As you’ve probably noticed, festival season is now well underway in the National Capital Region and it’s a very exciting time to be in Ottawa-Gatineau. This week is packed with tons of fun events happening around the city when it comes to festivals and music shows. If you’re into indie, then trust me when I say you’ll be served. There’s lots of goodies and they’re just begging for you to check them out. Want to take part in the fun but you’re not sure where to start? Read on to get great suggestions on some of the exciting events taking place in the National Capital in the days ahead.
The Mercury Lounge has teamed up with Toronto festival NXNE to present a series of shows with a variety of eclectic artists. As part of this collaboration, the venue brings you The Crackling with special guest Michael Cassidy who’ll perform live this Tuesday, June 11. The Crackling, a Vancouver folk-rock band, will be performing songs from their new album Mary Magdalene in an effort to promote their latest studio effort.
Tuesday, June 11 also means that Fau Mardi will be taking over the Petit Chicago with special guest DJ Sylv3st3r who’ll specially be mixing warp records to highlight the release of the highly anticipated new album by Boards of Canada.
While we await Ottawa Explosion Weekend, which takes place June 20 to June 23, the festival organizers are presenting a pre-Ottawa Explosion show this Wednesday, June 12 at Pressed Cafe. The show will feature live performances by Seattle-based group Big Eyes, Male Nurse Band and Tropical Dripps, both of Ottawa. This is a good way to preview the sort of bands that you’ll be able to catch during the festival if you’re not sure wether you want to attend Ottawa Explosion.
This Wednesday, June 12, Indie Montreal presents We Are The City (Indie Rock), Highs (Indie Afro-Pop), and Hannah Epperson (Orchestral Folk/ Alternative Indie Pop) live at the Raw Sugar Cafe. If you’re interested in checking out this show, you can grab details by clicking on the event poster below.
Another NXNE-related event happening at the Mercury Lounge this week is Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes featuring High Waters. The two alternative rock groups will be performing live as part of NXNE, an eclectic Toronto-based festival which celebrates variety in music, film, comedy, and art.
The Festival Franco-Ontarien kicks off this Thursday, June 13 and is being held until Saturday, June 15. The 2013 edition will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s passage in the Ottawa/Outaouais and it’ll continue to present popular francophone musicians from French Canada including Damien Robitaille, Les Colocs, Coeur de Pirate and Misteur Valaire. Check back in on the blog next Sunday, June 16 for a full coverage of Friday and Saturday’s performances.
Los Oxidados is yet another group of NXNE showcasing artists performing live in Ottawa this Friday, June 14. Joining forces with the Embassy of Mexico in Canada, the Mercury Lounge welcomes the instrumental rock four-piece for a show of live music induced with surf, western, and garage vibes à la Tarantino.
If you enjoy indie rock, you should head over to Mavericks this Friday, June 14 to check out Wintersleep. The Halifax-based group will be performing live alongside Data Romance, an indie electro group from Vancouver.
The people behind Ottawa Explosion and Kichesippi Beer bring you the second edition of Funhouse this Friday, June 14 at Mugshots Jail Bar. DJs Craig Peru, Barb and Kristina will be spinning choice punk tunes and new wave tracks. Apparently this is a ‘really cool time’, so check it out for yourself!
This Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, Amnesia presents the 8th annual Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec, just 45 minutes away from Ottawa. The festival promises 150 groups on 5 stages including headliners Rise Against, The Offspring, Marilyn Manson, and Alice Cooper. The organizers offer an on-site camping option for those who wish to attend both days and stay overnight.
On Saturday, June 15, the Capital Poetry Collective invites you to the Night Watch album release. The Ottawa-based cinematic instrumental group will present their first full-length album in its entirety. The musicians will be joined by spoken word artists who have been chosen by the group to create pieces to accompany every song. Each poet will be performing their pieces, followed by the performance of the corresponding song. This unique show is sure to be a beautiful mix of instrumental music and poetic majesty.
Ottawa’s original pantsless party, the 6th annual No Pants Dance Party is happening this Saturday, June 15 at Babylon. With music by DJ Lowpass, the event will feature performances by Rockalily Burlesque, Glitter Galore, Donna Dee Dead and Frank N Beans. If you’re worried about what you’re going to do with your pants, don’t, there will be a pants check.
So there you have it Ottawa-Gatineau, this is my selection of noteworthy events being held in and around the National Capital Region in the coming week. Be sure to enjoy the days ahead by attending an event or two in our Eventful Capital because there’s certainly no shortage of music shows and festivals happening this week.