Another week, another round-up of noteworthy events happening in and around the National Capital Region. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to find out what’s happening in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead.
The Canadian Unity Tour will be making a stop in Ottawa this Tuesday, February 17. For the occasion, Lancaster, PA pop/punk 4-piece Carousel Kings will be performing live at Leaky B’s alongside Ottawa pop/punk band Bearings, Ottawa indie punk group City Limits, and Embrun pop/punk/grunge trio Lees Avenue.
If you’re into lively indie folk and are looking for a foot-stomping good time this Tuesday night, be sure to head over to Cafe Dekcuf on Rideau to check out a live performance by B.C. indie folk rock group Shred Kelly. The Fernie-based band, who performed in Ottawa at the 2013 Folk Festival, will be joined on stage by Ottawa indie rock group Loon Choir and Ottawa folk pop project Peas & Carrots.
Chicago hip-hop/funk/soul/jazz band Sidewalk Chalk is making a return to Ottawa this Wednesday, February 18 after having performed in the capital city this past November. The 8-piece outfit will be sharing the Babylon stage with Ottawa alternative hip-hop group Alex Silas & The Subterraneans, Ottawa hip hop project Crookid Bass, Ottawa rapper Spitten Image and Ottawa hip hop band Lost Kids.
Atlanta rap sensation Rich Homie Quan has embarked his first Canadian tour, which include an Ottawa date this Wednesday, February 18. The hip-hop artist, who rose to fame thanks to his “No Type of Way” single, will be giving a live show at Ritual alongside special guest Raw Edition among others.
If you’re in the mood to check out an intimate folk/roots/country show this Thursday night, be sure to make your way over to Raw Sugar Cafe to catch Kitchener singer-songwriter Lynn Jackson and Ottawa musician Slo’ Tom.CapCity Showdown Vol. 5 is going down this Thursday night inside City Nightclub. This performance competition will bring a slew of local hip-hop artists on the same stage to compete head to head for cash and prizes. This edition will feature competitors Beaudry, OhSoGood, Sammae, Master Ruff, and Lonestarr among others as well as a headlining performance by Eddie Quotez.
Toronto-based instrumental jazz/hip-hop/trip hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD will be giving a live performance at Mavericks this Friday night. The experimental band, who’s been working some big names in the music industry, namely Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, will be doing a live set with local guests Estan, Zoo Legacy and Cabaal. A show that’s not to be missed!
This is LOOve, a social event and charity fundraiser to raise proceeds for Project 100, is being held this Friday night at Cube Gallery. The special night, featuring music selections by DJ Magnificent, will include drinks, finger foods and savoury sweets and provide you with a great opportunity to mix and mingle and dance the night away for a good cause.
Over at Mugshots this Friday night, Ottawa Showbox presents Montreal garage rock band No Aloha live. For the occasion, the 514 band will be sharing the stage with Ottawa all-girl surf/punk group Bonnie Doon and Ottawa garage/punk outfit Nightshades.
On February 20, AllNew Live presents the concert series launch of the new monthly “Folk It Friday” happening at Georgetown Sports Pub. This inaugural edition will feature live performances by indie folk/rock Ottawa bands The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band, Moonfruits, & JBKD.
How about a Friday night filled with fierce rock n’ roll? If that’s your thing, head over to House of Targ on February 20 to catch local bands Big Jeezus Truck and In Heat perform live. What’s more, House of Targ is the best because you get to eat perogies and play pinball while you enjoy the show. Beat that!
The third edition of the new SPOOR series is going down this Friday night at Club SAW. The objective behind SPOOR is to offer parties aimed at Ottawa’s audacious party-goers featuring some of the finest DJs & producers from the scenes of Techno, House, Acid and more with a program that explores the intersection of sound, light and video projection. This week’s lineup presents Christian Arno, Mat Thibault as well as video projections by Sasha Vreca of the FauMardi Collective. Dress black. Dress for fun. Dress to kill.
Jamaican reggae/dancehall king Gyptian will be making his Ottawa debut this Friday night inside Ritual. The internationally acclaimed artist, known for his hits “Hold Yuh” and “Wine Slow”, will be performing live with special guests Jamilean, Shotta Syco and Moun Fou.
The February instalment of Hip Hop Karaoke is happening this Friday night at the Elmdale with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate Clipse by doing that Grindin’ track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show the world (read Ottawa) what you’re made of.
Local foodies will be happy to know that the second annual Sip N’ Slurp, Ottawa’s only Noodle Fest, is being held this Saturday, February 21 at the Ottawa Shaw Centre. Organized by Privé Food Thought, the event will bring together local chefs who’ve been challenged to deliver unique culinary spins on Thai, Ramen, Italian and other popular noodle dishes. If you wish to attend, buy your tickets in advance as this event could very well sell out.
The February edition of Colour & Sound is going down this Saturday night at the Daily Grind. This night of music dedicated to local hip-hop will feature live performances by Suspect Gang, the Living Satellites, Bastards and more and admission is free.
If you want to check out some local alternative bands this Saturday night, you should plan to go to Zaphods to see the show given by ONFIILM, Destroy Clocks and The Slippies. They’re all from Ottawa and they’re all pretty fun.
This Saturday night at Leaky B’s, 3 of Ottawa’s most energetic bands will come together to give a live show that’ll be sure to rock. On stage that night, you’ll get to see alternative garage rock trio Elementals, rock n’ roll band Onionface and alternative rock 4-piece The Stringers.
For the metal heads out there, local metal band Signs Of Chaos will be giving a live set at Cafe Dekcuf this Saturday night. Also joining them on stage that night will be Deathrow Six, DistortHead and Volatile, all from Ottawa.
Paug Lake Road invites you to join them at Pressed Cafe this Saturday for the release of their very first album “Grab Your Tuque and Come with Me”. The record release will be a folky, poppy melee featuring Paugers Matt Aston,Katie Hurdon, Max Ferderber, Sharon Coward, and Elizabeth (Bibs) Foster, on drums, uke, bass, organ, guitar and fiddle, respectively, plus some extras here and there. They’ll also be joined by duo Bibs and Brent just to folk things up a little more.
Over in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday night, the Petit Chicago presents a live show featuring Ottawa/Gatineau melodic punk band Sidelines, Hull acoustic rock group After The Funeral, and Ottawa folk punk outfit A Staggering Pace.
Quebec hip-hop supergroup Dead Obies will be coming back to the Outaouais region this Saturday night to tear up the Bistro for another live show that’s sure to be fire. The Montreal “Frenglish” 6-piece, who’s debut album Montreal $ud was long-listed for last year’s Polaris Music Prize, will be headlining the show while local project RBLX will be taking care of warming up the crowd.
As part of Black History Month, there will be a slam poetry show happening at St-Paul University this Sunday afternoon. Dubbed “Négritude et Métissage”, this French-only event will feature live performances by YAO, Le R, Richard Léger and Annie Lefebvre.