June is already almost over, and it was a great month, so hopefully you were able make the most of it. July is now just around the corner, and if you’re around Ottawa-Gatineau these coming days and looking for some fun stuff to do, take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a variety of events that are worth checking out.
Those of you who enjoy visual arts should check out the Ottawa Art Battle Regional Finals this Tuesday evening at Arts Court. The unique event organized across Canadian cities, brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The regional finals will crown the Ottawa champion who’ll go on to represent the Nation’s capital at the annual National Championship going down later this summer to crown the top Canadian painter of the year.
If you enjoy all sorts of music and want to support the local scene, head over to House of Targ this Wednesday to catch Ottawa emo rock band Safekeeping, Ottawa alternative group The Stringers, Ottawa indie project Lost At Sea, Ottawa alternative rockers Abstraction, Ottawa indie rock outfit Hugh Harrington Band a nd Ottawa pop/post-punks The Weak Attractions.
Mathieu Trudel, also known as Mawt Trood in the artistic community, tragically and suddenly left us in May. The VJ and urban illustrator, who was a passionate history buff, was known for illustrating mom and pop storefronts located in neighbourhoods he loved. To celebrate his body of work, Daimon Gallery is hosting “Where is Mawt Trood?” the first posthumous retrospective that explores the career of the beloved local artist. The vernissage happens this Thursday with a lineup of local DJs and VJs who were friends of Mawt and the exhibition runs until July 31.
There’s a new experimental music night dubbed Not Normal and its second edition is going down this Thursday night at Pressed Café. The latest instalment will feature a live set by ambient/noise/electronic duo Au Vol as well as DJs David Jackson and others that have yet to be announced.
Vancouver funk/latin/ska/rock band Five Alarm Funk will be making a returning to the national capital this Thursday as part of their “Live” In the Moment Tour 2016. The band, known for its energetic live shows, will be sharing the stage with local alternative hip hop artist Drae and DJ Acro.
Wanna party like it’s the 80s this Thursday night? Then be sure to make your way over to House of Targ for a dance party featuring an eclectic selection of songs and videos from the 80s,with maximum Can Con of course pre-Canada Day. The party will be hosted by Remi Royale with DJ KJMaxx in charge of the tunes.
At the Mercury Lounge this Thursday, June 30, there’s going to be a pre-Canada Day multi-level celebration. The annual 2-room party will feature music by Return of the Jaded, Joe Juarez & Disko, Rick Laplante, Space Cadets, Ryan Dunlop, Plush, and more.
Looking for an affordable family-friendly thing to do on Canada Day? Look no further than the Canadian Museum of History. An official Canada Day site for the first time this year, the Museum is offering a free, fun-filled day of indoor and outdoor activities for everyone, including free access to CINE+ screenings. What’s more, the Museum grounds are the best place to catch the fireworks!
Feel like browsing through some vintage fashion and making tie-dye while eating BBQ this Friday? If that sounds like your type of Canada Day, make your way over to A Vintage Collective down in the Byward Market to join the fun. DJs Mes and Atherton will also be there to take care of the music.
This Friday at Arts Court, there’s going to be a Canada Day party dubbed Dominion Day brought to you by the Dominion City Brewing Co. You guessed it: there will be lots of beer (and local at that), ther will be plenty of tasty food, and there will be music by DJ Acro, Melodrama, The Adam Saikaley Quartet, Tapas featuring DJ 2Creamz & Jeepz and The String Masons. Sounds like a great time!
On Canada Day, enjoy a free family-friendly party at Petrie Island by day brought to you by the good folks at Bananas Beach Grill & Rum Shack and an adult-only dance party at Kinki Lounge by night with DJs Scratch, Mace, Eazy El Dee, Kane, Kam, Selekta Shellz and more. Love, family, friends, good music, good DJS, good times!
Over at House of Targ on July 1st, there will be a CanCon Canada Day Bash benefit for CHEO. For the occasion, some of Ottawa’s best musicians will be covering Canada’s best punk, metal and rock bands all night long.
This Friday, the Rainbow Bistro invites you to celebrate Canada Day with PleasureCraft at the smoothest party in the city. The dance floor will be grooving to the sounds of the best of ’75-’85 soft rock hits by the likes of Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Ace, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Toto, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Sade, and Elton John among others.
This Canada Day, Babylon brings you We The North Dance Party, an all-Canadian night featuring a live Raptors mural by Fall Down, Raports highlight reels all night, a free throw competition, a raffle and music by DJs Jimmy C and Adam Saikaley.
Looking for a night of dancehall and reggae this Canada Day? 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/soca dance party mixed with a little bit of hip hop and r&b that’s sure to have a bumping dancefloor.
If you’re into pop punk you’re going to want to head to Ritual this Saturday, July 2 to catch Seaway. The Oakville pop punk band will be performing live in Ottawa as part of their 2016 Canadian Tour and for the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Oakwill pop punks Coldfront, Hamilton rockers Rarity, Ottawa pop punk band Bearings, Niagara emo group Heavy Hearts and Ottawa pop punk/post-hardcore project Remember The Arcadians.
At Bar Robo this Saturday night, Ottawa Showbox presents post punk/shoegaze project Traces live. The Montreal-base band will be releaseing their second EP “Imaginary Life” and for the occasion they’ll be playing with Ottawa lo-fi gaze project Doves.
Gatineau acoustic folk band Bitterly Healed will be back on stage at the Minotaure this Saturday night and this time around, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa-based alternative folk rock band Jonathan Becker & The North Fields as well as Ontario acoustic folk musician Nick Sherman.
Fans of David Bazan will be happy to know that the Seattle indie folk musician will be giving an intimate live performance at Pressed Cafe this Sunday, July 3. The Barsuk Records signee will be sharing the stage with Oregon folk label-mate Laura Gibson.
Over at Black Squirrel Books this Sunday, you can check out some live music featuring Wyoming emo band Medicine Bow who’ll be playing alongside Ottawa alternative rock/grunge trio Elementals, Ottawa shoegaze project Wood Lake and Ottawa power pop/rock outfit Holy Christopher.