Just because it’s Halloween week doesn’t mean there aren’t other unrelated events happening around our National Capital. If you are looking for Halloween-related events, then you’re going to want to check out Eventful Capital’s 2015 Guide to Halloween Parties. Otherwise, take a look at the weekly picks below to help plan the next few days.
Every Tuesday night at Live on Elgin, there’s an open mic hosted by local musicians Ashley Newall and Jim McDowell. This week, the open mic is presenting special guest A Big Happy Cat as featured artist, and Rogers TV will be on location filming the event.
This Wednesday night, Ottawa Showbox, Apt613 and Ottawa Punk Pinball present the Support Local Pinball Tournament and Perogie Party. Join the fun on October 28 and try your hand at pinball, who knows… you may get a high score and qualify to win a prize! The event will also feature House of Targ’s delicious perogie menu & music by Showbox DJs Eric & T. The tournament will start at 6pm but players can drop in anytime to play. Last game will be at 10pm and Finalists will be announced shortly after.
Makin’ It Grain is a pop-up five course beer pairing dinner happening at Dominion City Brewing Co., bringing together local art, artisanal beer and gastronomic talent to benefit FarmWorks, a social enterprise at Operation Come Home empowering young people with food, farming and agricultural skills. The event, being held this Thursday night, is a collaborative effort produced by friends hailing from a diverse cross-section of Ottawa’s food and arts scenes and it’s almost sold out so if you want to attend buy your ticket now.
Vancouver, BC synth pop band Dear Rouge is returning to Ottawa this Thursday, October 29 after giving a stand-out performance at this year’s Bluesfest. This time around, they’ll be performing live at Mavericks with Regina group Rah Rah and Montreal alt dream/pop project Caveboy.
Steph Macpherson will be performing live at Pressed Cafe this Thursday, October 29 in an effort to promote the release of his new full-length record “Stones”. For the occasion, he’ll be joined by Toronto pop/folk musician Dan Kosub, who’ll be releasing a video as part of the event, and Ottawa pop/folk artist Laurent Bourque.
This Thursday night at the Rainbow Bistro, there’s going to be a live music show featuring Toronto’s After Funk live. For the occasion, the progressive funk/soul group be sharing the stage with Guru Jambalaya and Ottawa alt psych/pop project LoveGood.
CKCU FM’s annual funding drive is in full swing and as part of this year’s campaign, there are several shows being organized to support Carleton University’s community radio station. One of these events is happening this Thursday night at the Dominion Tavern and it’ll feature local bands Muffler Crunch, The Tenenbaums, Hawk Man and opening guests The Minor 9s.
Wanna party like it’s the 80s this Thursday night? Then be sure to make your way over to House of Targ for a dance party featuring an eclectic selection of songs and videos from the 80s, Price Is Right style games, video games, pinball, and pop-up sing-a-longs with host and MC DJ Remi Royale.
The 30th Ottawa Wine & Food Show runs from October 30 to November 1 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. This year’s edition is themed around enjoying the world through wine and food and it offers several activities and workshops for all sorts of interests. For details and the full programming, simply click below.
Those of you who enjoy visual arts should check out the monthly Ottawa Art Battle, a unique concept organized across Canadian cities which brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The event is taking place this Friday evening at Arts Court and an annual National Championship will eventually take place in the summer to crown the top Canadian painter of the year.
This Friday night, local alternative folk singer-songwriter and guitar player Claude Munson is hosting the Open Stage at Flapjack’s. Sign up to perform 10-15 minutes is at 8pm and the music will start at 9pm. The perfect occasion to try your hand at live shows if you’re a musician that’s just getting started!
This Friday night, over at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, there’s going to be a night of avant-folk, psyche-folk, and electro-folk featuring three innovative young Canadian artists namely Vancouver’s Ora Cogan, Toronto’s Skye Wallace and Ottawa’s Trails. Oh, and what a hauntingly pretty poster.
This Sunday, November 1, launch pumpkins from giant slingshots in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The event, happening at the corner of Old Richmond Road and Fallowfield Road, will feature family-friendly activities, prizes and the popular pumkpin squash. A great way to get rid of your old jack-o-lanterns, release energy and support a good cause!
Montreal spa punks The Planet Smashers will be back in Ottawa this Sunday night and for the occasion they’ll be performing live at Mavericks. This time around the popular 5-piece will be joined on stage by Montreal psychobilly band The Brains, Montreal/Mexico punk rockers Los Kung-Fu Monkeys, Montreal punk rock band East End Radicals and Ottawa ska punk group Suits N’ Toques.