Another blog post, another busy week in the National Capital Region. If you’re in and around Ottawa-Gatineau this week and have time to check out some stuff, there’s lots happening, so take a look at the picks below for a glimpse into some of the fun events being held around town in the coming days.
The Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival, which is held annually in February, is hosting a comedy competition for local comedians this Monday, December 7 at The Burbs. The winner will perform in front an audience of 3,000 viewers alongside comedians Mary Walsh, Harry Doupe, Tim Steeves, Big Daddy Tazz and Jessica Holmes. Enjoy a hilarious night as you listen to some of Ottawa’s greatest comedians battle it out for their chance to perform on the big stage.
Interested in producing a show for the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Festival? For starters, there is no Fringe application/jury process and nobody curates the festival. Artists register for a lottery to determine who will have a spot in the festival’s official venues. The lottery will go down during a party at Arts Court, December 7. Lottery winners receive a festival venue, technician, box office volunteers, and keep 100% of their ticket sales. The festival has returned more than $1.6 million to independent artists since 1997. For more info on this check out: www.ottawafringe.com/lottery
This Tuesday night over at the Troquet in the Hull sector of Gatineau, there’s going to be a screening of the documentary film “Vieux-Hull” which explores the evolution of this area of Gatineau and its need for social housing among other topics. The screening will be followed by a presentation by Stéphanie Rajotte, Director of the ROHSCO (Regroupement des OSBL d’habitation et d’hébergement avec support communautaire en Outaouais).
Hamilton metal/hardcore band RITUAL will be performing live at House of Targ this Tuesday, December 8 alongside Atlanta rockers ’68 (ex-The Chariot), Ottawa hardcore/metal group Here Comes Bigfoot and Ottawa post-hardcore formation Halfsleeper.
This Tuesday, December 8, Barristers is making its debut at Overkill after having held a home at Kinki for some time. If you enjoy good hip-hop, dancehall and r&b, be sure to check this popular weekly party hosted by Ottawa DJ Jon Deck.
The Cool Kids Craft Show is having a Christmas Sale edition at House of Targ this Wednesday night from 5 to 11 pm and this time around it’ll feature pottery, vintage clothing, prints, screen printing, pins, guitar pedals and tarot card readings among other cool things.
CKCU 93.1 FM and Beau’s All Natural Brewery present the launch of Radioactive Underground, a monthly live music and DJ series at Mercury Lounge. For the inaugural edition, the event will feature a performance by The Band Whose Name is A Symbol and DJs Trevor Walker and David Aardvark spinning before and after the group’s set.
On Thursday December 10, the Avant Garde Bar presents the Redrum Comedy show, a live comedy night featuring a lineup of local talent that present performances filled with laughter and drama. Funds raised from this particular edition of Redrum will go towards Angel Tree and the Salvation Army.
Mad Decent/Lucky Me’s own Baauer will be making a much-anticipated return to Ottawa this Thursday night and for the occasion, the NYC-based producer will be giving a live set inside Ritual. This time, he’ll be getting support from local DJs Laocapone, Iggy Smalls and duo KHAØS. It’s bound to be a packed if not sold-out event.
North Carolina progressive-metal band Between the Buried And Me are giving a show in Ottawa this Friday as part of the Coma Ecliptic Tour III. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Norway extreme/progressive-metal formation Enslaved, Los Angeles progressive-metal group Intronaut, and Boston progressive-metal Native Construct.
Winter’s around the corner and so The Cardboard Crowns and Suits N’ Toques have decided to throw a party to warm things up. The two local ska/punk/reggae bands will be performing live at the Rainbow Bistro this Friday night alongside London, Ontario group Dirty Sol. This will be the Cardboard Crowns’ last show in a while as the guys take a break to complete their new album set to come out in Spring 2016.
The Heart, Home & Handmade indie craft fair is being held at the Hellenic Centre this Saturday, December 12. The semi-annual boutique event showcases some of the National Capital Region’s most talented handmade designers and offers a a modern twist on the conventional craft fair.
Ottawa’s new experimental pop project Merganzer (of violinist Mika Posen – Timber Timbre, Agnes Obel) is having a release show for the debut full-length album “Mirror Maze”. To celebrate the launch, Posen will be joined by Ottawa future folk project Bosveld and to add to the event, Matthieu Hallé will take care of visual projections.
Oaks Tru3 N1ghts are back with Ep. 5 going down this Saturday, December 12 at the Petit Chicago. This one will feature live sets by Montreal surf rockers Heat and Montreal garage rock band Adam Strangler.
At the Avant-Garde Bar this Saturday night, there’s going to be a live show featuring performances by Ottawa rock trio Gnarley Brown, Ottawa punk rock newcomers Death Proof and Ottawa punk rock/rock n’ roll 4-piece Muelkik.
Ottawa punk rock trio NECK is having a record launch party for their debut album ‘Hate to Read’, a ” collection of unrelenting short rippers written by people with ADD for people with ADD”. To mark the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage at the Dominion Tavern with local garage punk rockers Average Times and garage surf punks Bonnie Doon.
In the Christmas Market department, there’s still time to check out one happening this Sunday, December 13 at the Moussette Park Community Centre in the Hull sector of Gatineau. This 3rd annual market organized by Marché Outaouais will feature a variety of local artisans, a choir, a craft corner for kids and even a photobooth to get your picture taken with good old Santa Claus.