Another blog post, another week filled with holiday craft markets, music shows, dance parties and events of all kinds taking place in and around Ottawa-Gatineau. As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun things happening in our capital city so wether you’re into live music, dancing, craft shows or exhibitions there’s sure to be something to quench your event-going thirst. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to help plan the days ahead. B.C. DJ Stickybuds will be giving a live set in the National Capital this Tuesday, November 25 as part of his Fall Into Winter Tour. The Funk / Hip Hop / Reggae / Drum N’ Bass / Glitch Hop / Mashup DJ is sure to bring the West Coast vibes to Babylon and warm up the place with his contagious selections. Massachusetts deathcore/metal group Within The Ruins will be performing live at Mavericks this Wednesday night. As part of their Canadian Invasion tour, the group will be joined on stage by Pennsylvania metal/hardcore band Texas In July, Gatineau metalcore formation Standing On Oblivion, Ottawa death metal 5-piece Accursed Creation and Ottawa metalcorers O’byrne. The Viree Blues Boreale, which is celebrating 10 years with its 20th edition, is happening at the Petit Chicago this Wednesday, November 26. For the occasion, the organizers present a live performance by Juno-award winning bluesman Dan Livingstone and The Griffintown Jug Addicts alongside David Gogo. If you’re a blues lover, there’s no better place to go this week. Montreal post punk/psych rock/metal band CROSSS will be giving a live show at Pressed Cafe this Wednesday, November 26. Also on the bill that night, Montreal surf rock trio Moss Lime and Cincinnati post wave future core group Self Surgery will get the night of music underway. If you’re into indie folk/rock/punk, head to House of Targ this Wednesday night to catch headliners RM & The Honest Heart Collective alongside special guests US With Wolves Cast in Cadence of Ottawa. Attention history buffs: this Thursday evening, November 27, the Canadian Museum of History is launching a new special exhibition called 1867 – Rebellion & Confederation. The official opening, which gets under way at 5:30 pm, is open to the public and will feature a photo booth, a town crier, speeches, refreshments, as well as a visit of the exhibition. Also happening at the Museum of History, the 5th annual Christmas Market kicks off this Thursday, November 27 and runs until Sunday, November 30. With 70 local vendors exhibiting their products, this is the perfect place to find holiday gifts. Meet local exhibitors, discover delicious regional products and unique handmade objects, and experience the creativity and enthusiasm that drive artisans of the area. Saxophonist Dustin Finer, who performs a mixture of arranged and improvised music, accompanied by original lighting installations created by his Daniel Freder, will debut the duo’s project at La Petite Mort Gallery this Thursday evening. The PWYC event will also feature a special set by opening future-folk duo Bosveld. There’s a show happening at Cafe Dekcuf for the metal heads this Thursday night. Dubbed “Metal Madness”, it’ll feature live sets by Perth deathcore/tech-death band A Scar For The Wicked, Kingston symphonic metal band Sovereign Council, Ottawa punk/hardcore/thrash/melodic metal group War Fair and Ottawa death/grind project Maou Mindu. illScarlett will be making a stop in Ottawa this Thursday night as part of their Fall Tour. For the occasion, the Ontario punk/rock/regage band will be performing live at Mavericks alongside special guests Lemon Cash, StereoKid and Remember The Fire. This Thursday night, head to House of Targ to play pinball, drink beer and stuff your face with perogies, yes, but especially to party with Toronto indie art-punk rock band Hooded Fang as they perform live alongside local psych pop group Organ Eyes and Toronto UK glam-pop supergroup Blonde Elvis. One of the most popular dance parties in the city, Frenzy is going down at Babylon this Thursday night. The latest instalments of the monthly dance party have been off the hook and featuring some of the best upcoming and established music producers out there. This time around will be no different as Straight Goods welcomes the return of Montreal producer and Frenzy favourite Kaytranada. Over in Gatineau this weekend, there’s a big art show at the Congress Centre featuring over 40 artisan kiosks with all sorts of art for sale as well as free workshops and demonstrations. The FAU Collective invites you to celebrate its 5th anniversary at La Filature in the Hull sector of Gatineau. Join the crew for a unique evening featuring beats from 5 DJs, live sets from 5 musicians and visual projections by 5 VJs. A full night of electronic art, starting at 5pm with a cocktail for the media, followed by audio-visual performances complete with a dance party. Happy birthday FAU! Indie rock pop band Tokyo Police Club will be back in Ottawa this Friday, November 28. For the occasion, the Newmarket, Ontario four-piece will be joined on stage at Ritual by Vancouver indie rock group Said The Whale and Vancouver garage pop/rock/punk duo The Pack AD. The inaugural Capital Punishment Metal Fest is taking over Cafe Dekcuf this Friday, November 28. For the occasion their will be live sets by Dark Century and Sanguine Glacialis of Montreal, Fumigation and Volatile of Ottawa and Deathrow 6 of Gatineau. A first in a new series of mini-metal fests for the National Capital Region. Toronto-based chillout electronic duo Snowday are embarking on a mini-tour to promote the release of their top notch debut album “As We Travel”. The guys will be making a stop in Ottawa this Saturday, November 29 to give a free preview set at the Record Centre followed by the official release show happening later than night at Mugshots. For the occasion, Snowday will be joined by special guests Loopsy Dazy, Modern Dinosaurs, and Ankle MiX. If you’re looking for a live rock show this Friday night, you might want to head over to Mavericks to check out rock/power pop four-piece Sloan. The Toronto-based band will be giving not one, but two sets for your listening pleasures. They’ll be joined by local “surprise” guests apparently as no opening acts have been announced yet. Of maybe it’ll be an entire night of Sloan? Who knows. Only one way to find out…go to the show! The Impressions Jazz Group, an eclectic 5-7 piece jazz ensemble that performs original compositions by saxophonist, composer and group leader, Daniel Hollenberg, will be live at Pressed Cafe this Friday night to bring you a night of live improv music. The November edition of Nature Nocturne is being held this Friday night at the Canadian Museum of Nature. For this instalment, you can expect live sets by Parabola, JK3 playing Chrono Trigger and a special guest DJ set by members of Pony Girl. Over at House of Targ this Friday night, check out live local music courtesy of Yuma County, Chris Page and Chops and The Holics will you stuff your face with perogies and spend all your change playing pinball. If you’re into raving, know that Ottawa has its scene and that it’s alive and well. This Friday night, the Valhalla Sound Circus launch party is going down at an undisclosed location to be announced 24 hours before. The all-nighter will feature live sets by headliners Megalodon, The W4rriors, and Construct as well as local support by Strange Future, Disco-Nekt and Saxon among others. Over at the Bistro in the Hull sector of Gatineau, the Society crew, which has been doing big things and bringing some notable up and coming talent to region, is introducing a new night called Above and the launch party, happening this Friday, November 28, will feature a live set by Montreal’s own GrandBuda. Check it. The November edition of Party Pack goes down this Friday night at the new Multi Social Room with usual suspects Laocapone an Foster. This instalment will feature a special guest DJ set by J.U.D. The Mercury Lounge is introducing a new dance party dubbed Dance Ritual happening this Friday night at the club. For the launch, none other than the legendary Grammy-award winning “Little” Louie Vega will be in the building to give a long extended 4 hour set for the house and dance lovers of the National Captial. The Ottawa Stilt Union invites you to join them this Saturday, November 29 for a family-friendly Froggy Winter Tea Party at St. Giles Presbyterian Church. The fundraising event will feature crafts, music, tea, cookies as well as a special performance of ANURA, an original stilt show created by the Ottawa Stilt Union. Toronto indie-rock band Wildlife will be performing live at Zaphods this Saturday, November 29. The 5-piece will be sharing the stage with Vancouver pop-rock group Dear Rouge and Ottawa pop rock outfit Mosely. Another noteworthy show happening at House of Targ this week is going down this Saturday, November 29. This one will feature live sets by Montreal punk rockers The BCASA, Ottawa garage punk band Average Times and Toronto surf rock group Dirty Church. Ottawa improvisational psych/progressive group The Band Whose Name is a Symbol will be presenting new material at Gabba Hey! this Saturday night. For the occasion, they’ll be joined on stage by Montreal psych/rock group Pachyderm and Ottawa experimental rock project Flecton Big Sky. Out in Carleton Place this Sunday, the one-of-a-kind Finders Keepers trunk show is happening from 10am to 4pm. With over 40 vendors present, find unique, find handmade and find that special rare gem.
From one week to the next, the amount of events being presented in our National Capital Region doesn’t cease to amaze me. These coming days are no different. Take a glimpse into what’s happening in Ottawa-Gatineau this week and start planning your outings with Eventful Capital’s weekly picks.
Over in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Tuesday night, CHUO FM’s La Chasse will be broadcasting live from Le Troquet, as it’s been doing since September, only this time, it’ll feature a live performance by Big Balade, a groovy pop/funk outfit based out of Ottawa.
If you’re into punk music, then perhaps you’ll want to head to House of Targ this Wednesday, November 19 to see the live show featuring Portland, Oregon group Warcry, Ottawa punk rockers Silent Order, Seattle hardcore punk band ASILE and Massacre divine.
High Ends, the new indie music project of Jeffrey Innes of Yukon Blonde, will be making a stop in Ottawa this Wednesday, November 19 as part of a fall tour. The musician will be joined on stage at Mavericks by Saskatoon indie 4-piece Close Talker and Ottawa indie band The Gallop.
If you’re thing is more psych-rock, then be sure to make your way over to Cafe Dekcuf this Thursday night to check out Elephant Stone. The Montreal psych-rock band will be sharing the stage with Toronto psych-pop project The Auras and Montreal psych-rock group UUBBUURRUU.
For those of you who enjoy hip hop, this week two Canadian heavyweights will be in the National Capital. Nova Scotia hip hop artist Mike Boyd will be performing live at Ritual alongside Toronto alternative rapper D-Sisive as part of their Canadian Tour. For the occasion, they’ll be joined by artists Proper T, Happy Killmore, Diamond and OMH.
International house duo Bassjackers will be giving a live set inside Barrymores this Thursday, November 20 as part of the ‘X” Tour. The guys will be joined by Dutch DJ/Producer Dyro, who’s becoming a big player on the dance music scene.
From November 21 to November 23, Rahim, a fixture of Ottawa-Gatineau’s latin dance scene, is celebrating 7 years of salsa nights and workshops. For the occasion, he’s throwing a party at the Glebe Community Centre featuring some Canadian salsa masters as well as offering dance workshops throughout the weekend. Click below for all the details.
Australia Metalcore group Prepared Like A Bride will be giving a live performance at Cafe Dekcuf this Friday night. Joining them on stage will be hardcore christian metal band Colossus, punk thrashers Illuminate Me, metal four-piece Darkness Divided, Gatineau trance/metal group Greta Knights and Cornwall metal project The Observer Effect.
This Friday night, the good people at Ottawa Showbox present experimental noise/punk/dance group Other Families, Ottawa dance punk trio Street Meat and experimental freak folk project Pith & The Parenchymas live at Mugshots.
This Friday night, Ottawa Explosion brings you dirty pop group Sonic Avenues, power pop band Mother’s Children and rock n’ roll outfit Heat all live on one stage at the intimate Pressed Cafe.
From Brooklyn, NY via Tel Aviv and Melbourne, Hank & Cupcakes will be bringing their Cash 4 Gold Tour to Ottawa this Friday night. The Brooklyn-based electro-disco/pop rock duo will be performing live at Zaphods alongside By The Lights and Fake Sick.
The burgeoning punk scene within our nation’s capital is hard to ignore. The people at Steam Whistle have certainly caught on and have launched an Indie Music Series called Unsigned as a result. This Friday night at House of Targ, the series will feature live sets by some of the best unsigned bands of the moment: HSY, The Yips, The Beverleys and Bonnie Doon.
Also this Friday, in collaboration with Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and Operation Come Home, Amelia Curran will be celebrating the release of her CD with a live show. The Newfoundland Roots/Folk singer-songwriter will be presenting new material at St. Albans for the occasion.
Local r&b singer-songwriter Ivan will be giving a show at the Rainbow Bistro on November 21 as a fundraiser for the Distress Centre of Ottawa. Dubbed “From Dreams to Reality” the event will feature live sets by new Ottawa hip-hop trio Just Poets and local acoustic soul/r&b artist Rita Carter.
If you’re looking for a dance party this Friday night, 90s or Bust might just be the one for you. As long as you enjoy dancing to 90s hip-hop and r&b hits, then you’re good to go.
Toronto indie rock band The Beaches will be stopping at Mavericks this Saturday, November 22 as part of their 401 Road Trip. For their Ottawa show, they’ll share the stage with Vancouver pop group Bestie and Wakefield rock pop outfit The Strain.
With the holidays just around the corner, the craft fair season is in full swing to the delight of Christmas and diy lovers alike. This Saturday at the Bronson Centre, check out Capital Pop Up’s Handmade Show featuring local vegan, gluten-free goodies, beautiful handmade jewelry & independently designed clothing and baby apparel among other things. There’s something for everyone.
Another noteworthy craft market happening on Saturday is the Heart, Home & Handmade indie craft fair being held at the Glebe Community Centre. The semi-annual boutique event will showcase some of the National Capital Region’s talented handmade designers. It’s a modern twist on the conventional craft fair and admission is free!
Emmas Ringer is releasing the new album “GENERATIONS” with a launch party at Pressed this Saturday night. Come on out and support local live music and hear the alternative grunge band play the complete album live. Ottawa singer/songwriter Tariq Anwar and returning rockers The Bigmuffs are also on the bill for the night.
This Saturday night at House of Targ, Ottawa underground hip-hop heavyweights Flight Distance will be giving a live performance in celebration of their “High Priests of Low Life” album release. For the occasion, the local rap trio will be joining forces with Buck N’ Nice, a relatively new local hip-hop duo who’ve also just released their debut album Us Versus Them. A guaranteed night of live rap at its finest.
Syracuse noise punk band Perfect Pussy, Ottawa post-punk group Big Dick and Ottawa noise punk project Blue Angel will be giving live sets at Gabba Hey this Saturday night. With names like these, how could it not be an amazing night of live music?
Sound Remedy, who’s no stranger to Ottawa, will be making his return at Ritual this Saturday night as part of the We Are The Dream Tour. The Chicago EDM DJ/Producer will be getting support from Mayro and Shake Music for your listening pleasure.
If you’re into metal, there certainly isn’t a shortage of it in the National Capital Region as it’s arguably the scene that strives the most in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. As a result, if you want to take in some live local metal this Sunday night, do yourself a favour and go to Dekcuf to check out The Thirteenth Floor, Abraxas, Here Comes Bigfoot, Walls Of Troy and City Limits. You won’t be disappointed.
Featuring 4 Boston hip hop legends, the Eastern Standard Time Tour will be touching down in Ottawa this Sunday night. With Termanology, Ed O.G., Reks and Akrobatik hitting the stage, this is sure to be a sick night of live music for fans of rap.
Wether you want to check out some live music, discover a variety of craft beers, dance the night away or check out a film premiere, there’s sure to be something of interest to you happening in the National Capital in the days ahead. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s carefully selected event ideas listed below for suggestions on what’s noteworthy in the coming week.
To kick off the week in music, Ghost Cousin will be performing live at Mugshots alongside Tyler Joseph Roy and Chris Snow. The Edmonton-based indie ambient pop group will be giving a show in Ottawa in an effort to promote their debut full-length album Scotland.
Fans of hardcore metal may want to head over to Mavericks this Tuesday, October 1 to catch Sworn Enemy live with supporting acts Life on Trial, No Scars for the Wicked and At Odds all of Ottawa. The NYC kings of hardcore metal are returning to Canada’s National Capital as part of their North American tour so be sure to check them out if you’re into metal and have never seen these guys live.
On Wednesday, October 2, Love in Outer Space is happening at Raw Sugar Cafe. This night of all-vinyl cosmic jams, brought to you by Lamb Rabbit special guest DJ CalKuta will feature a live modular synthesis set by Gary Franks of Roberta Bondar and astral projections by VJ Mawt Trood. There’s event going to be an outer space installation/space station by Jenn Noseworthy.
This Wednesday, October 2, Houston, Texas rapper Kirko Bangz will be performing live at Ritual with special guest Eddy P. The American rapper, who was included in XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class, will in Ottawa as part of the Progression III Canadian Tour. This show has been cancelled by the promoters due to unforseen circumstances i.e. Kirko Bangz probably didn’t make it past the Canadian border, but who knows.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and the Mercury Lounge have teamed up to present Radioactive , a monthly indie music series showcasing collaborations from local, national and international artists, starting this Thursday, October 3. For the first installment, High Waters will be performing live with Eraserheads and Rock Forest.
If you’re into that west coast hip hop, you’ll want to head over to Ritual this Friday, October 4 for 2Pac Party. DJs So Nice, Circa Beatz and Atherton will be paying homage to the late great Tupac Shakur by playing west coast rap jams all night.
The monthly afro/latin/caribbean dancefloor affair that is Tropikalo is back at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, October 4. For the October edition, resident selectors DJ Zattar and Lance Baptiste will be making you move to some golden tunes so be sure to bring out your dancing shoes if you plan on attending.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. is holding its annual Oktoberfest celebrations in Vankleek Hill this Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Not only can you sample a variety of craft beers at Beau’s signature fundraising event, you can also try the Bavarian inspired cuisine and see some live music from Kathleen Edwards, Sloan, Rich Aucoin, The Balconies and more.
For the fans of electronic dance music, Dubsmack presents Sound Remedy live at Barrymore’s this Saturday, October 5. The American electrohouse and dubstep DJ/Producer from LA will be giving a live set in Ottawa as part of his Sound is Our Remedy Tour.
I Put On For My City Part 2 will highlight local hip-hop artists representing Ottawa on stage at Ritual this Saturday, October 5 for a live show meant to showcase some of the national capital’s musical talent. For the full lineup, click the event poster below.
This Sunday, October 6, Top of the World in association with SBC, DC, Gold and DGK, presents the Ottawa premiere of Aspect:Ratio by Jason Burles. Tickets for the film screening, taking place at the Mayfair Theatre, are available via Top of the World.