|California feat. KNLO and Snail
Toast Dawg – Single
Loud – New Phone EP – Joy Ride Records
|Mon back pack
Sam Faye D-Track – Stereo
|What Time is It feat. Innanet James (produced by Kaytranada)
Lou Phelps – EP 001: Experiments
Yes Mccan – PS. Merci pour le love – Make It Rain Records
Lary Kidd – Contrôle – Coyote Records
Brown – POPLUV EP – 7ieme Ciel Records
|MONET feat. KNLO
Eman x Vlooper – La Joie – 7ieme Ciel Records
Dead Obies – Single – Bonsound
|Il était moins une
Loud – Une année record – Joy Ride Records
|Kesqui_Veulent feat. Dawan & Kevin Na$h
FouKi – Pre_Zay EP – 7ieme Ciel Records
Joe Rocca – French Kiss – Joy Ride Records
Rymz – Mille soleils – Joy Ride Records
Indie City Madness Episode 217: Merry Synthmas!
Hard Science – Dreaming in Stereo
|Make It Better
Cabaal – Failed States
Frayd – Mountain
|thank u/solace ft. Marti
Chanksdaddy – Single
|pull that weight
PIPPA – SWEETLOW
|L’invention du divertissement
Violence – Le théâtre
|No Bottle Service
Tommy Kruise – Single
sbsst – Into Light
|Dubai, Bye Baby, Dubai
Silkken – Not Forever Enough
Cosmo Doris – Boi Womyn Man Gyrl
|Killer Parents (Original)
Intangerines – Intangerines – Killer Parents by Intangerines
|O Come All Ye Faithful
Hard Science – Merry Synthmas
Le Temporaire in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau is reborn in some ways through the new Triple Seven collective which has since taken over the space. Continuing in the same line of work, Triple Seven presents all sorts of events, including a documentary and discussion series meant to stimulate thoughtful exchanges. This Tuesday, December 26, the series will feature a screening of the radical activism film “The East”.
Kapacity Entertainment continues its Ottawa holiday tradition by bringing us its annual Boxing Day party on December 26. This year, it’s going down at Kinki Lounge with Toronto-based DJ Drastik of Thugli, Toronto DJ Techtwelve of the Itzsoweezee crew and some mystery special guests.
For the fourth year in a row, Monster Energy brings you its annual Boxing Day Jam on December 26 at Babylon. This year again, the event will feature a lineup of fan favourites from around the way, including Montreal’s Tommy Kruise, Toronto’s 12AM and Ottawa’s DJ Illo.
This Wednesday, December 27, the Petit Chicago is putting on a solid “in between” party to give you something to do with all that extra post-Christmas energy. For only 5 bucks, you can enjoy a live afrobeat reggae band, as well as a lineup of DJs who’ll be playing a variety of genres from electro house and retro disco to funky jazz and underground pop dancehall.
Toronto noise/experimental band Goth Girl will be hitting up the Avant-Garde Bar this Wednesday, December 27 and they’ll be playing live with Ottawa’s Obsidian Will, London, Ontario’s Shelf, Ottawa’s Hunter Gatherer and Ottawa’s Intangerines.
This Thursday at Live on Elgin, the Tell Em Girl Poetry Showcase is back for a second show. The powerful spoken word showcase will feature another lineup of young women who’s words of truth, wisdom, confidence, and power will leave you standing at your feet.
This Thursday, December 28, the Indie Scene presents the 3rd Annual House of Targ Hoiday Banger featuring Oshawa pop-punks Matlock Expressway, Hamilton indie rockers Run Maggie Run, Nepean party rockers AHRF, Ottawa surf emo band Swim Team, Ottawa alternative rock artist Nojah and Stittsville rock n’roll musician Sam Hickey.
Over at Babylon on December 28, House Party Thursdays brings you Merry Litmas, a party complete with a gaming section featuring beer-pong, a Connect-4 table, decks of cards, a pinball machine and foosball table, as well as wicked giveaways, among other things.
This Friday, Kinki After Dark presents a year-end show featuring a live performance by Ottawa r&b singer-songwriter Rita Carter who’ll be joined by her band for the occasion, as well as by DJ Rocsteady.
This Friday, December 29, Toronto hip hop artist CasperTNG will be live in concert for the first time in Ottawa and he’ll be giving an all-ages NYE pre -party at the 27 Club alongside special uests Neeco PB, Lia Kloud and others.
Montreal/Ottawa band Little Suns is back to play live at Irene’s Pub this Friday, December 29. This time around, the folk/pop fusion four-piece will be sharing the sage with Ottawa dark soul/rock/folk project Shadowhand.
This Friday, December 29, dance your face off to all your fave tunes with House of Targ’s first edition of T.A.R.G. radio: all request, all the time. Dr. Davey will be the on-call resident DJ playing nothing but the hits you want to hear, and there will also be two sets of live music from Montreal’s THE BUFFS, a B-52 tribute cover band. Tune in and get down: it’s a dance party!
When Ottawa’s The Split put on a show, it’s always good times. The local neo-soul band are bringing their stripped down electro sound to the Rainbow Bistro this Friday night for a holiday show. You can expect funked up and spaced out new tunes created with drum machines, synths and guitars.
Strange People, a party dedicated to happiness, good times and curiosity, is back for a holiday celebration at the Mercury Lounge this Friday. Party people are invited to come as they are and enjoy the sounds of house, disco, techno and more as resident DJs Mat Thibault and Teknobrat take you on an eclectic musical journey that will stimulate your imagination and dance moves.
I can never get enough of the Drake Night promo posters – I mean would you look at this? If you don’t know by now, Drake Night is a recurring party dedicated to the 6 God, where you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates all night long. It goes down this Saturday night at Babylon, and it’s the last one of the year.
An entire night strictly filled with music by Céline Dion? Rejoice, because it’s happening! This Saturday night at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull, you can get your fill of Céline tunes and sing your heart out in the process.
If you enjoy ska, reggae and rocksteady, be sure to make your way over to House of Targ this Saturday for the last Voice Of The People Ska Night of 2017. This fun party will feature music selections picked out by DJs Snappy and Longshot as well as a live performance by Ottawa ska band The Sentries and Taco Bandits.
Toronto alternative folk/pop musician Royal Wood will be back in Wakefield this week to play a series of shows at the legendary Blacksheep Inn. He’s giving four back-to-back gigs from December 27-30, and they’re all sold out, expect for the show happening this Wednesday, December 27.
And if you’re looking for New Year’s Eve party ideas, head over to Eventful Capital’s NYE 2018 in Ottawa-Gatineau Party Guide. Happy holidays!
Every year I put together this thing called an NYE party guide for Ottawa-Gatineau. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and chances are you still don’t know what you’re doing to ring in 2018. If you’re attending a house party, you’re set (it’s usually the less-complicated option), but if you’re looking to go out to celebrate, take a look at this list which should help you pick the best event for you. Whatever you end up doing, Eventful Capital wishes you plenty of good times in good company. Enjoy the celebrations and be sure to make necessary arrangements to get home safely. Cheers!
An NYE party before NYE is good for those who like to go out but want to avoid the crazy crowds on December 31. Kudos to the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau for putting on a free show on Saturday, December 30 that’ll feature a live set by rock band The Sociables.
Nimidiwin promises a showcase of Indigenous culture highlighting the many unique communities of Turtle Island in a brilliant New Years Eve event happening at the Canadian Museum of History. The show is free and offers a family-friendly way to welcome the New Year in peace and friendship.
Celebrating on a tight budget? Parliament Hill is offering action-packed outdoor festivities to close-off 2017. There will be programming all day, and in the evening you can catch DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, as well as DJs Carl and Evana Müren. After that, Toronto hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall will rock the mic. and a pyrotechnics and laser show will take place at 9:15 p.m.,10:15 p.m. and midnight. Bundle up!
On the Gatineau side, you can celebrate the arrival of the new year at SHAKER. They’re offering wine and champagne at cost until midnight. There will also be a DJ, red carpet and photographer, as well as a mixologist service at your table and hors d’oeuvres.
Bar Robo is throwing a big party on New Year’s Eve to wave goodbye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with some good vibes courtesy DJ del Pilar who will kick off the night with some sweet disco and funk jams, and count down the last moments of 2017 with you as the night heats up. DJ SeiiizMikk will take over just after midnight and keep the party bumping with some sweet hip hop and R&B grooves until late.
One of Ottawa’s best NYE countdowns is once again happening at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. Back by popular demand, DJ RayRay will be in the building alongside DJ Mace to get the 600+ party-goers dancing the night away and there will be a photo booth, party favours, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a chance to win a bunch of prizes.
New Swears Eve is taking over the 27 Club on December 31st with a live jazz band, mystery loot bags for the first 50 people in, hors-d’oeuvres, complete with a live performance and DJ set by Ottawa garage punks New Swears. Formal dress is encouraged for this one.
An all-you-can-eat mac n’cheese party anyone? That’s what the Minotaure has up its sleeve to ring in 2018. Start the night stuffing your face, then dance the carbs away with DJ Cheese Bacon and enjoy complimentary bubbly at midnight.
House of Targ is having a Planet Boogie NYE Free-Play Party. You’re invited to board the Targ mothership on your way to 2018 as DJ Commander Kjmaxx and his dedicated disco/boogie crew warp you to the good times. Get your space passport at the door and experience the rush of space travel in Targ’s patented space flight simulator (!?) Bonus points to those who show up in sweet space costumes.
DJs Selekta Shellz, Professor Melé and EZ will be playing all the best in Hiphop, r&b, dancehall, trap, old school and everything in between to set off 2018 and keep you moving in the process. The party, going down at the Brig Pub, will include hors d’oeuvres all night long courtesy of Aunt Thelma’s as well as a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.
If you’re into underground house, tech-house, and techno, Mercury Lounge is the place to be on December 31st. It promises to be an all night dance affair from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. (!) with DJs Balu, Trevor Walker, Rick Laplante, Return of the Jaded and more.
Every Sunday for the past three years, A Choired Taste has been bringing people together to celebrate in drink and song. For the very first time, the festivities will be happening at Babylon for an extra special NYE event at which you can expect a wide array of music from Rihanna and The Rolling Stones to Migos and Madonna with a hint of John Denver and a sprinkle of Disney classics.
One of the most affordable NYE parties is going down at Avant-Garde Bar and will feature a nice lineup of live music. $5 will get you in and you’ll get to enjoy performances by Ottawa post rockers Lost Acres and friends.
Year after year, Wakefield’s legendary Blacksheep Inn puts on a festive NYE party that tends to sell out. To ring in 2018, the popular venue has dubbed the event Waked Up! and promises a night of funk and soul grooves with DJ BeatScience.
If you want to spend December 31st dancing the night away to the sounds of Ottawa/Hull/Wakefield experimental funk band Hilotrons, Irene’s Pub is where you’ll want to be. It’s always a good time with Hilotrons!
Indie City Madness Episode 216: Into The Snow
|Lights, Cameras & Actions
Amos the Transparent – Goodnight my Dear
Rich Chris – Teaser Demo 2015
Scattered Clouds – The First Empire
Area Resident – Delano
City Fidelia – Single
|Victims of Habit
Christine Jakel – Satellite Moons
Pépé et sa guitare – Tout le monde veux jouer avec Pépé
|Walk Upon the Waves
Honeyman and the Brothers Farr – I Had You Before Eyes
|Discordant (Stygian Wyrm Part II)
Loviatar – Loviatar
We Were Sharks – Not A Chance
Suits ‘n Toques – FORNO
|Into The Snow
Weird with Cats – Single
If the local music scene is important to you, check out the last Music Monday of the year happening at Bar Robo on December 18. This Monday’s discussion will look at recent changes to the noise by-law and what it means for venues in Ottawa. The event will also Christine Jakel.
This Monday, December 18, 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 last edition of 2017 will feature live sets by local artists Krista Hartman and Sarah Howard.
Did you hear? There’s a new jazz series called Supermurgitroid put on by House of Targ and it’s meant to feature modern takes on classic video game console music as interpreted by some of Ottawa’s hottest jazz musicians. This week’s show is happening on Wednesday night with F8-BIT, a local jazz cover band made up of some of Ottawa’s highest-scoring jazz players.
Head For West Records are having a holiday jam this Thursday night at Live on Elgin. Celebrate the holidays with Ottawa indie ska rockers Weird With Cats, Ottawa ambient post rock duo Novusolis, and Toronto’s The Rathburns.
For the final Not Normal of the year, head over to Black Squirrel Books this Thursday, December 21. At this latest installment, you can catch live experimental music sets by Sheehan (loops, sloppy beats & slow burns), Au Vol (ambient, drone, experimentation), and Golden Eyes (beats, experimental tech).
Home For the Holidays is going down at Babylon this Thursday, December 21. The show will feature live performances by Ottawa rapper Drae, Ottawa hip hop artist City Fidelia, Ottawa rap group Black Iri$h and Sudanese hip hop/reggae/alternative artist The Free.
The 27 Club is also hosting hosting a holiday-themed show this Friday night. Presented by We Were Sharks & Spectrasonic, the show will have you dancing and drinking to the sounds of local pop punk/rock bands We Were Sharks, Coldfront, Rydell and Nighttime in Kansas.
This Friday night in beautiful Wakefield, Honeyman and the Brothers Farr invite you to join them at the Blacksheep Inn for their 10th annual Christmas show. For the occasion, they will be performing a variety of material from their repertoire. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended as this event tends to sell out.
On December 22, local musicians Suits N’ Toques, Rich Chris, Already Already and The Pawnshops, a Sublime cover band, are teaming up to play live at the Rainbow Bistro and proceeds raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.
For two nights this weekend, Seasons Beatings, Ottawa’s low-culture event of the year is back to help set the bar even lower, gotta love it. Friday night, dubbed Christmas Cacophony, will feature live sets by World War 4, Trapt, Uncooperatives and more. As for Saturday, you can expect live sets by Chainbreaker, Flying Fortress and others. Punk rock ftw.
The Famalam jam holiday party is going down at Kinki Lounge this Friday night. This year, you can expect a live set by Tom Wrecks, who’s part of Thugli and the Itsoweezee crew, as well as support from local DJ Laocapone.
The end-of-year 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 fave hip hop/r&b artist by doing that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, it’s your chance to show Ottawa what you’re made of.
Dance the night away to all those 80s bangers this Friday at Babylon while DJ RayRay takes care of selecting the best hits from said decade.
Are you a fan of Joni Mitchell? If so, chances are you’ll want to make it to the next “I Can’t Believe It’s Not: Joni Mitchell: Blue” happening this Saturday, December 23 at the NAC. This time around, members of local bands Fevers, Jon Hynes, Jeremy Fisher, Heavy Medicine Band and others will be performing the popular Joni Mitchell album in front of a live audience.
Ottawa indie folk rock band Amos The Transparent is hosting its annual holiday show at the Blacksheep Inn this Saturday night. The local 6-piece will be performing live alongside special guests Mountaineyes who’ll take care of the opening set.
Want a squeeze in a metal show before Christmas? Head to the Dominion this Saturday for a night of dark and gloomy atmosphere to put you in the true spirit of the season. The bill includes Wolf Lake, Quebec post-metal band Loviatar, Portland, blackened folk group Falls of Rauros and Montreal ambient drone metal project thisquietarmy.
Kitchen Party is going down this Saturday at Pressed Cafe. The monthly dance party presented by DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks with guest DJ Jas Nasty, will feature nothing but the best in funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, techno, house and everything in between. A little bit of this and a little bit of that for your dancing pleasure.
Bangarang is taking over Happy Goat Coffee this Saturday night. If you love the sound of Studio One and Trojan Records, then this dance party featuring music selections by DJs Magnificent and Longshot is definitely for you. The focus is on early reggae, rocksteady and ska from Jamaica’s exciting 1966-1975 period with a heavy focus on 1968-1971.
Still Tippin’ is going down at the 27 Club this Saturday, December 23 and you can expect to hear new rap and southern classics picked out by DJs Laocapone and Foster as part of this holiday edition.
Indie City Madness Episode 215: We Heart Okies
Organ Eyes – **
|Quarter After 9
Okies – Aylmer
|Smokes & Mirrors
Okies – Aylmer
Okies – Aylmer
|Sails and Nails
Auto Racing – Auto Racing EP 2
Mushy Gushy – More Butter
Timal Garnier – Single
|You Wanted What I Wanted
Julie and the Wrong Guys – Julie and the Wrong Guys
|Up from the Ashes
Ivory Knight – Unconscience
Bearings – Nothing Here is Permanent
|Coast (feat. Jon Chandler)
Alex Silas & The Subterraneans – Tunnels: Season Two