American heavy metal rockers The Skull will be playing “Trouble” live at Mavericks this Wednesday night. Featuring former Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, the band will be giving a performances of the classic 1990 Def American s/t record in its entirety. For the occasion, the guys will also play assorted Skull, and they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa doom metal group Norilsk and Ottawa heavy metal project Scepter.
Canadian Music Week and Universal Music Canada have teamed up with Jim Beam for the “Make History” Talent Search and the Ottawa edition is happening this Thursday, February 1. The event is going down at the Whiskey Bar and will feature local contestants Andrew Cassara, Drae, Josephine Leone, Riot Police and The Superlative.
Sexual Fruit Illustration by Marijke Bouchier will be in Ottawa this Thursday, February 1st. Head over to Venus Envy for a fun evening of art, illustration, and other fruity snacks. For the occasion, there will be several original illustrations on display for the weekend, as well as a selection of fun art prints and cards up for grabs.
Synthetic Bliss is a brand new monthly event presented at Avante-Garde bar that showcases the best in local synth-based musical acts. The launch event is being held this Thursday, February 1st and it’ll feature live sets by Dr. Alex, Outis and Canada High.
Cambridge, Ontario noise/metal band Greber has a new album out and they’re touring in support of their latest project. They’ll be making a stop in Ottawa this Thursday to play Pressed Café alongside Ottawa two-piece drone/gloom project They Grieve and Ottawa metal/doom duo Hunter, Gatherer.
The 2018 Gatineau Winter Beerfest, known as the Festibière, is back this weekend in the Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of History. This beer-lovers festival, happening February 2-3, will feature a variety of artisanal beers made by micro-breweries from around the country and New England, coupled with yummy eats as well as conferences and workshops.
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia roots-rock band Port Cities will be hitting up the National Arts Centre this Friday, February 2 for two back-to-back shows in support of their self-titled debut album.
The 40th edition of Winterlude kicks off this Friday and runs until February 19. The annual festival celebrating winter will take place at several key locations namely Confederation Park, Jacques-Cartier Park and the Rideau Canal Skateway. The annual event will include the usual opening ceremony celebrations, the classic ice and snow sculptures competitions, the snow slides and playground, and the unique Mosaïvernales, just to name a few programming elements. Check it out and make the most of winter 2018!
EvenSong is a collaborative melding of melody and poetry in the heart of the city. The event is being held this Friday night at Live on Elgin, and it’ll be hosted by JustJamaal, Ottawa’s Poet Laureate and in important member of the spoken word community.
Montréal noise pop project Look Vibrant is giving a show at the intimate Bar Robo this Friday. Presented by Arboretum, the night of live music will also feature an opening performance by Ottawa electro/dance pop artist Noah.
Ottawa/Toronto alternative pop rockers The Balconies are giving a series of farewell shows, including two happening at the 27 Club this Friday and Saturday. Dubbed “The Last Lunge”, the shows will open with Ottawa indie pop rock legends The Love Machine. The Saturday show is sold out, but you may be able to grab some for Friday.
This Friday, join Ottawa’s Stefan Jurewicz as he realeases”Teeth”, a 2-song EP of solo material from the local musician. The release show is happening at Pressed Café and it’ll also include performances by local artists Tariq Anwar, Rich Chris and Calvin McCormick.
Dancers Give Back is giving two performances at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday, February 3. Established in 2014, DGB Ottawa is a celebration of dance during which about 20 local dance studios and college/university dance teams come together to put on a show and create social change through a shared passion for dance. All proceeds will go to the Youth Services Bureau Ottawa.
Ottawa/Gatineau melodic/death metal band My Shadow is playing live at the Petit Chicago this Saturday night and they’ll be joined by Montreal metal bands Pronostic and Uriel, as well as newcomers Evergrin, who will be presenting their debut album.
An entire night strictly filled with music from the province of Quebec? Rejoice, because it’s happening! This Saturday night at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull, you can get your fill of tunes by Mitsou, Les BB, Okoumé, Marie-Chantale Toupin, Julie Masse, Offenbach, Beau Dommage, Les Colocs, Robert Charlebois, Marie Carmen and more, and sing your heart out in the process.
Ottawa brass band The Bank Street Bonbons will be playing two sets of hits and brand new bangers this Saturday night inside the Mercury Lounge. After the performance, DJ Greg Reain will follow with an amazing set accompanied by visuals by Matt Cameron.
KROY, the side project of Camille Poliquin, one half of Montréal synthpop duo Milk & Bone, will be performing live at the NAC this Saturday night in support of her debut album Scavenger. This girl’s got mad talent, so if you haven’t already, be sure to check her out as it’s bound to be a beautiful night of live music.
Voice of a Generation Vol. 5 is taking over House of Targ this Saturday night and the latest edition is set to feature Montréal punks Ultrarat, Ottawa punks Torpor, Ottawa raw lo-fi punks Cansoc, Montreal hardcore band Public Display and anarcho punk newcomers Dogma.
Montréal darlings Mundy’s Bay are hitting the road with Toronto’s Iris and together they’ll be making a stop here in the capital city this Saturday. They’ll be giving an all-ages show at Black Squirrel Books with Ottawa instrumental prog rock band Skybound.
This Saturday night, catch local collective JK3 live at the Atomic Rooster. The rhythm section formed in Ottawa will be giving three sets, the third one beginning around midnight and you can expect to hear instrumentals, improv, fusion and hip hop.
There’s a cool February electro show going down at Pressed this Sunday evening and it’ll feature live performances by Montréal’s Property, Fredericton’s Wangled Teb, as well as back-to-back sets by Ottawa’s Transmit and Intangerines.