If you enjoy visual arts, start your week off with the Ottawa Art Battle happening this Tuesday night at Vimy Brewer. The unique event organized across Canadian cities, brings together 12 local painters for a live painting competition held in front of an audience.
Attention Harry Potter fans: there’s a Harry Potter trivia night happening at the Minotaure this Wednesday from 7-10 p.m. If you want to participate, you’ll need to understand French and get there right at the start to form teams. Prizes for the teams that can play Quidditch the best!
Ask Women Anything is a series of unique, intimate evenings that give Ottawa’s most influential women a chance to share their thoughts and answer your questions without the filter of media. The next one happening this Thursday, January 25 at Bar Robo will feature a panel discussion on the state of mental health in today’s society.
Saskatoon indie rockers Close Talker will be playing live at House of Targ this Thursday night and they’ll be sharing the stage with Toronto art pop project Language Arts and Ottawa indie pop rock band Nighttime in Kansas.
Retrograde is a new series showcasing original talent from Canada and beyond, exploring fresh contemporary and avant-garde sounds. The launch party is happening this Thursday night at Mercury Lounge, and it’ll feature a live performance by the Prime Rib Big Band, a group made up of some of Ottawa’s best musicians including four saxophones, two trumpets, two trombones, a piano, bass and drums.
Canada Fashion Magazine is launching this week, and its purpose is to introduce new game players to the scene and promote cutting edge trends that have the potential to enhance, entertain and create a more convenient shopping experience. The pop-up launch party is going down this Friday, January 26 at Alpha Art Gallery and you can expect VIP Versace swag bags, a printed issue of the magazine, an open bar and snacks.
Czech/Polish avant-pop duo BAZEL is having its Canadian premiere at none other than Pressed Cafe this Friday, and they’ll be performing alongside local post-rock, experimental band Forgotten in the woods again and Ottawa post rockers Clavius.
Dark Gathering is a night dedicated to underground music covering darkwave, industrial, post punk and goth. It’s going down this Friday night inside House of Targ with Toronto industrial artist nTTx, Montreal post punk/industrial/experimental project The Marquis, Ottawa techno noise/industrial project and Ottawa DJ Reverie.
The Strange People dance party dedicated to happiness, good times and curiosity is back this Friday night inside Mercury Lounge. Party people are invited to come as they are and enjoy the sounds of house, disco, techno and more. For the latest edition, resident DJs Mat Thibault and Teknobrat will be on the mix with guest Pedro Dias, and together they’ll take you on a musical journey that’s bound to stimulate your imagination.
Dance the night away to all your fave 80s bangers this Friday at the 27 Club as DJ RayRay takes care of selecting the best hits from the decade.
If you enjoy rocking out to garage, punk and rock n’roll, and you’re up for some dancing to start your weekend, check out the Kick Out The Jams party happening over at Bar Robo this Friday. It’s free and music starts at 11 p.m.
H de Heutz is a bass/drums/electronics duo from Ottawa/Hull and the band will be playing a set at the Record Centre this Saturday evening alongside Toronto noise rock/ art punks Luge and Montreal post punks Bleu Nuit.
This Saturday evening, David Sagolj hosts composers Aman, Death Metal Witch, and Ramel Bautista in the round, live at the Art House Cafe. It’s an opportunity to hear artists talk about the story behind their songs during an intimate and unique night celebrating creators and the creation process.
Montreal indie down-tempo electronic group Men I Trust are back in town to play the Minotaure this Saturday, and this time around, they’ll be joined on stage by Quebec City indie electro-folk project Harfang and Gatineau musician Van Hoan.
This Saturday, Ottawa alt pop/punk rockers Cast In Cadence are celebrating the release of their EP “Dead Ringer” and the launch is going down at Babylon with special guests Hearts and Mines and The Bitchin’ Wickedz.
Ottawa indie band Galapagos are also celebrating an album release this Saturday night. They’re launching their “Even This Glow” EP at the intimate Pressed Cafe and they’ll be joined by Ottawa bands Swim Team and Greathunter.
The world premiere of “Hot Knives”, a modern day slacker odyssey, is taking place at the Mayfair Theatre this Saturday, January 27. The film will be followed by a post screening party at the Clocktower Brew Pub featuring sounds selections by DJ Chris International.
There’s a tribute for Lemmy happening at House of Targ this Friday, January 27, for the third consecutive year. Local bands and musicians Monobrow, Eagleson, Slim and Popular, GOAT, Slumlord and others will be playing Lemmy covers, so you can expect to hear stuff from Motorhead, Hawkwind and The Rocking Vickers.
Disco dance party, anyone? Disco Lab is taking over the Mercury Lounge this Saturday night with DJs Lifeboogie and special guest Jojoflores bringing you an all-vinyl soulful boogie disco affair.
Drake Night’s 2-year anniversary is going down at Babylon this Saturday, January 27. It’s a popular dance party at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates. For the occasion, there will also be Drake masks, projections, and prizes. Happy birthday Drake Night!
Kitchen Party is taking over Pressed this Saturday night. As always, the monthly dance party presented by DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks will feature 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.
Swedish-electro-house-duo Dada Life are back in Ottawa this Sunday, January 28 and this time around they’ll be giving a live set at Barrymore’s. Electro-lovers, you can grab all the info you need by clicking on the poster below.