There are only a few days left in March, and although it’s been a good month in Ottawa-Gatineau, it’s also been a bit rough since Winter is lingering and very slowly making way for Spring.
With the end of March comes an early Easter Break, and as we’ve come to realize, long weekends usually equal numerous exciting events to choose from. So if you’re sticking around the National Capital Region this weekend, you’ll be happy to know that there is no shortage of shows and fun events happening.
For example, this Tuesday, March 26, Kisagiyan is taking place at Pressed Cafe as of 7pm. Kisagiyan, which means love in Algonquin, presents an eclectic evening of spoken word poetry, flamenco guitar, aboriginal songs, theatre performance and more. The event will feature artistic performances by Moe Clark, Balam Santos, Naomi Athena, Jeremy Sills and Jacqui Du Toit. If you’d like more information click on the poster below.
Also on Tuesday, March 26, Fau Mardi is taking over the Petit Chicago for a FREE night of electronic music and visuals. This week’s event will feature Andre et Michele, a collaboration between Singer/Songwriter Michael Glenwright and DJ/Producer Andrew O’Malley. Combining an array of instruments, from retro synth sounds and club beats to soaring melodic guitars, Andre et Michele weave together real-time improvised soundscapes using live performance looping. Fau Mardi will also include Guillaume Nolin and residents Phil Beauch and Sacha Vreca. For more info, just click below.
This Wednesday, March 27, DNA Presents and TheKnwldg.com bring you the Execution Tour featuring Excision of Rottun Records alongside special guests Paper Diamond and Vaski live at LS Live. The Execution Tour is described as a new submersion into bass music accompanied by an intense audiovisual experience that will completely blow you away. For details on this event, click on the below poster.
On Thursday, March 28, the Mercury Lounge presents Bombay Records Sessions WMC Closing Party with special guest DJ Awaaz of Bombay Records. DJ Awaaz, known for his musical style mixing Tropical, House, Afro, Soul, Deep Disco sounds will be spinning live alongside resident DJ Lance Baptiste. Grab details by clicking on the wildly beautiufl event poster below.
Also on Thursday, March 28, on the hip hop side of things, Masta Ace will be performing live at Ritual Nightclub as part of the Son of Yvonne Canada Tour. This hip hop pioneer from Brooklyn will be joined on stage by Wordsworth, Stricklin, The Bundies and Canadian artists Citizen Kane, Grindhouse Project and Ill Tone & The Kids. For more info, click on the event poster below.
Over on the Quebec side, Les vendredis complètements malades present Party de Perruques at the Petit Chicago, a fundraising event to raise for Cancer research. The organizers encourage you to bring your wig to dance the night away to the sounds of DJs Jas Nasty and Grumpy B, all for a good cause. If you would like additional information, simply click on the event poster.
Also on Friday, March 29, Artengine and the Electric Fields Festival present Spirit Tracks: a special twist on the Electric Pow Wow with A Tribe Called Red, Cris Derksen, Rhonda Doxator, and Lorenzo. The unique event, taking place at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts will premier a new collaboration between aboriginal artists from across the country and re-organize the dance floor in a special location, rich with its own spatial history. For everything you need to know, click on the event poster below.
Also on Friday, March 29, Vancouver-based DJ/Producer Teen Daze will be doing a live set at Mercury Lounge thanks to a collaboration between IndieMontreal, CHUO FM and the venue. Teen Daze, known for his ambient/dance/electronic/lo-fi/pop sounds will be stopping by the National Capital to promote his second full-length album The Inner Mansions. If you would like to know more on this event, click on the poster below.
If you’re looking for something more vintage, head over to Mugshots this Friday for Double Barrel, Ottawa’s only night of soul, funk, retro reggae and motown strictly played from 45s. The March edition of Double Barrel will feature special guest DJ Eric Roberts of Timekode. Grab details by clicking below.
This Saturday, Mach 30, World Famous Music presents Boogat live at Ritual Nightclub. The Montreal-based artist characterized by his unique take on latin hip hop will be performing live in Ottawa in an effort to promote his latest album entitled El Dorado Sunset. Boogat will be accompanied by opening acts Missing Linx of Ottawa and DJ Nom de Plume of Radio Radio. For details, click on the poster below.
If you’re looking for a great place to go dancing on Sunday night, look no further than the Mercury Lounge for the Afro Beat party with a live performance by special guests the Berekete Afrobeat Band. Afrobeat, which is a mix of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock and African rhythms, is guaranteed to make you move your feet. If you want to know more, just click below on the event poster.
Other noteworthy events happening this week include the Journey of Nishiyuu that Ottawa will be welcoming this Monday around noon. This is a group of originally six courageous Cree teens under the age of 20 accompanied by a very wise guide who walked from Whapmagoostui in Northern Quebec to their final destination of Canada’s National Capital. Many others have been joining them along the way from Cree & Algonquin communities on their path. The youth are essentially partaking in this walk to raise awareness regarding pressing First Nations issues and parallel to the Idle No More movement. Find out more information on their arrival and get involved in the celebrations being organized to welcome them to Ottawa.
If you like to support local artists, check out Jazz and Poetry at Pressed Cafe this Saturday, March 30. This event will feature young jazz vocalist Renee Yoxon and guitarist Mark Ferguson along with spoken word artist Brandon Wint who will deliver a performance of original poetry.
Another event worth mentioning this week for the hip hop heads out there is Pac Div live in concert at Ritual Nightclub on Sunday, March 31. The trio originating from Southern California will be performing in Ottawa for the first time in an effort to promote their latest album entitled GMB. Pac Div will be accompanied by After The Smoke and Johnny Polygon.
So there you have it, these are my suggestions of events for the upcoming days. I hope you enjoy your week wether you’re in Ottawa or the Gatineau area and that you have the opportunity to attend some of the exciting events happening in the days ahead in our eventful National Capital.