Start your week in music with PEI natives The Beck Sisters, a pop-infused folk duo made up of Amy and Rachel Beck. The sisters will be playing live at Pressed Cafe this Wednesday, August 2 and they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa indie folk artist Kyle Ivanich.
The 2017 Capital Ribfest is going down August 3-7 outside the Ottawa City Hall. If you’re a fan of ribs, you’ll get your fill during 5 sticky days where you can get your hands on the best ribs, chicken and pulled pork, as well as enjoy live entertainment, craft beer, contests, and family fun.
This Thurday August 3 at House of Targ, you can check out Toronto indie cabaret rock/jazz singer Nick Teehan who’ll be performing live with Ottawa blues/soul/folk/rock duo Riishi Von Rex and Ottawa blues rock band The Red Rails.
If you’re into ambient experimental sounds, be sure to make your way over to Pressed Cafe this Thursday, August 3 to catch Calgary experimental folk project FOONYAP, Montreal experimental minimalist project Alder & Ash and Ottawa-Gatineau ambient post-rock duo Novusolis.
Nigerian sensation Davido will be touching down in Ottawa this Thursday night to perform live at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall. The award-winning afrobeat artist will be taking his fans on a thrilling journey through his repertoire, including the hits Skelewu, Coolest Kid in Africa and more.
The 14th edition of the annual Eclipse Festival is happening August 3-7 just outside of Gatineau. If you’re into trance and techno, this is sure to be right up your alley. Check it out!
Ottawa-based musician Graven will be giving a live show at Pressed this Friday, August 4 and this time around, he’ll be playing alongside Ottawa grunge/folk artist Tariq Anwar, Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Megan Nash and friends.
New Brunswick doom metal band Zaum will be rocking House of Targ this Friday night. For the occasion, the group will be sharing the stage with Pembroke metal/punk duo Flying Fortress, Ottawa-Gatineau doom rockers Muffler Crunch and Ottawa instrumental stoner metal project Monobrow.
This Friday night at Happy Goat Coffee, the Ottawa Ska Syndicate brings you a night of ska music featuring two live sets by local ska/reggae band The Sentries, as well as DJs Longshot and Lord Snappy.
Double Barrel, one of Ottawa’s most popular monthly dance parties, is going down at Babylon this Friday night. This time around, resident DJ Magnificent will be gracing the 1s and 2s solo dolo, and Detroit Soul Food will also be on location to provide tasty eats. An all-vinyl funk, soul, Motown and vintage reggae dance party that’s good vibes only!
Toronto’s Kenny Glasgow will be giving a live set inside Mercury Lounge this Friday, August 4. For the occasion, the North American electronic music pioneer will be joined by DJs Balu and Dougler.
The 2017 Ottawa Buskerfest starts this Thursday, August 3 and runs until Monday, August 7 along Sparks Street. This annual festival showcases some of the best buskers from around the world including local and national acts. This family-friendly event is a great way to get out (for cheap!) and support hard-working artists.
If you love tacos (let’s be real who doesn’t), you’ll probably want to hit up the Ottawa Taco Fest happening this Saturday, August 5. Privé presents the city’s 4th annual taco fest, an event that’s proving to be very popular, duh. The capital’s best taco makers are set to unite under one roof at the Shaw Centre to showcase their culinary take on this foodie favourite.
The Trou du Diable brewery and the Minotaure bring you the first Jour de Cask event happening this Friday night in the Vieux-Hull. There will be five different brews on tap from Trou du Diable as well as a cask, and live music by Gatineau rockers Eldorado, Quebec City rock band Caravane, Montreal indie rock group We Are Monroe and Montreal stone rockers The Hazytones.
Hip hop artist Snak The Ripper is back in Ottawa this Saturday night and this time he’ll be giving a live show at The Bourbon Room alongside Jaclyn Gee, Junk, D-Rec, Kenny Kingcon and others.
This Saturday at House of Targ, The Orange Alabaster Mushroom will be coming out of hiding to give a rare live performance. For the occasion, the Kingston garage/psyche veterans will be performing with Ottawa lo-fi psych/surf band Blve Hills and Ottawa post punk/psych duo Expanda Fuzz.
The Homesick emo night is back at Cafe Dekcuf this Saturday, as the party originally from Toronto announced earlier this year that from now on it’ll host a monthly night in Ottawa. So get that Silverstein shirt out and come feel all the feels with the emo kids during a night of nostalgia and teen angst.
This Saturday at Mercury Lounge marks the launch of Wherehaus with DJ Magnificent. Wherehaus is a new series that brings together the old school and new school, having a collective love for the underground, and the roots of house music. Should be good!
The Music.Art.Ppl. collective Summer Series continues at Bar Robo this Saturday, August 5 with music from local artists and sound selectors Ruth Grader, Jason Skilz and Ollie K. The lovely Coblou will also have a selection of curated art pieces on display.
The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks kick off this weekend along the banks of the Canadian Museum of History. The special Canada 150 edition will feature four pyromusical fireworks shows from Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and Manitoba including a Grande Finale, which will offer an explosive ending presented by all four provinces. If you plan on attending, why not arrive earlier to check out the Museum or have dinner on site? For more info, tickets and programming details, just click below.