To kick off the week in Ottawa-Gatineau, those interested in the music community can check out the October edition of Music Monday at Bar Robo. This Monday’s discussion, presented in partnership with Artpreneur, will take the form of an open discussion and will look at putting Ottawa music on the map. The discussion will be followed by a musical performance by singer-songwriter and musician Tara Shannon.
Sausage fans rejoice: Ottawa now has it’s very own SausageFest. No, not that kind, get your minds out of the gutter. From October 3 to October 16 in the ByWard Market, local butchers and food retails will be serving a variety of sausage samplers for $1 and on October 15, there’s a sausage party happening at William Square.
Carefor Health & Community Services in partnership with Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa-St. Lawrence Outaouais chapter is revitalizing a beloved event, the Feast of Fields. Happening this Wednesday evening at the Ottawa City Hall, this benefit culinary event will highlight some of our region’s most talented chefs and local organic producers.
Ottawa-based alternative folk singer-songwriter Mark Fossen will be performing at Live on Elgin this Wednesday night. Originally from Port Moody, BC, Fossen will share the stage with Canadiana project Loyal Compass and folk artist Jamieson Mackay.
Montreal experimental death metal band Gorguts will be making a stop in Ottawa this Wednesday night as part of their current North American Tour. The Season of Mist Records signees will be playing with American progressive metal group Intronaut, American progressive metal band Brain Tentacles and Ottawa experimental metal outfit Antlion.
Toronto-based WeDidIt DJ/Producer Ryan Hemsworth and Ottawa favourite will be giving a live set at Babylon this Thursday as part of Absolut Nights Tour. Along with Hemsworth, some of Canada’s top creators will take you on a journey of diversity, collaboration and creativity with immersive Maker installations by A-Rock & Shaydakiss and an Insta-worthy photo setup by The Supermaniak. A solidly stacked lineup awaits and it’s free so hurry and RSVP!
This October 6 at Zaphods, Full Flavou r Thursdays with Jon Deck welcome JUNO-nominated Canadian rapper Ghetto Socks for a live performance. The unorthodox hip hop artist will be giving a live show alongside Ottawa hip hop duo Buck-N-Nice.
For the fourth year in a row, restaurants and businesses in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau have joined forces to offer an Oktoberfest celebration happening this weekend. There will be a bavarian menu, live music, entertainment and, of course, plenty of beer.
Montreal’s The Luyas return to the National Capital Region this Friday with the release of Says You, the first new recordings since their 2012 album, Animator. The band, who’s sound is drenched in echo, and built from guitars, French horn, piles of keyboards, drums and percussion, will be sharing the stage at Le Temporaire with Aylmer indie folk project CHÉRIE and Toronto futuristic pop project L CON. Fun fact: the last time The Luyas played Le Temporaire in 2013, David Byrne attended the show after his performance at the Ottawa Jazz Festival with St. Vincent (!).
This Friday, October 7, Our House is back at the Mercury Lounge beat kitchen, and time around, the good people at Floorplay Group are spicing things up by joining forces with Pozativ Vibrationz. For this edition, Our House welcomes NYC DJ Joeski who’ll be sharing the chef’s hat with DJs Balu and Paul Cardoso for a night of cutting edge house music.
Are you born in October like Canada’s favourite hip hop/r&b superstar Drake? How does free entrance to Bourbon Room and complimentary champagne sound? If you want to celebrate your special day dancing the night away to October’s Very Own sounds, then be sure to hit this party up on Friday, October 7.
Toronto-based pop/soul/r&b/trip hop singer-songwriter Iskwé will be performing live at the Mercury Lounge this Saturday night. The Irish/Cree/Dené artist originally from Winnipeg, will be sharing the stage with cellist Cris Derksen and DJ Trevor Walker will follow the performance to keep the crowd moving.
This Saturday, Ottawa Explosion & Bruised Tongue presents a good old punk show over at Zaphods. The stacked lineup includes Sheffield, UK punks Sievehead, Montreal psych death rockers No Negative, Ottawa punk band Sedatives, and Ottawa political/queer party hardcore group Doxx.
Seattle gothic folk/rock project King Dude will be giving a solo acoustic set at the Dominion Tavern this Saturday night. The dark, luciferian artist will be playing alongside Minneapolis gothic-folk band Blood & Sun, who’ll be opening the show for the occasion.
Montreal electro jazz funksters Valaire (they’ve dropped “Misteure”) will be making a return to Gatineau this Saturday, October 8 to present their brand new album Oobopopop at the Minotaure. The five-piece will be presenting their new show and they’ll be joined by a local act that remains to be confirmed. It’s bound to be all kinds of fun!
Outside I’m a Giant is a new indie folk project by Jérémi Pierre Caron, the musician behind the seven-piece group Bitterly Healed, and they’re giving their debut performance at the Blacksheep Inn this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. alongside local singer-songwriter Myriam Gendron.