Another week, another round-up of noteworthy events happening in and around the National Capital Region. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to find out what’s happening in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead.
The one and only Tanya Tagaq, who won last year’s Polaris Music Prize, will be giving a unique performance at Axeneo07 in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Monday night as part of the exhibition Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations in Nunavut being presented at the gallery until March 5. For the occasion, the artist will be accompanying the live projection of the iconic film Nanook of the North. The film and soundtrack will be broadcast live on the Brewery Creek skating rink just outside the gallery.
Norwegian black metal band Taake will be in Ottawa for the very first time this Monday, February 22. For the occasion, they’ll be performing live at with North Carolina black metal group Young and in the Way, American metal project Vattnet Viskar and Ottawa metal formation From The Deep.
The Winter edition of the Ottawa Zine Off is happening this Tuesday evening at Pressed. Here’s how it works: make a zine, bring (photo)copies to trade with others on February 23, meet other interesting people and have fun. You don’t have to make a zine to participate, but it’s clearly encouraged. Oh and zines are like mini DIY magazines reproduced in small quantities in which you can share stories, drawings, information, or whatever else. Be creative!
One World Arts and the One World Film Festival are marking Black History Month with a screening of the award-winning documentary film Invisible City and a talk. The event is being held this Thursday, February 25 at Club SAW in downtown Ottawa.
If you enjoy visual arts, especially painting, you should check out the monthly Art Battle, a unique concept organized across Canadian cities which brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The event is taking place this Thursday evening at Arts Court and an annual National Championship will eventually take place in the summer to crown the top Canadian painter of the year. This year, there’s also going to be an international edition!
Vancouver indie electro/pop band We Are The City will be live in concert at House Of Targ this Thursday, February 25. The trio will be sharing the stage with Toronto indie group HIGHS and Wakefield indie rock outfit REBELLE, formerly known as The Strain.
Over in Gatineau, the 37th edition of the Salon du Livre de l’Outaouais will be taking place at the Congress Centre from Thursday, February 25 to Sunday, February 28. The perfect place for francophone book worms, this annual festival gathers many publishers under one roof and features conferences, presentations, book signing opportunities and more.
This Friday night at Kinki Lounge, there’s going to be a special tribute night for legendary hip hop producer J Dilla who passed away at the young age of 36. The influential artist’s life and music will be celebrated with a specially-curated dinner menu, art show, meet & greet with some of his family members, and live music featuring his brother, rapper Illa J and crew Frank N’ Dank. Oh and of course, there will also be a donut-eating contest.
This Friday night at House of Common, Debaser presents Toronto goth pop band Baby Cages live alongside Halifax glam stoner rockers Special Constello, Montreal slacker pop group Snooker Emporium and Ottawa sad queercore project Elsa.
Toronto indie/electro trio Young Empires are making a return to Ottawa this Friday night in an effort to promote their latest album The Gates and this time around they’ll be performing live at Ritual with UK indie project BANNERS.
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 Judge Upstroke as well as a live performance by Danny Rebel and the KGB.
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 Ottawa’s own DJ Trevor Walker. An all-vinyl funk, soul, Motown and vintage reggae dance party you don’t want to miss!
This Saturday, February 27, as part of the Kitchen Beats seasonal party series, Kinki presents special guests Golden Pony from Brooklyn, NY. The dynamic duo will be giving their first Ottawa set with opening DJs Paul Cardoso and Ryan Labelle.
Do you have cabin fever? This Saturday inside the Horticulture building at Lansdowne Park, beat the winter blues with a family-friendly fete featuring some of Ottawa’s best DJs heating up the dance floor, hot chocolate, tropical drinks, tasty Caribbean eats including pancakes, waffles, jerk and fried chicken as well as activities for the kids and a DJ workshop for the teens.
This Saturday night at the new Origin Studio 57, there’s a new event happening that brings together, art, community and entertainment. Dubbed 1NIGHT : Learn the Art & the Artist, the event is a live talk show that aims to highlight the work of performance-based artists from across Canada. Hosted by JustJamaal ThePoet, 1NIGHT is an artistic platform at which every special guest engages the audience with their thoughts on their discipline, experience and passion for creativity. This second instalment will feature guest artist Habiba Ali.
Boston-based rapper Cousin Stizz will be touching down in the Capital City this Saturday night as part of a mini three-date tour of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. The hip hop artist will be joined by Boston rapper Michael Christmas and local guests Swift Crew, King Krook, Xuave and more.
Mexican-bred artist Boogat who’s music merges cumbia, reggae, salsa, and hip-hop, will be coming back to Ottawa this Saturday night and this time the Juno nominee will be performing live at the Mercury Lounge in an effort to promote his latest album Neo Reconquista. Boogat’s performance will be followed by a set from resident DJ Trevor Walker.
At the Rainbow Bistro this Saturday night, it’s the 6th annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, an event paying tribute to the man in black with Cash songs all night long. The show is a CKCU fundraiser hosted by Ray Harris and Lefty McRighty and the rest of The Whiskey Standards, with plenty of special guests joining the fun. Speaking from experience, this night of live music is an all-around great time!
How about some punk rock and beers this Saturday night? If that sounds like your kind of night out, head over to Flapjack’s to check out Ottawa punk rockers Zex who’ll be playing back at home after returning from tour. As part of the show, they’ll be joined by North Bay’s Muff Huffers & locals Falling Against Monday, Muelkik and The Lindbergh Babies.
Grammy-nominated OVO Sound artist Boi-1da, who’s responsible for countless Drake hits, will be at Babylon this Saturday night to drop a live set alongside Ottawa DJs Iggy Smalls and Frank Play. The producer has been in the studio crafting Views From The 6 so expect to hear some exclusive new material that night.
This Sunday, House of Targ presents Bust a Move, a fundraiser for breast health organized to help the team Old Ottawa South Ladies raise Funds for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. The event will feature a pinball challenge, a raffle, perogies and music.