Episode 182 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Elly and Julie, features an hour of great Ottawa-Gatineau music, with some new music and plenty of events.
Brooklyn-based folk/dreampop project Wilsen will be performing live at the Minotaure in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Wednesday, April 26. The trio, who’ll be releasing its debut full-length album I Go Missing In My Sleep on Secret City Records later this week, will be sharing the stage with Gatineau folk pop darlings Chérie.
After a short hiatus, the Viree Blues series is back at the Petit Chicago, and they are now sponsored by Moosehead. The fourth show of the new series is happening this Wednesday, April 26 and it’ll feature a live performance by Karen Lovely Band.
Mississauga indie-rock/post-punks Bike Thiefs are back in Ottawa this Thursday, April 27 to play The Record Centre. This time around, the band will be performing alongside Ottawa alt rockers Swim Team and Coveter.
Over at Flapjack’s this Thursday night, there’s an all-ages show featuring Calgary noise-makers Bad Animal, Calgary art-rock five-piece group 36?, and Ottawa power pop rockers Holy Christopher.
If you want to catch a garage rock show this Thursday, head to House of Targ to check out Calgary garage rock duo Miesha and the Spanks, Toronto garage-pop-psych trio HotKid and Ottawa garage punks Average Times.
Transistor, the festival that celebrates digital radio, is having its inaugural edition April 27-30 in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau. Presented by Radio-Canada, the four-day event will feature roundtables on podcasts, live recordings in front of an audience, an improv show, a performance by Sèxe Illégal, and lots more.
The Strange People monthly 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, taking you on an eclectic musical journey that’s bound to stimulate your imagination.
This Friday at the Minotaure, Cycle Outaouais invites you to join them as they celebrate the start of the biking season. There will be a free BBQ, skill-testing challenges, a bike show, BMX films, a prize draw and more.
If you’re in the mood for some reggae vibes this Friday night, check out Nile Groove at Kinki Lounge. The Ottawa-based band will be giving a funky reggae/r&b show with special guest Doressa.
Fresh off their Coachella appearance, Calgary post-punks Preoccupations will be live at Zaphods this Friday night. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Halifax indie rockers Walrus and Ottawa ouija rockers The Yips. The show is almost sold out so act quick if you want to go.
This Friday night, you can catch Ottawa funky soulsters Slack Bridges at Bar Robo for an intimate night of live music. For the first time, the guys will be performing 2 sets of original soul. Get there early if you plan on going, cause the place fills up quickly.
Montreal psychobilly band Gutter Demons are rocking House of Targ this Friday night alongside Ottawa psychobilly/punks A Staggering Pace and Ottawa rock n’roll duo Riishi Von Rex.
The April edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is going down this Friday night at the Elmdale with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate your favourite hip hop artist by rapping that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show Ottawa what you got.
This Saturday, 613 Supply is bringing you one big pop-up market at the Bronson Centre. If you’re looking for an amazing shopping experience offering unique products from local vendors, be sure to hit this up!
Palooza, the world’s biggest beer pong “festival” is having its 5th annual edition in Ottawa this Saturday. The tournament, being held at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion, is organized to raise funds for CHEO. It will feature DJs, a celebrity MC, celebrity judges, 2500 attendees, 1250 beer pong teams and 100+ beer pong tables.
If you’re up for a tasty nocturnal brunch this Saturday night, make your way over to Bridgehead on Anderson St for Night Brunch. The special event will feature an all-star line up of Ottawa’s best chefs pulling out all the stops for one magical night of breakfast delights paired with boundary-pushing beers. Proceeds will benefit the Ottawa School Breakfast Program.
Ottawa metal band Fumigation is celebrating the release of its Invasion split album this Saturday night at Mavericks/Cafe Dekcuf (probably the latter). For the occasion, they’ll be joined on stage by Ottawa tech metal band Deformatory, Cambridge progressive death metal group AEpoch and Ottawa death metal project Maou Mindu.
More metal madness happening on Saturday night at the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau. For this show, the bill features Morin-Heights band Requiormend, Ottawa melodic death metal group Whispers In The Maze, Terrebonne hardcore death metal formation Hexolyth and Ottawa-Gatineau metal project Peronicus.
At Happy Goat Coffee this Saturday night, Frequency Collective presents a Night of Music & Arts featuring live music, DJs, visual arts, live painting, jewelry and more. Sounds fun!
If you want to check out some live post-punk this weekend, Bar Robo is the place you’ll want to be on Saturday night. There, you can enjoy the sounds of Ottawa post punk/new wave band Potential Red, Ottawa experimental project Trees and Kingston indie rockers Paper Ladies.
Ottawa indie art rock band Pony Girl and Halifax pop artist Gianna Lauren are on the road together as part of their current East Coast tour and they’ll be giving a live show at the Blacksheep Inn in beautiful Wakefield this Saturday night.
Are you a fan of ska, reggae and rocksteady? If so, be sure to make your way over to House of Targ this Saturday night for the Voice Of The People Ska Night. This fun party will feature music selections courtesy of DJs Snappy and Judge Upstroke as well as a live performances by Streetlight, Suits & Toques, Manifesto, Operation Ivy, Brain Damage and a final appearance by The Taco Bandits.
If you 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 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.
Play Dead Vintage Collective and the Black Cat Bistro are hosting a pop-up this Sunday afternoon. From clothes, jewelry and visual arts to home decor, food, drinks and tarot card readings, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
If you’re up for a lazy Sunday afternoon sipping cheap caesars, head to Bar Robo this April 30 for Sunday Spins, a Sunday Afternoon DJ Series. This week will feature a live set by Ottawa artist Bucko.
Connecticut hip hop artist Celph Titled and Tampa rapper Apathy are hitting up the Bourbon Room this Sunday, April 30 as part of their Escape to Canada Tour. Joining them on stage will be Frank Blak, IKHVN, and Troubled Logic among others.
Tasseomancy is back in the National Capital Region and this time, the Toronto experimental synth project will be playing live at Pressed with Brooklyn experimental artist Mega Bog and Ottawa electronic duo RAAS.
Episode 181 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Julie, features an hour of great Ottawa-Gatineau music, with lots of new music and plenty of events.
This Monday, April 17 the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is back at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the event will feature live sets by artists Kate Weekes and Mabel Beggs.
This Monday night at Bar Robo, fulfill your rock star fantasies by singing along to Ottawa’s Special K Band. With hundreds of songs in their playbook from Adele and The Cure to Daft Punk and Bob Marley, Special K will make you sound like a superstar on the mic.
Happy birthday House of Targ! This Monday night, the venue is celebrating 3 years of live music, pinball and perogies, and to mark the occasion they’re having a party featuring Peterborough metal band Mokomokai, Tokyo punk/rock group Zoobombs, Ottawa pogo punks Pok Gai and a DJ set by New Swears. There’s also going to be a limbo competition and loot bags, cause what’s a bday party without them.
New Jersey punk rockers Bigwig will be playing live at House of Targ this Tuesday, April 18 and this time around they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa punks GOAT and Sidelines.
Quebec actors Isabelle Blais and Pierre-Luc Brillant are also musicians and they’re bringing their Comme dans un film show to the Brasseurs du Temps this Tuesday, April 18. Their style, which mixes bossa, folk and country, is bound to charm spectators.
Over at Zaphods this Tuesday night, you can catch UK indie post punks The Wedding Present live with LA garage pop project Colleen Green Band.
Soon-to-be Carleton University music graduate Merideth Brown will be releasing her EP “Fifth Avenue” at Live On Elgin this Wednesday, April 19. Her brand of folk with a dash of Celtic makes the singer-songwriter unique among her peers. Dylan Phillips, also a student in the music program, will be kicking off the show with an acoustic set.
Montreal post punk trio Big Knife Little Knife will be playing at House of Targ this Wednesday night and this time around they’re rocking out with Ottawa post punks Dark Plains and Ottawa punk rockers Species at Risk.
If you’re up for a night of punk/pop/hardcore this Thursday, head over to the Brass Monkey to check out post hardcore band Silverstein live with Ottawa pop punks We Were Sharks, Ottawa emo/post-hardcore group Rydell and Ottawa post rockers The Great Diversion.
Blve Hills are having their “Come On In” EP release show at House of Targ this Thursday night and for the occasion the Ottawa-based psyche grunge band will be sharing the stage with Lindsay, Ontario power pop trio The Kents and Ottawa living room dreampop project Sparklesaurus.
This Friday night at Pressed, you can catch a night of live local music featuring Micarza Camaro, Coastal Pigs and Worn Robot.
At Bar Robo that same night, if you’re down to catch some post-punk, alternative and shoegaze, you can catch Denmark post punks The Foreign Resort, Montreal shoegaze four-piece The City Gates and Ottawa shoegaze/psyche project ONFIILM.
Ottawa-based artist Lucila Al Mar invites you to join her for the release of her debut album “Nada Es Para Siempre // Nothing Is Forever” happening this Friday night at Arts Courts. For this special launch show, she will be joined by a band of musicians as well as DJ Chico6Trece.
TIMEKODE, Ottawa’s longest-running monthly dance party is back at it this Friday night inside D’Afrique. The popular funk, soul and hip hop dance party that has been keeping Ottawa funky fresh for 12-years strong will be held down by resident DJs Zattar and Memetic, as well as special guest DJ Ruby Jane who’s coming dow from Montreal for this one. Get your dancing shoes ready and see you on the TK dance floor!
The Ca$tro vs. Fiji Tour is rolling through Ottawa this Saturday night. Presented by the CMDWN Collective, the all-ages show is happening at the Bourbon Room and will feature Toronto underground hip hop artists Ca$tro and Fiji.
Ottawa art-folk collective The Acorn is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their critically-acclaimed 2007 album Glory Hope Mountain this Saturday night at St. Alban’s. To mark the occasion, the album will be performed front-to-backwith special guest members from FET.NAT, Scattered Clouds, The Holy Gasp, and more, as well as live video projections. On top of all this goodness, Montreal art-soul wanderers Un Blonde will open the night.
There’s a killer lineup playing at Black Squirrel Books this Saturday night that you should definitely check out if you enjoy seeing live music in unconventional places. The show will feature Montreal experimental electro/saxophone duo Saxsyndrum, Toronto pop noir band Del Bel and Ottawa disco rodeo project Casa Lagarto
Live on Elgin always has great programming and this Saturday night is no different. On April 22, check out Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane’s Party alongside Ottawa-based alt indie rockers Bitter North and Ottawa pop soul project Harea Band.
At Bar Robo on Saturday, Ottawa ands Expanda Fuzz and Sleepy and The Noise are playing live for an intimate night of garage rock.
Celebrate the release of The Lionyls debut album this Saturday, April 22 at Barrymore’s Music Hall. It’s been a long time coming for the Ottawa-based rock and soul band and for the occasion they’ll be sharing the stage with local groups Tribe Royal, Lemon Cash, Wise, Young & King.
Montreal indie rockers We Are Monroe will be making a stop at the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday, April 22 as part of their White Lights Album Release Tour. The four-piece will be playing alongside Ottawa dance punk trio Peaks and Ottawa indie alt rock band Mosely.
First off, this poster is super rad (gotta give credit to the poster artists, yo), which is obviously a strong indication that this show will also be rad. Going down at the Dom this Saturday, the lineup includes Australia garage/punks Dune Rats, Australia surf rockers Hockey Dad and Ottawa punk rockers Flaws.
This Friday night, escape to a world where creativity is king at Spirited Away, a three-floor celebration of art and music that’ll feature an art market, a photo booth, performance art and more.
This Saturday, April 22, Nordic Trax is celebrating 20 years of music with a special party happening at Mercury Lounge that’ll feature DJs Luke McKeehan, Trevor Walker and birthday boy Miguel Graca on the mix.
If you’re into garage, punk and rock n’roll, and you’re up for some dancing this Saturday night, check out the Kick Out The Jams party happening over at Bar Robo.
This Saturday night, the Oh My Jam dance party is having its Lettuce Turnip the Beet Spring edition at Babylon. This time around, the popular monthly will feature music selections by DJs D-Luxx Brown and Yes Yes Jill & Sammy Rawal.
Finish off the week in music at Bar Robo with an intimate show featuring Vancouver alt rockers Sleep Science, Ottawa alt rock/grunge band Crossing Jane and Ottawa project Pitch Black.
Rewind Sundays is celebrating 4 years of Sunday night parties at City this Sunday, April 23 and for the occasion the event will bring together some of Ottawa’s most influential DJs to play hip hop throwbacks and classic jams.
Episode 180 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Elly, features an hour of great Ottawa-Gatineau music, with lots of new music and plenty of events.
With the 4-day weekend ahead and great weather in the forecast, the world is yours, Ottawa-Gatineau. There’s so much happening this week you won’t know where to start, so here are some pointers to help you plan.
Interested in the music community? Check out the April edition of Music Monday at Bar Robo. This Monday’s discussion will look at how high tech can enhance and/or benefit the music industry. The event will feature a musical performance by Bucko and JUNO-inspired DJ set.
Contrast is a new event presented by NICA, a new creative space, to encourage creative conversation. Each event will feature two films, essays, or works of art for discussion. The first edition, called Abstract, will focus on the way we work.
If you’re into new hip hop, you may want to hit up the Bourbon Room this Tuesday night to catch Pouya and Fat Nick live. The Miami, Florida rappers will be performing live as part of the Drop Out Of School Tour and they’ll be joined on stage by Ghostmane, Flexatelli, Dillan Ponders and more.
This Wednesday, April 12 at Arts Court, check out ¡Fiesta Latina!, a launch party and fundraiser for the Latin American Film festival. The evening of music, dance, food and drinks will feature a live performance by musician Rommel Ribeiro, as well as a DJ set by Rodrigo.
The second Wednesday of every month at Bar Robo, 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.
After a short hiatus, the Viree Blues series is back at the Petit Chicago, and they are now sponsored by Moosehead. The third show of the new series is happening this Wednesday, April 12 and it’ll feature a live performance by Guy Bélanger.
Ottawa emo/rock newcomers Castlefield are having their EP release show at House of Targ this Thursday night. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa rockers Nighttime in Kansas, Ottawa hardcore band RATS, playing Sum 41, Ottawa post-hardcore project Halfsleeper and Ottawa solo emo musician Silent Lovers.
Radiohead’s legendary album Ok Computer turns 20 years old this year so to mark the occasion, come hang at Bar Robo this Thursday night to experience the record in its entirety on vinyl and stick around for DJ Sweet Cheeks’ set after.
Music.Art.Ppl is back from a short hiatus and ready to celebrate the spring with co-founders Peter Albert and Nick Hebb as well as Montreal special guest Zepha for her first ever Ottawa appearance. Dubbed Jungle Jam, the part is going down this Thursday inside City and it’ll feature the visuals and live art of Paradiss and Coblou.
The best spot to find quality house music to dance to this Thursday night has got to be the Mercury Lounge hands down. Special guest DJ/Producer Fred Everything will be back in town to give an extended set filled with deep, soulful, electric & tech house.
If you’re feeling the bluegrass/folk/country vibes, make your way over to Bar Robo this Thursday night to check out Pleasant Goat, Big Big Wolf and special guest singer-songwriter Chloé Laberge.
If a psyche night sounds more like something you’d be down for, House of Targ is where you’ll want to be this Friday, April 14 to see USA Out of Vietnam, The Band Whose Name is a Symbol and Butterscotch Palace.
This Saturday, catch local collective JK3 live at the Atomic Rooster as part of their current residency. The rhythm section formed in Ottawa by members of Pony Girl will be giving three sets a night, the third one beginning around midnight and you can expect to hear instrumentals, improv, fusion and hip hop.
This Friday night, The Deep End is back 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.
When it comes to blues, Ottawa-based musician Lyle Odjick is certainly one to watch for. You can catch him live at the Atomic Rooster this Saturday as of 4 p.m. with The Northern Steam.
Ottawa/Montreal’s Future States are embarking on a Spring Mini Tour and they’ll be making a stop at The Record Centre this Saturday evening. This time around, they’ll be playing live with Montreal indie pop singer-songwriter Ada Lea (who’s really worth checking out) and Toronto alt folk artist Merival.
The 4th annual Indigenius art, music and fashion show is being held this Saturday at the Canadian Museum of History. The event is an opportunity to acknowledge, learn, and celebrate the contributions and creativity of our Indigenous people living across this land we call Canada.
If you want to check out an indie rock show this Saturday night, you should head over to Mavericks to see IllScarlett, Darenots, The Superlative, and Project Mantra live.
The Back To The Loudness Tour is stopping in Gatineau this Saturday night. Happening at the Petit Chicago, the show will feature live sets by Reset, Punchline 13, Sidelines, and MindAtWar. Bring earplugs.
Montreal rockers March of the Worm and Montreal alt rock band The Fiers are on a Spring Tour and they’ll be playing live at Avant-Garde Bar this Saturday with Ottawa dream pop/post rock project No Mistakes In Space and Ottawa ambient post-rock duo Novusolis.
The National Capital Region’s favourite soul-steppers, the Mackenzie Rhythm Section, are returning to the Blacksheep in Wakefield this Saturday night, following their funky set at the Bangers & Mash Festival. It’s always a good time when the guys are in the building!
LA hardcore punks The Bronx will be playing live at Zaphods on Saturday, April 15 and they’ll be rocking out with Philly punk rockers Dave Hause and the Mermaid.
Ottawa’s favourite glam rock n’ rollers In Heat will be sharing the stage with Ottawa rockers Thunderkok this Saturday night at House of Targ. The show, dubbed The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, will also feature Remi Royale. It’s gonna get messy.
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 third edition happening this Saturday will feature DJ Manoo of France alongside the Tribal Threat DJs and Trevor Walker.
What’s cool about the Deep Therapy monthly is that it keeps happening at different locations. This Saturday, the party returns to Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts with special guest Thomas Cardin from Toronto. 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.
Three of Ottawa’s musicians are coming together this Sunday for A Night at the Gladstone, a special one-night-only music and theatre event. Join host Jumpin’ Joel Flash, Danielle Allard and The Ramblin Valley Band as they play on the still-being-used set of Little Shop of Horrors, running at the Gladstone Theatre until April 23.
RinseOut is back in the basement at Overkill and this Sunday it’s a jungle/DnB edition featuring Threesixty, Rob Saxon and Bellyfull Sound.
This Easter Sunday, Vanguard Pulse, SPOOR, Strange People and FAU Mardi have teamed up to bring you Соба AV, a night featuring an eclectic array of beats and a selection of stunning visuals. Gathering artists from different disciplines, the event will redefine Babylon into a multi-media environment and stage a unique experience.
Episode 179 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Julie, featured brand new tracks from Castlefield, Matt Vagrant, Jeepz, mal/aimé and more!