Well, Bluesfest is over and we’re already halfway through summer. But that doesn’t mean Ottawa-Gatineau is slowing down as there are still plenty of fun things happening this week. In a nutshell, here’s what’s up this week around the National Capital Region if you’ve got energy left in you and aren’t recuperating from Bluesfest madness like I am.
This Monday, July 18, the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is being held at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the event will feature live sets by Ottawa area artists Kristine St-Pierre and Ali McCormick.
The Kafé-Karamel Festival is back once again and this year it’s being held from July 21 to 23 on Laval Street in the Hull sector of Gatineau. This free family-friendly outdoor festival will showcase an eclectic variety of artists hailing from the region and beyond including a mixed bag of multi-cultural performances.
At Zaphods this Thursday night, you can check out an early show brought to you by Debaser and POP Montreal. The all-ages event will feature live performances by Montreal’s She Devils and Un Blonde as well as Ottawa’s Boyhood.
The In Too Deep emo series is back at Mavericks this Friday, July 22 and this time around, it’ll include live sets by Montreal/Ottawa metal/harcore 5-piece Obey The Brave, ottawa southern hardcore band Blow, Ottawa progressive metalcore project The Thirteenth Floor, Ottawa hardcore group Contempt and Gatineau metalcore formation Accretion.
Julie Doiron’s new project Weird Lines will be making an appearance at Bar Robo this Friday night. For the occasion, the band will be performing live alongside Vancouver band Adrian Teacher and the Subs and Halifax garage folk musician Jon Mckiel.
Polaris Music Prize 2016 ShortList nominees Black Mountain will be making a stop in Ottawa this Friday. The Vancouver space rock group will be playing live at Zaphods (not Ritual – change of venue) with New York exploratory percussion project Man Forever.
This Saturday night at Zaphods, there’s going to be an early all-ages show happening that’ll feature Toronto rockers Uforia as well as Ottawa rock band Crossing Jane, Ottawa rock group Metronome Jones and Ottawa rock outfit Slick Savage.
If you’re looking for a punk show this weekend, House of Targ has got you covered. This Friday, July 22, you can catch Ottawa punks Steve Adamyk Band live alongside Vancouver’s Needles//Pins, Montreal’s Sonic Avenues and Ottawa’s Creep Wave.
More punk action happening this weekend can be found at McNabb Park and Kent Legion as part of S.O.T.O. Fest 2016. From 12-7 p.m. enjoy a BBQ in McNabb Park and check out some of the live music and then keep the party going indoors at Kent Legion from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for more bands.
This July 23-24, head over to Gatineau for the city’s Festival of World Cultures previously known as Festival Molokai. This 2-day festival, which celebrates cultural diversity, offers free shows, workshops and exhibitions for all. This year’s feature country is Morocco and more info is available by clicking below.
This Saturday, July 23, Bastid’s BBQ is rolling through TD Place as part of a mini summer tour. The Nova Scotia born/Toronto-based DJ will be giving a live set alongside guest DJs Just Blaze, Internet Daughter, Memetic, Magnificent, Acro and more. This outdoor, family-friendly BBQ promises good vibes, solid beats and tasty eats.
This Saturday night at Origin Studio 57, 1NIGHT the event series that brings together, art, community and entertainment is back and this time around it’ll feature Kym Dominique-Ferguson live in the studio. The event is a live talk show that aims to highlight the work of performance-based artists from across Canada and it’s an artistic platform at which every special guest engages the audience with their thoughts on their discipline, experience and passion for creativity.
The metalheads and hardcore fans are going to want to make their way over to the Minotaure this Saturday, July 23 to catch Gatineau deathcore/melodic trance group Greta Knights, Quebec tech death metal band First Fragment, Ottawa death/sludge metal project Fumigation, Ottawa metal 5-piece Signs of Chaos and more live.
Quebec City singer-songwriter and musician Rosie Valland will be making a return to Gatineau this Saturday, July 23 and for the occasion she’ll be sharing the stage with Gatineau indie folk rock band Maggie’s March, who recently released their debut album Couleurs.
Ottawa indie rock band Missioner are having an EP Release show this Saturday night and it’s all happening over at Cafe Dekcuf with London indie/emo group First Ghost, Brampton emo project New Design, Ottawa emo newcomers Growing Fires and new Ottawa indie outfit Coveters.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Saturday, there’s an all-ages Space Jam happening and it’ll feature live music by Fredericton experimental pop project Laps, Ottawa downer pop band Lake Urmia and new Ottawa ambient pop project Novusolis.
Did you love attending the Latin Sparks outdoor dance parties in past years? Well this summer, organizers are only presenting one edition of the popular event on Saturday, July 23 on Albert Island. The latin-themed party promises to offer a night of dancing under the stars with complimentary workshops, music, cuisine and live entertainment. Again, there’s only one being held this year, so don’t miss out if this is your thing.
The JamJam outdoor summer series is back once again and happens on Sundays at Moussette Beach in the Hull sector of Gatineau. Reminiscent of the Piknic Electronik concept but on a much smaller scale, the event offers free electronic music featuring guest DJs mixing between 1-7 p.m.