Toronto shoegaze band Iris will be playing live at Pressed Cafe this Wednesday night as part of their summer 2017 tour. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Montreal ambient experimental project AIM LOW, Ottawa indie emo band PINE and Gatineau indie rockers Transit Lake.
Canada/US rockers Hundred Suns will be performing live at Babylon this Thursday, August 24 as part of their current tour. The Dine Alone/New Damage Recs signees will be rocking out withVirginia Beach rock band Sunndrug, Ottawa indie rock project The Great Diversion and Ottawa rock group Quiet Crimes.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Thursday night, you can catch Hamilton 90s infused indie rockers Basement Revolver, Ottawa alternative project Galapagos and Ottawa alternative rock band The Dant Danners.
This Thursday night as part of Capital Pride, Venus Envy presents the 12th annual Reading OUT Loud, a celebration of LGBTQ literature. It’s a night where queer and trans folks who have had an impact in our communities get to share selections from their favourite books. This year’s featured reader is Kai Cheng Thom.
Daft Punk’s legendary album Homework 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.
When it comes to celebrating urban culture in the Nation’s Capital, no one does it better than House of PainT (HoP). The annual festival, which serves as a vehicle to elevate and celebrate urban arts and culture, has become instrumental in bringing forward the four elements of hip-hop to audiences who are curious about the culture and for those who simply want to be a part of the movement. For its 14th edition dubbed “613 To Infinity”, HoP organizers invite everyone and anyone with a love of hip-hop and community to join together between August 24-27, and take in graffiti art, breakdancing, emceeing, slam poetry, deejaying and more under Dunbar bridge in Brewer Park as well as other venues across the city. Legendary hip hop group Smif-N-Wessun will be headlining this year alongside world-famous DJ A-Trak.
This Friday, August 25, CreativeMornings Ottawa will be exploring the topic of GENIUS with Kwende “DJ Memetic” Kefentse as part of a global series. Kwende is fascinated by cities, and his various professional ventures reflect different explorations and investigations into how they function, with a particular focus on culture, space, and music. He is also co-founder of the TIMEKODE movement, Ottawa’s longest-running monthly dance party established in 2005.
Hamilton four-piece band The Bandicoots are hitting up Live on Elgin this Friday night as part of their summer tour. For the occasion, the guys will be playing alongside Ottawa pop/funk/soul collective The PepTides.
Ottawa indie band High Waters will be making a return to the Blacksheep Inn this Friday, August 25 and this time around, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa garage rockers Mushy Gushy and Ottawa experimental post rock project Trees.
If you want to check out a punk show this Friday night, head over to House of Targ to rock out with Vancouver punk rockers Needles//Pins, Ottawa power punks Steve Adamyk Band, Vankleek Hill punk/garager rockers Audio Visceral and Ottawa punk pop project NECK.
Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas will be playing live at Irene’s Pub this Friday, August 25 and for the occasion the Ottawa country/folk/rock band will be sharing the stage with Buddy Smiles and folk/rock/roots musician Buddy Smiles and Ottawa experimental project Trails.
TIMEKODE is getting nautical and taking it to the water with Pon De River, a special summer event happening this Friday, August 25 on the Ottawa River. DJs Memetic and Zattar will be joined by special guest and local legend Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red for a boat party that’s bound to be hella dope. Board the Ottawa River Queen at Jacques-Cartier Park for a night cruise that’ll officially kick off the 2017 House of PainT festival and close out the TIMEKODE summer season with a bang!
This Friday, August 25, in celebration of Ottawa Pride 2017, Pozativ People, Top Shelf Distillers and Mercury Lounge present a very special night featuring DJ Dan. The Los Angeles DJ will be in the capital city as part of his 15 years of Instereo Tour and for the occasion he’ll be joined by DJs Jeff Dougler and Balu.
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. It’s free and it starts at 11 p.m.
Ever heard Hopped & Confused? It’s a new addition to the ever-growing festival list in the Nation’s capital and it’s going down at the Mill St. Brewery this weekend. It’s basically a 2-day outdoor beer, music and food festival in collaboration with Dine Alone Records. It’ll feature performances by The Trews, Yukon Blonde, Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado and more, as well as plenty of Mill Street beers on tap, unique casks, and a tasty summer menu.
An urban beach in the heart of downtown Gatineau? That’s essentially what LaVolley promises to deliver this weekend in the Vieux-Hull. The free annual event will feature outdoor sports like beach volleyball and dodgeball as well as games, contests, and DJs in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It’s a lot of fun so check it out if you’re in the area!
What happens when 200 businesses open their doors, close the street, roll out the red carpet and invite Ottawa to one of the biggest and best locally-sourced street festivals? Westboro Fuse, that’s what. From August 26-27, enjoy a vibrant, epic and free two-day street party and neighbourhood showcase with interactive, family-friendly programming, restaurants offering “al fresco” dining, rooftop patios, unplugged music jams, culinary experiences, street performers, cooling lounges and ice pop vendors, among other things.
Barnstorm is back this Saturday, August 26 at the usual spot in Finch, Ontario. This year’s edition of the annual music festival will feature live performances by Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils, The PepTides, The Band Whose Name is A Symbol and Good2go among others. Free camping is available and encouraged for those who want to get their party on. Bring your own food and drinks as there will be none on site.
Ottawa-based indie folk/rock singer-songwriter and guitar player Cody Allen has been quiet for the past months, but he’s back for a live show at Pressed this Saturday night, and he’ll be joined on stage by North Bay musician David Dino White and Ottawa artist Matt Powell.
If you want to catch a punk show this Saturday night, make your way over to the Petit Chicago in the Vieux-Hull to see Montreal’s Lost Love and Maladroit, as well as Gatineau’s Splintered Fate.
If you enjoy ska, reggae and rocksteady, be sure to make your way over to House of Targ this Saturday for the Voice Of The People Ska Night. This fun party will feature music selections courtesy of DJs Snappy and Longshot as well as a live performances by Ottawa reggae/r&b band Nile Groove, who recently released a new album.
After taking a much needed break, Ottawa veteran DJ Trevor Walker returns from his adventures with fresh new sounds from around the world. He’ll be resuming his weekly residency Lifeboogie at the Mercury Lounge this Saturday, August 26.