Why not start your week with a little metal? Fans of heavy music may want to hit up Café Dekcuf on November 27 to catch American death metal band Narcotic Wasteland (formerly of Nile) who’ll be playing alongside Ottawa death metal bands Deformatory and Maou Mindu.
This Monday, November 27, you can head over to Bar Robo for the latest installment of Robo Harb. This hangout features music curated by Ali Harb is being held between 7 p.m. and midnight, giving you the chance to enjoy a night out without having to worry about losing sleep.
Book lovers, this one’s for you: this Wednesday, November 29, the French-speaking winners of the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards will be in Ottawa to read excerpts from their winning books. The event, happening at the Canada Council for the Arts from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. will also include a book signing. As for this year’s English-speaking winners, they’ll be doing the same on Thursday, November 30. Same place same time.
Finnish metal band Children of Bodom are playing live at the Bronson Centre this Wednesday night as part of their 20 Years Down & Dirty Tour with Netherlands horror metal group Carch Angren, Finnish metal outfit Lost Society and New York progressive death metal project Uncured.
Pulp Fiction fans: there’s a Pulp Fiction Pop Up happening at Kinki Lounge this Wednesday, November 29. With food and drinks inspired by the movie and a decor set à la Jack Rabbit Slims, be prepared to eat, drink, and twist the night away to the sounds of a killer soundtrack.
The Virée Blues series, now sponsored by Moosehead, is happening at the Petit Chicago this Wednesday, November 29. For this latest edition, there will be a live performance by Stratford, Ontario blues rock musician Bill Durst. It’s bound to be a great night of live music!
There’s an all-ages show at House of Targ on Wednesday night that features an all-local bill. The night of live music will include performances by Ottawa instrumental polar bears Skybound, shoegaze lords Fathom Sound, newcomers The Far New, hard rockers Nebraska and emo rock duo Lessons in Crime.
The Canadian Museum of History’s 8th annual Christmas Market kicks off this Thursday, November 30 and runs until Sunday, December 3. With over 80 vendors exhibiting their products, this is the perfect place to find holiday gifts. Meet local exhibitors, discover delicious regional products and unique handmade objects, and experience the creativity and enthusiasm that drive artisans of the National Capital Region and beyond.
This Thursday, Ottawa-based bilingual singer-songwriter and musician Kristine St-Pierre invites you to join her for the release of her new French EP La Promesse. The event, held at Live on Elgin, will feature a live performance filled with new material by the local acoustic folk artist.
Ask Women Anything is a series of unique, intimate evenings that give Ottawa’s most influential women a chance to share their thoughts and answer your questions without the filter of the media. The next one is happening this Thursday, November 30 at Bar Robo and will feature a panel discussion on sexual harassment.
Beatnik conga jazz band The Holy Gasp are hitting up House of Targ this Thursday, November 30. For the occasion, the Toronto group will perform live with Ottawa rock duo Riishi Von Rex and dark indie pop/folk project Josh Mover & The Shakers,
Ottawa funk fusion, neo-soul pop group Harea Band is back at the Mercury Lounge this Thursday for a night of live music that promises to get lit. The show will feature a live performance by the dynamic six piece, as well as a set by DJ Breakthru who’ll be spinning soul, hip hop, and r&b, all at one of the best dance clubs in the city. If you bring a used book for the Ottawa Library, you can even get in for half the price.
It’s not every day that you can attend an album release and art exhibition at the same place and time. Montreal-based mutlidisciplinary artist Petra Glynt is doing just that with an LP release show and art exhibition held at General Assembly this Friday, December 1. The night of art and live music will also feature a set by Ottawa experimental jazz/rap/r&b singer-songwriter Muzzy Legault. It’s bound to be a dope event!
Ottawa pop-disco-synth-cinema-vocal multidisciplinary artist Noah is back at Mercury Lounge this Friday with a new multimedia performance experience featuring new tunes from his upcoming EP FACES, and favourites from Wonderheart. Check out the performance and stay the night to party with the CEREMONY DJs and Greg Reain.
Six Ottawa queens are taking over the 27 Club this Friday night to give an all-star performance featuring some of the best female artists coming out of the National Capital Region. The show, dubbed Ottawa Queendom, will feature rap/hip hop/r&b artist Thandie Dice, zouk/compa/r&b musician Jessie Simmons, r&b singer-songwriter Dominique Gorley, soul/r&b singer Grace Marr, acoustic soul/folk musician Rita Carter, local DJ Jas Nasty and visual artist Genesis Art. Who run the world? Girls ❤
Wanna party like it’s the 80s on Friday night? Then be sure to make your way over to House of Targ for a live show and dance party featuring an eclectic selection of songs with host and MC DJ Remi Royale as well as Rapture, a Blondie tribute band and The Underground, a live tribute to the 80s new wave era.
This Friday marks the return of one of Ottawa’s longest running monthly parties: Frenzy! The comeback edition will continue the Frenzy mission of focusing on tomorrow’s finest sounds, rather than yesterday’s overplayed music, with the help of Miami versatile Producer/DJ Brenmar. The party goes down at the 27 Club with Frenzy resident DJs Iggy Smalls and Foster.
The Mirror Mountain Film Festival is bringing the best in independent and alternative cinema to Ottawa from December 1-3. Happening at Arts Court, Mirror Mountain is an inclusive festival that presents film screenings, live performances, parties, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and more.
At the University of Ottawa this Saturday, there’s a one-time-only screening of the documentary A Better Man followed by a moderated talk. Presented in partnership with the One World Film Festival, A Better Man illuminates a unique paradigm for domestic violence prevention and offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can follow from men taking responsibility for abuse.
Ska fans, you’ll be happy to know that The Planet Smashers are back in Gatineau this Saturday, December 2 to give a benefit show for the Royal Ottawa Hospital Metal Health Centre. The Montreal-based five-piece known for their feel-good ska/punk party music will be at the Minotaure to perform live alongside The Anti Queens, The Peelers and The Sentries.
This Saturday night, the Mercury Lounge invites you to Felabration, Ottawa’s 6th annual tribute to Fela Kuti put on by the venue. The event includes a special drumming circle from 8 to 11 p.m. followed by a night of dancing to the sounds of DJ Trevor Walker who’ll be spinning originals and remixes of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat music.
Markham, Ontario alternative rockers Rikashay are making a stop at the Avant-Garde Bar this Saturday night as part of their December Tour. The high-energy band will be rocking the stage with Ottawa rock group Lost Acres and Ottawa garage band The Monotymes.
Quebec City punk rocker singer-songwriter and musician Keith Kouna will be playing live at the Petit Chicago this Saturday, December 2 in an effort to support his latest album Bonsoir Shérif. This time around, he’ll be joined on stage by Monsieur Larose, an Outaouais-based grunge rock/performance art band.
Toronto musician Cold Specks, who was once known for her unique dark folk style and for her distant approach to songwriting, has shifted her sound with her latest project Fool’s Paradise, and as a result, she now has a more accessible sound in which she has weaved personal stories. She’ll be presenting her latest album live at the 27 Club this Saturday, December 2 alongside Toronto experimental noise-pop project LA Timpa and Ottawa experimental electronic duo Fire Queen.
Switched On Synths is taking over House of Targ this Saturday night. The latest edition of this electronic music series dedicated to all things synth will focus on synthpop and feature Ottawa indie synthpop band Fevers, Toronto synthpop project Honey Beard and Ottawa techno project KI.
Over at the Rainbow this Saturday night, there’s a tape release party for Ottawa garage band Nightshades, and they’ll be rocking out on stage with Montreal art punks Smokes, Ottawa garage beach punks Bonnie Doon and Ottawa psyche project Slow Dawn.
Hamilton rock n’roll project Aaron Goldstein’s Espanola is appearing live at the Dom this Saturday, December 2 as part of a series of fall shows the band is giving. For the Ottawa show, they’ll be sharing the stage with Hamilton indie rocker Dan Edmonds and Ottawa roots rock musician Brandon Allan.
There’s a dope show at the Record Centre this Sunday evening that you should definitely check out if you’re into experimental sounds. The show will feature Montreal experimental electro/saxophone duo Saxsyndrum and Montreal artist Alexia Avina.