gatineau melodic metal formation Chariots of the Gods and more to be announced.