If the local music scene is important to you, check out the last Music Monday of the year happening at Bar Robo on December 18. This Monday’s discussion will look at recent changes to the noise by-law and what it means for venues in Ottawa. The event will also Christine Jakel.
This Monday, December 18, the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is back at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the last edition of 2017 will feature live sets by local artists Krista Hartman and Sarah Howard.
Did you hear? There’s a new jazz series called Supermurgitroid put on by House of Targ and it’s meant to feature modern takes on classic video game console music as interpreted by some of Ottawa’s hottest jazz musicians. This week’s show is happening on Wednesday night with F8-BIT, a local jazz cover band made up of some of Ottawa’s highest-scoring jazz players.
Head For West Records are having a holiday jam this Thursday night at Live on Elgin. Celebrate the holidays with Ottawa indie ska rockers Weird With Cats, Ottawa ambient post rock duo Novusolis, and Toronto’s The Rathburns.
For the final Not Normal of the year, head over to Black Squirrel Books this Thursday, December 21. At this latest installment, you can catch live experimental music sets by Sheehan (loops, sloppy beats & slow burns), Au Vol (ambient, drone, experimentation), and Golden Eyes (beats, experimental tech).
Home For the Holidays is going down at Babylon this Thursday, December 21. The show will feature live performances by Ottawa rapper Drae, Ottawa hip hop artist City Fidelia, Ottawa rap group Black Iri$h and Sudanese hip hop/reggae/alternative artist The Free.
The 27 Club is also hosting hosting a holiday-themed show this Friday night. Presented by We Were Sharks & Spectrasonic, the show will have you dancing and drinking to the sounds of local pop punk/rock bands We Were Sharks, Coldfront, Rydell and Nighttime in Kansas.
This Friday night in beautiful Wakefield, Honeyman and the Brothers Farr invite you to join them at the Blacksheep Inn for their 10th annual Christmas show. For the occasion, they will be performing a variety of material from their repertoire. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended as this event tends to sell out.
On December 22, local musicians Suits N’ Toques, Rich Chris, Already Already and The Pawnshops, a Sublime cover band, are teaming up to play live at the Rainbow Bistro and proceeds raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.
For two nights this weekend, Seasons Beatings, Ottawa’s low-culture event of the year is back to help set the bar even lower, gotta love it. Friday night, dubbed Christmas Cacophony, will feature live sets by World War 4, Trapt, Uncooperatives and more. As for Saturday, you can expect live sets by Chainbreaker, Flying Fortress and others. Punk rock ftw.
The Famalam jam holiday party is going down at Kinki Lounge this Friday night. This year, you can expect a live set by Tom Wrecks, who’s part of Thugli and the Itsoweezee crew, as well as support from local DJ Laocapone.
The end-of-year edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is going down this Friday night at the Elmdale with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate your fave hip hop/r&b artist by doing that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, it’s your chance to show Ottawa what you’re made of.
Dance the night away to all those 80s bangers this Friday at Babylon while DJ RayRay takes care of selecting the best hits from said decade.
Are you a fan of Joni Mitchell? If so, chances are you’ll want to make it to the next “I Can’t Believe It’s Not: Joni Mitchell: Blue” happening this Saturday, December 23 at the NAC. This time around, members of local bands Fevers, Jon Hynes, Jeremy Fisher, Heavy Medicine Band and others will be performing the popular Joni Mitchell album in front of a live audience.
Ottawa indie folk rock band Amos The Transparent is hosting its annual holiday show at the Blacksheep Inn this Saturday night. The local 6-piece will be performing live alongside special guests Mountaineyes who’ll take care of the opening set.
Want a squeeze in a metal show before Christmas? Head to the Dominion this Saturday for a night of dark and gloomy atmosphere to put you in the true spirit of the season. The bill includes Wolf Lake, Quebec post-metal band Loviatar, Portland, blackened folk group Falls of Rauros and Montreal ambient drone metal project thisquietarmy.
Kitchen Party is going down this Saturday at Pressed Cafe. The monthly dance party presented by DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks with guest DJ Jas Nasty, will feature nothing but the best in funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, techno, house and everything in between. A little bit of this and a little bit of that for your dancing pleasure.
Bangarang is taking over Happy Goat Coffee this Saturday night. If you love the sound of Studio One and Trojan Records, then this dance party featuring music selections by DJs Magnificent and Longshot is definitely for you. The focus is on early reggae, rocksteady and ska from Jamaica’s exciting 1966-1975 period with a heavy focus on 1968-1971.
Still Tippin’ is going down at the 27 Club this Saturday, December 23 and you can expect to hear new rap and southern classics picked out by DJs Laocapone and Foster as part of this holiday edition.