If you’re looking for an intimate night of live music to kick off your week, head over to Bar Robo this Tuesday night to catch soul/folk musician Jamieson Mackay (of (How Far to Mexico and Shadowhand), post-Americana/country noir project Wired To The Sky and Ottawa dream psych artist Trails.
If you’d rather catch some American bands at House of Targ this Tuesday, you can check out Florida alt-rockers Surfer Blood and Brooklyn warped pop artist Katie Von Schleicher.
Moncton rock n’rollers Shades of Sorrow are performing live at the Rainbow Bistro this Wednesday night as part of their Tour of the Lunatics 2017. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa power pop rockers Holy Christopher and rock n’roll band Insufficient Funds.
The Nursery is a vibrant 4-piece band from Toronto and the group will be hitting up Bar Robo this Wednesday, August 16 as part of their synth-soaked summer tour with Vancouver synth-pop trio Adera.
The Curd Festival is back for another edition from August 16-20. Happening just outside of Ottawa in St-Albert, this annual celebration of the squeaky fresh cheese curds used in poutine is a family-friendly event packed with entertainment, tasty food and live performances by comedian Stephane Rousseau, and Franco-Ontarian folk rockers Hey, Wow, among others.
After touring Ontario in an effort to promote their debut EP Grave and Garden Songs, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind are back in Ottawa to play a hometown show at Live on Elgin this Thursday. For the occasion, the local folk/roots band be sharing the stage with Toronto old time/country/Americana 5-piece The Barrel Boys.
Montreal power pop rock n’rollers The Sick Things will be rocking House of Targ this Thursday, August 17 and they’ll be playing with Ottawa new wave project Hundred Pacer and Ottawa power rock trio Rex Heck.
Montreal dream pop band Bodywash will be making a stop at Pressed Cafe this August 17 to grace Ottawa with its sounds. As part of the show, they’ll be joined on stage by Ottawa electronica project Hi-Way and Montreal instrumental ambient sax-looping duo DF.
The Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent, affectionately called the FOÉ, announced earlier this year that is would be celebrating its 10th and final edition from August 18-20. The last instalment of the mighty little festival that could will for one last time celebrate emerging Canadian artists and feature a variety of artistic disciplines. On top of music, visual arts, and comedy, festival-goers will also have the opportunity to dance, eat and enjoy slam poetry. As always, festivities will take place at a few different locations in the heart of the Vieux-Hull. Most of the programming is free, and features performances by La Bronze, Beyries, Kroy, We Are Wolves and several others. A bittersweet goodbye, to say the least! Merci le FOÉ ❤
Ottawa singer-songwriter and pianist Megan Jerome will be performing live with the Together Ensemble this Friday, August 18 at Kaffe 1870 in the lovely town of Wakefield. Join the charming musician and her band as they transport you through a night a music drawing from traditional gospel, stoner jazz and meditative classical sounds.
Ever heard of Screamer? They’re a heavy metal band from Sweden and they’ll be performing live at House of Targ this Friday night alongside Montreal speed metal/trashers Warsenal and Ottawa metal group Black Tower.
Ottawa’s longuest-running monthly dance party is back at it this Friday night inside D’Afrique and this time around, resident DJs Zattar and Memetic will be welcoming special guest DJ Handsome Paddy all the way from Dublin, Ireland. TIMEKODE is a popular funk, soul and hip hop dance party that has been keeping Ottawa funky fresh for 12-years strong. See you on the TK dancefloor!
The Arboretum Music Festival returns with a 6th edition that runs from August 18-19 at the enchanting Rideau Pines Farm. For 2017, organizers of this music festival are trying something different by holding the event in a whimsical setting just outside the city. This year’s eclectic programming will unfold over 2 days that include late night parties, farm to table pick-your-own foods, and live music by Deerhoof, Cadence Weapon, Diana, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Claude Munson, Future States and many others. Grab all the details by clicking below and support this local gem of a festival.
Did you know that Canada’s biggest fibre festival takes place a stone’s throw away from Ottawa-Gatineau? The annual Twist Festival is back this weekend in Saint-André-Avellin, a municipality located about 45 minutes away from Ottawa-Gatineau. The two-day annual event serves as a showcase for the fibre world and is intended for the general public, fibre enthusiasts, producers, fleece animal breeders, transformers, artists, artisans, professionals and semi-professionals. It’ll feature workshops, activities, a textile art exhibit with a modern twist and many exhibitors from all trades of the fibre industry.
In the mood for some garage tunes this weekend? Head over to Cafe Dekcuf for Toronto garage rockers Binos, Toronto ska/rocksteady band The Classy Wrecks, Ottawa power pop garage rockers Sweet Rocket, Ottawa rock group Galapagos and Ottawa indie alternative pop project The Rocky Moon.
This Saturday at the Petit Chicago, there’s a drag night happening as part of the FOÉ and Capital Pride and it’ll feature Canadian talent only, including Horizon and guests.
Vancouver metal band Anciients is making a return to Ottawa this Saturday and this time around they’ll be playing at House of Targ with Vancouver stoner rock group Dead Quiet, Ottawa doom metal project Longhouse and Ottawa instrumental rockers Clavius.
What’s cool about the Deep Therapy monthly is that it keeps happening at different locations and the organizers continuously strive for bigger and better. This Saturday, the party is going back to the Albert Island warehouse with special guest DJ Brian Cid from NYC. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Deep Therapy showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary.
Qualité Motel is VALAIRE’s 100% electronic project. The Quebec-based band is known for giving energetic shows complete with good vibes and and a guaranteed dance party. The guys were initially scheduled to play the Minotaure back in March, but the show got postponed to this Saturday, August 19, to be held as part of the FOÉ. VALAIRE doesn’t often perform as Qualité Motel, so it’s always a treat to have them play.
I can never get enough of the Drake Night promo posters, they crack me up. If you didn’t know, Drake Night is a recurring party dedicated to the 6 God, where you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates all night long. It goes down this Saturday, August 19 at Babylon.
If you’re into hardcore and metal, there’s an all-ages show happening at Mavericks this Sunday that’ll feature American rock metal bands He Is Legend and Islander, as well as American hardcore rockers To Speak Of Wolves, American rockers Bad Seed Rising, Gatineau rock band Aarsen and Ottawa rock group Fragile Figures. A stacked bill!