It may be the end of January, but that doesn’t slow the National Capital Region down when it comes to events. Once again, as per usual, the capital city has got plenty to offer to fulfill your entertainment needs. Here’s an overview of some of the funnest things happening this week in and around Ottawa-Gatineau.
The Capital City Community Choir, a fun locally-driven project, invites amateur singers and Bowie fans to gather at the Rainbow Bistro this Wednesday night to learn harmonious vocal arrangements in honour of the late David Bowie. All you need is a voice, and a love for singing. Get out of the shower and join the choir!
The 2016 Gatineau Winter Beerfest is back this weekend and happening from January 29 to 30 in the Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of History. This beer-lovers festival will feature a variety of artisanal beers made by micro-breweries from around the country coupled with yummy eats as well as conferences and workshops. This year, organizers promise bigger and better things for this popular and well-attended event.
The 38th edition of Winterlude kicks off this Friday and runs until February 15. This annual festival celebrating winter, will take place at several key locations namely Confederation Park, Jacques-Cartier Park and the Rideau Canal Skateway. The annual event will include the usual opening ceremony celebrations, the classic ice and snow sculptures competitions, the snow slides and playground just to name a few. On top of that, there will also be some cool outdoor shows featuring top notch Canadian acts including Ottawa’s own A Tribe Called Red kicking off the festivities this Friday night as well as electro-jazz band group Misteur Valaire, experimental funk band Hilotrons and more.
Local pop punk band Bearings is having a hometown record release party for “Home Is…” this Friday night. The Ottawa-based 5-piece will be playing an all-ages house show alongside PINE, Letdown, Wild Love and Slip.
The first show in over 6 months to happen at Gabba Hey! is going down this this Friday thanks to Pancake and Debaser. For the occasion, there’s going to be an all-ages show featuring sets by Peterborough guitar pop band Faux Cults, Peterborough garage punks Beef Boys, Ottawa garage pop band Soft Drugs and Ottawa noise pop newcomers Spell.
Troy Ave, who was initially scheduled to give a show in Ottawa on December 18 but had to postpone, is finally making a return to the Capital City for his White Christmas Canadian Tour. The NYC-based rapper will be performing live at Ritual on Friday, January 29 and this time around he’ll be sharing the stage with local hip hop artists God Bless, Juvi Da Gemini, Frank Blak and Drae among others.
Over at House of Targ on Friday, you can catch Hamilton indie garage rockers Young Rival live. The Paper Bag Recs signed band will be performing with Kingston indie rock group Lost Cousins and Ottawa garage rock outfit Ornaments.
Enjoy craft beer and intimate live performances? Big Rig Brewery is offering just that at their Kanata brewery location on Saturday, January 30 for an evening of beer tastings, brewery tours, and an exclusive performance by Ottawa indie rock band Amos The Transparent. Tickets are almost sold out so act quick if you want in on this.
If you’re int loud and heavy music, you may want to make your way over to Le Lab in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday evening to check out Ottawa hardcore group At Odds, New York hardcore band Misgiver, Rimouski heavy hitters Broken Bounds, Ottawa death metal formation Cruel Fate and Ottawa death metal/hardcore newcomers Brain Scortcher.
This Saturday, January 30, the Algonquin Commons Theatre presents Tom Green and Patrick Coppolino live as a part of the Algonquin Commons Theatre Comedy Series. The multi-talented Canadian known for his comedy, talk show hosting, writing, producing, film directing, rapping and acting will be sharing the stage with Coppolino, a stand-up comedian from Hamilton, Ontario.
Hard rock band Amok, originally formed in 1995, is having a reunion gig at the Petit Chicago this Saturday night and for the occasion they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa indie rock band The Haig as well as other guests to be announced.
Flapjack’s is becoming an increasingly popular venue for live and community events and this Saturday, the pancake shack will be welcoming Montreal’s Riverbeds, Brampton’s New Design, Ottawa alt/indie rockers Mosely, punk kids The Weak Attractions, pop punk Remember The Arcadians and Ottawa pop punk newcomers High Regard.
Are you a fan of ska, reggae and rocksteady? If so, be sure to make your way over to House of Targ on Saturday night for Voice Of The People. This fun monthly will feature music selections courtesy of DJs Longshot and Lord Snappy as well as a live performance by KMan and the 45s and Lost Love.
This Saturday night at the Mercury Lounge, DJs Trevor Walker, Sergio Pari and Ali Harbcore bring you Deep Therapy, a dance party that showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary. It’s your remedy from the mainstream, so let loose and dance.
On Saturday, January 30, join Venus Envy at Babylon for their anniversary party as they celebrate 15 years in Ottawa. The festivities will include sets and sweet beats by DJs Magnificent, Sarita, Aga, MC straightedge and Marshia Celina. The event will also feature live painting by Ottawa Art Battle champ Allan Andre.