The first few days of the 2017 Ottawa Bluesfest are already behind us, but thankfully there’s a second week to keep all of us music enthusiasts and festival-goers happy. Aside from Bluesfest though, there are several other interesting things happening this week in case music festivals aren’t your thing or don’t fit within your budget. Here’s a glimpse into some of the cool events scheduled to happen around town in the next few days.
Bluesfest continues this week with another 5 days of music spread out across Lebreton Flats. The festival will see the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Muse, Flume, Migos, A Tribe Called Red, RL Grime, July Talk, Phantogram, LCD Soundsystem, and Anderson.Paak among many others hit its five stages.
You can expect to find a tropical ambiance at the Des Cèdres Park in Aylmer this Wednesday evening. There’s going to be a free, family-friendly party with live performances, paddleboarding, ultimate frisbee, a jewelry-making workshop and live art, among other things.
This Thursday at DAIMON, there’s a new artistic project launching called INTERSTICES. Throughout the summer of 2017, DAIMON is giving free rein to seven sound artists and sound art collectives in the Montcalm sector of Hull (Gatineau), between the Fonderie and De la Brasserie Bridge. The project reflects the diversity of current sound art practices and aims to playfully reveal the possibilities hidden in familiar and often neglected spaces.
This Wednesday night over at the Dominion Tavern, CKCU FM presents Mr. Airplane Man live. The Boston/LA blues/rock n’roll duo will be performing live in Ottawa alongside Montreal psyche blues trio Gravel Route and Ottawa power pop band Sweet Rocket.
Gatineau indie folk rock sweethearts Okies have recently announced that the band is going into a hiatus as the guys are all going separate ways for school and work. As a result, they’re having their last hometown show this Thursday, July 13 at the Bistro L’Autre Oeil in Aylmer with special guests Transit Lake.
The National Capital Region’s favourite soul-steppers, the Mackenzie Rhythm Section, are returning to the cafe Aux 4 Jeudis this Thursday for a happy hour set. The guys will be giving a free show and it’s always a good time when they hit the stage.
This Thursday, July 13 there’s an early show going down at House of Targ that’ll feature live performances by Ottawa punks Goat, Ottawa 6-piece punk band War Fair and Ottawa punk rockers The Fly Downs.
Black Mountain, North Carolina artist Adjy will be performing live at Blacksquirrel Books this Thursday night. As part of this all-ages show, Adjy will be sharing the stage with Ottawa band Mosely, Toronto project Summerteeth and Ottawa band Plastic Farm.
The metal heads are gonna want to make their way over to the Brass Monkey this Friday night to check out Australia metal/hardcore band Northlane who’ll be in Ottawa as part of their Canada 2017 Tour. For the occasion, they’ll be joined on stage by Toronto progressive metal band Intervals, Texas metalcore group Invent, Animate and Ottawa progressive deathcore project The Thirteenth Floor.
Albany, NY melodic hardcore/punks After The Fall are making their return to Ottawa this Friday, July 14. This time around, they’ll be playing alongside Winnipeg, MB power punk duo Mobina Galore, Ottawa alternative pop-punk newcomers The Suffering Booth and indie pop/punk rockers Cool Kids Not You.
The one and only Mix Master Mike of the legendary Beastie Boys will be touching down in Ottawa this Saturday night. For the occasion, he’ll be giving a live set at Mavericks, and being 3 time consecutive winner of the DMC World title, winner of the 1992 New Music Seminar DJ Battle and a Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, you can expect a sick show and some serious scratching.
If you’re in the mood for a night of dancing to kick off the weekend, the Hottawa dance party is going down at Babylon this Friday night with DJs JFUN, Seiiizmikk and Kaz Kandy of Montreal.
Hope Volleyball, the largest one day volleyball tournament with live entertainment, is marking 35 years on July 15 at Mooney’s Bay Beach, and this year again organizers are welcoming a large number of volleyball teams. This year’s live shows will include performances by The Strumbellas, USS and Lowest of the Low. For more info, just click on the event poster below.
At the Minotaure this Saturday, there’s a Guitar Hero night happening with a giant screen and two guitars. It’s free, so bring a few friends and enjoy the game!
This Saturday at the Mercury Lounge, Pozativ Recs brings you Toronto-based DJ Jason Hodges. The Canadian jackin house legend will be joined on the decks by Jeff Dougler and Balu for the occasion.
Looking for good summer vibes in the city on a Sunday? Look no further than Pozativ Vibrations By Da Beach, a family-friendly outdoor event happening at Petrie Island. This Sunday, the event is celebrating its 3-year anniversary with a free jam by the beach featuring top notch DJs, tasty eats & refreshing beverages provided by Banana’s Beach Grill & Rum Shack.
Canadian traveling duo Mama’s Broke will be making a stop in Ottawa this Sunday in an effort to support their latest album “Count the Wicked”. The old-time folk duo will be playing live at Pressed alongside Ottawa country artist Mabel Beggs, of the duo Aiken & Beggs.