To kick off the week in Ottawa-Gatineau, those interested in the music community can check out the November edition of Music Monday at Irene’s Pub. This Monday’s discussion will feature a presentation by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and will look at how Ottawa music will get the spotlight in 2017 while creating a legacy for local music after Canada 150. The discussion and Q&A will be followed by a musical performance by local pop artist and two-time JUNO nominee Jeremy Fisher.
The metal heads will want to make their way over to Mavericks this Monday night to see Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica who’ll be playing alongside Norwegian symphonic metal group Leaves’ Eyes, Finnish melodic death metal project Omnium Gatherum and Gatineau melodic metal five-piece Chariots of the Gods.
This Tuesday night, Swedish melodic metal frontrunners Soilwork are headlining the second instalment of the Fury Tour, which includes an Ottawa date at the Brass Monkey. The show will also feature live sets by metal bands Battlecross, Unearth , Wovenwar, and Darkness Divided.
At Pressed Cafe this Thursday, November 17, CKCU presents a night of psych rock. The live show will feature performances by Ottawa psych surf rock band Blve Hills, Montreal electro indie rockers Diamond Tree and Ottawa psych jingle jangle group How Far to Mexico.
Quebec electro funk pop project Pif Paf will be performing live at Bar Robo this Thursday night. The Montreal-based duo will be sharing the stage with Ottawa lo-fi sci pop band Fire Antlers.
This Thursday, there’s a special night of live soul music going down at the Mercury Lounge. The bill includes Ottawa soul/R&B newcomers Slack Bridges, Ottawa soul/jazz band Monday I Retire and Ottawa’s own DJ Magnificent of Double Barrel fame, who’ll be spinning soul and Motown 45s.
Ever since the band was formed, the Darcys experienced many changes and ended up reinventing themselves quite a bit in 2014. Once an indie rock four-piece, the group is now an electro-pop duo. The Toronto-based project is currently on tour in support of their latest album Centerfold and they’ll be playing live at Babylon this Thursday night alongside Vancouver indie/electro band Bear Mountain and Ottawa synthpop artist Townes.
House of Targ, Ottawa’s favourite arcade spot, is always a fun place to go to check out live music. This Thursday should be no different as Toronto garage rockers Mad Ones, Ottawa garage pop rockers Mushy Gushy and Ottawa power pop band Ornaments take the stage.
Ottawa-bred hip hop artist Night Lovell is back in the 613 this Friday night to give a live performance at Mavericks. Although the show is sold out, you can check the Facebook event page for people who are selling their tickets if you absolutely want to go.
Toronto indie band HIGHS is back in the capital city this Friday, November 18 and this time around they’ll be playing live at Zaphods with Ottawa indie collective Loon Choir and Ottawa indie pop project Scary Bear Soundtrack.
Halifax four-piece Neon Dreams will be playing live at the Rainbow Bistro this Friday night as part of their To You EP Release Tour. The electro pop/dance band who’s on a mission to bridge the gap between pop and EDM will be sharing new music with those in attendance and bringing the live energy to the stage.
This Friday, November 18, the popular monthly dance party Timekode turns 11 and DJs Zattar and Memetic are throwing a celebration to mark the occasion. The festivities are going down at D’Afrique Resto and Bar and will also feature special guest DJ Andy Capp from Toronto.
The November edition of 90s or Bust is going down this Friday night at Babylon. The popular monthly, that features 90s and early 2000s hip hop and r&b jams is the perfect event to check out if you’re looking for a old school vibe dance party.
Montreal rock duo Rouge Pompier are currently on tour in an effort to promote their album Chevy Chase and for the occasion they’ll be playing live at the Minotaure this Saturday, November 19. The guys will be joined by Montreal punk rockers Kamakazi, Montreal rockers Athena Montreal stoner punk rockers Oktoplut, as well as Frank Custeau and Splintered Fate. Stacked bill!
Brendan Canning, one of the founding members of Broken Social Scene, will be giving a live show at Zaphods this Saturday night. The indie rock artist who’s signed to Arts and Crafts, will be sharing the stage with Toronto indie pop band Shy Kids and Montreal/LA garage pop project American Lips.
The National Capital Region’s favourite soul-steppers, the Mackenzie Rhythm Section, are returning to the British Pub in Aylmer this Saturday night to give their last show of 2016. This time around they’ll be giving a free show and performing for the first time with their new band member JF Girouard. Should be fun!
Over at Kinki this Saturday night, it’s the Electrik Soul Train takeover. Special guest DJ/Producer Onionz from NYC will be returning to Ottawa and spinning house music alongside local DJs Illo and Mace. In collaboration with the Flava Factory, prizes will be given out to the best dancers for all styles, singles and duos.