Are you sticking around Ottawa-Gatineau over the next two weeks? If so, you most likely have some time off for the holidays and that’s a great occasion to enjoy the festive season by checking out some of the fun events being held in the National Capital Region. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to see what’s happening between now and January 1st.
Local singer-songwriter and musician Kristine St-Pierre invites you to join her for a special holiday concert that she’s putting on with Ken Kanwisher and Vince Halfhide. The family-friendly show is happening this Tuesday, December 20 at Pressed Cafe and you can expect performances by a few special guests.
Local urban artist Maria-Rosa Szychowska is uniting her passion for art to international cooperation by undertaking a project that will take her in twelve different countries over the course of 12 months to create 12 distinct murals in collaboration with local community organizations. To help finance her project, the Minotaure is hosting a fundraiser this Tuesday, December 20 that will include a silent auction, live music, tasty bites and more.
This Wednesday starting at 5 p.m., House of Targ presents the Wizard Werks Holiday Craft Show featuring some of Ottawa’s craftiest vendors selling unique, handmade and repurposed items. It’s free to attend, it’s all-ages and it’s a great spot for last-minute gift shopping. Check it out and support local!
Toronto hip hop artist Top 5 will be giving an all-ages show at the Bourbon Room this Friday, December 23. The 16-year old Somali rapper, who’s picking up steam within the Canadian hip hop scene, will be performing live alongside special guests that haven’ts been announced.
Ottawa indie folk rock band Amos The Transparent is hosting its annual holiday concert at the Blacksheep Inn this Friday night. This year, the local 6-piece are making a shuttle bus service available for those who don’t have a ride up or who want to enjoy drinks stress free.
Over at the Minotaure on Friday, December 23, the one and only Pépé et sa guitare will be performing live to help raise non-perishable items for local charity Moisson Outaouais. The energetic and passionate musician is sure to deliver a memorable show, like he always does. A guaranteed good time!
On December 23, local bands Suits N’ Toques, Lou Dog, The Obsidians and Will and I are teaming up to play live at the Rainbow Bistro and proceeds raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.
This Friday night, December 23, The Deep End is back and this time it’s going down at Bar Robo. Once again, the crew is bringing you a mixed bag of techno beats all through the night while also bringing a unique experience; intersecting music, lighting and video projections. This is an excellent party to check out if you’re into techno, house, and electronic music.
On December 25, the Mercury Lounge presents Soul Power, a tribute to James Brown with DJs Trevor Walker and Magnificent. Come celebrate the music of the godfather of funk on Christmas night, 10 years after his passing. Donation of non-perishable items are encouraged.
Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, and Zaphods wants you to join them for Trailer Park Christmas Bingo to make a big mess and party it up. It’s their annual Christmas Re-Gift too, so grab whatever thing you hate the most in your house, wrap it up, bring it to Zaphods on December 25 and pile it onstage so it finds a new home.
For the third year in a row, Monster Energy brings you its annual Holiday Fam Jam on December 26 at Babylon. This year, organizers are presenting a lineup of local legends and fan favourites from around the way, who bring quality music as the gift everywhere they go, including Montreal’s Tommy Kruise and Toronto/Ottawa’s Thugli.
Ottawa indie rock band Wolfie are reuniting for a final show when they take to Zaphods stage one last time on Thursday, December 29. Josh Charbot and The Wild Ones and Rooftop A will be joining them for the occasion to see them off proper.
After nearly a two-year hiatus from performing live, Montreal/Ottawa band Little Suns is back to share Zero, the long-awaited follow up to their 2013 album Normal Human Feelings. Recorded at an old farmhouse in the hills of Chesterville, Quebec the six song EP reflects the varying states of mind of the group and their stages of personal development and progress. Special guest Baker will be opening the show for the occasion.
If you’re in the mood to catch some live music on December 29, there’s going to be an intimate show at Live on Elgin featuring performances by Ottawa lo-fi psy-folk duo Goodnight Boy, Ottawa indie rock band Iconoclast and Ottawa metal group Aenigma.
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 December edition, resident DJs Mat Thibault and Teknobrat will be joined by guests Teknostep and John Norman, and together they’ll take you on an eclectic musical journey that will stimulate your imagination and dance moves.
If you’re getting sick of the cold and need to warm up with a good dance session, know that the dance floor at Shameless always gets hot. The December edition of this monthly cheesy guilt-free dance party is going down on Friday, December 30 at Babylon and it should have you covered with nothing but cheap dance floor bangers courtesy of DJs Matty and Skid Vicious.
Ottawa’s own Chef Chico and Aunt Thelma’s are hosting the ultimate Hip Hop Hangover Brunch on January 1st to kick off 2017. Happening at Kinki, the popular event will feature a finger-licking good 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 and my tummy. It’ll save your hungover ass.