Another blog post, another week filled with music shows, art exhibitions, and events of all kinds taking place in and around Ottawa-Gatineau. Again, there’s no shortage of fun things happening in our capital city so wether you’re into visual arts, live music, dance parties, or craft shows, there’s sure to be something to quench your event-going thirst. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to to help plan the days ahead. White Cowbell Oklahoma will be making a stop in Ottawa this Thursday, December 4 as part of their 15th Anniversary Steamroll Tour. The legendary Canadian rockers, who give incredible live shows, will be returning to the National Capital to perform live at Mavericks alongside The Paceshifters and Sal Piamonte. This Thursday, December 4, Zaphods will be hosting an evening of great local modern folk pop and the forecast is calling for solid tunes, great people and an awesome time. For the occasion, Ottawa musician Adam Marshall will be performing live and sharing the stage with Emilie Scott and Connor & Aidan. The fourth instalment of CapCity Showdown is happening this Thursday, December 4 at City Nightclub. This performance competition will bring a slew of local hip-hop artists on the same stage to compete head to head for cash and prizes. This edition will feature competitors Rita Carter, Soru, Swift Crew, and Cugini among others as well as a headlining performance by Chrissy Spratt. Montreal indie/folk/pop trio Motel Raphaël will be returning to the capital city this Thursday night. The ladies will be sharing the stage with Ottawa indie-pop band Thrifty Kids and Ottawa indie-pop musician Sarah Bradley of the band Fevers. La Coka Nostra’s own Slaine will be giving a show at Ritual this Thursday night as part of The King Of Everything Else Tour. The Boston-based rapper will be joined by special guests Charron, Aspects, Rob GF, and M.I.M.E. If you’re a fan of dubstep, then chances are you’re familiar with Compa. The UK-based DJ and Producer affiliated to Deep Medi/Boka/Kokeshi/WX/WL will be giving a live set at Cafe Nostalgica this December 4 alongside local support from Disco-Nekt and Mr. TheCat. Jigga what, jigga who? If you know a little about hip-hop, you’re probably familiar with these lyrics from Jay-Z, one of the biggest and most respected rappers in the game. The man was born on December 4, so for the occasion, Babylon will be hosting “Can’t Knock The Hustle”, a tribute to Shawn Carter, this Thursday night at the club. DJ Acro will be on the 1s and 2s taking care of the beats and playing an all-Jay-Z set. When Art Attacks is a collaborative art show featuring a variety of different everyday items that have been “attacked” by art. The event, happening at Wicked Wanda’s this Friday night, will feature art works by Dems & Doll, Alexandre Aimée, Brittany Anne Mandel as well as live body art, a sexy/crazy photo booth, complimentary bites and funky beats. The 7th annual Bizarre Love Triangle holiday art show is being held this Friday night at Cyclelogik. There will be lovely unique art for sale, of course, as well as a fun photo booth, treats courtesy of Essence Catering and beats provided by selector Greg Reain. DJs Zattar, Memetic and Eric Roberts have reason to celebrate. This Friday, December 5, their popular monthly dance party Timekode turns 9 years old! That’s quite an accomplishment for a local monthly. 9 years strong of soul moving soles. To add to the festivities, they’ll be joined by long-time friends and collaborators DJs Magnificent and Trevor Walker. This special edition will be held at a fresh new spot called Maker Space North, conceived by John Criswick, owner of the Mercury Lounge. Montreal punk/rock/grunge duo Solids will be performing live at House of Targ this Friday night. The guys will be sharing the stage with Montreal hardcore/punk band Hashed Out and ex-Shotmaker/Okara, Ottawa math-rock/post-punk project The Dark Plains. Having seen Solids perform live at the Petit Chicago this past October, I can attest to the fact that these guys rock hard and give a solid set no less. Frenzy, one of the most popular dance parties in the city, is going down at Babylon this Friday night. The latest instalments of the monthly dance party have been off the hook and featuring some of the best upcoming and established music producers out there. This time around will be no different as Straight Goods welcomes the debut of Brooklyn-based producer Sweater Beats. This Saturday, December 6, Bruised Tongue, Ottawa Explosion, & Gabba Hey! present the first-ever Gabba Hey! Holiday! Sale! Happening at 250 City Center, the craft sale will feature over 30 local vendors showcasing the best to eat, read, wear, admire and love forever. This Saturday at Pressed Cafe, there will be a night of musical mastery and conversive discussion featuring The Way, Cat Hibou Blais, the true man show, Allan André and more. Activities will include live music, live art, dancing, theatre, eating, drinking and being merry. If you’re looking for an intimate night of folk and rock’n’roll music this Saturday, be sure to head over to Raw Sugar Cafe to catch the show given by alternative folk singer-songwriter Justice R.F., rock n’ roll band Run Coyote and folk/rock trio Tall Trees. Fryquency, the pay-what-you-can series that exhibits emerging and experimental Canadian music, is turning 1 year old. To celebrate, there will be a live show this Saturday, December 6 at Mugshots featuring sets by bands Fet.Nat, WTCHS, and Grime Kings. What’s more, the series is now all-ages. If you enjoy thrash metal, do yourself a favour and make your way over to House of Targ this Saturday, December 6. Hamilton old school thrashers Varga will be headlining the show and playing alongside Ottawa melodic death metal band Signs Of Chaos, Ottawa thrash metal group A Darker Day and Ottawa death thrash project Outrage AD. Over at the Bronson Centre this Saturday night, Hamilton rock n’ roll band Monster Truck will be giving a live show. For the occasion, the Dine Alone Records signees will be sharing the stage with Montreal rockers Eagle Tears who’ll be warming up the crowd with their opening set.Fever, the only disco dance party of its kind in Ottawa, is happening at Babylon this Saturday, December 6. The now-monthly night promises all the glits and glam of the 70s & 80s and tons of disco hits provided by DJ Illo. The night will open with a fancy disco drag show performed by a couple of Ottawa’s queens, DeeDee Delite & Vaselina Champagneless. An awesome way to dance the night away! The holiday edition of the Urban Craft Market is happening this Saturday, December 6 at the Glebe Community Centre. Urban Craft provides a great opportunity to browse through over 50 local vendors who’ll be selling their crafts at affordable prices. This is the ideal place to go to find special hand-crafted gifts and goodies for those on your Christmas list.
Another week, another round-up of noteworthy events happening in and around the National Capital Region. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks to find out what’s happening in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead.
This Wednesday, March 12, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Sylain Sylvain of New York Dolls will be in Ottawa as part of the Sex Doll Tour. The two punk rockers will be performing live acoustic sets at Zaphods alongside local garage rock artist Patrick Shanks. Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the organizers have had to cancel the show. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Fans of metal will want to head over to Cafe Dekcuf this Thursday, March 13 to check out Abandon All Ships, Palisades, and Skynet perform live. The bands will be joined on stage by Ottawa-based groups Obyrne and Every Legend’s Made.
This Thursday, The Radioactive Series features KC Roberts and the Live Revolution alongside opening group The Hated Sons. The monthly indie music series, taking place at Mercury Lounge, will showcase 8-piece funk, rock, hip-hop band from Toronto as its headliner.
If you’re into garage/punk rock sounds, be sure to make your way to Luneta Cafe this Thursday, March 13. Ottawa Explosion & Finish What You Started bring you a live show with Swearin’, Camp Radio, Dead Weights and Special Noise.
The Algonquin Students’ Association presents Juno-Award winners The Sheepdogs live in concert this Friday, March 14. The performance, taking place at the Algonquin Commons Theatre will feature an opening set by Young Rival.
Dundas punk rock n’roll group The Dirty Nil will be performing live at Pressed Cafe this Friday night. Ottawa-based punk rock bands Carraway and Mnemonics will open the show and take care of warming up the crowd.
This Friday night, Mercury Lounge presents special guests Trackstars featuring live soulful vocals by Natasha. This DJ crew is known to bring nothing but the best in funky, bouncy, underground House and Jack Music with elements of Soul, Disco, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Techno to keep your feet moving all night long. There will also be some free Trackstars memorabilia giveaways for those wearing a tracksuit or any sort of athletic outfit.
Beau’s All Natural Brewery presents Toronto-based Punk/Reggae/Grime band The Flatliners live in concert at the Vankleek Hill location. The fundraising show, taking place on Saturday, will include performances by Crusades and Audio.
If you’re into electronic dance music, head over to City Nightclub this Friday, March 14 to check out a live intimate DJ set by Dim Mak Records’ Andy’s iLL. The producer is sure to get you dancing in no time with his energetic rock-rave style.
The Urban Craft Market is back this Saturday, March 15 at the Glebe Community Centre. Urban Craft provides a great opportunity to browse through 50 local vendors who’ll be selling their crafts at affordable prices. This is the ideal place to find special handmade local goods for gifting and for the home.
Newfoundland comedian Trent McClellan brings his Live Once Comedy Tour to Ottawa this Saturday night. Happening at the Ottawa Little Theatre, the show will have you laughing your heart out with this rising Canadian comedian.
Another metal show happening this week is being held at the Montgomery Legion on March 15. The Listen to the Color North American Tour will be in Ottawa this Saturday and for the occasion, Arsonists Get All The Girls, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Seeker, Beyond The Shore, Edge of The Earth and Minds of Men will be performing live.
At Mavericks this Saturday night, Ottawa alt rock/hip hop group The Second Silverado will be performing live. The local trio will be joined on stage by Kingston alt rock band Driver India, Ottawa alt blues rock project Onionface and Ottawa alt hip hop artist KING.
Over in Wakefield, The Split’s “Can’t Get Enough” Record Release is being held at the Blacksheep Inn. The Ottawa neo soul band will be celebrating the launch of their new EP with a night of live music that’s sure to get you dancing.
The Lunenburg Pub presents Ottawa-based group Ninety Pounds of Ugly live in concert this Saturday night. The Country Psychobilly 4-piece will be playing 2 sets worth of new music alongside special guest James Leclaire.
Hometown favourites The Souljazz Orchestra are performing live at Babylon this Saturday in an effort to promote their new album ‘Inner Fire’. The Ottawa-based six-piece, known for its contagious soul, jazz and afro-latin sounds, will be giving a show in Ottawa as part of their latest international tour.
The prison Ceremony dance party is back for another monthly edition at Mugshots that’s guaranteed to have you dancing the night away inside the old jail hostel. This Saturday night, Ceremony is the place to be for the best dance music offered in the city.