Episode 153 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Elly and Rick, featured the following tracks and artists:
Another week, another blog post featuring hand-picked events happening in and around Ottawa-Gatineau over the next seven days. If you’re in town and wondering what’s happening this week, check out the sample of great ideas below.
Want to check out a hardcore/punk show this Tuesday night? Hamilton post hardcore/emo band Downstream, Halifax post hardcore group Sleepshaker, Ottawa alt rockers Slip, Ottawa pop punks The Great Diversion, Ottawa solo emo project Caves and Ottawa newcomers Swim Team will all be giving live sets. The venue? It’s not Pressed, so just ask a punk.
Brooklyn-based band Beirut will be returning to Ottawa this Tuesday, July 26 to play at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. The indie folk/world/baroque pop band will be sharing the stage with Montreal indie folk musician Little Scream who’ll take care of opening the show.
Local powerhouse Bella Cat will be performing live at Kinki Lounge this Wednesday, July 27 and the show is entirely free to check out. The soul/blues singer-songwriter with the incredible voice will be sharing a special night of music with those in attendance.
This Wednesday night, over at the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau, there will be a live show featuring Toronto melodic punk/rock band Broomfiller, Ottawa/Gatineau ska punks Taco Bandits (best band name ever) and Ottawa punk rockers Pop Culture Icons. Check it.
Halifax’s Cousins is back in Ottawa and this time it’s to perform solo at Bar Robo this Thursday night. This time around, the garage rock project will be sharing the stage with Ottawa new-wave psych pop/rock band How Far to Mexico.
Another big show happening at the Algonquin Commons Theatre this week is going down on Thursday, July 28. This one will feature Australian jazz/ska/rock group The Cat Empire who will play alongside Canadian new-wave indie pop/folk artist Sarah MacDougall.
For something more mellow and intimate, head over to Cafe Dekcuf this Thursday night to catch Saskatchewan indie alt/pop band Friends of Foes live. The group, who’s on a cross Canada tour, will be playing with Gatineau indie folk outfit Bitterly Healed and Ottawa indie alt/rock project Bitter North.
This Thursday night, House of Paint presents Retr-O Graff, a special tribute night dedicated to highlighting some of the National Capital Region’s best graffiti artists over the years. Find out about the city’s grafitti history while you take in some live art by FallDown, Venise, Dom Laporte and Coblou.
Gatineau-based r&b/blues/soul band Majortom is back after taking some time off. The 5-piece group will be making a return to the stage this Friday, July 29 at the 4 Jeudis in the Vieux-Hull and sharing new material with those in attendance.
This Friday evening at Maker House Co., there’s going to be a special event to celebrate the beauty and style of the classic bicycle. With free beer samples from Bicycle Craft Brewery, a demo by Right Bike, handmade bike accessories and live music among other things, this free event promises to be good times for bike lovers.
Are you a fan of ska, reggae and rocksteady? If so, be sure to make your way over to House of Targ on Saturday night for Voice Of The People’s 1-Year anniversary party. This fun monthly that was launched last year will feature music selections courtesy of DJs Longshot and Lord Snappy as well as a live performance by Ottawa’s own The Sentries and Toronto ska/jazz band Sound One.
At Gabba Hey this Saturday, there’s an all-ages show featuring Philly’s own Alex G live. The lo-fi beach artist will be sharing the stage with Stouffville, Ontario dream pop artist Nicole Dollanganger, and Ottawa dream pop project Herons Wake.
Montreal instrumental post rock band Appalaches are returning to Ottawa this Saturday, July 30 and for the occasion they’ll be performing live at Avant-Garde with local post rockers Clavius Control and local ambient post rock artist Jean-Mo.
If you’re looking for a night of rock n’roll with some hints of country this weekend, head over to the Minotaure on Saturday night to check out Montebello/Gatineau punk/rock/country 4-piece Les Chiens Sales. The local veterans will be joined on stage by Montreal blues/stoner rock group Machines Géantes.
Toronto’s tex-mex chainsaw rock n’rollers White Cowbell Oklahoma are back in Ottawa this Saturday and this time it’s to play House of Targ in an effort to promote their latest album and new stage stunts. The guys will be sharing the stage with Ottawa sleaze rock band In Heat and Ottawa psychobilly punk band Hot Snake Handlers.
An entire night dedicated to the 6 God? Drake fans rejoice, you read correct. The 1-year anniversary of this popular dance party, at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates, is going down this Saturday night inside Babylon. Happy birthday Drake Night!
This week is the Ontario civic long weekend, so if you’re looking for a club party to hit up on Sunday, look no further than City Nightclub for the Rewind Sundays party featuring DJ RayRay, who’s bound to get the club bumping by playing a mix of old school hip hop and r&b and new club anthems and bangers.
June is already almost over, and it was a great month, so hopefully you were able make the most of it. July is now just around the corner, and if you’re around Ottawa-Gatineau these coming days and looking for some fun stuff to do, take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a variety of events that are worth checking out.
Those of you who enjoy visual arts should check out the Ottawa Art Battle Regional Finals this Tuesday evening at Arts Court. The unique event organized across Canadian cities, brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The regional finals will crown the Ottawa champion who’ll go on to represent the Nation’s capital at the annual National Championship going down later this summer to crown the top Canadian painter of the year.
If you enjoy all sorts of music and want to support the local scene, head over to House of Targ this Wednesday to catch Ottawa emo rock band Safekeeping, Ottawa alternative group The Stringers, Ottawa indie project Lost At Sea, Ottawa alternative rockers Abstraction, Ottawa indie rock outfit Hugh Harrington Band a nd Ottawa pop/post-punks The Weak Attractions.
Mathieu Trudel, also known as Mawt Trood in the artistic community, tragically and suddenly left us in May. The VJ and urban illustrator, who was a passionate history buff, was known for illustrating mom and pop storefronts located in neighbourhoods he loved. To celebrate his body of work, Daimon Gallery is hosting “Where is Mawt Trood?” the first posthumous retrospective that explores the career of the beloved local artist. The vernissage happens this Thursday with a lineup of local DJs and VJs who were friends of Mawt and the exhibition runs until July 31.
There’s a new experimental music night dubbed Not Normal and its second edition is going down this Thursday night at Pressed Café. The latest instalment will feature a live set by ambient/noise/electronic duo Au Vol as well as DJs David Jackson and others that have yet to be announced.
Vancouver funk/latin/ska/rock band Five Alarm Funk will be making a returning to the national capital this Thursday as part of their “Live” In the Moment Tour 2016. The band, known for its energetic live shows, will be sharing the stage with local alternative hip hop artist Drae and DJ Acro.
Wanna party like it’s the 80s this Thursday night? Then be sure to make your way over to House of Targ for a dance party featuring an eclectic selection of songs and videos from the 80s,with maximum Can Con of course pre-Canada Day. The party will be hosted by Remi Royale with DJ KJMaxx in charge of the tunes.
At the Mercury Lounge this Thursday, June 30, there’s going to be a pre-Canada Day multi-level celebration. The annual 2-room party will feature music by Return of the Jaded, Joe Juarez & Disko, Rick Laplante, Space Cadets, Ryan Dunlop, Plush, and more.
Looking for an affordable family-friendly thing to do on Canada Day? Look no further than the Canadian Museum of History. An official Canada Day site for the first time this year, the Museum is offering a free, fun-filled day of indoor and outdoor activities for everyone, including free access to CINE+ screenings. What’s more, the Museum grounds are the best place to catch the fireworks!
Feel like browsing through some vintage fashion and making tie-dye while eating BBQ this Friday? If that sounds like your type of Canada Day, make your way over to A Vintage Collective down in the Byward Market to join the fun. DJs Mes and Atherton will also be there to take care of the music.
This Friday at Arts Court, there’s going to be a Canada Day party dubbed Dominion Day brought to you by the Dominion City Brewing Co. You guessed it: there will be lots of beer (and local at that), ther will be plenty of tasty food, and there will be music by DJ Acro, Melodrama, The Adam Saikaley Quartet, Tapas featuring DJ 2Creamz & Jeepz and The String Masons. Sounds like a great time!
On Canada Day, enjoy a free family-friendly party at Petrie Island by day brought to you by the good folks at Bananas Beach Grill & Rum Shack and an adult-only dance party at Kinki Lounge by night with DJs Scratch, Mace, Eazy El Dee, Kane, Kam, Selekta Shellz and more. Love, family, friends, good music, good DJS, good times!
Over at House of Targ on July 1st, there will be a CanCon Canada Day Bash benefit for CHEO. For the occasion, some of Ottawa’s best musicians will be covering Canada’s best punk, metal and rock bands all night long.
This Friday, the Rainbow Bistro invites you to celebrate Canada Day with PleasureCraft at the smoothest party in the city. The dance floor will be grooving to the sounds of the best of ’75-’85 soft rock hits by the likes of Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Ace, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Toto, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Sade, and Elton John among others.
This Canada Day, Babylon brings you We The North Dance Party, an all-Canadian night featuring a live Raptors mural by Fall Down, Raports highlight reels all night, a free throw competition, a raffle and music by DJs Jimmy C and Adam Saikaley.
Looking for a night of dancehall and reggae this Canada Day? Look no further than Higher Level. DJs Magnificent and Select have got the perfect party for you at City Nightclub this Friday night. The two Ottawa friends are joining forces to bring you a solid dancehall/reggae/soca dance party mixed with a little bit of hip hop and r&b that’s sure to have a bumping dancefloor.
If you’re into pop punk you’re going to want to head to Ritual this Saturday, July 2 to catch Seaway. The Oakville pop punk band will be performing live in Ottawa as part of their 2016 Canadian Tour and for the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Oakwill pop punks Coldfront, Hamilton rockers Rarity, Ottawa pop punk band Bearings, Niagara emo group Heavy Hearts and Ottawa pop punk/post-hardcore project Remember The Arcadians.
At Bar Robo this Saturday night, Ottawa Showbox presents post punk/shoegaze project Traces live. The Montreal-base band will be releaseing their second EP “Imaginary Life” and for the occasion they’ll be playing with Ottawa lo-fi gaze project Doves.
Gatineau acoustic folk band Bitterly Healed will be back on stage at the Minotaure this Saturday night and this time around, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa-based alternative folk rock band Jonathan Becker & The North Fields as well as Ontario acoustic folk musician Nick Sherman.
Fans of David Bazan will be happy to know that the Seattle indie folk musician will be giving an intimate live performance at Pressed Cafe this Sunday, July 3. The Barsuk Records signee will be sharing the stage with Oregon folk label-mate Laura Gibson.
Over at Black Squirrel Books this Sunday, you can check out some live music featuring Wyoming emo band Medicine Bow who’ll be playing alongside Ottawa alternative rock/grunge trio Elementals, Ottawa shoegaze project Wood Lake and Ottawa power pop/rock outfit Holy Christopher.
Episode 122 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Elly and Rick, featured the following tracks and artists:
|Winchester Warm||Belle Attente||Like an Anchor|
|Bitterly Healed||The Great Depression||Adrift|
|Bitterly Healed||The Great Depression||Hold On|
|Bitterly Healed||The Great Depression||Dear Winter|
|The Heavy Medicine Band||Wrecking Ball Daughter||Too Dumb|
|STEAMERS||Years||Passer une nuite|
|BB Cream||Demo||Six Dog|
|Townes||Townes EP||Blood Diamonds|
|Buck-N-Nice||Welcome to Infinity||Welcome to Infinity|
|Canadian content||New release|
Indie City Madness is a weekly radio show that airs Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. on CKCU 93.1 FM and features everything local that Canada’s National Capital Region has to offer.