Another week, another blog post featuring a bunch of great events happening in and around Ottawa-Gatineau this week.
This Wednesday at House of Targ, the Indie Scene presents a night of live music featuring some solid American alternative bands as well as a couple locals. The bill includes Columbus, Ohio emo/alt rockers Everyone Leaves, Oklahoma emo/grunge rockers Fossil Youth, Ottawa/Toronto alt rock/emo group PINE and Ottawa emo project Castlefield.
Ottawa punk rockers GOAT are having an album release party this Thursday, January in celebration of their fourth studio album titled TUFF. The show is going down at House of Targ and will also feature live sets by Ottawa punks War Fair and Ottawa five-piece punk band The Lindbergh Babies.
Little Suns are having their first show of 2017 this Friday, January 27 at Bar Robo. For the occasion, the Montreal/Ottawa folk pop band will be playing live alongside Montreal’s St. Lawrence Warehouse Company and Ottawa folk singer-songwriter Jon Hynes and his band.
Korean-Canadian, folk-roots musician, poet and theatre artist Janice Jo Lee will be performing live at Origin Studio this Friday, January 27. The Kitchener-based artist will be sharing the stage with Ottawa singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Lowe.
For the second year, there’s going to be a tribute to Lemmy at House of Targ this Friday, January 27. Local bands and musicians Loviatar, In Heat, Barrow White, MotorMouth, Hot Snake Handlers, Remi Royale, Pisser, Lycanthro will be doing Lemmy covers, so you can expect to hear stuff from Motorhead, Hawkwind and The Rocking Vickers.
Over at the Rainbow Bistro this Friday night, you can catch Toronto rockers Mark Band Sanders play live with Ottawa dance punk trio PEAKS, Ottawa lo-fi pop/sci-folk project Fire Antlers and Ottawa rock n’rollers Riishi Von Rex.
Ottawa/Toronto DJ Drastik will be touching down at Kinki Lounge this Friday night. The producer, who’s one half of the duo Thugli, will be giving a live set at the Famalam jam alongside resident DJs Iggy Smalls and Laocapone.
The new monthly dubbed Strange People dedicated to happiness, good times and curiosity is back this Friday night inside Mercury Lounge. Party people are invited to come as they are and enjoy the sounds of house, disco, techno and more. For the latest edition, guest DJs Mat Thibault and Teknobrat will be on the mix, and together they’ll take you on an eclectic musical journey that will stimulate your imagination.
If you’re getting sick of the cold and need to warm up with a good dance session, the dance floor at Shameless always gets hot. The January edition of this monthly cheesy guilt-free dance party is going down on Friday at Babylon and it should have you covered with nothing but cheap dance floor bangers courtesy of DJs Matty and Skid Vicious.
Québec City indie folk rockers Harfang will be giving a live performance at the Petit Chicago this Saturday, January 28. The up and coming group who’ll be release its first full-length album this winter, will be giving an intimate show alongside Quebec trip-hop/pop project De la Reine.
Atlanta, Georgia hip hop artist T.I. will be making a stop in Ottawa this Saturday night as part of his “Us Or Else” Canadian Tour. The American rapper will be performing live at the Liquor Store with opening act Maurice Moore and Frank Blak, DJ Jon Deck, Prehistoric and more.
Are you a fan of ska, reggae and rocksteady? If so, be sure to make your way over to House of Targ on Saturday night for the Voice Of The People Ska Night. This fun party will feature music selections courtesy of DJs Longshot and Magnificent as well as a live performance by K-Man & The 45s and The Taco Bandits.
If you’re looking to boogie down to disco this weekend, head over to the Mercury Lounge this Saturday night for the Disco Lab party featuring mad scientists Trevor Walker and Greg Reain who’ll be taking care of the beats. If you attend, you’re encouraged to dress in your best 80s look to get in for free.
Bangers & Mash: Ottawa Soul Music Festival is taking place on March 18, but in the lead up, organizers need the help of the public to make it the funkiest night of the year. As a result, this Sunday, January 29, they’re putting on an afternoon fundraiser at The Record Centre that’ll feature live sets by Ottawa soul/r&b band Slack Bridges, soul/jazz musicians Mack & Ben (of Monday I Retire) and The Full Time Groove spinning heavy soul and funk.
If you want to end the week on an experimental note, head over to Live on Elgin this Sunday night to check out eclectic electronic project Devesceri, Ottawa atmospheric/electronic musician sbsst, synth pop trio Electric Tree and hazy synth pop/ambient project Church of Trees.