The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) has a new General Manager, Nicole (Nik) Ives-Allison and the team invites you to meet her this Monday, May 15 at Bar Robo. True to the OMIC’s Music Monday format, there’s also going to be a live performance by Jessica Pearson.
This Monday, May 15, the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is being held at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the latest edition will feature live sets by Ottawa-Gatineau artists Lucila A l Mar (who just recently released her debut album) and Cynthia Tauro.
British Columbia progressive metal/ska/reggae band Ninjaspy is making a triumphant return to Ottawa this Tuesday night at House of Targ. For the occasion, the group will be playing alongside Ottawa funk/metal/punks Criticull and Auto Racing.
The Viree Blues series is back at the Petit Chicago after a short pause, and they are now sponsored by Moosehead. The 5th show of the new series is happening this Wednesday, May 17 and it’ll feature a live performance by the Kevin Mark Blues Band. It was initially scheduled for May 10, but due to the unprecedented flooding in the National Capital Region, the show was postponed.
Track 1 Side 1 is a new indie music night that’s kicking off at Bar Robo in Chinatown this Wednesday, May 17 at 9 p.m. DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks, of legendary Ottawa monthly Kitchen Party, will be taking care of music on the 1s and 2s.
If you’re into punk/pop, you should head to Cafe Dekcuf this Thursday, May 18 to check out a stacked bill featuring Brantford pop punks Harbour, US pop punk project Keep Flying (PKA Survey Says!), Ottawa punks Free Refills, Gatineau punk rockers Splintered Fate and Ottawa punks Off Topic.
Toronto-based calypso/reggae-inspired band Kobo Town is back at the Mercury Lounge and this time, it’s to celebrate the release of their new album “Where the Galleon Sank”. The Juno Award and Polaris Prize nominees will be performing live at the club this Thursday, May 18 and you can expect nothing but feel-good tropical vibes.
Tech metal fans will be happy to know that Australian tech death metal band Psychoptic will be in Ottawa this Thursday, May 18 to play Mavericks. The Prosthetic Records signees will be joined on stage by Vancouver death tech metal group Archspire, American death metal project Visceral Disgorge and American metal band Seeker.
Midnight Vesta’s Seconds Tour is making a stop at Pressed Cafe this Thursday night and this time around the Toronto-based four-piece will be sharing the stage with BToronto singer-songwriterrooklyn Doran and Ottawa indie folk trio The Artichoke Hearts.
Montreal’s Pouzza Fest is having a Pouzza Tour and it’s stopping at House of Targ this Friday. On the bill that night, you can expect to see Montreal punks Lost Love, Montpellier, France indie punk band Water Mane, as well as Ottawa punks NECK and Positive Charge.
London, Ontario’s Bodhi Jar will be playing at Live on Elgin this Thursday night as part of their How The East Was Won Tour. The progressive rock band will be performing alongside Ottawa dance grunge group Twisted Limbs and Ottawa hard rockers Kings Wake.
This Friday evening, Jackpine brings you another edition of Shoufen, this time with award-winning composer and educator Jesse Stewart who’ll be giving a talk on “Improvisation as Social Sculpture.” The night of art and conversation is being held at NICA in Chinatown and is free to attend.
Toronto world DMC champ Dopey will be touching down at Kinki Lounge this Friday night. For the occasion, he’ll be giving a live set at the Famalam jam alongside Ottawa’s DJ Illo.
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 once again be held down by resident DJs Zattar and Memetic. Get your dancing shoes ready and see you on the TK dance floor!
Aarsen is having their Satellites EP release show at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau this Friday night and for the occasion, the Gatineau punk/rock/metal band will be playing with Montreal pop/punk/rockers Kamakazi, Rawdon pop/punks Third Place and Gatineau post-hardcore group Fractures & Outlines.
Metalheads are gonna want to head to Mavericks this Saturday night to catch Toronto epic death metal band Vesperia live with Winnipeg death metal group Entity, Quebec City death metal project The Flaying, Ottawa death metal formation Ominous Eclipse, Ottawa death metal outfit Misshapen and Ottawa death metal band Hatred Reigns.
Toronto indie-rocker Eamon McGrath will be performing live in Ottawa this Saturday night. For this show, he’ll be sharing the stage with Toronto indie project Wilderness of Manitoba, who’ll be giving an acoustic duo set for the occasion. The concert was initially scheduled to take place at Zaphods, but with the recent closure, the it was moved to the Rainbow Bistro.
Infinite Baffle// Glowed Up is a new party that showcases Ottawa’s niche local beat/hip-hop scene. The event is having its second incarnation this Saturday night at Happy Goat Coffee and it’ll feature some of Ottawa’s most eccentric MCs including WAVVY FROG, Los Ninos Flamingos, Eddie Quotez and more.
Halifax indie folk band Hillsburn will be playing at Live on Elgin this Saturday night and sharing new material as they prepare to release their sophomore record later this year. The group will be joined by country/roots/bluegrass/folk project the Jessica Pearson and the East Wind, who’ll open up the show.
Garage surf punks Bonnie Doon are celebrating the release of their debut album Dooner Nooner this Saturday, May 20 at Babylon Nightclub. The album is out on Record Centre Records (LPs) and Bruised Tongue (cassettes) as well as being available digitally. Rock out with the girls as well as Mannequin Pussy and Creep Wave who’ll also play live in support of Bonnie Doon.
If you’re in the mood for an intimate night of live music this Saturday, make your way over to Pressed Cafe to take in the beautiful sounds of local indie folk pop artist Isaac Vallentin and guests as well as Toronto indie folk project Giant Hand.
Ottawa singer-songwriter and pianist Megan Jerome will be performing live with the Together Ensemble this Saturday, May 20 at Kaffe 1870 in the lovely town of Wakefield. Join the charming musician and her band as they transport you through a night a music drawing from traditional gospel, stoner jazz and meditative classical sounds.
Also in Wakefield on Saturday night, at the Blacksheep Inn, you can catch The Balconies with special guest Joey Landreth. Should be fun!
If you want to dance this Saturday night, the Mercury Lounge brings you Equatorial House Vibes, a night focusing on afro, latin, brazilian and caribbean tribal house grooves brought to you by DJ Trevor Walker.
What’s cool about the Deep Therapy monthly is that it keeps happening at different locations and the organizers continuously strive for bigger and better. This Saturday, the party is going down in a warehouse with special guest DJ Gab Rhome. 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.
Ottawa indie folk singer-songwriter Kaleigh Watts is celebrating the release of her second album “Hung Me Dry” this Sunday, May 21. For the occasion, she’ll be performing at Live on Elgin with opening act Mack and Ben (formerly of Monday I Retire).
Jacobus of Acadian hip hop group Radio Radio is marking the Gatineau release of his debut solo album “Le Retour de Jacobus” this Sunday night at the Minotaure. He’ll be joined by rockabilly/pop group Mort Rose and local DJ GloryHull.
Mike Frazier and the Dying Wild will be performing live at Cafe Dekcuf as part of their 2017 Canadian Tour. The show, going down this Sunday night, will also feature live sets by London heavy rock n’rollers Radio Caroline, Ottawa basement pop group Galapagos, Ottawa punks The Fly Downs and Ottawa-Gatineau punk band Bel Ann-Ana.