To kick off the week in Ottawa-Gatineau, those interested in the music community can check out the July edition of Music Monday at Live on Elgin. This Monday’s discussion will look at how we can develop a dedicated audience for live music and will include a performance by award-winning Ottawa roots/folk musician Amanda Rheaume.
At Pressed Cafe this Wednesday night, there’s a noteworthy show happening that’ll feature Ottawa’s genre-defying cello/voice duo The Visit. The group will be giving their first hometown show since returning from a European tour and for the occasion they’ll be joined by Montreal interactive experimental duo DF and Toronto ambient electronic chillout project Snowday.
If you’re a local musician who’s wondering if the SOCAN owes you money, then you probably want to make your way over to Live on Elgin this Thursday night to attend an event organized by the Ottawa Music Bus. Find out if there are any performance royalties that you should be collecting, how to claim them and receive tips on keeping up to date with performance submissions in the future.
The highlight of the summer for many, the annual Ottawa Bluesfest is back from July 7-17. As per usual, the lineup is eclectic and has a bit of everything for everyone. This year, must-see acts to check out include headliners Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Duran Duran, Future, Billy Idol, Schoolboy Q and Sam Hunt as well as lesser-known but equally talented artists such as Montreal pop singer-songwriter Coeur de Pirate, hip hop heavyweight Freddie Gibbs and Toronto punk rockers Pup. Check out the full programming by clicking below and have a look at Eventful Capital’s top picks right here.
This Friday evening, high art meets haute couture at the National Art Gallery of Canada. The museum has partnered with the TIFF and is mixing the two by presenting a fashion show in the Water Court Foyer followed by a film screening of Dior and I.
Over at the Montgomery Legion this Friday, July 8, you can check out the very first Ottawa Punk Rock SummerFest. The all-ages event, which starts at 7 pm, will feature live performances by Letdown, Lees Avenue, Free Refills, Spirit of Commission, Below 6 and more.
Another all-ages show happening this Friday night is going down at Zaphods and this one will feature Toronto-based post hardcore/rock 4-piece Sparrows alongside Maryland power pop/punk rock group Samuel Powers, Ottawa emo rock band Nighttime in Kansas, and Ottawa emo newcomers Maritime Bleach.
Or, if you’d rather play pinball and arcades while you check out some live punk bands, then House of Targ is where you’ll want to be this Friday night for Voice of a Generation Punk Night Vol. 1.
Ottawa in the summertime can get real hot and humid, hence the alias Hottawa, which is now also an outdoor dance party happening this Friday night on the Woddy’s back patio. The fun starts at 10 p.m. with DJs Smiles and Trap who’ll be playing all sorts of gems including disco delights, deep house foundations and r&b jams.
This Saturday is supposed to be real nice and hot in Ottawa, so it’s the perfect recipe for a beach bar day party. Happening at Mooney’s Bay, this daytime party will feature DJs, lounge areas, signature cocktails, and delish Baja burgers among other things.
The Avant-Garde Bar is turning 12 this weekend and to celebrate all these years of success, the team invites you to party with local bands Grandtheft Ottawa, Gnarly Brown, HellHeart, Insufficient Funds and more this Saturday night starting at 9pm. Happy Birthday to one of the coolest live music venues in Ottawa!
Israeli-born and NYC-based jazz singer/composer Sivan Arbel will be having her debut album release for “Broken Lines” at the Mercury Lounge this Saturday night. A part of the New York jazz scene since 2014, this young artist is eager to share her music and debut project with new audiences, and Ottawa is a great place to do it!
Switched On Synths, the electronic music series dedicated to all things synth is having its July installment this Saturday night and this one is dubbed the “organic edition”. Happening at House of Targ, the event will feature a set by Toronto electronic dreampop project For Esme, Montreal electro jazz duo Saxsyndrum, and live synth modular sounds by Infinitys Astrum. Trust me when I say this is a mega fun monthly.