Once again, there’s plenty happening in Ottawa-Gatineau this week, just check out the weekly picks for November 1-6 below to get an idea of things that are worth checking out in the coming days, wether you’re into music, theatre or visual arts.
Metal heads take note: American metal band High On Fire will be live at Mavericks this Tuesday, November 1 and they’ll be performing alongside Ottawa doom metal group Norislk and Ottawa stoner metal outfit Swarm Of Spheres.
Canadian indie rockers Tokyo Police Club will be back in Ottawa this Tuesday night in support of their latest album Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 2), and this time around, they’ll be playing live at Centrepointe Theatre with Keswick indie pop band The Elwins.
If you’re into weird experimental garage sounds, be sure to make your way over to Pressed Cafe this Tuesday night to catch Toronto noisy industrial punks HSY, Calgary industrial noise punks DRI HIEV and Ottawa beach punks Bonnie Doon.
From November 2 to 5, the Théâtre du Trillium theatre company presents Le gars qui voulait se faire phénix, a moving and fun play about a man who goes through a difficult period in his life during which he feels in complete despair and discouragement.
Local musician and singer-songwriter Jumpin’ Joel Flash will be giving a live show at Pressed Cafe this Wednesday, November 2 and for the occasion he will be sharing the stage with Ottawa artists Amanda Lowe, Jessica Pearson Band and The Ghost Lights.
Ottawa neo-soul band The Split is playing a last-minute show this Wednesday, November 2 at Live on Elgin. It’s been a while since the guys played Ottawa so to mark this fun pop-up gig, they’re bringing the full seven-piece band out to make you dance and groove.
Want to support community radio? Then head over to the Mercury Lounge this Thursday night to check out local punk rock bands Neck, Outtacontroller, School Damage and Average Times. All proceeds will go to CKCU FM’s 2016 Funding Drive.
The 31st Ottawa Wine & Food Festival runs from November 4 to 6 and is moving to the EY Centre to accommodate more people and a growing event. New this year: a cheese vault, a late-night artisanal cocktail area an indoor beach and several other activities and workshops for all sorts of interests. For details and the full programming, simply click below.
Ottawa indie rock/soul/electronic band High Waters is playing live at Mavericks this Saturday night. The four-piece, who released their debut album Goodnight Mara in September 2015, will be performing alongside Trees, Listen Up Kid and Mark Fossen.
Vancouver dance pop singer-songwriter Rykka is performing live at Zaphods this Friday night in an effort to promote her new album Beatitudes. For the occasion, she’ll be sharing the stage with Wakefield indie pop rock band Rebelle and Ottawa indie electro duo Willows.
Over at House of Targ this Friday night, you can check out Montreal dance punks Duchess Says if you’re in the mood for a fun, potentially rowdy show. The Bonsound signees are set to play live with Ottawa post punks Expanda Fuzz and Ottawa post punk/math rockers The Dark Plains.
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan’s Johnny 2 Fingers and The Deformities are making their way over to Ottawa this Friday as part of their Bring On The Snow Eastern Canadian Tour. They’ll be playing live at Avant-Garde Bar with local bands Onionface and Holy Christopher.
PDA Projects has a new home and the gallery is having an opening night party to celebrate this new chapter. On the menu: artwork by a dozen artists, DJs, live music, performances, and tasty finger foods by Chef Mike Frank.
Gatineau progressive metal band Greta Knights is having their GKIII album release party at the Petit Chicago this Saturday, November 5 and for the occasion they’ll be playing alongside local metal bands The Thirteenth Floor, Beyond Fiction and Fractures and Outlines.
KROY, the side project of Camille Poliquin, one half of Montreal synthpop duo Milk & Bone, will be giving a live performance at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull this Saturday night in support of her debut album Scavenger. The Montreal-based artist will be sharing the stage with opening act Floes for her third solo show presented in the National Capital Region.
CKCU’s Indie City Madness (that’s me and my friends Julie and Rick) has teamed up with Café Nostalgica for a second year to present a funding drive show that will benefit Carleton University’s community radio station. This year, the station is turning 41 years old, making it the oldest campus radio station in the country. Happening this Saturday, November 5 starting at 9 p.m., the event will feature live performances by talented local indie folk rock band Maggie’s March, indie folk trio Okies and rockers Snake Church.
Ottawa art rock band Pony Girl is giving their last set of the year at House of Common this Saturday night. You can expect a cozy time, psychedelic eye candy and good vibes as well as an opening set by Ottawa experimental project Trails who will be providing trippy and pretty music.
One of Ottawa’s most reputable nightclubs, the popular and beloved Mercury Lounge, will be celebrating its 20th (!) birthday this Saturday night. For the occasion, the club is throwing its annual anniversary red party, where the dress code is (you guessed it) red and will feature live music by house kings and resident DJs Trevor Walker and Lance Baptiste who’ll take care of making you dance the night away.
In the mood for a night of gloom and heavy rock? Ottawa’s Barrow Wight are back from their European tour and giving a live show at House of Targ this Saturday night alongside Torontonian atom smashers Manacle. There’s also going to be all-vinyl DJ sets by DJ Wightlightning and DJ Valhalla, and the Hard and Heavy Distro.
Ottawa’s own Chef Chico is teaming up with Aunt Thelma’s to bring back the delicious and popular Hip Hop Hangover Brunch. The one-time event, happening on Sunday, November 6 at Kinki, will feature a yummy thematic brunch menu paired with beats provided by Professor Mele and friends. One of the most solid brunches that you’ll ever try, trust me on this.