Can you believe it’s already March? Not sure where February went, but it was fun and packed wit great events and the month ahead shows no signs of slowing down either. There are plenty of good music shows to catch this week so check out Eventful Capital’s Weekly Picks to plan the next few days.
Pressed Cafe, a cozy and intimate venue in Ottawa that’s very supportive of our cultural scene, closed for a week this past February to take care of some exciting renovations. To celebrate the changes, they’re having a joint Art Vernissage and Reopening Party happening this Tuesday, March 1.The event will include music by DJ Anne Dahl, food and drinks as well as some beautiful art works.
If you’re into electro/synthpop, you might be interested in checking out the show happening at House of Targ on Tuesday night. It’ll feature Regina indiepop band Library Voices, Ottawa alt-rock group Bull Dominos and Ottawa synthpop project Townes.
Bondax, one of the UK’s best production duos, are making their long-awaited Ottawa debut appearance this Wednesday, March 2. The DJs will be giving a live set at Ritual as part of their 2016 North American Tour and they’ll be joined by Gilligan Moss and locals Iggy Smalls, Maro Kadri and Frayd.
This Thursday night at Zaphods, there’s going to be a country show featuring live performances by Ottawa country band Slo’ Tom and The Handsome Devils, Carp country gorup Steve Stacey & The Stump Splitters and Brockville outfit The Rifle & The Writer.
If you’re a fan of indie Canadian bands, you may want to make your way over to Ritual this Thursday, March 3 to check out Halifax indie group Wintersleep, who are on Dine Alone Records, and Halifax indie formation Walrus on Out Of Sound/Poncho Records. The two bands will be performing live in Ottawa as part of The Great Detachment Tour.
To celebrate his first Ottawa show in a long time, Toronto punk/rock/folk musician Eamon McGrath has invited Ottawa indie folk/rock band Winchester Warm and Toronto ambient electro/folk project Lake Forest to perform with him at Pressed Cafe. The show, being held this Friday, is being presented by Beau’s All Natural Brewery.
Over at Irene’s this Friday, March 4, Ottawa blues rockers Dear Blackwolf will be giving a live performance some special guests. The newcomers, who call themselves the ambassadors of “rumble” music, will be sharing the stage with Ottawa’s The Heavy Medicine Band and musician Brandon Allan.
Local hip hop duo Buck-N-Nice are having a video release party at Flapjack’s this Friday night. The event, celebrating the premiere of the clip for “Welcome To Infinity”, will feature live sets by Buck-N-Nice, F. Printz and Circa Beatz.
If you’re looking for a different type of girls night out and feel like an evening of pampering beauty and fun, then be sure to check out Blush 2016 happening at the National Arts Centre this Saturday, March 5. The event will feature pampering stations, apps, cupcakes, door prizes, and swag bags among other things.
Toronto folk pop singer-songwriter and musician Charlotte Cornfield will be performing live at Pressed Cafe this Saturday night in an effort to launch her latest album Future Snowbird. For the occasion, she’ll be joined on stage by Ottawa electro/future folk musician Isaac Vallentin who’s giving his last Canadian tour of 2016 as well as Ottawa experimental/psych project Trails.
If you’re up for the a little trek, head over to the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield this Saturday, March 5, where you can check out Ottawa folk rock outfit Amos The Transparent alongside Kingston indie rock 4-piece Lost Cousins perform live.
There’s a cover night happening at House of Targ on Saturday night, but it’s not your average cover night. This one, a benefit for a women’s emergency shelter and youth centre, will feature covers of MXPX, Face To Face, Osker and Doughboys done by some local bands and musicians. Should be lots of fun!
Local 6-piece rock band Cloud Of Rock will be giving a live show at Irene’s Pub on Saturday night. There will also be performances by heavy rock trio Rex Heck and Ottawa power pop/rock vets Trees Of North America on the same stage.
This Saturday at the Mercury Lounge, DJs Trevor Walker, Sergio Pari and special guest Iman Hoss 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.
For those of you who are fans of electro/house/tech house, don’t miss Hardwell’s Revealed North American Bus Tour making a stop in Ottawa this Sunday, March 6. The world renouned Dutch DJ/Producer will be giving a live set at the EY Centre alongside DJs Thomas Newson and Kill the Buzz.
Underground Atlanta hip hop artist Key! will be giving his Ottawa debut this Sunday, March 6 as part of the Martin Luther Key! Tour. The rapper will be sharing the stage with hip hop artists Omari Shakir and DillanPonders as well as locals Marico The Shogun, Highlight and Dizzo.
This Sunday, March 6, Experimental Farm Theatre presents Shelarious, a celebration of women in comedy hosted by Brie Watson. The event, held at Pressed Cafe, will include standup, improv music and more and all proceeds from the evening will be going to a local women’s shelter.