Happy New Year boys and girls! As some may have noticed, Eventful Capital took a short break over the holidays to refuel and enjoy time off with family and friends. With the start of 2015, it’s time to get back to Ottawa-Gatineau’s rich cultural scene, which doesn’t take any breaks. January tends to be a bit slower event-wise as people get back the reality of their lives, but not this year apparently as the upcoming month offers a surprisingly packed calendar. There’s a good amount of noteworthy events happening in the National Capital Region in the days ahead that you should be sure to check out if you’re around.
If you enjoy visual arts, kick off the year at the opening reception of EXIT / SOUND featuring the most recent artworks by Calgary-based media artist Christopher Payne. The exhibition, being presented at PDA Projects from January 7 to February 7, 2015, is about “cinema” as a moving image, though not necessarily a photographic one. The individual works in Exit / Sound explore the “offscreen” elements of cinema, which are not seen directly, but are present nevertheless. Payne examines this dynamic change of objects and actions through sound, light, or even the atmosphere of the space.
Disco-Funk/Rock-Punk fusion group The Ven Dreddies will be giving a live show at the House of Targ this Thursday, January 8. The local trio will be joined on stage by Ottawa hard rock band Animal Confession and indie folk 4-piece The Dirty Sheep.
Toronto pop/rock Crystalyne will be making a stop in Ottawa this Friday, January 9 as part of the Punk Don’t Dance Vol. II Tour. For the occasion, the 4-piece formation will be performing at Club SAW alongside Ottawa alt-rock Us With Wolves, Ottawa pop-rock group Missioner and Embrun pop-punk trio Lees Avenue. All ages show!
Toronto-based project Century Palm (ex-The Zebrassieres members) will be touching down at the House of Targ this Friday night for a night of new wave/pop/post-punk. The 5-piece band will be performing live alongside Ottawa’s punk rockers Voicemail (members of White Wires, Mother’s Children & Average Times).
Kitchen Party is back at the Rochester Pub this Friday night. Join DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks for this popular dance party and break a sweat to the best of funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, techno, house and everything in between as they welcome special guest DJ Calkuta of Flight Distance and Oz Kafe fame.
The first Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa of this year is upon us and happens this Friday night at the Elmdale with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate Ma$e and Puffy by doing that Mo Money Mo Problems track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show the world what you’re made of.
If you’re looking for an r&b and hip hop dance party this Friday night, you may want to head to Multi Social Room for The Convo, a monthly held down by resident DJ Frank Play and special guest DJ Selektah Shellz who’ll be bringing that warm island heat.
Starting this Friday, there’s a brand new monthly event in town featuring the rough and rugged sounds of jungle, breaks, footwork and more. For this first edition, Ottawa’s original Junglist DJ RayRay aka Phono Jones will inaugurate the night and play an all vinyl old school jungle set. Where the heads at?
If you’re into spoken word, you probably know that Ottawa’s slam poetry scene is quite vibrant and full of talented poets. One of its top contributors, V, is having a CD Release Party for her spoken word album “Watch Your Driving” this Saturday night at Pressed Cafe. The event will feature live musical accompaniment by Nathanaël Larochette (The Night Watch), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (The Visit, Musk Ox and more), Brad Morden and Croup Moses. There will also be screening the R.I.P. Ms. Focus Cinepoem by Ottawa’s Dan Rascal Productions.
Toronto indie/folk musician Bahamas will be performing live at the Bronson Centre this Saturday, January 10 alongside Toronto folk/indie singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle. Advance tickets for this show are sold out, but you may be lucky if you try the Facebook event page for people selling theirs and there may be a few available at the door.
Fans of blues, if you’re looking for a live show this Saturday night, make your way over to Wakefield to catch the underrated Terry Gillespie live at the Blacksheep Inn. The blues/roots/r&b musician from Vankleek Hill will be headlining the show and sharing the stage with the talented Bella Cat who will warm up the audience with her beautiful voice.
Described as playing modern cinematic rock, Ottawa female-fronted band JEZEBEL is set to perform live at The Brass Monkey this Saturday night. The opening will be given by 5-piece “80s-era classic heavy metal/hard rock cover band ANGER INC.
After amazing shows last year, both Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal group Dark Tranquility and Finland, Melodic Death Metal band Insomnium are returning to Ottawa to give a live performance at Mavericks this Saturday. The two will be joined by locals metal/metalcore bands Signs Of Chaos and Greylights.
If you’re more into roots/rock, then check out Brock Zeman live at House of Targ this Saturday night. The Carleton Place, Ontario musician who’s released 9 albums and performed extensively across North America will be sharing the stage with Ottawa rollicking country musician Slo Tom.
Ottawa folk blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player Catriona Sturton is having her debut album release show for “Bumblebee” this Saturday, January 10. The local artist, who performed at last year’s Bluesfest, will be joined for the occasion by Oshawa musician Kaitlin Zarzour.
Local favourites The Souljazz Orchestra are embarking on a mini 3-day tour of Gatineau, Toronto and Hamilton this weekend and it all starts on the Hull side at the Petit Chicago on Saturday night. As the band wrote so well on its Facebook page “these nights are straight-up mayhem. Get there early, it’s first-come, first-serve.” That says it all.
Toronto/Kingston’s Will Hunter Band will be performing live at Mavericks this Saturday night. The Indie Rock/Pop group will give a show in the Nation’s Capital alongside Ottawa alternative rock bands Finding Chuck and The Stringers.