Are you sticking around the National Capital Region for the Thanksgiving long weekend? If so, rest assured there’s lots happening in and around the city over the course of the coming week. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s carefully selected event ideas listed below for suggestions on what’s noteworthy in the days ahead.
This Thursday is particularly busy in Ottawa-Gatineau. First off on the Quebec side, Le Troquet is presenting an authentic freak show from Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12 starring the mystical Blue Mushroom Sirkus Psyshow. You can opt for a dinner and show or simply make your way over at 11pm for the debauchery.
On Thursday, October 10, Saskatoon-based group Twin Voices will be performing live at Pressed Cafe. The indie folk/pop project will be joined on stage by Ottawa’s own Orienteers and Mehdi Hamdad of Mehdi Cayenne Club.
Another event happening this Thursday is the new monthly RADIOACTIVE taking place at Mercury Lounge. This week’s edition will feature live performances by Ottawa folk-rock pop group The Humble Divines and country rock band The Wild Vines. This is a great opportunity to discover live homegrown music and to support the local scene.
Over at Zaphod Beeblebrox this Thursday, you can catch Charlottetown indie/rock band Paper Lions perform live. The Canadian four-piece, who’ll be playing in Ottawa as part of the My Friends North American Tour will be joined by Toronto rocknrollers Teenager Kicks and Wakefield indie rock band Farewell Davidson.
Also this Thursday, CKCU FM’s Debaser show presents Doomsquad, HSY, and Blue Angel performing live at Mugshots. The punk garage bands are scheduled to start at around 10pm, but arrive early to check out the art installations and liquid light visuals.
Vertigo Records is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this Thursday, October 10 with a party at Mavericks. The event will feature live performances by metal/punk/rock bands SNFU, Ab Irato and Flying Fortress. 10/10/10, I see what you guys did there.
Don’t be confused. Although it’s on Friday, Mercury Lounge and Beau’s All Natural present a second instalment of RADIOACTIVE this week. Two in one with live performances by Ottawa’s own rawbeat rockers StillNative and Mindil Beach Markets all the way from BC.
Ottawa favorites Claude Munson & The Storm Outside will be giving a live performance at Pressed Cafe this Friday, October 11. The local folk rock group will be live alongside trio Delta Will and singer-songwriter Keturah Johnson.
Ottawa Explosion & Kichesippi Beer present the 6th edition of Funhouse! this Friday, October 11 at Mugshots. Friday’s edition will feature live performances by punk groups TV Freaks of Hamilton, Blood Red of Pennsylvania and Thee Nodes of Montreal. The poster alone is enough to make you want to go.
Do you miss playing Mario Kart 64? Well you get to do just that this Saturday, October 12 at the Vintage Video Game Tournament being held at the Royal Canadian Legion. This marathon gaming experience is also a fundraiser for Ottawa’s Queer Community Centre, PTS. Sign your team up in advance or attend to cheer your friends on. Monopolatte will also be providing entertainment with tabletop games.
If you’re into indie experimental dance you want to check out DIANA at Mavericks this Saturday, October 12. The Toronto indie dance group, who’s recently released its debut album Perpetual Surrender under Paper Bag Records, will be performing live alongside Ottawa’s own Silkken Laumann and Black Usher. A highly-anticipated show for many!
This Saturday over at Ritual, catch Toronto-based Producer and DJ Grandtheft for a live DJ set that he’s giving as part of his Mobbin Tour. Grandtheft is considered to be one of the best live DJs that Canada has to offer so if you want to dance this weekend he’s guaranteed to make you move.
Other noteworthy events happening in the National Capital Region this weekend include the Urban Legends Poetry Slam featuring Ottawa poet Ali Bomaye (Alikhani) happening on Friday, Honeyman and the Brothers Farr live at the Blacksheep Inn with Caroline Keating this Saturday, Flex featuring legendary Circus Records UK DJ/Producer Doctor P at Ritual on Saturday, and Scattered Clouds and Matt Perri live at Pressed Cafe Sunday, October 13.
Enjoy your week in the National Capital!