So it’s basically the last week of August. I don’t know about you, but it feels as though summer has just gone by in a flash. That alone should be enough to get you out of the house and into some of the coolest events happening over the next few days in the National Capital Region. Here’s a selection of fun things to check out in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead.
If you’re in the mood to start your week with some loud music, check out Brazilian metal band Hibria live at House of Targ this Tuesday night. The heavy metal group, who’s currently on a 20th Anniversary World Tour, will be performing live in Ottawa alongside local metal band Death Wish and local glam rock band Thruster.
Mi’kmaq hip hop artist Shift From Tha 902, from the We’koqma’q First Nation in Nova Scotia, will be performing live at the Rainbow Bistro this Wednesday night. For the occasion, the up and coming rapper, producer and DJ will be sharing the stage with L’Nu Joker, Devon Paul and Kloud n9.
Over at Avant-Garde Bar this Wednesday, dance the night away with Charlie The Kid, Balaclava, The Nighttime, Right Shitty, and Holy Christopher.
Not Normal, the new experimental music series launched this Spring, is going down this Thursday night at Pressed Cafe. For this latest instalment, there will be a live set by Intangerines as well as DJs Jason Skilz of Low Noise Productions and Pierre Richardson of Bruised Tongue Recs.
On Thursday, August 25, head out to Bar Robo for an intimate night of live music. Presented by the good folks at Ottawa Showbox, the show will feature sets by Ottawa synth pop collective Scary Bear Soundtrack, Regina electro pop band Moonriser and Kingston folk project Slow Man Tofu.
If you enjoy experimental sounds, be sure to make your way over to House of Targ on Thursday to catch Toronto dark industrial post gaze project Odonis Odonis, Ottawa bedroom r&b artist PIPPA and Ottawa analogue techno musician Ruth Grader. It’s bound to be different and perhaps a bit unsettling, all in a very good way of course.
When it comes to celebrating urban culture in the Nation’s Capital, no one does it better than House of PainT (HoP). The annual festival, which serves as a vehicle to elevate and celebrate urban arts and culture, has become instrumental in bringing forward the four elements of hip-hop to audiences who are curious about the culture and for those who simply want to be a part of the movement. For its 13th edition dubbed “Decolonize”, HoP organizers invite everyone and anyone with a love of hip-hop and community to join together between August 25-28, and take in graffiti art, breakdancing, emceeing, slam poetry, deejaying and more under Dunbar bridge in Brewer Park as well as other venues across the city. Legendary hip hop duo EPMD will be headlining this year and we’ll be giving away a pair of VIP festival passes this week on Indie City Madness so be sure tune in to tomorrow’s show on CKCU 93.1 FM for your chance to win.
The 2016 Canadian DMC Battleground is presenting the Ottawa regional DJ competition in partnership with and as part of House of PainT this year. Going down at Brewer Park under Dunbar Bridge this Friday, the competition will see some of Ottawa’s top DJs battle it out for a chance to represent the Nation’s Capital in the next DMC rounds.
Beer lovers won’t want to miss the 5th Ottawa Craft Beer Festival taking place this weekend at the Aberdeen Pavillion at Lansdowne Park. The annual festival, which has grown into the largest craft beer festival in Ontario, allows you to discover the wide selection of craft brewed beers available across the National Capital Region. The programming also features culinary creations prepared by artisanal eateries, a speaker series focusing on craft beer and artisanal food, and live musical entertainment presenting regional talent.
Montreal garage rock/rock n’roll duo Les Deuxluxes will be making a return to the National Capital Region this Friday night and this time around they’ll be playing live at House of Targ. For the occasion, the power couple will be rocking the stage with Boston garage rock band Muck & The Mires and Ottawa folk punk solo artist Patrick Shanks. A guaranteed good time when Les Deuxluxes are on the bill!
The August edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is going down this Friday night at the Elmdale with your usual hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate Eve by rapping that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show the world Ottawa what you’re capable of.
An urban beach in the heart of downtown Gatineau? That’s essentially what LaVolley promises to deliver this weekend in the Vieux-Hull. The free annual event will feature outdoor sports like beach volleyball and dodgeball as well as games, contests, and DJs in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Check it out if you’re in the area!
This Saturday, August 27, Makerspace North is having an open house that’ll take the shape of a community showcase of makers. The all-ages free event will highlight the projects, interest groups, tech, tinkering and creative happenings that abound in the National Capital Region in an effort to celebrate the local community of makers, shakers, creators and innovators. Makerspace North is opening its doors and will also be launching a new Community Membership as well as announcing new programming.
Montreal/Ottawa Brazilian musician Rommel Ribeiro is back in the region following a year studying abroad and travelling and he’ll be performing live at the Mercury Lounge this Saturday night. The composer/singer-songwriter, who’ll be joined by a full band, will be presenting music from his latest album “Nada Direito” as well as other material from his repertoire. Phil Motion will be warming up the night with a special DJ set featuring rare Brazilian grooves.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Saturday night, there’s going to be a pretty sweet bill of live music presented by Debaser. You ca catch Victoria experimental electronic/ambient noise project Psychic Pollution play alongside Ottawa garage noise formation Slow Dawn, and Ottawa synthpop project Lovecraft.
Monday I Retire invites you to join them as they celebrate the release of their new EP this Saturday night. The Ottawa-based pop/blues/jazz/soul 5-piece will be playing new material live at the Rainbow Bistro and they’ll be sharing the stage with local pop/soul group Harea Band.
Kitchen Party is bringing the fun to a new location this month: Bar Robo. The monthly dance party presented by DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks will feature nothing but the best in funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, techno, house and everything in between. A little bit of this and a little bit of that for your dancing pleasure.
If you’re into electronic music, don’t miss the Outdoor Electronic Music Festival happening this weekend at the Parc des Portageurs in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau. It’s a great occasion to check out free electronic music live. Friday will feature a vinyl DJ party, Saturday will be all about the dance party and Sunday is reserved for an experimental picnic.
Ottawa-based soul-infused pop duo leMeow will be performing live at the Blacksheep Inn in beautiful Wakefield this Sunday and they’ll be sharing the bill with local rockabilly surf/country band Dang Guilty. It’s an afternoon show and a great way to end the weekend.
Ottawa garage punk/psych/lo fi project Pet Defective will be live at Pressed this Sunday night and they’ll be playing alongside local alternative folk rock musician Claude Munson and Halifax synthpop/r&b/soul band Loveland. So what if you don’t know any of these bands, get out there and discover something new.