Happy New Year, Ottawa-Gatineau! If you want to kick off 2018 in music, there’s no better place to go than the Blacksheep Inn. This Friday, January 5, Ottawa/Montreal indie folk rockers Okies will be celebrating the release of their first full-length album “Aylmer”, and for the occasion, they’ll be joined by Gatineau indie folk band Maggie’s March.
Wanna party like it’s the 80s this Friday night? Make your way over to House of Targ for a live show and dance party featuring a wide selection of songs with host and MC DJ Remi Royale, as well as performances by a Joan Jett and The Police tribute bands.
Local collective JK3 will be playing live at Irene’s Pub this Friday, January 5. The rhythm section formed in Ottawa by members of Pony Girl will be sharing the stage with special guest Whitney Delion, and you can expect to hear instrumentals, improv, fusion and hip hop.
This Saturday, over at the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau, you can check out a show featuring local singer Anne-Marie-Charron and local indie rockers Bonhomme Sept Heures.
Gatineau-based singer-songwriter Cherie has a beautiful golden voice that reaches immediately past your ears to resonate in your heart. A must-see live, she will be performing at the Blacksheep Inn this Saturday, January 6 alongside Lora Bidner, who will be playing with cellist Raphael Weiroth-Browne (The Visit/Kamancello) as well drummer Mike Giamberardino (Harea Band/Tribe Royal).
Ottawa alternative rockers Elementals are back with a new record titled “Mother Nature and Her Bipolar Tendencies”. They’ll be sharing new material off of their latest project this Saturday, January 6 at House of Targ with Ottawa/Toronto rockers Old James, Burlington/Toronto indie rock band Big Lonely and Burlington/Toronto post rock/indie folk project Oh Geronimo.
Ottawa’s Jack Pine and the Fire will be playing live at Kaffe 1870 this Saturday night. For the occasion, the gritty alt-folk-Canadiana string band will be sharing a mixed bag of material from their repertoire, including several tunes from their latest album “Left To Our Own Devices”.
If you’re looking for tech and underground house all night this Saturday, make your way over to the Mercury Lounge for Lifeboogie with DJs Trevor Walker and Rick Laplante.
This Saturday, you can also opt for something more retro by checking out the Mod Nite Bowie Special going down at the 27 Club. DJs Stacey Ann (Doo Wah Ditties), Emmett (Mod Club Ottawa/Zaphods) and Zach Parker (The 27 Club) will be spinning vinyl classics by David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Otis Redding, The Supremes, The Beatles and more.
Chicago’s Belmont will be performing at Live on Elgin this Sunday, January 7. The pop punk five-piece will be playing live with Oakville pop punk emo band Parkside, Toronto emo group Nightwell, Ottawa emo rockers The Great Diversion, and Ottawa rockers Fast Asleep.