March is here meaning Spring is around the corner! If you’re in Ottawa-Gatineau this week and have time to check out some events, there’s no shortage of things to do. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a glimpse into the number of events happening in and around the National Capital Region in the coming days.
Ottawa Showbox has been holding down the fort at Mugshots lately, consistently presenting a series of fun shows featuring local talent and out-of-town musicians. This week, they offer us a Monday night show with live sets by Montreal-based jangle/post punk group Dories and Ottawa-based alternative rock band The Haig. Start the week off right with some live music!
Celebrating 7 years on the airwaves, Hammer Smashed Radio is having a birthday bash this Thursday night at Cafe Dekcuf. For the occasion, France brutal death metal band Benighted will be performing live for the first time in Canada alongside Montreal death metal group Bookanee, Ottawa death metal formation Accursed Spawn and Ottawa death metal project Deformatory.
Montreal band Look Vibrant will be stopping in the National Capital this Friday night as part of their Discover Ontario Tour in preparation for their upcoming SXSW appearance. The pop/rock/noise quartet will be performing live at Pressed alongside Ottawa experimental lo-fi project Pipahauntas.
For the art lovers out there, the monthly Art Battle Ottawa is taking place this Saturday at the Arts Court. This unique concept organized across Canadian cities, brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. An annual National Championship eventually goes down in the summer to crown the top Canadian painter of the year. We’re getting closer to finding out who will represent Ottawa in 2015!
By Any Means, a compilation of DIY Animation curated by Emilie Pelstring and Lesley Marshall, is being presented at Club SAW this Friday night starting at 8pm. The project compiles the work of some of the most original women animators operating against the grain and presents a number of approaches to mixed-media, lo-fi, glitch and collage techniques. Limitations are embraced in innovative ways; stories are told by any means necessary.
Rockabilly & Whiskey, a night of slingin’ drinks and slappin’ basses, is going down at the Rainbow Bistro this Friday, March 6. The live show will feature performances by Ottawa rockabilly/country/surf trio Dang Guilty, Ottawa rockabilly/jump blues/rock n’ roll band The Kingmakers and London, ON alternative country/roots rock group The Allens.
If you enjoy comedy shows, be sure to make your way over to The Daily Grind Cafe this Friday night for GRINDR Comedy. Happening on the first Friday of every month, this comedy show organized by local comedian Greg Houston will feature sets by Alex Blondin, Kim Schneider, Daniel Araya, Greg Kieran and headliner Dean Young. If you’re looking for a good laugh and affordable night this Friday, that’s the place to go.
Halifax indie electro/pop artist Rich Aucoin will be back in Ottawa this Friday to bring The Ephemeral Prince Tour to the Nation’s Capital. For the occasion, the musician, who’s known for his uniquely engaging live shows, will be giving a performance at Ritual alongside Toronto indie pop band HIGHS and Ottawa art/experimental/electro artist Bucko. Last time Aucoin was in town, the show was sold out, so if you plan on going, buying your tickets in advance would be a wise move.
One of the most popular dance parties in the city, Frenzy is going down at Babylon this Friday night. Some of the last Frenzy instalments have been sold out affairs featuring some of the best upcoming and established music producers out there. This time around will be no different as Straight Goods brings rising Toronto Producer Pusher for his first time in Ottawa.
This Saturday over at the Rainbow Bistro, there will be an early evening metal show that’s all ages and free of charge. The event, called March Massacre, will feature live performances by local metal bands Peronicus, The Aphelion, Death Wish, and Elevenstar.
Ottawa/Gatineau melodic metal band Chariots of the Gods will be making a comeback with a live show at Petit Chicago this Saturday night. The local group, who’s released a new EP titled “Reverence” will be sharing the stage with guests HolloW, Dissentient and Life On Trial.
If you’re into the hardcore genre, Leaky B’s got a show for you this Saturday night. All on the same stage performing live will be Toronto melodic hardcore group Forever Cadence, Virginia melodic hardcore/progressive band Endeavor, Ottawa melodic hardcore formation Mayfield, Toronto metal/hardcore project Guiltfeeder and Ottawa melodic hardcore outfit Wakefield.
Perhaps punk is more your thing, and if so, Montreal punk rockers East End Radicals will be performing live at Cafe Dekcuf this Saturday night. The 4-piece will be playing alongside Ottawa punk rock n’ roll band Machine Gun Dolly along with other groups still to be announced.
Toronto roots folk trio Elliott BROOD will be making a return to Ottawa this Saturday night with a live performance at Ritual. The Paper Bag Records signees will be sharing the stage with Toronto indie folk band The Wilderness of Manitoba for the occasion.
Fever, the only disco dance party of its kind in Ottawa, is going down at Babylon this Saturday, March 7. The monthly night promises all the glitz and glam of the 70s & 80s and tons of disco hits and more modern tunes provided by special guest DJ RayRay. An awesome way to dance the night away!