|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
Alaclair Ensemble – Les frères cueilleurs – 7e Ciel Records
|Alaclair High (GDC)
Alaclair Ensemble – Les frères cueilleurs – 7e Ciel Records
Koriass – Love Suprême – 7e Ciel Records
Loco Locass – Single – Audiogram
Boogat – Pura Vida
|Fattouma feat. Eman
King Abid – King Abid – Coyote Records
|Boyfriend Material feat. Jordanna Singer and Narcy
SoCalled – Peoplewatching – Dare to Care Records
|La dualité du temps (pour Myriam C)
Milimetrik – Fog Dreams – Coyote Records
|Breakdance Lesson #1
Kaytranada – 99.9 % – HW&W Recordings
|Ménage du printemps
Le Grimaud – Single
Radio Radio – Ej feel zoo – Bonsound
|Dans le VIDE feat. Ariane Moffatt
Eman x Vlooper – XXL – 7e Ciel Records
Dubmatique – La force de comprendre – Tox Records
Sans Pression – 514-50 dans mon réseau – MontReal
|La vi ti nèg
Muzion – Mentalité Moune Morne (Ils n’ont pas compris) – Sony Music
Alaclair Ensemble – 4.99 – Disques 7e ciel
Eman x Vlooper – E.M.M.A.N.U.E.L. – Disques 7e ciel
Koriass – Rue des Saules – Disques 7e ciel
|Automne feat. Karim Ouellet
Loud Lary Ajust – Blue Volvo – Audiogram
D-Track – Abris-tempo – Coyote Records
Dead Obies – Gesamtkunstwerk – Bonsound
|Faible pour toi feat. Claude Bégin
Rednext Level – Argent légal – Coyote Records
KNLO – Long jeu – Disques 7e ciel
Brown – Brown – Disques 7e ciel
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, so it’s time to start making plans to ring in 2017 if you haven’t done so already. 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 the arrival of the New Year, take a look at Eventful Capital’s Guide to NYE 2017 in Ottawa-Gatineau to help you pick the best event for you. Whatever you end up doing, Eventful Capital wishes you tons of fun surrounded by people you love. Enjoy the celebrations and be sure to make necessary arrangements to get home safely. Cheers!
Ring in the New Year with a dinner and beer pairing featuring local foods by Clover and brews from the Dominion City Brewing Co. Choose from a 3-course dinner, 5-course dinner or join in for the after party starting at 10:30.
Celebrating on a tight budget? On December 31st, Parliament Hill will be an action-packed must-attend venue to kick off festivities for Canada 150. The evening will start with a Peace Tower carillon concert, followed by a ceremony which will include the participation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes. At 8:17 p.m., fireworks will illuminate the sky and as of 9 p.m. Carly Rae Jepsen, Radio Radio and Brett Kissel will rock the stage until the countdown to midnight, followed by traditional fireworks to kick off 2017. So bundle up and join the outdoor party!
An all-you-can-eat poutine party anyone? That’s what the Minotaure has up its sleeve to ring in 2017. Start the night stuffing your face at the poutine buffet, then dance the carbs away with Funk-A-Tron 5000 and enjoy bubbly at midnight.
Join local bands Monday I Retire, Blast From The Sun & Harea Band for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza at the legendary Blacksheep Inn in picturesque Wakefield. Three of the hottest young bands in the capital region will bring their edgy, quirky and catchy tunes to the stage to rock your socks off as we transition from 2016 into 2017.
If you’re looking for a break from the cold weather, Island Fever, happening at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, should satisfy your need for a summer-themed party. Back by popular demand, DJ RayRay will be in the building alongside DJ Mace to get the 1000+ party-goers dancing the night away and there will be a photo booth, party favours, Island-inspired hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a chance to win a Caribbean Cruise for 2. Dress code: lots of colour.
Ring in the New Year in style at Kinki with Jon Deck, Roc Steady and Selektah Shellz, three of Ottawa’s best DJs. If you just want to dance hassle-free to a variety of jams in an intimate setting, this is one of your best bets. Keep in mind it’s right in the heart of the market though, so plan your transportation accordingly.
If you’re into blues and want to celebrate the start of 2017 with one of Ottawa’s fave bluesman, the Rainbow Bistro is where you’ll want to be on December 31st. The Tony D Band will be throwing down a party like no other and it’s bound to sell-out so grab tickets in advance if you plan on going.
This New Year’s Eve, Babylon Nightclub is offering you to hop in the DeLorean and travel through time. DJs Atherton & Jervy Jerv will be at the wheel speeding through soundscapes a decade at a time – every hour on the hour. They’ll be playing the best each era has to offer, from the Beatles to Beyonce and everything in between. To add to the journey, there will be decade-specific drink specials each hour along with a champagne toast at midnight. So whether you’re rocking bell bottoms or belly tops and short shorts, embark on a memorable musical trip from 1970 to 2017.
Skank your way into 2017 at House of Targ with some live ska courtesy of The Sentries, the incredible Voice Of The People DJs spinning strictly 45s and unlimited arcade free-play action. If you plan on going, you’re encouraged to look snazzy and try to keep your outfit black & white.
The good people at Zaphods are bringing back their No Hassle NYE Party once again. Celebrate the end of 2016 there and enjoy champagne, party favors and more plus awesome music by resident DJs Floodzi and Emmett.
One of the most affordable NYE parties is going down at Avant-Garde Bar on December 31st and will feature a nice lineup of live music. Dubbed Doomsday Clock Party cause 2016 was so shitty, the event will include performances by four local alt-rock bands namely XiL, Lost at Sea, The Ebb & Flow and Electric Tree.
Peace out 2016….Hello 2017! Makita Kitchen Bar invites you to join them to ring in the new year. Then & Now will feature music selections by Davey Thee who’ll get the party started playing old school tunes and ringing the new year with all our fave jams from today and yesterday. Champagne bottle service will be available and the bar will serve dim sum until 2 a.m. if you need a late-night snack and alcoholic beverages until 3 a.m. to keep the party going til the wee hours.
Kitchen Party NYE edition is going down at Bar Robo on December 31 and it’s dubbed: 2017 is going to be OK. Let’s hope so. DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks will be on hand to help you dance your way into the new year and as always, they’ll be playing the best of funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, house, techno, and everything in between! Advance tickets are sold out but there will be a limited amount at the door.
This year again, Mercury Lounge brings you a multi-level NYE celebration dubbed Paradise Garage Party. The event is an ode to the era where the club experience was a privilege shared by the most fierce and free where taboos and secrets were protected by the walls of the venue. On the top floor, house kings Lance Baptiste & Trevor Walker will be playing the best in disco, classic house, rare grooves and modern day electronic. They’ll be joined by visual master Matt Cameron. Down in the basement, you can party it up with DJs Dusty who’ll be throwing down sounds from the underground. Sounds like a party!
When I created Eventful Capital in November 2011, I essentially had one objective in mind: to help change the way people perceive the National Capital Region. It was important for me to let the world know that fun things abound around here and that exciting stuff happens on the regular in our nation’s capital. I wanted to create a simple tool that people could turn to, to find out about the numerous events being held in and around Ottawa-Gatineau. I hoped this blog could act as a reliable source of information and paint an accurate picture of the local cultural scene. Five years deep, I thought I’d look back and reflect on the then and now.
Looking back, I can’t help but feel sad and nostalgic when I think of the various venues that we’ve had to say goodbye to through the years. Places like Mugshots, Raw Sugar Cafe, the Daily Grind, and Ritual (RIP) come to mind. These cherished culture hubs were gathering places for those who support local arts and certainly played an instrumental role in helping our city’s scene grow. They are truly missed and I’ll always have fond memories of the times I spent there. Thankfully, the gaps they left were filled by new welcomed venues like Bar Robo, Live on Elgin, House of Targ, Le Temporaire and the Minotaure who host a variety of events on a weekly basis, supporting musicians and visual artists alike.
Between 2011 and 2016, our region also gave birth to new organizations that work towards improving our local cultural scene, namely the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, Megaphono, Babely Shades, l’Ambassade Culturelle, Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau and Ottawa Beat, just to name a few.
There have been some milestone anniversaries as well, for example the legendary Mercury Lounge, which just turned 20 years old, Bluesfest, which also marked its 20th anniversary in 2014, and the Timekode movement, that just celebrated 11 years of soul moving soles.
Ottawa-Gatineau being the capital of festivals, you’d think there are enough existing ones already. Yet, they keep popping up left and right to the delight of festival-goers. I’m thinking Arboretum, Glowfair, Megaphono, the Ottawa Grassroots Festival and Marvest, among others.
There has also been more and more municipal support for culture and arts initiatives (the #OttMusik program for example), which is generally encouraging and certainly appreciated by our community.
It also wouldn’t be right to publish this post without giving a big shout-out to all the other blogs and influencers, who, like Eventful Capital, work towards supporting the Ottawa-Gatineau artistic scene. I see you Ottawa Showbox, Couch Assassin, Apt613, Sous-Sol 819, Spotlight Ottawa, Sometimes Always, our community radio stations CKCU, CHUO and RÉÉL-Radio. Thank you, for doing what you do, your work is truly important and our community needs you.
At times, I’ve asked myself why I bother with this blog, wondering if it’s really worth all the time, energy and effort I pour into it week after week. And then, I remember all of the emails I receive from artists, movers and shakers who call on my help to spread the good word, and all of the wonderful people I have met along the way who make this place so special, and I shake that feeling off because in the end, I know that if I’ve helped just a handful of people fall in love with our nation’s capital, I’ve done my part, and that’s all that matters.
And what have I learned over the course of the past five years? I’ve learned that working together and helping each other out makes us stronger, and that we have a better scene for it. So thank you, lovely people of Ottawa-Gatineau who believe in our local cultural scene and support it in one way or another. Let’s keep building this great little region of ours. Here’s to another five! *heart emoji*
Halloween is less than two weeks away and this year it falls on a Monday, which means there are parties starting as early as the Tuesday before. If you’re looking for the ideal Halloween shindig to attend in the Capital City, look no further: Eventful Capital’s pulled together a list of suggestions to help you decide on your Halloween plans. To get all the details, just click on any of the event posters below.
On Tuesday, October 25, Feminist Twins are hosting Pumpkin Paint Nite at Pressed Cafe. Paint, brushes and canvases will be provided, so all you need to do is bring yourself and let your creative juices flow.
Strange People and SPOOR are partnering to bring you a pre-Halloween party featuring a Chicago legend. It’s the first Freak Out Acid Party put on by the organizers and it’s going down at the Mercury Lounge on October 28 with American DJ Skull (Ron Maney).
For the fourth year in a row, the legendary Double Barrel and Timekode parties are teaming up and joining forces to bring you an epic Halloween dance party at D’Afrique resto bar that will probably fill up early. If you want to dance to soul, funk, Motown and vintage reggae, this is sure to be right up your alley.
If you’re into emo and hardcore covers, you’ll want to hit up House of Targ on Friday, October 28 for the Halloween Emocore show featuring Slip performing “The Black Parade”, MISSIONER performing Green Day’s “American Idiot” and Mosely performing the music of Our Lady Peace. It’s a food drive for the Ottawa Food Bank, so bring a non-perishable food item for $2 off door price.
Death Wish presents their Halloween party show on Saturday October 29 at Cafe Dekuf and it’ll feature live sets by local metal /punk bands Pussy Goblin, Projekt Gothenburg, Death Wish and Sketchy Poutine. There will be a costume contest with prizes, too, so dress the part if you want in on that.
Businesses and restaurants in the Vieux-Hull are poking fun at all the construction paralyzing the area as of late with a thematic Halloween party aptly dubbed “Travaux en cours” (Work in progress). Orange cones, hardhats, tool-belts and steel-toe boots are highly encouraged.
The 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Charity Ball is being held on October 29 this year at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and the theme is POISON – Descend into Darkness. Join 750 costumed revelers at one of Ottawa’s biggest annual Halloween parties and enjoy live music, DJs, psychic and Rune reading booths, a photobooth, cake, prizes and more.
Ottawa alternative rock band Good2go is hosting its annual Halloween costume party at House of Targ on Saturday, October 29 alongside Ottawa garage rockers Road Haus.
On Saturday, October 29 at the Mercury Lounge, resident DJs Sergio Pari, Chiino and Trevor Walker reunite to bring you the Halloween edition of Deep Therapy, a dance party that showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary. It’s your remedy from the mainstream, so let loose and dance.
People are Strange. Music is Stranger. On October 29, round up your friends, dress in your creepiest or strangest costumes and gather at Kaffe 1870 in Wakefield for a spooky night featuring DJs FaT MaN and BeatScience and creepy visuals courtesy of T-Claude. Free all night. Music at 10 p.m.
No Diggity, the 90s R&B and throwback party that’s cooler than the other side of your pillow, is having a Halloween edition on Saturday, October 29 at Kinki. You can expect plenty of old school jams provided by DJs Illo, Mace and Kam. Dress up, obv.
House of Targ is throwing a wicked Halloween jam on Sunday, October 30 as part of their Toughen Up Free Play Sundays. There gonna be prizes for rad costumes, a Rampage Challenge on the big screen, free-play action on the arcades, and a mega all-vinyl dance party.
The 2016 edition of Scream is going down at the EY Centre on Sunday, October 30 and this year it’ll feature live sets by Marshmello, Destructo and others. If you’re into EDM, that’s probably where you’ll want to party this Halloween.
Ottawa’s first annual Halloween guided bike ride is happening on Monday, October 31. Participants are invited to dress up in a costume as well as decorate their bikes for a fun ride bridging Ottawa and Gatineau, before heading back to Mill Street Brew Pub for a yoga cool down, costume judging, dinner, drinks, music and prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Royal Ottawa in support of mental health research. Super neat!
On Halloween night, join Harea Band and Monday I Retire at Live on Elgin for a night of music, boozing and dancing. The two local bands will be delivering all the favourites as well as some spooky Halloween songs to get you in the spirit. You can expect free candy and some wicked prizes for best costumes.
The 7th Annual Zombie Strippers Halloween Show is happening at Babylon once again and this year it’s on October 31. Indulge in sexy burlesque and vaudeville performances, a live set by local garage band Nightshades and stick around afterwards for the costume prizes and a hot and sweaty dance session. This party sells out year after year so be sure to buy your tix in advance if that’s where you want to be on Halloween night.
Casual Hex is hosting an all-ages Halloween show at Black Squirrel Books on October 31 that will feature live performances by Spell, Blunt Chunks and Mixer. You’re invited to wear a costume too, if you’re so inclined.
Last week, l’Ambassade Culturelle, a Gatineau-based duo of talent bookers made up of Phil Roy and Steven Boivin, unveiled its Fall/Winter programming. The guys announced an exciting lineup of shows that will be presented at the Minotaure and the Petit Chicago over the coming months. As an official entity, l’Ambassade Culturelle is relatively new to the Ottawa-Gatineau scene, having only been around since January 2015, but independently, Phil and Steven have been organizing events and booking shows in the region for several years. Let’s just say they know a thing or two about event management.
In a nutshell, l’Ambassade Culturelle has for mission to help Gatineau become a more dynamic city by presenting a variety of music-based events that cater to diverse audiences. In other words, they strive to make our area more culturally exciting and entertaining by being supportive of the arts. By doing so, not only are they contributing to the National Capital Region’s offerings, they’re also helping local businesses by drawing people to the area, potential patrons who would otherwise spend their dollars elsewhere. On top of that, they’re connecting music makers to influencers and to new fans. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, providing that people show up for live music.
Between September 2016 and February 2017, a bunch of Canadian artists, some veterans of the scene, others emerging musicians, will be making a stop in Gatineau to share their sound with music enthusiasts, thanks to l’Ambassade Culturelle’s efforts. Among others, you can expect to see Canadian ska legends The Planet Smashers, Quebec hip hop supergroup Dead Obies, Montreal garage rockers We Are Wolves, Brooklyn rock singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, Montreal electro jazz/hip hop/funk band Valaire, and Montreal indie folk musician Elliot Maginot.
This is also great news for local bands and artists from the National Capital Region, because more shows being booked in town means more opportunities to open up for some of these touring acts, thus exposing their music to new ears. So over the coming months, make a conscious effort to check out shows at the Minotaure and the Petit Chicago and support l’Ambassade Culturelle because in the end, know that you’re supporting your city’s scene by helping it strive and becoming a more vibrant place.