The warm weather is slowly but surely appearing more frequently, a sign that Spring is here to stay and that’s it’s only a matter of time before leaves come out and flowers start to bloom. This should be encouraging enough to get you out enjoying some of the great events happening around town this week. Cause it’s only gonna get better guys.
Waremme, Belgium noise rock/post punk band The K will be performing live at the Minotaure in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Monday night. The group, who’s giving a few shows in Quebec in Ontario, will be sharing the stage with Waterloo, Ontario mathrock/post punks Life in Vacuum.
Starting this Monday, May 2, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition and LIVE on Elgin present Music Mondays, an event on the first Monday of each month bringing together the voices of the local music industry. The launch event, happening in partnership with L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM), will explore linguistic diversity in our music industry and will feature a live set by Ottawa duo Moonfruits.
This Tuesday, May 3, the Ottawa Art Gallery and Tangled Art + Disability invite you to join a community discussion and public talk on museum accessibility dubbed “Accessing The Museum”. Guest speakers Carmen Papalia and David Garneau will each present perspectives on how public cultural institutions risk disabling and marginalizing their audiences by failing to provide them with meaningful ways of connecting to the content and design of their exhibitions and programs. A very important topic to explore!
If you enjoy theatre and are into zombie stories, you should check out My Fair Zombie, a fun-filled version of a familiar tale with a zombie twist presented at The Gladstone from May 4-7. Based on the award-winning cult classic motion picture, this world premiering version promises new songs and plenty of laughs.
Toronto-based folk rock musician Greg McEvoy returns to Ottawa this Wednesday night to celebrate the release of his first full-length record Selfish Love Songs. For the occasion, he’ll be sharing the stage at Avant-Garde Bar with Ottawa folk pop band Ilvekyo and Montreal folk artist Simon Pierre Lacasse.
If you’re into indie electro/pop, it’s probably a good idea that you hit up House of Targ this Wednesday night to see Vancouver indie pop rock band Rococode. The group will be playing live with Wakefield indie electro/pop/rock outfit REBELLE (formerly known as The Strain) and Ottawa electro/dream pop duo Willows.
Foodie alert: the Ottawa Poutine Festival (the real deal, not the mediocre one that happens along Sparks Street) is happening from May 5 to 8 outside City Hall so if you’re a fan of this classic Canadian comfort food, be sure to grab a few of them at some point throughout the fest and try the different takes on this uniquely Canadian dish.
Los Angeles post punks Corners will be playing live at House of Targ this Thursday, May 5. The Lolipop Records/Mono Records/Burger Records signees will be giving a show alongside Ottawa industrial noise band Final Fall and DJ Daisy.
Ottawa singer-songwriter Ray Harris is having an album release show for his long-awaited 3rd album Kinda Sets The Tone this Friday night at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield. The Americana/roots/country musician and his band The BSOBs will be sharing the stage with some special guests, namely opener RW Haller.
Local bands The Mandevilles, Suits N’ Toques, Muelkik, The Sentries and Bela Bandits are eagerly kicking the summer season off with a show happening at the Rainbow Bistro this Friday, May 6. It’s bound to be a night packed with good tunes and fun times.
At House of Targ this Friday night, you can of course play pinball and eat perogies as well as check out Marseille, France heavy psych/space rock band Quetzal Snakes. The band, which refers to its sound as “Deafstruction”, will be joined on stage by Montreal garage punk rock group Sonic Panic, Ottawa weirdo psyche/surf instrumental project Uvula and Ottawa 90s grunge pop outfit Warp Lines.
Tropikalo, the super fun dancefloor affair that made a long-awaited return in January, is once again taking over Happy Goat Coffee this Friday night. 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. The two Ottawa friends are joining forces to bring you a solid dancehall/reggae dance party that’s sure to have a bumping dancefloor.
Over at Babylon this Friday night, there’s a Diplo & Friends Tribute dance party going down dubbed See Ü There. For this special theme night, Ottawa DJs Illo & Matt Tamblyn will play all the best tracks from Diplo, Major Lazer, Jack Ü, Skrillex and of course the incredible Mad Decent catalog. All the hits you know and love mixed with some of the most influential dance music ever created.
Montreal’s garage rock/60s-punk style band The Gruesomes are returning to Ottawa this Saturday May 7 and for the occasion, they’re playing live at Irene’s Pub alongside Ottawa’s coolest surf, spy and Commodore 64 themed instrumental band The Reverb Syndicate.
Toronto noise rock band Plasmalab will be performing live in Ottawa this Saturday night. The all-ages show, happening at Black Squirrel Books and Cafe, will also feature Ottaw apsychedelic, spacy shoegaze project Slow Dawn and Halifax experimental synth group HHH.
Gatineau-based Les Moindres are holding a special show at the Petit Chicago this Saturday night in an effort to raise funds for their upcoming EP Austérité oblige. For the occasion, the local folk rock band will be joined by a few special guests.
If you want to check out some punk rock this Saturday night, make your way over to House of Targ to catch Ottawa garage punk rockers Sedatives, Ottawa punk rock band The Creeps and Ottawa punks Durs Coeurs.
On May 7, local folk pop duo Moonfruits and local r&b singer-songwriter Ivan will be celebrating Springtime with a night of live music at Origin Studio, one Ottawa’s newest venues. This is going to be an intimate show, so it’s recommended to get tickets in advance.
Wanna check out some live ska/rock bands and support a good cause? Then go to Avant-Garde Bar this Sunday, May 8 for Rockin’ For Brains, a benefit show for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. There, you’ll be able to catch Ottawa indie rock 4-piece The Sonic Defense, Ottawa rock n’rollers Snake Church, and Ottawa ska outfit Taco Bandits (best band name ever).