This Monday, November 21, 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-based artists Danielle Allard and Angelique Francis.
This Tuesday, November 22, the Canadian Museum of History is showing a screening of The Pass System, a documentary film that illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. For over 60 years, the Canadian government often denied Indigenous Peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves without a pass. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot Elders of the Prairies describe living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to the present day. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
This Tuesday evening, November 22 at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, there’s going to be a Cheese Holiday Boutique hosted by Savvy Company. Eight to ten cheesemakers will be at the event, giving you a great opportunity to sample a wide range of artisan cheeses and stock up for the holidays. Accessorize your cheese with local crackers, baked goods, condiments, and other artisanal gourmet wares from local vendors.
Toronto garage-pop band Twist will be playing live at House of Targ this Wednesday, November 21. For the occasion, the group will be sharing the stage with Montreal indie rockers Mundy’s Bay and Ottawa indie emo band PINE.
This Thursday evening, the National Gallery of Canada invites the public to attend the official opening of Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master, a major retrospective dedicated to one of the most prolific artists living in Canada. From November 24 to April 17, discover more than 150 remarkable paintings and drawings, including works that have never been on public display.
The Not Normal experimental music series launched this past Spring is going down this Thursday night at Pressed Cafe. For this latest instalment, there will be a live set by VJ and DJ Daisy as well as DJs Jason Skilz of Low Noise Productions and Pierre Richardson of Bruised Tongue.
This Thursday night, Debaser presents Toronto-based experimental pop project Tasseomancy live at the Temporaire. The duo, who just recently released its new album Do Easy, will be playing alongside local singer-songwriter and musician Her Harbour, who’ll be celebrating the release of her single Hewing Crowns.
Thunder Bay pop/rocker Coleman Hell will be performing live at Zaphods this Thursday as part of his Summerland Tour. The artist, who gave a very well-attended show at the 2016 Bluesfest, will be sharing the stage with Halifax pop singer-songwriter and musician Ria Mae. The show is sold out, but you can expect a limited amount of tickets at the doors.
Another sold out show happening this Thursday is for none other than Sebastian Bach, the original voice of Skid Row. Happening over at Barrymore’s, the show will also feature opening sets by Ottawa rockers Iconoclast and Aylmer rock/metal band Inire.
As part of the The Official 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, the Native Women’s Association of Canada invited Métis artist Jaime Black to create a The REDress Project art installation on the steps of the Parliament of Canada. The result will not only be a historically poignant aesthetic response to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but a strong message for the Commissioners leading the National #MMIWG Inquiry. See it starting this Friday, November 25.
SKETCH, SAW Gallery’s popular holiday fundraiser, with more than 150 participating artists is back Friday, November 25. This year’s edition will include a spotlight on 1980s contemporary Inuit art, and signed photographic editions from Magnum Photos featuring artists from around the world. There will also be music by local band The Vile Bodies as well asDJs Michael Caffrey and Chris International.
This Friday, November 25 at the Troquet in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau, there’s going to be an intimate show feature Montreal singer-songwriter and pianist Fanny Bloom, who’ll be in town to present her new show that mixes music and theatre. An evening of art that promises to be moving.
If you want to check out some local rock bands this Friday night, head over to Zaphods to catch Ottawa rockers Eagleson, Ottawa alt rock band Cast in Cadence and Toronto rock group Old James.
Ottawa rockers The Red Rails will be playing live at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield this Friday night. This time around, the trio will be sharing the stage with local rockers Sal Piamonte Band. There’s going to be a bus leaving from the Museum of Nature to the venue and back as well, for those who need a ride there.
If you’re in the mood for some punk rock this Friday night, head to House of Targ to check out Brisbane rock n’rollers DZ Deathrays who’ll be in town as part of their International Disaster Tour. The band will be joined on stage by Brisbane garage punks Dune Ratz andOttawa alt-rockers Coveter.
There’s a new monthly in Ottawa dubbed Strange People and it’s dedicated to happiness, good times and curiosity. Party people are invited to come as they are and enjoy the sounds of house, disco, techno and more. For the third edition, guest DJ Gregular will work the commands with Mat Thibault and Teknobrat, and together they’ll take you on an eclectic musical journey that will stimulate your imagination.
Poland DJ/Producer Pham will be touching down at Kinki Lounge this Friday night as part of his first North American tour. He’ll be giving a live set at the Famalam jam alongside resident DJ Iggy Smalls.
For the metal heads, it’s going down at the Minotaure this Saturday night. The show happening there will feature Gatineau metal band Insurrection, who hasn’t performed locally in a while, so it’s a good occasion to catch them, as well as Montreal’s Mortor, Montreal’s Smirking Revenge, and Ottawa’s From The Deep.
Montreal-based electro/rock trio We Are Wolves, who’s no stranger to the National Capital Region, is making a triumphant return to the Petit Chicago this Saturday, November 26 to the delight of their fans. The guys will be back in the area in support of their new album WRONG and they’ll be playing alongside Gatineau rockers Eldorado and Montreal artist Loic April.
At Live on Elgin this Saturday night, it’s all about indie rock with Ottawa band The Superlative, Toronto group Paint, Ottawa bluesy twang rockers Arms of the Girl and Montreal power trio Sunrise & Good People.
If you’re up for a little drive to Wakefield this Saturday night, you’ll be treated to a great show at the Blacksheep Inn featuring a stellar lineup of local folk rock bands. For one, it’s local alternative folk group Bitterly Healed’s last show as a complete band, and it’s also an occasion to catch two excellent local indie folk groups Cherie and Okies. If I didn’t have a wedding to attend, that’s where I’d be going Saturday night.
Ottawa-based singer-songwriter and musician Cody Allen is playing live at Irene’s Pub this Saturday night. For this show, the alternative folk rock artist will be sharing the stage with local americana roots band Old Whiskey Road.
No Diggity, the 90s R&B and throwback party that’s cooler than the other side of your pillow, is going down this Saturday, November 26 at Kinki. You can expect plenty of old school jams provided by DJs Mace and Kam.
If you’re feeling up for some live afro-latin percussion and balkan brass section with some dance thrown in, head to Mercury Lounge this Saturday night to see Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra. The high-energy group that’s very interactive with the crowd will be joined by resident DJ Trevor Walker who’ll be spinning music before and after.
If you enjoy folk/country music, be sure to catch Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils live at House of Targ this Saturday, November 26. The local band, which recently released a brand new album titled Down in a Government Town, will be playing alongside Brockville country duo The Rifle & The Writer.
An entire night dedicated to the 6ix God? Drake fans rejoice, you read correct. The popular Drake Night dance party, at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates, is going down this Saturday night inside Babylon.
This Sunday, November 27 at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, check out the Idle Hands Art, Craft and Vintage Sale. The event, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., offers a great opportunity to buy quality art, handmade and vintage one-of-a-kind items for those special people on your Christmas list. Naughty or nice.
If you’re looking for a club party to hit up on Sunday, look no further than City for the Rewind Sundays party featuring DJ RayRay, who’s bound to get the club bumping by playing a mix of old school hip hop and r&b and new club anthems and bangers. This one is a special video edition, which means there will be videoclips playing alongside your favourite jams.