It’s the last week of August. That alone should be enough to get you out of the house to enjoy some events and activities in and around the National Capital Region. Here’s a selection of fun things happening in the days ahead in our eventful capital.
If you’re a fan of metal and hardcore, be sure to make your way over to Ritual this Monday night to check out Australia metal/hardcore band Northlane live. The Rise/UNFD Recs signees will be performing as part of the “Node” North American Tour and for their Ottawa show they’ll be joined by Colombus metal/hardcore group Like Moths To Flames, Australia metal/post hardcore outfit In Hearts Wake, UK progressive/metalcore project Oceans Ate Alaska and Ottawa hardcore metal formation Abraxas.
Over at Pressed this Wednesday night, Ottawa Explosion and Bruised Tongue present Los Angeles artist Colleen Green live. The experimental pop/punk musician will be rocking out with Ottawa devotional garage punk band Weed Mom and Ottawa punk/power pop newcomers Creep Wave.
If you’re into lively indie folk and are looking for a foot-stomping good time this Wednesday night, be sure to head over to the intimate Raw Sugar Cafe to check out a live performance by B.C. stoke folk group Shred Kelly. The Fernie natives, who I had the pleasure of discovering at the 2013 Ottawa Folk Festival, will be joined by Ottawa/Gatineau power folk super group The Steamers for the occasion.
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. Organizers promise exotic sounds as well as spicy bites, tropical cocktail and tons of fun. The poster alone is a winner, no?
American hardcore/grind/punk/metal band Full Of Hell will be giving a show at House of Targ this Thursday, August 27 and for the occasion they’ll be performing alongside Ottawa hardcore sludge group Sombre and Ottawa hardcore formation Stuck.
Beer lovers won’t want to miss the fourth edition of the National Capital Craft Beer Festival taking place this weekend at the Aberdeen Pavillion at Lansdowne Park. The annual festival allows you to discover the wide selection of craft brewed beers available across the National Capital Region. Thsi year’s programming also features mouth-watering culinary creations offered by artisanal eateries, a speaker series focusing on craft beer and artisanal food, and live musical entertainment presenting regional talent.
This Friday night at Mavericks check out All That is Heavy if you’re into loud and heavy music. The show will feature live sets by Baltimore/Washington doom metal/heavy rockers Iron Man Band and Gatineau heavy metal duo Muffler Crunch, Ottawa metal group Loviatar & Ottawa doom band. Longhouse.
Double Barrel, one of Ottawa’s most popular monthly dance parties, is going down inside Mercury Lounge this Friday night. Resident DJ Magnificent will be gracing the wheels of steel as per usual and this time around he’ll be joined by special guest DJ Memetic of Timekode. A funk, soul, Motown and vintage reggae dance party you don’t want to miss! (That’s where you’ll find me on Friday night).
An entire night dedicated to the 6 God? Drake fans rejoice, you read correct. The second edition of this party, at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates, is going down this Friday night at the 73 North Resto Lounge on Sparks St.
Mustapio’s Magical Murder Music’s Record Release Party is going down at House of Targ this Saturday night. To celebrate, the Abitibi-Timiskaming 5-piece band will be giving a show alongside Ottawa’s The Tenenbaums and Montreal’s Cervidea.
This Saturday August 29, Centretown Movies presents a pay-what-you-can screening of Spielberg’s record breaking blockbuster Jurassic Park. The outdoor film presentation, happening at Dundonald Park, is most likely the last one of its kind this season so don’t miss out of if you want to catch a movie out in the open.
Montreal/Toronto noh-wave/ art rock project Yamantaka // Sonic Titan will be making a return to Ottawa this Saturday night. For the occasion, the Paper Bag Records signees will be performing live at Zaphods with Ottawa ouija rock band The Yips and Ottawa instrumental/neo-folk/doom/prog/jazz group The Night Watch.
This Sunday, August 30, Toronto alternative rock band Safe To Say will be giving a live set at Cafe Dekcuf. The group, signed to SideOneDummy/ New Damage Records, will be sharing the stage with Iowa City math rock n’ roll group Endolphins, Ottawa ambient emo outfit PINE, Ottawa rock formation Wild Love and Ottawa dreamo project Silent Lovers.