For the haters who say nothing fun happens in Ottawa-Gatineau, I’m here to prove you wrong one blog post at a time. Here’s what’s up this week in and around town. You can thank me later.
Genevieve RB and Alain Barbeau, a duo musically and romantically, will be releasing their debut album On est les deux this Tuesday evening at the Cabaret La Basoche in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau. The two folk pop singer-songwriter and musicians will be presenting the 11 original songs that make up the project in front of a live audience for the first time.If you’re into visual arts, especially painting, 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 Wednesday evening at Arts Court and an annual National tournament will eventually take place in the summer to crown the top Canadian painter.
French metal band Mass Hysteria will be performing live at the Minotaure this Wednesday, September 28. The band, who’ll be playing in the region as part of their Matière noire tour, will be joined on stage by local punk/rock/metal groups Aarsen and Fractures & Outlines.
At House of Targ this Wednesday night, you can check out Oakville indie punks Dead Broke live. The band will be playing alongside Halifax indie rockers Beauts and Ottawa punk rock group The Valveenus. Plus, there’s a special on perogies that night so, yeah, solid deal.
The One World Film Festival, Ottawa’s longest-running annual documentary film fest, is back for a 27th year and happening from September 29 to October 2 at Library and Archives and Saw Gallery. With an aim to raise awareness on social justice, human rights and environmental issues through thought-provoking documentaries, the festival will feature films on global issues as well as engaging discussions, workshops, and a festival fair.
There’s a new collective in town lead by Phil Motion and it’s called Tropikombo. The 5-piece conjunto will be giving a live performance at the Mercury Lounge this Thursday, September 29 and for the occasion, Ottawa’s The Lionyls will be opening the show with a hot set of their own. To top it off, DJ Trevor Walker will be on hand to provide some sound selections.
If you’re a fan of metal you might want to make your way over to House of Targ this Thursday night to catch Ottawa metal band From The Deep as well as metal group Gone in April, and Montreal progressive metal outfit Unbeing.
Montreal indie rock musician Krief of The Dears fame will be making a stop in the capital city this Thursday evening. He’ll be playing an early show at Zaphods and he’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa ambient post rock newcomers Novusolis, a project created by local singer-songwriter Amanda Lowe.
There’s a new monthly kicking off this Thursday at the Ministry of Coffee dubbed Live Sessions that aims at showcasing the best in local urban art. The inaugural event will feature a pop up gallery and live visuals from Thomas Tangle, a musical performance by percussionist Jonny Henry aka Circa Beats and more. The event will also be airing live in direct on CHUO 89.1 FM.
Over at Arts Court this Thursday night, Arcadia: the Bloodstorm Paradise edition is going down and promises to bring you a night of music, art and entertainment. The night will include performances by Kenja, Yashavelli, Luke Flywalker and a DJ set by Chanksdaddy.
Over at Bar Robo this Friday night, Ottawa’s Sleepy and the Noise will be having a release show for their debut EP. The indie pop rock trio will be playing live alongside Ottawa garage rock band Mushy Gushy and Ottawa garage surf group Bonnie Doon.
If you’re in the mood to check out some bluesy rock this Friday night, be sure to head over to House of Targ to see Ottawa rockers The Red Rails, Toronto rock band Bloody Diamonds and Ottawa blues/rock n’rollers The Wicked Mercy.
Kitchen Party has been hopping around venues and this month it’s going down at Bar Robo. The monthly dance party presented by DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks will feature nothing but the best in funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, techno, house and everything in between. A little bit of this and a little bit of that for your dancing pleasure.
Tropikalo has also been hopping around lately and it looks like this month’s vibes are moving to the new Pure Kitchen on Elgin. This super fun dancefloor affair is the perfect dance party if you’re looking for afro-latin caribbean vibes. Just put your dancing shoes on and let DJs Zattar and Trevor Walker take care of the rest.
If you’re up for a Saturday afternoon show, head to Bar Robo this weekend for a mix a blues, folk and jazz courtesy of some local musicians. Stefan Jurewicz, who’s known for his project Onionface and for producing music for several local bands and musicians, will be playing a live set with jazz/pop/funk/rock singer-songwriter Dynamite Motel and grunge/folk guitarist Tariq Anwar.
The last time Reuben and the Dark played Ottawa, it was as part of the Jazz Festival’s After Dark Series. The Calgary indie folk band will be back this Saturday, October 1, and this time they’re performing at the lovely St. Alban’s Church with Toronto indie folk artist Charlotte Cornfield.
The Soul Motivators’s will be returning to the Mercury Lounge this Saturday, October 2 for the first time since they welcomed a new lead singer to the group. For the occasion, the Toronto-based soulful funk 9-piece will be joined by DJ Trevor Walker. If you’re looking to combine live music and a night of dancing, this is a sure bet.
CHUO 89.1 FM, CKCU 93.1 FM & Birdman Sound present the 15th Ottawa Community Record Show this Sunday, October 2 at St. Anthony’s Hall. This is the place to go to find LPs & CDs and dig for rare music gems from every genre. A must for music collectors!
To finish off the week in metal, head out to Mavericks for Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous who’ll be in the national capital as par of their current North American Tour. The Century Media recs signees will be sharing the stage with American rockers Earthside, Chicago progressive metal group Binary Code, Ottawa black death metal project Dissentient and Ottawa vioce and cello duo The Visit.