Not sure what to do this week in Ottawa-Gatineau? Check out the weekly picks below. Now you know.
Gatineau-based indie rock band Les Moindres are releasing their new album Forum de Flore this Tuesday evening at the Minotaure in the Hull sector of Gatineau. It’s a free event, so all the more reason to go out and support a group from the region.
If you’re into hardcore bands, be sure to head to Zaphods this Wednesday night to catch London, Ontario hardcore band Soul Sucker, Michigan hardcore group Turncoat, Ottawa hardcore punks Sketchy Poutine,Ottawa melodic/thrash/hardcore punks War Fair and Ottawa thrash/hardcore project Chesthair Eagles.
If you’re in the mood to check out a punk rock show, but rather go to a small, intimate venue, Bar Robo is where you’ll want to be this Thursday night for Winnipeg pop punks Mulligrub, Ottawa punk rockers The Tenenbaums and Toronto punk-meets-polyrhythm project Graft.
This Thursday, October 20, The Jessica Stuart Few returns to Ottawa in an effort to promote the release of their new and third album The Passage at the Rainbow Bistro. The Toronto “koto”-toting folk/jazz trio will be accompanied on stage by Ottawa’s own Riishi Von Rex, who’ll be taking care of the opening set.
OttawaU presents Afro Fest on campus this Friday, October 21. The one-day event is a great opportunity to taste a variety of African specialties, dance and vibe out to the sounds of African countries and learn from several African clubs that are based on campus.
Toronto rockers Julian Taylor Band will be playing live at Zaphods this Friday night. They’ll be performing with Ottawa rock band Lemon Cash, who are set to open the show.
Gabba Hey! has decided to close the space as a concert venue, but there’s going to be one last show happening this Friday night. The final party will feature live sets by Birds of Paradise, Moon Eyed, Telecomo and DJ Ste_Phono.
Toronto noisy-punks Greys will be playing live at House of Targ this Friday, October 21. The Buzz/Carpark Records signees will be performing alongside Ottawa rockers Wild Love and Ottawa garage punk band Nightshades.
The October edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is upon us. It goes down this Friday night at the Elmdale with your hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate your favourite rapper by rapping that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show Ottawa what you’re capable of.
The October edition of 90s or Bust is going down this Friday night at Babylon. The popular monthly, that features 90s and early 2000s hip hop and r&b jams is the perfect event to check out if you’re looking for a old school vibe dance party.
This Saturday, October 22, on Albert Island, the Brewery Market is having its final event of the year. The market will be celebrating the change of seasons with the best Harvest Beers from nine local brewers. Expect lots of freshly harvested hops, rich malts, and possibly some fruit + spice. All Harvest Ales will be on sample—and you’ll get to vote on the best. Your standard local favourites and some tasty special-edition beers will also be on offer.
Quebecois singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stefie Shock will be performing live at the Gainsbourg this Saturday, October 22 and for the occasion he’ll be joined by Montreal artist Gaële. For this intimate show, he’ll be presenting a special show dubbed Gainsbourg par deux.
Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean country/folk band Chassepareil will be making a stop in Gatineau this Saturday night in an effort to promote their debut album Les oiseaux d’hiver. The five-piece, previously known as Sweet Grass, will be performing live at the Petit Chicago with some special guests that have yet been announced.
This Saturday over at Bar Robo, you can check out Winnipeg indie pop group À La Mode who will be giving a live show alongside Ottawa-Gatineau ambient pop/post-rock newcomers Novusolis and Ottawa experimental psyche project Trails.
Local country/folk/rock band Slo’ Tom & The Handsome Devils are having an album launch show show at Irene’s Pub this Saturday to celebrate the release of the new album Down in a Government Town. For the occasion, the group will be sharing the stage with special guests Rey Sabatin’s Hundred Pacers.
Wu fans rejoice: the Minotaure is presenting an Wu Tang Night this Saturday, October 22 at the Vieux-Hull venue and there’s no cover price. That’s right: zero, rien, nada. DJ Benchpress will be taking care of the beats and guarantees to play all the hits from the Wu Tang Clan, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty, RZA, etc. There’s also going to be a special cocktail available for purchase to mark the occasion aptly named “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”.
Ottawa-bred/Montreal-based experimental pop artist Piith, previously known as Pith and the Parenchymas, is having a cassette release (yes, you read correct) show at House of Common this Sunday, October 23 for his new album Sweet Sweet Morning. You can expect live music from Ottawa ambient folk project Velodrones, Montreal psych project johnny_ripper and Edinburgh, Scotland electronica band Amble Skuse, who are also on the bill.