The annual Made With Love competition is an opportunity for the public to discover what the Ottawa craft cocktail scene has to offer. It’s happening in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park this Monday night and a ticket to the event includes a complete tasting of all showcased cocktails, food-pairings, a Red Bull welcome cocktail as well as a right to vote for your favourite cocktail creation by your favourite bar chef.
Start your week off with some talented women musicians at the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle happening at Irene’s Pub this Monday. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the latest edition of this monthly event will feature live sets by artists Roxanne Potvin and Vickie Brittle.
A true celebration of artistic talent across Canada and beyond, the 7th annual edition of VerseFest combines written poetry, spoken word, and French and English. 70 talented poets from across the globe will perform from March 20-25 as part of a rich programming of events happening around the city.
This Tuesday evening, AXENÉO7, in collaboration with Vidéographe, presents an artist talk by Toulouse-based artist Sylvanie Tendron, during which she will discuss her work and current projects, presenting a program of past video work and some documents around her residency at Vidéographe. That same night, interdisciplinary visual artist Lou Sheppard (Halifax) will be making a stop at the space as part of his cross-country tour presenting his new work titled Requiem for the Polar Regions.
Niagara Falls based alt-rock trio James Blonde is playing at Live on Elgin this Wednesday, March 21 as part of its Hearbreak Tour. For the occasion, the outfit, formerly known as Xprime, will be performing alongside experimental electro/jazz duo Already, Already.
The New Musick post punk/new wave series is going down at House of Targ this Wednesday night and it’ll feature live sets by Copenhagen post punk/new wave band The Foreign Resort, Ottawa post punks Coastal Pigs and Ottawa/Peterborough powerslop noise group Deathsticks.
Montréal comedian Pierre-Bruno Rivard is currently on tour with his show Négociable, and he’ll be making a stop at the Petit Chicago in the Vieux-Hull this Wednesday, March 21. It’s basically a PWYC show, as long as you dish out $5 so he can gas up to complete his tour.
There’s an all-ages music show going down at the lovely and cozy Black Squirrel Books this Wednesday night and the bill includes Toronto’s Tough Age, Ottawa’s Empty Nesters and Ottawa’s Plant Legs.
San Diego post hardcore band Secrets will be hitting up Mavericks this Thursday as part of their Canada Tour 2018. For the Ottawa show, they’ll be sharing the stage with Lexington rockers Picturesque, Ottawa metalcore band Southpaw, Gatineau metalcore group Hybridreams and Ottawa progressive metalcore project Abrade The Earth.
The Wacken Metal Battle is back in Ottawa, and this latest edition will once again send one local metal band to the Canadian finals happening in Toronto later this year. The winner will then head to the renowned Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany to perform live and represent Canada. The Ottawa round is being held this Thursday, March 22 at House of Targ and will feature live performances by local metal bands A Scar for the Wicked, Sovereign Council, The Dead Centuries, Lycanthro and Ominous Eclipse.
Jessy Lindsay is a young Ottawa-based singer-songwriter and musician who studies at De La Salle High School and who recently released a folk pop song called “Je cherche le nord”. She will be celebrating the single release by giving a free show in the De La Salle Auditorium this Friday and she’ll be joined by local folk duo Moonfruits as well as local artist Marie-Clo.
Montréal based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Geoffroy will be giving his first Ottawa performance this Friday, March 23 in support of his debut album “Coastline”, which has received great reviews across the board. For the occasion, he’ll be playing live with Ottawa synthpop/rock project Townes.
Montréal/Ottawa band Little Suns are hitting the road this month to share their music with audiences in Ontario and Quebec. As part of their current tour, they’ll be playing live at Pressed with Montréal folk project Corey Gulkin and Montréal/Ottawa singer-songwriter Cedric Noel.
Hailing from Sault Ste. Marie, artist Renée Landry weaves confessional stories of love gone wrong with 90s pop-soul sensibilities. You can catch her live at the NAC this Friday night with Ottawa pop soul duo MACK & BEN.
The latest 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 artist by rapping that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, it’s your chance to show Ottawa what you’re capable of.
Switched On Synths is taking over House of Targ this Friday night. The latest installment of this electronic music series dedicated to all things synth will focus on industrial and feature Toronto industrial darkwave band Odonis Odonis, Ottawa industrial project Encephalon and noise/analog synth by Ottawa’s Infinity’s Astrum vs Devils Machine.
Strange People, a party dedicated to happiness, good times and curiosity, is back at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, March 23. 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 with guest Jacssen that will stimulate your imagination and dance moves.
This weekend, merchants along Principale street in Old Aylmer will offer up a maple-inspired menu as well as sugar shack-themed activities. A great event to check out to support local businesses and enjoy the arrival of spring.
The annual PunkOttawa Flea Market is back this Saturday, March 24 at MakerSpace North. This is the place to go if you’re looking to buy and sell records, clothing, crafts, jewelry, art and more handmade stuff with part of the proceeds going to animal welfare charities
This Saturday at the Petit Chicago, Vinyle Scène brings you an 80s and 90s New Wave night, the perfect occasion to get down and boogie to the best new wave songs from the decades at this 100% vinyl DJ night.
Edmonton indie/punk poet Eamon McGrath is back in Ottawa this Saturday night. This time around, he’ll be playing live at the Dominion with Ottawa indie rockers Mushy Gushy and Ottawa post punks Shadow High.
Hometown heroes The Souljazz Orchestra are bringing their “Under Burning Skies” tour back to Babylon this Saturday night. The Ottawa-based six-piece, known for its contagious soul, jazz and afro-latin sounds, will be performing live and it’s bound to be another solid show.
Canada’s largest vintage clothing show is returning this Sunday, March 25 at the Carleton University Fieldhouse. This bi-annual fashion sale gathers rare-one-of-a-kind pieces, jewelry, scarves, hats, purses, shoes and cocktail dresses under one roof. There’s bound to be something for everyone and every budget.
If you’re a fan of death metal, you may want to hit up Mavericks this Sunday night to catch death sludge group Primitive Man, death/doom/black metal band Spectral Voice, Ottawa black metal project Hunter, Gatherer and Ottawa metal outfit Consequents.
Halifax noise/hardcore band Botfly is playing an all-ages show at Black Squirrel Books this Sunday night and they’ll be rocking alongside Ottawa doom metal band They Grieve and Ottawa stoner/doom project Grimm.