Episode 174 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Elly, featured the following tracks and artists:
If you want to kick off your week by taking a trip down memory lane, you can catch The Teat Party live at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. The Canadian rock (or “Moroccan roll”) band which was a huge hit in the 90s will be playing live in Ottawa alongside The Road Heavy as part of their 20 Years of Transmission reunion tour.
From March 1-11 at the Gladstone Theatre, you can catch Finishing The Suit, a play written by Lawrence Aronovitch that’s set in 1972, when being out of the closet can get you jailed. But inside a Jewish tailor’s shop, all secrets are on the measuring table, as the tailor puts the finishing touches on a morning suit. Eavesdrop as he remembers and mourns the two great loves of his life: a young, brash Irish actor and an enigmatic, battle-weary duke.
At Live on Elgin this Wednesday, March 1, you can start the new month in music with live performances by Ottawa’s Jumpin Joel Flash & The Magic Machine, multi-instrumentalist Jasen Colson and jazzy pop singer-songwriter Alanna Sterling.
The Ottawa Jazz Festival is swinging into spring with a live annual auction and benefit concert featuring Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter Alex Cuba at Library & Archives Canada this Thursday, March 2. The auction, hosted by auctioneer Alan Neal of the CBC, will be followed by a performance by latin sensation Alex Cuba, who will take the stage to present his latest release Healer.
If you’re up for a night of live local music this Thursday night, head over to House of Targ to catch Ottawa rock band Riishi Von Rex, soul/blues singer-songwriter Bella Cat and reggae outfit Nile Groove.
Red Bull Crashed Ice: there’s nothing quite like it! This intense high-energy event will be happening in Canada’s capital city this weekend and for the first time ever. The event will feature the World Junior Championship and Ice Cross Downhill World Series Season Finale, between the Bytown Museum, the Rideau Canal locks and the Chateau Laurier. This event is free and open to the public and presented as part of Canada 150.
Toronto punk rockers Billy Talent will be making a stop in Ottawa this Friday night as part of their Afraid of Heights Tour. This time around, the guys will be playing live at TD Place over at Lansdowne.
Ottawa post hardcore/experimental band Halfsleeper will be giving their first show of 2017 this Friday night at an undisclosed location (in other words it’s a house show) and they’ll be joined by Toronto post rock/instrumental group Vistas and Ottawa alt rock/grunge trio Elementals.
Sam Patch (made of up members of Arcade Fire) will be playing live at Zaphods this Friday night and for the occasion, the Montreal indie project will be sharing the stage with Montreal dream pop outfit Loon and Ottawa indie rock newcomers Baker (André M. Bluteau and members of Lost to the River).
This Friday night at Bar Robo, three of Ottawa’s saddest songwriters will croon softly to you about loves lost and opportunities missed with their own brands of folk/country musings.
Double Barrel, one of Ottawa’s most popular monthly dance parties, is going down inside its new home at Babylon this Friday night. Resident DJ Magnificent will be gracing the 1s and 2s with his new sidekick Trevor Walker and there will also be a live performance by Ottawa’s new funk outfit Slack Bridges. Detroit Soul Food will also be back to provide tasty eats. An all-vinyl funk, soul, Motown and vintage reggae dance party you don’t want to miss!
The Brass Monkey seems to increasingly be the place to go to check out quality rock, metal and hardcore shows and this Saturday is no different as the venue welcomes Buffalo hardcore/metal band Every Time I Die, Kentucky hardcore/nu-metal group Knocked Loose, Chicago hardcore outfit Harms Way, and Pittsburgh hardcore/metal project Eternal Sleep.
At the Minotaure in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday night, Vile Productions presents a four-band bill featuring Gatineau rockers Eldorado, Gatineau rockers Colorsfade, Toronto project Polarity and Ottawa/Montreal rock outfit Règlement17.
The good folks at Venus Envy are turning 16 this year and they’re throwing their 4th annual fundraising group show of erotic/sensual/sexy work called the Filthy Dirty Art Show. The event will be held on Saturday, March 4 and will feature works by artists Mique Michelle, Twin Ravens, Alexandre Aimee, RJ Jones, Daniel Davidson and more and there will be live music by DJ del Pilar.
On Saturday night at the always-cool Record Centre, Ottawa Showbox, the OMIC and JUNOfest present Sight & Sound, an immersive audiovisual experience merging live music and video projections featuring Amos the Transparent, Trails and VJ LES666.
Over at the Petit Chicago this Saturday night, do yourself a favour and check out Montreal dance punks Duchess Says if you’re in the mood for a fun and rowdy show. The Bonsound signees are set to play live with Gatineau’s own FET.NAT and knowing these two bands, it’s bound to be an epic show that you won’t want to miss.
What’s cool about the Deep Therapy monthly is that it keeps happening at different locations. This Saturday, it’ll explore the potential of an all new venue, Ottawa’s Arts Court. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Deep Therapy showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary.
Afropolitan is a 5-month series of events presented at the Mercury Lounge as part of Canada 150 that features DJs, percussionists and dancers showcasing the strong African, Caribbean, and Latin influences that have shaped today’s house music. The second edition happening this Saturday, March 4 will feature DJ Gabe Price of Montreal alongside the Tribal Threat DJs.
The Listening Party is a brand new monthly event happening at Makita Kitchen Bar that celebrates classic, new and local albums played in their entirety. We’re talking start to finish. Each month, organizers will select one record to be played based on their desires, your input and weather patterns. The inaugural event will feature the 1987 Grammy’s album of the year Graceland by Paul Simon. Love the concept, hope it’s as cool as it sounds.
Local DJ Jon Deck is bringing his We Good party back at the Elmdale this Saturday night and this latest edition will feature a live set by Redbull Thre3style Champion DJ COSMO of Montreal. The event will also include a pop-up shop that should be announced soon.
Ottawa’s own Chef Chico and Aunt Thelma’s are hosting the next Hip Hop Hangover Brunch of 2017 this Sunday, March 5. 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.
The 2nd Annual Westfest “ALL STAR” Fundraiser, hosted by Councilor Jeff Lieper & local music icon Jim Bryson, is happening this Sunday afternoon at Orange Art Gallery. You can expect jam-packed live entertainment from the likes of Craig Cardiff, Mike Dubue (of Hilotrons), River City Junction, Jesse Dangerously and more as well as craft beer, wine & vodka, local fair-trade coffee, delicious food, and more.
If you want to end your weekend by checking out some live music, head over to Bar Robo this Sunday night to catch Vancouver indie rock/post punks Bad Pop, Ottawa indie garage band Empty Nesters and Ottawa garage rockers Holy Christopher.
Episode 173 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Julie, featured the following tracks and artists:
This Monday, February 20, check out the second instalment of Robo Harb at Bar Robo. The new monthly hangout featuring music curated by Ali Harb is being held between 7 p.m. and midnight, giving you the chance to enjoy a night out without having to worry about losing sleep. Dress to express!
Ottawa’s Gongfu Boa Cart is doing a takeover at one of Ottawa’s best diners, Fontenelle Restaurant, this Tuesday night in collaboration with amazing local artisans & producers. Enjoy baos, noodles, dumplings and more either by eating-in or as take-out, and kungfu movies all night. No reservations.
From the creators of My Fair Zombie comes Ottawa’s next comedy musical sensation: Phantom of the Opry, a comedic take on an old classic written and directed by local cult filmmaker Brett Kelly. The production also features 10 original songs written by local artist Jumpin Joel Flash and will be presented at the Gladstone Theatre February 22-25.
Join One World Arts this Wednesday, February 22 for a special one-night-only screening of the award-winning Canadian documentary KONELĪNE: our land beautiful at the ByTowne Cinema. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Ugo Lapointe, Canada Program Coordinator at MiningWatch Canada, and Ben Powless, a Mohawk citizen and Ottawa resident with a background in human rights, indigenous rights and environmental advocacy. Proceeds ill go to support the 28th annual One World Film Festival, Ottawa’s longest running documentary film fest.
Toronto indie folk band Midnight Vesta will be performing at Live on Elgin this Wednesday night in an effort to to expand their audience as they prepare to release their first LP. The trio will be sharing the stage with Ottawa blue rock group Cold Capital and Toronto indie folk musician Brooklyn Doran.
The Mercury Lounge is cooking up a very interesting event for foodies and music lovers alike. This Thursday night, experience a fun evening spent tasting the warmth of tropical cuisine and learning a few cooking tricks from Guga Rocha, one of Brazil’s finest chefs and TV hosts. The event will include great live Brazilian music and an amazing stand-up cooking show. Sounds amazing!
If hardcore is your thing, you’re gonna want to head over to House of Targ this Thursday night to catch Montreal hardcore band Hopeless Youth, Ottawa metallic sludge group Opium Winter, Ottawa metal outfit Ooluu, Ottawa ritual industrial project Wychdoktor as well as visual artists Kaylie Seaver, Kathleen Axam and Squish Lessard.
If you enjoy visual arts, start your weekend at the Ottawa Art Battle this Friday night at Arts Court. The unique event organized across Canadian cities, brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition held in front of an audience.
There’s a house show happening this Friday night that’ll feature live sets by London, Ontario electro mope pop project Shhh, Montreal ambient soundscape noise duo Intervention and Ottawa experimental synth star Lovecraft.
UK indie/folk musician Benjamin Francis Leftwich will be making a stop in our nation’s capital this Friday, February 24. The Dirty Hit Recs artist will be playing live at Zaphods alongside Sacramento ambient indie-folk project Brolly and Ottawa singer-songwriter and dedicated member of the local music community Amanda Lowe.
Toronto punk/post-hardcore? (they’re not sure) band Sparrows will rocking House of Targ this Friday night and they’ll be sharing the stage with Niagara emo/alt-rockers Heavy Hearts, KW post-punks Life in Vacuum and Ottawa rock band Old Rules. Gotta love the event poster.
This Friday night at City, AVA Recordings invites you to join them as they celebrate their 10-year anniversary. As one of the trance scene’s biggest labels, AVA Recordings has long been at the forefront of releasing top quality music and spearheading the Trance movement and this Friday they’re marking the occasion with guest DJs Somna and Sheridan Grout.
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, resident DJs Mat Thibault and Teknobrat will be on the mix with Lock City Groove, and together they’ll take you on an eclectic musical journey that’s bound to stimulate your imagination.
Saturday, February 25, celebrate the rhythms and movement of Africa and the Caribbean with Kallaloo, a one-day festival of Afro-Caribbean dance and culture featuring three workshops and an Afrocentric Marketplace.
This Saturday afternoon, House of Targ is putting on a clothing swap for anyone and everyone who has used clothing and accessories to donate and exchange. Bring clean clothes, shoes and/or accessories you no longer wear and swap for something you want while DJs Ska Jeff and DJ Felix spin tunes.
Gatineau hip hop artist CZA will be releasing his album Pied de vent this Saturday, February 25 at l’Avant-Première in the Hull sector of Gatineau. The local rapper will be sharing the stage with guests Kode, Selekwa, Outside I’m a Giant, Anka and others.
Make no mistake: the absolute best party in the city to be at this Saturday night is TIMEKODE’s Special Patreon Launch Celebration going down inside D’Afrique Resto & Bar with none other than internationally-renowned DJ Skratch Bastid. Don’t miss your chance to get down up close and personal with one of the best DJs in the game, period. There’s a limited amount of tickets for this event so grab yours quick! (Full disclosure: I now take care of communications for TIMEKODE.)
If you’re in the mood to play pinball and arcades while you check out some live punk bands, then House of Targ is where you’ll want to be this Saturday night for the Voice of a Generation Punk Night Vol. 3 featuring Make No Gains, Toxic Thoughts, Cansoc and more.
If you’re a fan of the Souljazz Orchestra and enjoy the sounds of salsa, cumbia, disco and sambafunk, head over to the Petit Chicago on Saturday to check out a new collective called Tropikombo. The Ottawa-based 5-piece conjunto led by Phil Motion has given a few live performances around town since its inception, and although I haven’t caught their set yet, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this new project.
A monthly party dedicated to the 6 God? Drake fans, you read correct. The Drake Night popular dance party, at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates courtesy of DJs Max Zims and Laocapone, is now a monthly and it’s going down this Saturday night inside Babylon.
There’s an all-vinyl tribute to NYC’s CBGB going down at Bar Robo this Saturday night. The PWYC event will feature Showbox and Roadhaus DJs spinning Ramones, Velvet Underground, The Clash, Talking Heads, Patti Smith and lots more.
Ottawa-based soul-infused pop duo leMeow will be performing live at the always-fun Atomic Rooster this Sunday and they’ll be jamming out a mix of covers and originals. It’s an early evening show and a great way to end the weekend.
The latest instalment of the new WAVES series is happening at Overkill this Sunday night. The format for WAVES III is solely grip tape. What you do on your sheet is totally up to you. Submissions can be painted, stencilled, cut outs…whatever you want. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request your sheet ahead of the event. Skate videos will projected on the big screen and there will be music courtesy of DJ Laocapone.
Episode 172 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick, featured the following tracks and artists:
Another week, another blog post packed with a bunch of fun events happening in and around Ottawa-Gatineau in the coming days.
First off, Arkells will be making a stop in Ottawa this Monday, February 13 as part of their Morning Report Tour. The Hamilton, Ontario rock n’roll band will be performing live at TD Place with Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls.
At House of Targ this Tuesday, February 14, Remi Royale’s Love Boat-themed Valentines Day extravaganza will be taking you on a valentines voyage featuring your fave love songs performed live by Ottawa’s sweetest and sweatiest crooner. There will also be a talking love meter, Yacht rock music video classics, a live trivia game show, romantic table-side serenades and more. Sounds better than any cheesy date you could possibly have IMHO.
This Wednesday, Bar Robo is bringing you another all-vinyl series, this time featuring jazzy vibes courtesy of DJs Jas Nasty, Trevor Walker and Chris International. Enjoy a no-cover night of smooth soulful tunes with friends, a date or on the solo dolo.
This Thursday at Kinki, check out the vernissage of the Love & Hate Art Show. The free event, happening from 7-11 p.m., will feature artworks by FallDown, Mique Michelle, Kaylie Seaver, Snake Boy and several others, as well as music by DJ RayRay.
The Legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble 2017 Tour includes a stop in Ottawa this Thursday, February 16. The renowned Chicago group will be bringing its “Ehe, Let it be Free” show to the Mercury Lounge and for the occasion internationally-acclaimed percussionist, composer, and band leader Kahil El’Zabar will be joined by Corey Wilkes on trumpet and Alex Harding on baritone sax.
In the mood for a night of local indie, alternative and punk rock music? House of Targ has got you covered this Thursday, February 16. Head on over to check out live sets by alt rockers Almost Kennedy, alt rock band Lost at Sea, indie rock group Pointless Aesthetics and punk rock project Church on White.
Ottawa’s first-ever Ice Dragon Boat Festival is being held this February 17-18 on the Rideau Canal Skateway, as part of Winterlude festivities. Several teams will compete in races to win the inaugural edition of this new sporting activity. How very Canadian of us.
The organizers of the Gatineau Festibière are presenting the third edition of the Ottawa Winter Brewfest to be held February 17-19 at Lansdowne Park. This beer-lovers’ festival, featuring local breweries Beau’s, Beyond the Pale, Big Rig, and Kichesippi among others, will also include yummy eats and music by DJs Acro, Ray Ray, Iggy Smalls and more.
This Friday and Saturday, world-renowned Canadian and international visual and performing artists from the brilliant expressions of the African diaspora will come together at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts to collaborate on a 2-day art exhibition, panel discussion and live music and spoken word concert.
This Friday night, Local Ottawa Live & 93.1 CKCU FM present a special evening of live local music in support of the MusiCounts charity featuring three up and coming young bands from Ottawa: Blve Hills, Sparklesaurus and Potential Red.
There’s an all-ages show going down at Pressed this Friday, February 17 that’ll feature live performances by Montreal slacker rocker Alex Calder, Sudbury punks Dunes, Ottawa experimental new wave project Spell and Boston dream pop artist Lina Tullgren.
Elephant Stone will be back in Ottawa this Friday night and this time around the Montreal psych rock band will be playing live at Zaphods alongside Halifax indie rockers Walrus and Ottawa psych/indie rock group Trunk.
This Friday night, DJs Zattar and Memetic bring you the February edition of TIMEKODE. The popular funk and soul dance party that has been keeping Ottawa funky fresh for 11-years strong will be held at D’Afrique restaurant once again. Get your dancing shoes ready and see you on the dance floor!
On February 18, join the team at Makerspace North for an interactive presentation and showcase, that will introduce you to the tools and techniques of Maker movement. Get a up close look at 3D printers, Lasers, CNC, Computer Graphic and 3D design. If you are just starting out, this event is an excellent way to find out where you fit and where you want to go! The Maker Movement and Makerspaces enforce the essential skills of the 21st century, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and digital technologies. DIY, yo!
If you’d like to check out an intimate show this Saturday night, Pressed Cafe may have just what you’re looking for. On February 1, the Gladstone venue will welcome Gatineau indie folk band Outside I’m a Giant, Ottawa experimental project Trails and Ottawa musician Velodrones, of Bosveld.
This Saturday night, the Mercury Lounge and the NAC present the next installment of Wolf Gang Sessions, a night of music with a wild side where classical meets funk. For this very special series, the NAC takes part of its orchestra out of its traditional space and puts a special spin on DJ Trevor Walker’s set. This promises to be a great night of live music.
Montreal indie fuzz rock band Chocolat is currently on tour across Quebec and they’ll be making a stop in Gatineau this Saturday night to play at the Petit Chicago. The 5-piece band ‘s who’s been around for over 12 years will be presenting its latest album Rencontrer Looloo alongside Montreal garage rockers Mumu and Montreal alt/garage punk rockers I.D.A.L.G.
If you’re a fan of Le Trouble, don’t miss them at House of Targ this Saturday night. the Montreal-based indie rock band will be performing live and they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa alt rockers Mosely and Ottawa indie project Shadowhand.
Dallas alt-folk/pop singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will be performing live at Centrepointe Theatre for one-night only this Saturday, February 18. The show, dubbed a “grown up evening” will feature some of the artist’s most popular hits as well as other tunes from her repertoire.
This Sunday night, the good folks at Ottawa Showbox present Portland project Lisa/Liza live with Montreal musician Cedric Noel, Portland experimental fuzz band Greef, and Ottawa’s Droney Girl, a side project from members of Pony Girl.
If you’re off next Monday for Family Day (looking at you Ontario people), and feel like going out dancing Sunday night, Overkill presents Rinse Out, a reggae and dancehall party featuring selectors Daddy Maysr of Montreal, Nobleworks of Toronto and residents Bellyfull Sound of Ottawa.
Episode 171 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Julie, featured the following tracks and artists: