This Wednesday starting at 5 p.m., House of Targ presents the Wizard Werks Valentine 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 to support local!
Starting this Wednesday, and the second Wednesday of every month at Bar Robo moving forward, DJ Trevor Walker aka Lifeboogie brings you Prestige, a new night that explores various grooves with jazz as the common thread. Expect jazz, funk, latin, afro, electronica and more, all on vinyl.
The Techcetera night returns to the Byward Market this Wednesday, February 8 at Kinki Lounge. Check it out if you’re into deep tech, funky minimal and house music.
Montreal post punks Heat will be playing live at the Dom this Wednesday night in an effort to promote the release of their latest album Overnight. For the occasion, the trio will be rocking out with Ottawa psych-grunge band Onfiilm and Hamilton grunge-pop project Billy Moon.
The Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival, which is always a big draw, is kicking off this Thursday, February 9 and runs until February 12 at the newly-renovated La Nouvelle Scène. This year’s lineup will include performances by the excellent Emilie-Claire Barlow, Atlantis Jazz Ensemble, The 33z playing Prince, the Bank Street Bonbons, The Mark Ferguson Quartet, Miguel Zenón Quartet presenting their new album live and several others. Check out the entire programming by clicking on the poster below.
At House of Targ this Thursday night, you can catch a live show featuring sets by Toronto glittery power pop band Pony, Ottawa alternative indie rockers The Stringers and and Ottawa garage rock band Telecomo. This is bound to be all kinds of fun!
This Friday, February 10th at Wallack Galleries, check out the vernissage of Olivia Johnston and Jamie Kronick’s latest exhibition, “HOLGA: Selected Impressions”. The show presents works seen through the critical eye of two trained photographers channeled through the Holga camera. Documenting their respective international travels, Johnston’s and Kronick’s landscape photography is at once raw yet skillful, capturing and inventing moments and memories. See it before February 22, 2017.
Ottawa space folk band Orienteers will be performing live at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield this Friday night. The group will be joined by Ottawa psych jingle jangle indie pop project How Far to Mexico and Ottawa indie rockers Nighttime in Kansas. Bonus: there will be door prizes from top notch local breweries, cause beer.
There’s going to be a night of bilingual music at Live on Elgin this Friday. Winnipeg singer-songwriter Rayannah is completing the final tour of Boxcar Lullabies and she’ll be making a stop in Ottawa to play alongside Saskatoon project Ponteix and Ottawa singer-songwriter and musician Mehdi Cayenne.
Each Friday and Saturday evening throughout Winterlude, there’s a new experience taking over an old overlooked urban space in the Byward Market. Lights and sounds will transform the cold corners of the 70 Clarence Street Loading Bays into a lively music-filled public space. Shake off the cold and get into the groove with some top notch DJs, including Jay-Z’s past tour DJ, Neil Armstrong. The Byward Blizzard Beats series is free as part of this year’s Winterlude.
If you’re in the mood for an intimate punk show this weekend, make your way over to Pressed this Friday night to see Montreal shoegaze/post punks No Joy play alongside Ottawa post-whatever band Destroy Clocks.
This Friday night at Irene’s, you can check out some instrumental/jazz/r&b with the Back-Talk Organ Sextet. According to the event page, the show will feature new arrangements of all original tunes for sextet format.
If you’re a fan of ska, reggae and rocksteady, you’re not gonna want to miss the next edition of the Voice Of The People Ska Night. This February 10 at House of Targ the one and only Planet Smashers will be playing live and performing Life of the Party and other smash hits alongside The Cardboard Crowns and The Sentries. This fun party will also feature music selections courtesy of DJs Longshot and Magnificent, spinning nothing but vinyl.
On Friday, February 10 from 9 p.m. to midnight, Ravenswing presents Hearts’N’Crafts happening at Shanghai Restaurant on Somerset. It’s a great occasion to make some crafts while you enjoy karaoke. $10 will get you craft-making, singing and playing.
This Saturday at Maker Space North there’s a super fun fair happening called the Big Love Craft Market, celebrating love & handmade goods from the 613. On top of all the talented makers that’ll be there selling their goods, there’s going to be a workshop station for adults and kids as well as artisan food and drink. Sounds amazing!
At Kinki Lounge this Saturday, February 11, you can eat some tasty grubs and enjoy the freshest hip hop at Dinner & a Mixtape. The one-night only event will feature a dinner menu created by the one and only Chef Chico paired with a live set courtesy of Neil Armstrong, who used to be Jay Z’s touring DJ. Similar to Hip Hop Hangover Brunch, but happening at night.
KNLO of Alaclair Ensemble fame will be making his way over to the Petit Chicago this Saturday night to present his debut solo album Long Jeu, which came out this past fall. The Quebec City-based hip hop artist will be performing live alongside some special guests that haven’t been announced yet. Regardless, KNLO is an incredible rapper so this is bound to be a solid show.
The Minotaure is turning one this weekend and to celebrate, the team from l’Ambassade culturelle is putting on a show to mark the venue’s first anniversary. For the occasion, Montreal electro pop artist Laurence Nerbonne will be performing live, with, presumably, an opening act that has yet been announced.
If you’re into hardcore/punk, you’ll want to head to the Dom this Saturday night for Asile’s kickstarter show for their tour in Mexico.The Ottawa band will be playing alongside Montreal’s Parasytes who will also be releasing their split EP with Colombian punk band Secta, as well as Montreal’s Odd and Ottawa’s Tightlip.
If EDM is your thing, chances are you’re gonna want to check out Bad Royale at Barrymores this Saturday night. The California bass group made up of four producers will making a stop in Ottawa to give a live set alongside an opening act that has yet been announced.
This Saturday, February 11 there’s a very special anniversary edition of Deep Therapy happening at the Museum of Nature. The latest instalment of this dance party that showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary is sure to be legendary.
Get On Up is an all-vinyl dance party featuring music selections from DJ Breakthru and guest DJ Geoff Paquet. If you need to warm up by dancing the night away this Saturday, you should definitely hit this up at Bar Robo and enjoy all sorts of great funk, soul, hip hop, r&b, and house jams.
Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam are making their Atomic Rooster debut this Sunday, Feburary 12 with a special no-cover 3-set show. If you’re into blues, you’ll definitely want to hit this up. Plus Atomic has a great food menu!
Roses are red, violets are blue, we want to smash patriarchy with you ♥ Missed the hilarious, all-female comedy show that benefited SlutWalk Ottawa in September? Love Valentine’s Day but not all the patriarchal, sexist culture that often comes along with it? This Sunday, Yuk Yuk’s is hosting a fundraiser for OCTEVAW to bring you an all-femme stand-up comedy show, and all of the proceeds are going towards helping end violence against women. Sounds amazing.
This Sunday over at Common Eatery, CRSB, NDMA and Teo Nio are bringing one of the best parties in Toronto to the capital city. Favela will feature the best of Favela and Kuduro slam beats, deriving from Rio de Janeiro and Angola, Miami Bass and Batida. Umm, yes please!