This Monday evening, the Carleton University Art Gallery invites members of the public to the opening reception of the gallery’s three winter exhibitions: Robert Houle: Pahgedenaun, Sun K. Kwak: Untying Space_CUAG, and Linda Sormin: Fierce Passengers. The reception is taking place from 5-7:30 p.m. and DJ Chris International will spin a live vinyl set for the occasion.
Start your week off with some talented women musicians at the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle happening at Irene’s Pub this Monday. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the latest edition of this monthly event will feature live sets by artists Jessica Pearson and Melissa Payne.
The newly opened independent record store that has set up shop inside the Petit Chicago is having another DJ night this Wednesday, January 17. For the occasion, you can expect to hear an eclectic mix of music courtesy of DJs Cougar Flex, M. Caffrey, and Teknobrat.
Ottawa-based musician Sarah Bradley (member of Fevers) is celebrating the release of her EP “For The Kill” this Thursday night at Pressed Café. The EP is described as the artist’s boldest, most sincere step into the limelight featuring music that expresses her love for the pop, R&B and electronic artists who’ve come before her. To mark the release, she will be playing live with special guests Cynthia Tauro and Mack & Ben.
Ottawa post hardcore band T-Rex Marathon is giving a live show at House of Targ this Thursday night and this time around they’ll be joined on stage by Toronto mathcore group Parliament Owls and Toronto math/post rockers Milhouse.
If you’re up for a night of live local music this Thursday night, you can head over to Live on Elgin to check out Ottawa five-piece band Blind Insite, Ottawa acoustic indie folk musician Neha Sin and Ontario singer-songwriter Cass McLeod.
This Friday night, Outside I’m a Giant is playing live at Irene’s Pub along Bank Street. For the occasion, the Gatineau-based alternative folk band will be joined on stage by musician Jamieson MacKay of Shadowhand.
Orangeville skate punks Five Knuckle Chuckle are rocking House of Targ this Friday, January 19 and they’ll be joined on stage by Ottawa garage punks Positive Charge, pop rockers Dancing On Fire, and Ottawa power pop/fuzz rock project The Suffering Booth.
TIMEKODE, Ottawa’s longest-running monthly dance party, is back at it this Friday, January 19 at D’Afrique and to kick off the year proper, DJ Zattar will be rocking the dance floor with none other than soul brother DJ Magnificent (Bangarang, Double Barrel, Flossy Fridays).
This Saturday afternoon, join Ottawa lizard lounge rockers Casa Lagarto for the launch of their debut EP ‘Shed It’. The guys will be presenting their EP “Shed It” during a matinee show at the Record Centre.
Gatineau-based hardcore rockers Fractures & Outlines are having fundraising show at the Minotaure this Friday to help fund the production of their debut album. For the occasion, they’ll be performing with fellow punk rockers Aarsen, Gatineau deathcore/trance metal band Greta Knights, Ottawa metal hardcore group Ghostblade as well as a surprise guest performance being announced the morning of the show.
Montreal instrumental artist Jean-Michel Blais will be making a stop in Ottawa this Saturday night as part of his current tour. The pianist, signed to Arts & Crafts Records, will be sharing the stage at First Baptist Church with Montreal/Ottawa instrumental musician Flying Hórses. It’s bound to be magical.
This Saturday night, the Mercury Lounge and the NAC present the next instalment of Wolf Gang Sessions, a night of music with a wild side where classical meets funk. For this very special series, the NAC takes part of its orchestra out of its traditional space and puts a special spin on DJ Trevor Walker’s set. Based on past events from this series, it guarantees to be great night of live music.
Past Polaris Prize long-listee Pierre Kwenders is performing live at the NAC this Saturday night.The Montréal-based self-proclaimed Bantou emperor is bringing to Ottawa his brand of afro-pop music that merges traditional sounds from his motherland with contemporary ones. He’s fresh, he’s fun, he’s charismatic and he knows how to get people moving. Having seen him live a few times, I can affirm with confidence that this is a show you don’t want to miss.
Quebec hip hop duo Eman x Vlooper, made up of two members of the Alaclair Ensemble RapQueb crew, will be giving a live show at the Petit Chicago this Saturday, January 20. The emcee and beatmaker/producer will be back in Gatineau in support of their latest album La Joie, also known as 3XL, and this time around they’ll be joined by Gatineau-based rapper MNK.
Canadian psychobilly heavyweights Gutter Demons will be rocking House of Targ on Saturday night. You can also expect a lineup featuring live sets by Ottawa punks GOAT, Ottawa punk band The Dreaded Rebels and Ottawa punk group Wire Cuffs.
Freedom of Assembly, Triple7’s new monthly is a party at the forefront of a new movement of change that is meant to unite the creative underground to become a true PLUR community celebrating the art of the party. If this sounds like something you want to check out, it’s happening this Saturday night and it’s meant as a place to gather and dance, celebrate and enjoy our collective freedom of assembly. Expect bass heavy music, visuals, and positive vibes.
Over at Babylon this Saturday night, the Offbeat dance party is taking over the dance floor with Rio Festarini and Kimberly Sunstrum. This inclusive monthly party usually results in a really fun night of dancing.
The Homesick emo night is back at the 27 Club this Friday, a party that has been proving to be very popular. Come feel all the feels as part of this monthly night of nostalgia and teen angst. This has sold out in the past, so you may want to grab tix in advance.
If you’re into old time ragtime, don’t miss the Sheesham, Lotus & Son album release show happening at the Blacksheep Inn this Sunday. The Wolfe Island, Ontario will be in the region as part of their January tour dates, and you can expect high-stepping music, no less.
Trinidad & Tobago’s Calypso Rose, the undisputed queen of calypso music who has been active for more than 40 years, is performing live at the NAC this Sunday, January 21 as part of the NAC Presents series. Enjoy a night of Caribbean music at its finest!