Who said festivals are strictly for the summer season? No one ever because there’s plenty of them happening this month, and it’s February. That and art shows, comedy nights, live music, and film screenings ought to keep you busy and entertained if you’re in the National Capital Region this week. Check out this week’s event picks below to know what’s happening in the days ahead.
The second installment of MEGAPHONO is being held from Tuesday, February 2 to Friday, February 5 at various locations across the capital city. This music festival, meant to showcase the National Capital Region’s local talent and help our artists connect with music industry professionals, will feature a series of workshops, panels, networking opportunities and, of course, live shows, presenting a solid lineup of artists from the National Capital and beyond. For more on this festival, check out Eventful Capital’s special MEGAPHONO feature.
Some of Canada’s best kept secrets of the blues scene will be kicking off the 23rd edition of the Viree Blues Boreale this Wednesday night and presenting “A History of the Blues”. For the occasion, Al Wood and The Woodsmen, Bharath Rajakumar, Dan Livingstone and Michael Jerome Browne will be sharing the stage by in this very special launch show happening at the Petit Chicago.
East-Ontarian group Pandaléon will be releasing its new album Atone this Thursday, February 4 at Arts Court. The album launch, presented by Audiogram, the band’s record label, will feature a live performance of new material and visuals from the rural industrial rock trio.
The Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival is kicking off this Thursday, February 4 and runs until February 7. This year’s lineup will include performances by the excellent David Virelles and Roman Diaz, MG3, Carol Welsman, Mouse on the Keys and many more. Check out the entire programming by clicking on the poster below.
Metal heads are going to want to make their way over to Cafe Dekcuf this Friday night to check out the Deformatory CD Release show. The Ottawa-based tech death metal band will be sharing the stage with Ottawa death metal 5-piece Fumigation and Longueuil progressive tech death metal formation AbouT:BlanK.
Every year, the Ottawa Art Gallery celebrates a country or region somewhere in the world for its annual Winterlude party dubbed On the Rocks. This year’s event, happening at the Ottawa City Hall, will celebrate the sights, sounds and flavours of the Caribbean. Admission includes food and drink samples, games and live entertainment.
This Friday, February 5, Queers & Beers is having a Birthday Bash at the Clocktower Pub. This monthly is for those who love craft beer but not the sexist & heteronormative culture that sometimes comes with it. It’s for those who like getting together over interesting conversations and meeting new friends in a different atmosphere.
Starting this Friday, February 5 at Pressed, check out the first in a series of showcases focusing on Ottawa’s home based artists and performers called The Happy Rock Show. For this inaugural edition, there’s going to be appearances by filmmakers, musicians and comedians Aaron Hill, Allen Roulston and Marina Bruno, Daniel Araya, Megan Honey and Christian Soza.
Halifax’s In the Dead of Winter Music Festival, which has been having a Wakefield edition since 2009, is once again being held at the Blacksheep Inn from February 5 to 7. Giving centre stage to acoustic music, this year’s festival will feature live performances by Michael Feuerstack, Keiffer MacLean, Terra Lightfoot, and Ian Tamblyn among others.
Over at Irene’s Pub this Friday night, if you want to check out some live local music, there’s going to be a show featuring Ottawa psych/folk rock band How Far To Mexico as well as Ottawa rock group The Minor 9s and singer-songwriter Alanna Sterling.
Local brazilian band Florquestra is presenting a Forró party this Saturday night at the Mercury Lounge as part of the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival. Forró is a traditional music and dance style originating from North-East Brazil and Florquestra’s take on the genre is sure to make for a fun night of live music.
Tropikalo’s back baby! This super fun dancefloor affair, that had gone into hiatus, is making a long-awaited return this Friday night at Happy Goat Coffee. Tropikalo is the perfect dance party if you’re looking for afrolatin caribbean vibes. Just put your dancing shoes on and let DJs Zattar and Trevor Walker take care of the rest.
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, which is also a celebration of Black History Month. The dance party promises to be a solid dancehall/reggae affair.
This Saturday at Maker Space North there’s a super fun fair happening called the Big Love Makers Pop-Up, celebrating love & handmade from the 613. On top of all the talented makers that’ll be there selling their goods, there’s going to be a love letter writing station, an apres-ski theme lounge to sit in, eat & drink at & play board games and giveaways. Sounds amazing!
If you’re up for some skating and dancing on the first ever “night club” on ice, be sure to lace up your skates and go to the Ruisseau de la Brasserie rink in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday. This is a free event that’s open to all that’s happening from 7pm to 1 am.
PDA Projects invites you to join the opening reception of Cuing Soil featuring new paintings by James Gardner & Gillian King. In the exhibition, presented until March 6, both artists explore how their bodies, and their chosen materials, engage with their surroundings that visually consider and acknowledge our environmental engagement through painting. These artists challenge chosen environments within their works by being in flux; disrupting, fragmenting, clawing, or growing materials into structures.
Tribal Threat Music and Mercury Lounge present a Black History Month feature called “Our Musical Roots: Origins of the Beat” this Saturday, February 6. The night of Afro Beat, Latin, Brazilian and house roots music will explore how fundamental components such as drums, vocals, and chants have been a significant part of our musical history, how that history can still be relevant to how we listen to music today and how it has developed over time.
SPOOR, the night dedicated to techno for the true venturers who like to party a little bit harder and go that little bit deeper, is returning to Ritual this Saturday, February 6. Dress black, dress to kill – that’s the motto.